Pop Goes The NewsAmerica’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel revealed Friday why he believes the Canadian version of the show was a failure.

Canada’s Got Talent aired for only one season on City stations across the country in the spring of 2012. Though 1.5 million viewers tuned in to the premiere, the finale attracted only 460,000.

Pop Goes The News — For the first time since fans learned that lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip performed live Friday night in Victoria.

It was the first show in a summer tour to support the band’s new album Man Machine Poem. Scheduled to stop in nine more cities, the tour will wrap up Aug. 20 in Kingston, Ont.

Pop Goes The News — As comedians from all over the world descend on Montreal for the Just For Laughs festival, the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has ordered stand-up comic Mike Ward to pay $42,000 for jokes he made about a disabled boy.

The ruling is sending a chill through the comedy community and outraging advocates of freedom of expression.

Pop Goes The News — Singer Justin Bieber asked his millions of fans Wednesday to help him shut down a gossip website run by a fellow Canadian.

In an Instagram post, Bieber declared that HollywoodLife.com — by Toronto’s Bonnie Fuller — is “untruthful and hurtful” and urged his nearly 72 million followers to “spam them and petition to shut them down.”

Pop Goes The News — Men and women who lend their voices to video game characters are complaining the work is damaging their vocal cords.

In a letter to California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the union representing voice actors calls for an investigation into recording sessions that risk causing “career-ending” damage.

UPDATE: The Star‘s public editor Kathy English wrote about Raveena Aulakh’s suicide and the aftermath in a post late Tuesday. “I have never seen anything like the level of grief and anger exploding here,” she wrote.

Pop Goes The News — Tongues are wagging at the Toronto Star following the sudden death of one of its journalists and the departure of two of its senior editors.

At the centre of the story is environmental reporter Raveena Aulakh, who reportedly took her own life in late May.