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New on the Nintendo Switch: Mar. 3, 2017

It’s Switch time! Nintendo’s new console launches on Friday with eight games. Here’s what’s available, along with their prices in Canadian dollars. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Buy physical copy or digital download: $79.99 Perfect and near-perfect early reviews are following Nintendo’s marquee title for the Switch (also available on the Wii […]
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Oscars, Diana Krall, Murdoch Mysteries top week’s essential entertainment

Let’s face it: this week is all about the Oscars. All other entertainment events fall under the great Academy Awards shadow but — believe it or not — a few TV, music and video game releases are braving the blackout. So, envelope please, here are Popjournalism‘s top 10 new & upcoming things to see and […]
Photo: Robert Ballantyne / Popjournalism, Dec. 23, 2016

Mythbusting study reveals that when poor people are given cash, they really do spend it well

There’s a pervasive myth that giving cash to the poor is a waste because they’ll just spend it on “cigarettes and alcohol.” The opposite is true, according to a recent research paper. David Evans of the World Bank and Anna Popova of Stanford University examined 19 recent studies that looked into cash transfers and “temptation goods.” […]

Canadian arts organizations unknowingly advertise on Breitbart.com

When the Globe and Mail called up numerous Canadians arts organizations to ask why their ads appeared on controversial news website Breitbart.com, all of them expressed surprise that they had. On the Globe‘s call list was Mirvish Productions, the Stratford Festival, children’s charity Plan International Canada, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). How did their […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: Nov. 1

1847 Opera singer Emma Albani is born in Chambly, Quebec, a leading soprano of the 19th century and early 20th century, she became the first Canadian singer to become an international star. 1949 Musician David Foster is born in Victoria. The prolific producer has won 16 Grammy Awards and worked with Canadian and international superstars […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: Oct. 31

1926 Ten days after being punched in the stomach at a performance in Montreal, illusionist Harry Houdini dies from a ruptured spleen at the age of 52. 1950 Actor John Candy is born in Toronto. 1966 CBC Radio’s World at Six makes its debut. 1995 Jacques Parizeau resigns as premier of Quebec after his losing […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: Oct. 30

1869 The first issue of Canadian Illustrated News, the first periodical to reproduce a photograph, is published in Montreal. 1971 The Toronto Telegram publishes its final issue after 96 years. Until 1932, it was Toronto’s largest circulation newspaper. 1995 Quebec narrowly rejects separation in a refendum. The “No” side won by 50.6 per cent to […]