New Music Streaming Service

Amazon Music HD is now up and running and offering millions of tracks at 2 to 10 times the bitrate of other services.

New users from Canada that live outside of Quebec will be able to take advantage of a limited time offer to listen for free for 90 days.

RIP Gerry McGhee 1962-2020

Brighton Rock lead singer and record executive Gerry McGhee has passed away from cancer at age 58.

Known primarily for ’80s glam rock singles “We Came To Rock“, “Can’t Wait For The Night” and “One More Try“, Brighton Rock had disbanded shortly after the release of their third studio album, 1991’s “Love Machine. But had occasionally regrouped for concerts and tours in England and Canada from 2001 to 2014, releasing a live album entitled “A Room for Five Live” in 2002.

In 1996, Gerry McGee had founded music distributor Isotope Music Inc and in 2016 became vice-president of Precision Records, North America’s second-largest vinyl pressing facility.

App & iTunes Card Offer

PC Optimum members that purchase a $50 App & iTunes gift card at Shopper Drug mart stores on or before August 28th, 2020 will get 7500 points, which is basically a $7.50 value.

Additional information on this offer can be found by clicking here.

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Record Store Day Update

Several Record Store Day events will occur at participating retailers, starting at the end of this month.

On August 29th, 2020, this first of three series of limited-edition recordings will be made available, followed by a second series on September 26th and third series on October 24th.

These releases were spread out to limit the crowds at these participating retailers, in response to COVID-19. And masks and social distancing will be required to enter these establishments.

For your information, disposable face masks are available from Amazon.ca, Living.ca and your local Giant Tiger, Rexall Pharmacy, Canadian Tire and Shoppers Drug Mart stores.

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Google Play Music Update

Google Play Music will be replaced by Youtube Music in August 2020 so if you have an account on Google Play Music, you should transfer your account as soon as possible using this link or by using the Youtube Music app.

Access to the Music Manager and Music store on Google Play will cease that month and access to Google Play Music itself will cease by December 2020.

The Youtube Music app is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

More Ontario Theatres Open

Cineplex Entertainment and Landmark Cinemas have opened several of their theatres in the province of Ontario, with limited showings and extra precautions to keep COVID-19 from being spread.

The newly converted Cine Stars Theatres in Western Ottawa and Burlington have also been opened with the above-mentioned precautions.

By the way, I’ve also noticed that Canadian Tire stores now sell both masks and face shields, although I couldn’t find the latter listed on their site. Disposable face masks are also available from your local Shoppers Drug Mart and Giant Tiger stores, as well as from living.ca online.