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Robert J. Ballantyne

Robert J. Ballantyne is a senior editor at Popjournalism and Creative Director at Artsculture.ca. Previously, he was a journalist at the CBC on a number of news programs including the fifth estate, Marketplace and The National. He also worked as a staff writer at the Toronto Star

Web deprivation causes withdrawal symptoms

Most regular users of the Internet have a hard time being offline for a day, but 28 brave people in the U.S. gave up their connections for 14 days in the name of advertising.
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22 minutes with Mary Walsh

The Canadian comedienne is busy enjoying her year off ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ by exploring her passion for her CBC TV series ‘Open Book’
Singer-songrwiter Jann Arden (Supplied publicity photo / Universal Music Canada)

Meet Jann Arden, best-selling author

The prolific singer-songwriter talks music and chats up her latest collection of personal journals

DVD Review: ‘Unsolved Mysteries: Ghosts’

Unsolved Mysteries doesn’t get the credit it deserves as one of the first successful reality shows. When it first began its TV run in 1987, the show was a massive hit. Though I must confess that as a kid, the show scared the living daylights out of me. When that chilling theme music played and […]

ISPs not responsible for copyright infringement by their users: Supreme Court

Canada’s music industry lost another major legal battle in the fight against Internet music piracy. In a resounding 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Internet service providers (ISPs) are not responsible for copyright infringement committed by their users. Justice Ian Binnie spoke for the majority and said that “Like a telephone company, […]

The Simpsons, Season 4

The Simpsons is one of the best television shows of all time, so it’s fitting that their DVD TV sets are some of the best ever created. And this season is arguably the best of their 15-season run. Nearly every one of the 22 episodes is a classic, including “Mr. Plow,” “A Streetcar Named Marge” […]

DVD Review: ‘The Simpsons: Season 4’

The Simpsons is one of the best television shows of all time, so it’s fitting that their DVD TV sets are some of the best ever created. And this season is arguably the best of their 15-season run. Nearly every one of the 22 episodes is a classic, including “Mr. Plow,” “A Streetcar Named Marge” […]

Film Review: ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’

The pre-buzz was dreadful. Rumours were flying that Warner Brothers and Sony studio execs thought their picture Terminator 3 was so bad it was destined to flop. But most critics gave the movie positive reviews and it grossed over $72 million in five days. It’s shocking how many people could be so wrong. Terminator 3 […]

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

The pre-buzz was dreadful. Rumours were flying that Warner Brothers and Sony studio execs thought their picture Terminator 3 was so bad it was destined to flop. But most critics gave the movie positive reviews and it grossed over $72 million in five days. It’s shocking how many people could be so wrong. Terminator 3 […]

Film Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint Directed by Alfonso Cuarón Warner Bros. Capsule Review: The third film is a darker take on the Potter franchise, which is sluggishly paced for the first hour and a half, but takes off in the final act. The Plot: British boy wizard Harry Potter is back for […]
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Alanis Morissette, ‘So-Called Chaos’

Hard to believe it’s been nine years since the release of Jagged Little Pill. That 28-million selling monster is still Morissette’s most accessible record, but So-Called Chaos, her fourth studio album, marks a return to her Jagged roots. In Chaos, there’s an attempt to shed songs of the dense, New Age-ish flow that hampered her […]

Music Review: Tori Amos, ‘Tales of a Librarian’

We should have known Amos wouldn’t deliver a traditional greatest hits album. Librarian presents some of her best-known tracks (notably excluding “Caught a Lite Sneeze” and songs from Strange Little Girls and Scarlet’s Walk) in remixed or re-recorded form. Fans will no doubt decry the remixed old favourites at first — which remove reverb on […]