Rufus Wainwright is all grown up, or something like it—he’s a new dad to a year-and-a-bit-old girl, Viva, and he’s about to get married to his partner of almost seven years, Jörn Weisbrodt, who Viva’s birth announcement named as the baby’s “Deputy Dad.” (The mom is Leonard Cohen’s daughter, Lorca.) But what’s even more out of character for the Montreal-bred Wainwright than having a kid and getting married is that he’s settled in Toronto, a city he’s on the record as hating. In The Grid this week, associate editor Sarah Liss writes about the rock star at 38; on the podcast, I asked her what brought Wainwright here, whether he’ll ever really love us, and what’s changed about the man and his music in the last decade and a half.
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The Grid Podcast is produced and edited by David Topping, with music from The Elwins.