Events

Finally Re-Released on CD

Platinum Blonde’s “Standing in the Dark", one of my very favourite Canadian new wave rock albums, has been remastered and re-released on compact disc to celebrate its 30th Anniversary.

This album has been available on iTunes since 2010 and the band is currently on tour promoting its release.

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Platinum Blonde – Standing In The Dark
30th Anniversary Tour

Canada Day 2014 – Moncton – City Hall
July 12th, 2014 – Lloydminster, AB – Colonial Days
August 1st, 2014 – Port Colborne, ON – Canal Days
Aug 10th, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON – CLE Family Fair
Aug 22nd, 2014 – Toronto, ON – The EX
Aug 31st, 2014 – Whitecourt, AB – Party In The Park
Feb 6th, 2015 – Mississauga, ON – Living Arts Center
– more dates to be added soon –

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Gift Card Discounts

iTunes gift cards are on sale for Father’s Day at participating Staples, Pharma Plus pharmacies and Sobeys grocery stores.

At Staples a discount of 15% is applied on the purchase of $50 and $100 cards until June 17th,2014.

At Pharma Plus and Sobeys a discount of 15% is applied on the purchase of $25, $30, $50 and $100 cards until June 12th, 2014.

Please consult your local flyer for details. And don’t forget, you can also order iTunes gift cards by clicking here as well.

Various Blu-Ray Offers

You’ve got until May 1st, 2014 to bring your old DVDs over to your local Best Buy and Future Shop to recycle them in exchange for a discount on Blu-Rays.

Basically you either get $5 off select Blu-rays or $10 off select 3D Blu-Ray combo packs, one discount per individual DVD trade in.

Of both offers I’d say the Future Shop offer is superior because not only do they appear to have more Blu-ray titles to choose from but they also give people coupons that entitles Cinemanow members to rent films online at half price.

I managed to get “Anchorman II” on Blu-ray by trading in an old DVD at my local Future Shop and got Cinemanow coupons on my receipt for every Blu-ray I purchased. This coupon will expire next month, on May 22nd, 2014.

You’ll also notice that like “Anchorman II”, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is also on sale for $14.99. And although that Blu-ray isn’t an eligible title for the trade in offer, some of the $14.99 “Amazing Spider-man” Blu-Rays include a coupon for $10 off the purchase of a theater ticket for the new Spider-man film.

That coupon is found on specially marked packages and includes a code that you need to redeem on the Cineplex website.

I found the specially marked Blu-ray on a display with several other films that include the coupon. And that purchase also resulted in a Cinemanow coupon being added to my receipt.

These offer may not be available nationwide so check your local flyers for details.

It’s Record Store Day 2014 !

A great day to go out and visit your local independent record stores to nab either a great deal or the latest albums from one of your local indie artists. Maybe both ?

Click here for additional information.

Budget Day Goodies ?

Today is Budget Day in Ottawa. And the current government has been promising to address some issues related to the higher prices Canadians pay for certain products.

Canadians pay significantly more for certain products than the Americans and although some of the price differences can be attributed to tariffs, labour and transportation costs, much of the purchase price is pre-determined by the manufacturer.

“Country Pricing” has become the standard and unfortunately Canada’s prices have not been adjusted to match our dollar’s strength.

Some online retailers have done their best to match prices but Canadians were still forced to either import products from the states or pay higher prices at their local retailers.

I suspect that tariffs will be reduced or eliminated on certain products in this budget, perhaps on books, clothing, electronics and home appliances.

Those are the most imported products, especially on Black Friday. But I’m also hoping they will follow the recommendations in the February 2013 Senate Committee report of the US/Canada Price Gap  and raise the de minimis threshold for postal shipments from $20.

When you import most products by mail you are exempt from duties, fees and taxes if the product or products shipped are valued at less than $20 Canadian.

I’ve managed to save some money using they exemption. But many countries like the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore had raised this minimum to US$100 in November 2011, enabling their citizens to avoid paying the hefty brokerage fees some couriers charge on parcels.

Brokerage fees have recently gone up in Canada so I’m hoping they will at least consider a CAN$50 threshold.

The other probabilities in the budget are reductions in credit card/banking fees, funding for an expansion of high speed internet into rural areas, and the unbundling of cable channels so I guess lots of Canadians will be watching this afternoon.

The budget broadcast will air on television and online on CPAC at 4PM Eastern. Details on the budget will also be made available on the Government’s Official Site after 4 PM Eastern.

Update on Typhoon Haiyen Charity Concert

Saga, The David Barrett Trio, Jacob Moon and other guests will be performing at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto on December 12th, 2013.

Proceeds from this concert and sales of David Barrett Trio CDs at the event will be forwarded to Doctors Without Borders to help in their efforts in the Philippines.

Doors open at 7. Admission will be $20.