Location: Al Whittle Theatre - Main Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:45 pmPrice: $25.00 - Buy Now
Drummer, DJ, producer and 5-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician Questlove will join host Ali Hassan (CBC) for an intimate conversation about food issues, culinary creativity, and his infamous food salons. Following the live interview, the New York Times best-selling author will meet festival-goers for a book signing.
Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and member of The Roots – Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this five-time Grammy Award winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released two books including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues and Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation. One of his latest endeavours includes scoring Chris Rock’s film, Top Five, and also working as the music supervisor. He also recently produced the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton, alongside Alex Lacamoire, Bill Sherman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tarik (Black Thought) Trotter. He will also serve as the executive music producer and composer on the A&E miniseries Roots.
Questlove made his way into the culinary world with his signature “Love’s Drumstick.” Currently, he is hosting a series of Food Salons with world-renowned and innovative chefs at his Financial District apartment in the NY by Gehry building. Questlove has appeared as a guest judge on Top Chef Season 11, his interest in food and his own culinary endeavours have been featured on the cover of New York Magazine, in Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit, and seen on The View, Watch What Happens Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a celebrity ambassador for Food Bank For New York City, is on the City Harvest Food Council, a board member of Edible Schoolyard, and the first artist-in-residence at the Made in NY Media Center. Questlove is also a founding member of the CAPA Foundation in Philadelphia.
Questlove’s lifestyle and creativity book Creative Quest was released in spring 2018, following 2016’s somethingtofoodabout via publisher Clarkson Potter. Additionally, Questlove and Tariq (Black Thought) Trotter wrote a new original song “It Ain’t Fair”for the critically acclaimed motion picture DETROIT, directed by Academy Award-winner Kathryn Bigelow. The song is performed by The Roots and Bilal. @questlovesfood @questlove @fallontonight
Ali Hassan is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, actor and radio and television personality. CBC fans will recognize him as the past lead panellist on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, the recent host of the annual battle of the books, Canada Reads, and the weekly host of Laugh Out Loud.
He has starred in films like French Immersion, Breakaway and Goon. You can find him on television right now as a recurring character on FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, PBS Kids’ Odd Squad, the CTV/eOne series Cardinal and upcoming on the VICE series FUBAR.
As a standup comedian, he is a Canadian Comedy Awards nominee who has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival, JFL42, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival – the first festival of its kind to be held in the Middle East. Ali is touring his solo show, Muslim Interrupted, across Canada in 2017. @StandUpAli