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May The 4th Be With You

It’s Star Wars Day and you’ll be able to find special deals on Star Wars merchandise and soundtracks today, including vinyl.

My very favorite Star Wars soundtrack is of course the Original soundtrack for Return of the Jedi, which was recently re-released on vinyl both individually and in a 11 LP boxed set that includes all of the soundtracks.

This vinyl re-release includes the original four-page photo insert. But if you prefer compact discs, a boxed set including this re-release was also made available, with a DVD featuring the “Musical Journey” documentary hosted by actor Ian McDiarmid (Chancellor Palpatine) and a bonus CD containing interviews with composer John Williams and actor Harrison Ford.

The “Musical Journey” DVD, which also features music videos set to 16 of John William’s themes, was originally released with the soundtrack for “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”, which is still available from Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.

Here are other Star Wars related specials that are running today or this week:

AlibrisDiscounts on various Star Wars books, soundtracks and DVDs/Blu-rays.icon
Amazon.caClick here for the Amazon.ca Star Wars store.
Amazon.comClick here for the Amazon.com Star Wars Store
Best Buy CanadaVarious Star Wars films and collectibles.
Booksamillion.com!Gear up for Star Wars Week with savings on Star Wars books, movies, toys, collectibles, comics, and more at booksamillion.com!
Entertainment EarthThe Clone Wars toys, statues, & prop replicas are at Entertainment Earth!
Indigo Books and Music20% off select Star Wars Toys (May 1 – 7) and 30% off select Star Wars Kids books (May 1 – 7)
Newegg CanadaVarious Star Wars action figures and collectibles.
Stylin OnlineVarious Star Wars T-Shirts and clothing on sale.
Thinkgeek20% to 60% off select Star Wars merchandise.

Record Store Day 2017

Got any plants for tomorrow ? Interested in visiting your local record store for special, exclusive releases ?

That’s right. It’s that time of the year again : Record Store Day. And this Saturday record stores through-out the world will be celebrating with in-store performances, rare releases and discounts.

Click here for a list of participating retailers in your area or click here for the event’s official Facebook Page.

Saga Retires

Saga 2017

Progressive rock phenomenon Saga will be no more after 40 years.

Known primarily for 80’s hits “On the Loose”, “The Flyer”, “What Do I Know”, “Wind Him Up” and “Only Time Will Tell”, this Oakland, Ontario band had toured the world countless times, retaining a very successful career in Germany and Puerto Rico throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s.

Lead singer Michael Sadler will be rejoining the band this year, ten years after he had officially left the band, to perform on a farewell tour in Canada and Germany.

British Vinyl Sales Surpass Music Downloads

The BBC reported that vinyl sales have surpassed download sales last week.

The Entertainment Retailers Association have estimates vinyl sales in the U.k were £2.4 million whilst the download sales were valued at only £2.1 million.

Apparently vinyl has become a major gift item in the country and many British vinyl purchasers will keep their vinyl in mint condition, according to a poll conducted by the BBC.

Four Hours Left

There are four hours left to get twice your money back on Ebates Canada. But if you miss this offer you can still get 20 times the Air Miles on select purchases until November 30th, 2016.

Petition Presented To House of Commons

Petition e-399, a petition asking Parliament to adopt a de minimis level higher of CAD$20 on imports purchased online for personal use, was presented to the House of Commons today.

Canadian residents are currently exempt from paying duties, fees and taxes when importing goods valued at less than CAN$20 for personal use by mail or by courier.

This petition, which was signed by 15257 Canadians, called for the raising of the de minimis level to CAD$200, in response to a study published by the CD Howe Institute in June, 2016.

The United States government had raised their de minimis level for personal importations by mail to US$800 from US$200 in February, 2016. And i’m hoping we’re going to at least get a CAD$200 exemption soon.

If you’d like to support this campaign, please contact your local Member of Parliament.

Thank you.