Canada is 150 Years Old !

It’s New Years Eve and there are plenty of celebrations through-out the nation related to the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and 375th Anniversary of Montreal.

All the major cities have their events, some of which have already started and some of which will end in the early hours of the new year. And options in regards to transportation to and from these events have expanded this year.

Public Transportation : Many of the major cities are offering free public transportation. For example, people in the National Capital Region can take advantage of free fares from 4:30pm to 3am on OC Transpo busses. Consult your local public transit web site for similar offers.

Uber : This is a relatively new service in most cities in Canada and they can be convenient. But note that rates may be higher because of demand so try to take public transit or get a ride from someone that didn’t drink first. You can install the service’s app on iOS devices or Android devices.

Ride Sharing : There are also several local ride sharing services through-out Canada, some of which are partnered with taxi services. Look for ride sharing apps like eCab or Responsible Choice on your cell phone.

Taxi : Taxi services have always been great in my city. They’ll be pretty busy so be patient. And some taxi companies offer apps for your phone that help them find you, so you might want to consider installing one of those.

Operation Red Nose – These guys get pretty busy so they should be your last option. Click here for details on this service.

Have Fun – Be Safe

The Boxing Day Sales Are Online

The Boxing Day Sales have begun and here are the retailers I usually shop at :

Amazon.ca has Boxing Week specials on various item, notably film boxed sets, drones and various other products.

Best Buy Canada is offering quite a few items on sale, including a large amount of televisions. Not many blu-rays or DVDs but there are a few turntables.

The Brick is offering discounts of Home Electronics including televisions and home audio, including a Sony USB turntable and Sylvania Nostalgia 5-in-1 Music Centre. The latter is discounted, considerably.

Chapters / Indigo is offering up to 50% off various books and merchandise, with an additional 20% if you use Masterpass. This offer ends on the 31st.

HMV Canada is pretty much Canada’s largest remaining entertainment store chain. They offer good deals on blu-rays, boxed sets, vinyl and film/music memorabilia. But always do some comparison shopping. And if you find something today, don’t forget to use coupon code HMV2016 to save $5 on shipping and handling on orders over $25.

Henry’s is a chain that primary sells cameras and accessories. But they also sell drones and video camera accessories. Youtubers may find a deal or two here.

Ikea Canada doesn’t sell televisions or home theatre or audio items. But they do sell shelves and accessories. They are currently offering free shipping on orders over $50 that are placed today, December 25th, 2016. I particularly like the Gladsax picture frame, which is used to frame LP covers.

Like many of Canadian’s major retailers, Leons is mostly offering discounts on televisions. But there are deals to be had in Home Theatre & Entertainment. Shop around for the best deals.

Long & McQuade is a music instrument and accessory store. And they are will be having specials on quite a few item from December 16th to December 31st, 2016. If you’re a musician, you might want to check them out.

Microsoft Canadaicon‘s Boxing Week sale features PCs, the Surface, the X-Box and various accessories.

Newegg.ca had quite a few Boxing day discounts on computers, computer accessories, gaming systems and home entertainment systems. And like Chapters/Indigo they are offering a discount on purchases made with Masterpass, this time $25 off purchases over $200 using coupon code MPBOX25 until Midnight PST December 28th, 2016. Vinyl fans should note that they offer a considerable amount of turntables and accessories.

Sears Canada is offering quite a few items on sale, including headphones ((12/25 – 12/28) Beats By dre headphones – white $129.97) and other daily discounts on specific products. Look for specials in the Portable & Home Audio and Home Theatre, especially on the 26th.

The Source has televisions, computers, tablets, cameras and accessories on sale. But i’ve seen better prices for some of their sale items on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And their record players are pretty much the same price as Newegg Canada.

Last Day For Domestic Shipping

Today’s the last day to get those standard shipping parcels out to Canadian addresses, if you want them to be received on December 23rd, 2016 :

Amazon.ca will be offering their Prime Members and Amazon Students free two day delivery until 9pm PST on December 21st, 2016 and paid one day delivery until 9pm PST on December 22nd, 2016. Prime members in Toronto and Vancouver can have same day deliveries up to Saturday, the 24th.

Microsoft Canadaicon is offering free expedited shipping on in stock products until Noon, today.

Newegg.ca is offering ground shipping on in stock items to Ontario and Quebec until December 20th, 2016. Express shipping to the Territories and Atlantic provinces ends on December 21st whilst express shipping to the remainder of the provinces ends on December 22nd.

Sears Canada is offering free priority shipping on orders over $50 to the cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, St. Johns, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria or Winnipeg. This offer ends on December 21st, 2016.

And note that Gift cards are always available…

New Streaming Service For Canadians

Amazon Prime Video is now available to Canadians.

The service can now be accessed via multiple devices and is free for Amazon Prime and Amazon Student subscribers in Canada.

Free trial subscriptions are available for both the streaming service and aforementioned shipping services – Click here for details on the 30 day trial subscription offered to the general public or click here for details on the six month trial subscription being offered to Canadians college and University students.

Contest Alert

American retailer Rock.com is giving away US$500 worth of authentic, licensed, rock music merchandise. And the winner gets to choose what he or she wants.

This contest runs until Midnight, December 25th, 2016 so enter soon. Click here for additional details.

Get Rock Band T-Shirts & Merchandise from Rock.com

The World Is A Ball – 30th Anniversary Release

A Pledge Music campaign is available for the 30th Anniversary of “The World Is A Ball” album. Click here for details on how to purchase this album and other release from Canadian pop phenomenon Martha and the Muffins.