John Threlfall

Sessional Instructor

B.A. (UVic)

Office: FIA 225

Phone: +1.250.721.6222


Web site:


Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Journalism, popular culture.


As a specialist in media and popular culture, John Threlfall has lectured  on such diverse topics as the history of the disc jockey and the  representation of witchcraft in popular culture, and has been an  instructor with both the University of Victoria's Dept of Writing and the  Victoria School of Writing—all of which dovetails quite nicely with his  academic background as a historian and the 12 years he spent working at the Victoria-based alternative weekly newspaper, Monday Magazine (including a four-year stint as Editor-in-Chief).
In addition, John has been a freelance magazine writer for more than 20  years, spent five  as an "in-house walking encyclopedia of popular culture" for CBC Radio One's Definitely Not The Opera, was one of six Canadian Gen-Xers featured in the NFB documentary Le Temps X, has been nominated for an Alternative Association of Newsweeklies Award, co-authored the quirky guidebook Victoria: Secrets of the City for Arsenal Pulp Press (2000), and tends to pop up in the media when least expected. Nowadays, he is the Communications and Special Projects Officer for UVic's Faculty of Fine Arts, and moonlights as a theatre critic for the online arts mag,
His published interviews include the likes of authors Neil Gaiman, Ronald Wright, Thomas King, Richard Wagamese, Lisa Moore and Shakti Gawain; musicians Bruce Cockburn, Ani DiFranco, Pat Benatar, Billy Bragg, Dave Bidini and Jann Arden; film directors David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Gross, Anne Wheeler and Ron Mann; and such various personalities as Vinyl Café host Suart McLean, Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk, comedian Ryan Stiles, Titanic explorer Tom Zaller, classic rock icon Randy Bachman, and veteran west coast rock 'n' roll DJ Red Robinson.
John's current project is writing Artsy Type, the official blog of the Faculty of Fine Arts, but now that he has been liberated from the demands of a weekly deadline, he has more time to spend with his wife and   two dangerously charming children.


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