Brief notes and updates about entertainment and pop culture from Canada and around the world

On this day in Canadian pop culture: October 12

Progressive Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announces a $55.6 billion deficit in 2009, the largest in Canadian history.

On this day in Canadian pop culture: October 11

1952 Montreal’s CBFT carries the first televised hockey game in Canada: Montreal Canadiens vs Detroit Red Wings. 1968 The founding convention of the Parti Québécois, lead by the charismatic René Lévesque, says it will declare Quebec a sovereign state if it wins a majority in the Quebec legislature. 1984 Montreal-born Mario Lemieux makes his NHL […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: September 10

In 1919, the “Treaty of Saint Germain” was signed, ending the First World War. In 1939, Canada declared war on Germany. Originally it was thought that Canada’s role would be to supply war materiel to Britain, which had declared war seven days earlier, and Prime Minister Mackenzie King took a stand against conscription. But by […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: September 9

1945 Toronto-born baseball player Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics pitches a no-hitter, becoming the only Canadian to ever do so (a record that holds today). 1954 Marilyn Bell, 16, becomes the first person to swim across Lake Ontario, swimming from from Youngstown, New York to Toronto. She swims for 20 hours and 57 minutes […]

Supplied publicity photo, Nintendo, 2016

Nintendo brings Super Mario Run to iPhone and iPad in December

Side-scrolling endless runner game will be free-to-download, with all additional content unlockable for a price


New Pokémon bears striking resemblance to Donald Trump

The latest trailer for Nintendo’s upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon video games Nintendo is causing unexpected political chatter: is a new Pokémon designed to look like Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump? Gumshoos, a mongoose with distressing, Trump-ish slicked-back hair, made his debut today and triggered social media snickering. Pokémon Sun and Moon is set in […]


This week on the Nintendo Canada eShop: July 14, 2016

This week’s new Canadian Nintendo eShop offerings include Monster Hunter Generations on the 3DS, TurboGrafx-16 classics for the Wii U virtual console and the SNES edition of Final Fight for the New Nintendo 3DS. All prices are in Canadian dollars. Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS Monster Hunter Generations ($49.99) Get ready to hunt monsters in […]

Nintendo to release mini NES console in November, includes 30 retro games

Nintendo is embracing its retro past by releasing a mini-sized NES console, including 30 classic built-in games like Super Mario Bros., Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda. The NES Classic Edition is being released on Nov. 11 and will retail in Canada for $79.99. The package includes an HDMI cable, AC adapter and one […]


Toronto’s Lisa Patterson blends EDM and world music in her new humanitarian single, ‘The Colour of Blood’

When I first started taking music lessons with Lisa Patterson, I was curious about her musical background. Along the wall at the entrance of her Toronto studio are CDs of her solo work and her latest world music collaboration project, ROAM. In between re-learning chords, we gabbed about Tori Amos — I wanted to learn […]

Watch the official trailer for Nintendo’s ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

The trailer for the highly-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is released as Nintendo begins its E3 2016 showcase. The game will be released for the Wii U and upcoming new NX console in 2017. It is an open-world game and — no small news — the player will have a button […]

This week on the Nintendo Canada eShop: May 26, 2016

This week’s new Canadian Nintendo eShop offerings include a mini-revival of the NES classics StarTropics 1 & 2 and sales for Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures and two Sonic games. All prices are in Canadian dollars. Virtual Console on Wii U StarTropics ($4.99) In this much-loved NES game, step into the shoes of Mike Jones, […]

This week on the Nintendo Canada eShop: May 19, 2016

This week’s new Canadian Nintendo eShop offerings include a free DLC Super Mario pack for Minecraft, tower defence game PixelJunk Monsters and Master Wind Waker DLC pack for Hyrule Warriors Legends. All prices are in Canadian dollars. Wii U Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Super Mario Mash-Up Pack (Free) Nintendo partners with Mojang and Microsoft […]

‘Yo-kai Watch 2’ launches in North America on Sept. 30

Yo-kai Watch 2 will be available for the Nintendo 3DS in North America on September 30, Nintendo announced. Two versions will be available, each featuring unique and rare Yo-kai, subtitled Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. Yo-kai Watch 2 continues the series’ RPG gameplay and offers areas to explore outside of Springdale, featuring 100 new Yo-kai, […]

Róisín Murphy debuts new video and single, ‘Ten Miles High’

Left-field pop star Róisín Murphy is returning with a new album, Take Her Up To Monto, available on July 8. The first music video “Ten Miles High” is directed by Murphy herself. Take Her Up To Monto comes just a little over a year since Murphy’s last release, Hairless Toys, which debuted at #19 in […]

Nintendo president says company is readying animated feature films

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has revealed plans that the gaming company is re-entering the world of movies. In an interview with national newspaper Asahi Shinbun published today, Kimishima said that it will use some of the revenue from Nintendo’s recent sale of the Seattle Mariners to fund ventures into animated movies. The company is not considering live-action; Kimishima specifically noted the […]

Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing’ and ‘Fire Emblem mobile games will be free to download

This fall, Nintendo will follow up its hit social messaging app Miitomo with mobile games dedicated to its familiar Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises. Both titles will be free-to-download, according to a recent Wall Street Journal interview with Nintendo’s mobile partner DeNA. Almost all of the top gaming apps available in Android and iOS […]