Canada's Media Magazine

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

Album Review: Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shoot from the Hip

While Sophie Ellis-Bextor isn’t gifted with a five-octave vocal range, her very mannered British vocals give her songs a touch of class that her pop peers lack. However, Shoot from the Hip isn’t selling that well on the British charts, which is a shame because it’s a fine progression from her dance-pop debut. Most of […]
Supplied publicity photo, CBC, 2001

Full Disclosure

Exclusive: Wendy Mesley and Diana Swain discuss their highly anticipated CBC newsmagazine, 'Disclosure'

Album Review: Cathy Dennis, ‘The Irresistible Cathy Dennis’

Available only as a UK import, this 18-track collection is a compilation of Dennis’ three full-length recordings. You remember Dennis, don’t you? Ten years ago, here debut CD Move to This spawned three top-10 hits, “Touch Me (All Night Long),” “Just Another Dream” and “Too Many Walls.” Dismissed as a British Madonna clone, Dennis’ thin […]
Supplied publicity photo

Mae Moore’s real life

The Canadian singer-songwriter reflects on her 'Collected Works 1989-1999'

Music Review: Love Inc., ‘Into the Night’

Canadian dance group Love Inc., lead by Groove Station radio DJ Chris Sheppard and vocalist Simone Denny, are best known for their middle-of-the-road dance hits. As a follow-up to their debut, Into the Night doesn’t disappoint. The whole project is ready for multi-format radio impact. Although Sheppard’s grooves tend to border on the generic, Denny’s […]

Love Inc., Into the Night

Canadian dance group Love Inc., lead by Groove Station radio DJ Chris Sheppard and vocalist Simone Denny, are best known for their middle-of-the-road dance hits. As a follow-up to their debut, Into the Night doesn’t disappoint. The whole project is ready for multi-format radio impact. Although Sheppard’s grooves tend to border on the generic, Denny’s […]

Music Review: Alice Deejay, ‘Who Needs Guitars Anyway?’

Alice Deejay scored with their international smash “Better off Alone,” and it’s easy to see why -you don’t need to be fluent to understand a song that’s two sentences deep: “Do you think you’re better off alone/ Talk to me oohoohooho talk to me.” I’d call it minimalist if it didn’t sound so lazy. This […]

Alice Deejay, Who Needs Guitars Anyway?

Alice Deejay scored with their international smash “Better off Alone,” and it’s easy to see why — you don’t need to be fluent to understand a song that’s two sentences deep: “Do you think you’re better off alone/ Talk to me oohoohooho talk to me.” I’d call it minimalist if it didn’t sound so lazy. […]
Popjournalism

The Best Singles of 2000

#1 Eminem featuring Dido, “Stan” Eminem can be childish but there was no dismissing “Stan,” his incendiary look at fame and fandom. I can’t remember a single this intense ever hitting the Top 40. #2 Madonna, “Music” Madonna has once again made the ultimate road-trip song. Who could resist the siren bass and the anthemic […]
Supplied publicity photo, 2000

It’s not easy being Wendy Mesley

The CBC journalist talks about her TV newsmagazine 'Undercurrents', being a homebody and, yes, we went there, her bad hair days
Robert Ballantyne

Caged Wild Strawberries?

Pop-rock duo Wild Strawberries are independent and back to making music on their own terms
Popjournalism

The freebie trade

Inside the world of gifts and perks rained down on critics

Q & A with Carol Shields

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg discusses her writing and what she does with her awards

Wild things

Wild Strawberries are on the road to support their latest disc, 'Quiver'