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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

Unofficial 3D Zelda game playable on web browser

Watch some gameplay from the unofficial 2.5D fan-made tribute to the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. Play it on your web browser (while you can!): http://www.zelda30tribute.com/

Video Game Review: ‘Hyrule Warriors Legends’ (3DS)

It’s hard to believe that Nintendo could pack in a whole Wii U disc’s worth of Hyrule Warriors content plus DLC into its tiny 3DS handheld system. But that’s exactly what they did with Hyrule Warriors Legends — and shockingly, it runs smoother than its console counterpart. Legends, like Hyrule Warriors, contains the same hack-and-slash […]
Supplied publicity photo, CTV/CBS, 2016

Canadian TV Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory’ tops with 3.9 million viewers

American programming continues to dominate the Canadian TV ratings. CTV’s simulcast of Big Bang Theory absolutely trounced the competition with over 3.9 million viewers tuning in to see whether Sheldon’s royalty contract would lead to hilarious conflict. (Spoiler: it did.) It’s remarkable how much Canadians love Big Bang Theory. In the U.S., that same Big Bang episode lured 14.68 million viewers […]

In praise of video game invincibility

Nintendo's upcoming 'Star Fox Zero' introduces an "invincible" mode. Here's why that decision could open up the world of gaming to all.

Canadian TV Ratings: ‘NCIS’ tops and ‘Big Brother Canada’ scores big debut

Which houseguest will get evicted from Big Brother Canada this week? Who cares? Well, apparently, at least 1.4 million people do, as evidenced by this week’s Canadian TV ratings chart. According to Global, the series grew 17 per cent over last season’s premiere, and drew a rapt legion of 342,000 advertiser-friendly 18-to-34-year-olds. On the other […]
Screen capture, 2015

Music Review: Adele, 25

If you were expecting some sort of EDM treatment on her Adele's pop-oriented torch ballads, get ready to be disappointed

Single Review: Celine Dion, ‘Loved Me Back To Life’

The wait is finally over for Celine Dion's English-speaking fans -- a new album and single both entitled "Loved Me Back To Life" arrive to mark the musical return of the Charlemagne, QC-born superstar.
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Album Review: Madonna, ‘MDNA’

With electro-house now the dominant noise of the Billboard Hot 100, Madonna responds with an unadventurous, but solid reflection of the sounds of the moment.

Album Review: Goldfrapp, ‘Head First’

After four innovative albums, and a catalogue of brilliant singles, the British duo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have misplaced their mojo this time around. In Head First, the elegiac dream-pop of 2008’s Seventh Tree is combined with an Italo-disco sensibility that has the simultaneous effect of flattening both their melodies and songwriting. Only […]

Music Review: Delerium, ‘Remixed: The Definitive Collection’

Vancouver-based dance music duo Delerium are best known for their 1997 collaboration with Sarah McLachlan, “Silence”. A couple of remixes of that track — by Tiësto and Airscape — made the song a pervasive international club hit. In particular, the Tiësto mix is considered a classic in the trance genre. Of course, as with any […]