Wanting Qu

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Wanting Qu
Chinese name 曲婉婷
Pinyin Qǔ Wǎntíng (Mandarin)
Birth name 曲婉婷
Qu Wan-ting
Born (1983-10-10) October 10, 1983 (age 33)
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Occupation Vocalist, musician, songwriter, lyricist
Genre(s) Soul, pop rock, synthpop, R&B, C-pop
Instrument(s) Piano, guitar, electronic keyboard
Label(s) Nettwerk, Universal Music China
Years active 2010–present
Partner(s) Gregor Robertson[1]
Alma mater Seneca College

Wanting Qu (Chinese: 曲婉婷,born October 10, 1983) simply known as Wanting, is a Chinese-born singer-songwriter and pianist who is now based in Vancouver, Canada.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Wanting was born and raised in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. She moved to Canada at 16 to study, eventually earning a degree in international business, and relocated to Vancouver where she began her musical career.[3]

In 2009, she became the first Chinese artist to be signed to the Nettwerk label;[4] she is managed by Terry McBride.[5] Her first album, Everything in the World (produced by Winston Hauschild and jointly released with Universal Music China in 2012)[6] went platinum in China within its first week on sale,[7] and her singles "You Exist in My Song" and "Drenched" were used in the soundtrack for the Hong Kong film Love in the Buff.[8][9]

In 2013, she became the first ever tourism ambassador for Vancouver, with the intention of raising Canada's profile among destinations for Chinese visitors. Qu will participate in a series of videos, bringing together her music with scenic imagery of British Columbia. She will also personally show fans around Vancouver and Whistler as part of a contest.[10]

Qu appeared on the 2013 CCTV New Year's Gala, where she performed "You Exist in My Song."[11]

The song "Star in You" from the album Everything in the World was featured in Degrassi: The Next Generation in the episode "Bitter Sweet Symphony, Part II" on February 22, 2013.[12]

On February 17, 2015, Qu was confirmed to be dating Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson.[13] The relationship drew criticism from some as Robertson is still married to Amy Robertson (although the two have separated).[14]

On April 24, 2015, Qu's mother Zhang Mingjie was arrested in China due to allegations of corruption and also claims that she had participated in the "sale of state properties below market value for personal profit". Qu's mother had previously been relieved from her duties related to the city’s urban construction and renewal activities in the fall of 2014. Qu did not publicly comment on the matter, but uploaded an "enigmatic" photo to her Weibo account urging "patience". She later posted a message on Instagram saying "I want nothing but love, health and happiness for her. She’s my mother. I’m her only child. No one can replace her in my heart. Despite our differences, we share the same blood." Both Qu's record label and Mayor Robertson's office declined to comment, with Robertson's director of communications saying "That’s not something that this office would be commenting on".[15][16][17] In 2016, it is reported that Qu's mother is facing the death penalty in China.[18]

On October 26, 2015, while making the third album; Qu released her new English single "Love Birds" on her YouTube channel.



  • Everything In The World (2012)
  • Say The Words (2013)


  • "Drenched" (2012)
  • "You Exist In My Song" (我的歌声里, 2012)
  • "Life Is Like A Song" (2012)
  • "Love Ocean" (爱的海洋,2013)
  • "Us Under The Sunshine" (阳光下的我们,2013)
  • "Your Girl" (2016)


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon Female bartender


Global Chinese music awards[edit]

Qu has won three Global Chinese Music Awards.[19]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Wanting Qu Best Newcomer Won
Outstanding Regional Artist Award (Beijing) Won
"You Exist in My Song" Best Song Won

Chinese music awards[edit]

Qu has won four Chinese Music Awards.[20]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Wanting Qu Best New Artist Won
Best New Original Artist Won
Best Music Composer Won
"You Exist in My Song" Best Song Won

Music Times Awards[edit]

Qu has won one Music Times Award.[21]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Everything in the World Best Album of the Year Won


  1. ^ Rankin, Eric. "Mother of Vancouver mayor's girlfriend could face death penalty in China". CBC. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Chinese pop singer Qu Wanting's pursuit of success at China Central Television; by Stanley Lee; published September 13, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  3. ^ Vancouver-based Wanting Qu starts North American tour at Northwest Asian Weekly; published October 15, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  4. ^ INTERVIEW: Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Wanting Qu at Misunderrated; by Jessie Lau, Jaime Chu, and Sherlock Lam Giang; published April 17, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  5. ^ A bright future for Qu Wanting at China Daily, by Chen Nan; published August 24, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  6. ^ Wanting: the most popular artist you've never heard of, at CBC.ca, by Brad Frenette; published October 16, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  7. ^ Vancouver singer-songwriter Wanting goes platinum in China at the Vancouver Sun; published July 18, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  8. ^ A mountain of fun at Global Times, by Li Yuting; published August 14, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  9. ^ On an express train to stardom at China Daily, by Chen Nan; published August 10, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  10. ^ Lee, Jeff. "Chinese singer-songwriter Wanting Qu new Vancouver tourism ambassador". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ Mackinnon, Mark. "Celine Dion to headline China's big televised new-year gala". The Globe And Mail. 
  12. ^ "Degrassi Season 12 Episode 32 February 22 2013 "Bitter Sweet Symphony (2)"". TuneFind. 
  13. ^ http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2015/02/17/mayor-gregor-robertson-singer-wanting-qu-exchange-valentines-day-wishes-on-weibo/
  14. ^ http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1681668/chinese-pop-star-wanting-qu-dating-vancouvers-married-mayor-says-she?page=all
  15. ^ http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1775058/mother-wanting-qu-pop-star-girlfriend-vancouvers-mayor-arrested
  16. ^ http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/Wanting+mother+reportedly+arrested+China+corruption+charges/10999078/story.html
  17. ^ http://www.theprovince.com/news/Mother+Mayor+Robertson+girlfriend+Wanting+reportedly/10998955/story.html
  18. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/07/27/wanting-qu-mom-china-vancouver-gregor-robertson_n_11223860.html
  19. ^ "Global Chinese Music Awards 2012 Winners List unveiled". XinMSN. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  20. ^ "第20屆中歌榜頒獎典禮獲獎名單". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  21. ^ "曲婉婷EXO抢占风云榜舞台 海内外势力正面交锋". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 

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