IKEA Announces $99 Flat Rate Delivery in Canada

February 18th, 2016

IKEA Canada announces $99 flat rate delivery for people living inside Zone 1. Simply place your order with an IKEA respresentative instore, jump the queue to pay, and your order will be delivered to you at a convenient time of your choosing.

Great for people who go to IKEA planning to buy a mirror and some towels and end up with a whole BILLY shelving unit and a new sectional sofa.

That would be me. Everytime.

Available at these IKEA stores:

IKEA Boucherville
IKEA Burlington
IKEA Calgary
IKEA Coquitlam
IKEA Edmonton
IKEA Etobicoke
IKEA Montreal
IKEA North York
IKEA Ottawa
IKEA Richmond
IKEA Vaughan
IKEA Winnipeg

We’re not sure what ‘Zone 1″ is, but it has an asterisk beside it, so there must be some fine print. Ask before you buy!


         

Free Entry to Canada’s National Parks in 2017:

February 18th, 2016

Free Entry to Canada’s National Parks in 2017

Free Entry to Canada’s National Parks in 2017:

Free Entry to Canada’s National Parks in 2017:

 

To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada will waive ALL entry fees into the country’s beautiful national parks for the entire year! If you haven’t had a chance to experience Canada’s lush landscapes, this will be the year to do it. Enjoy free entry from coast to coast. Happy exploring!

Mary Poppins Play in Toronto Fall 2015

September 14th, 2015

Mary Poppins has landed in Toronto again – but this time, it’s not the big downtown theatres that are presenting the spectacle.

Win free Mary Poppins tickets in Toronto

If a smaller stage and a more affordable pricepoint are more your cup of tea, check out Mary Poppins at the Lower Ossington Theatre!

Located in Toronto’s West End, Lower Ossington has a great assortment of family friendly plays this season – Joseph, Shrek, The Buddy Holly Story – to name a few.

And ticket prices start at about half the price of downtown’s larger theatres. Expect excellent actors, great costuming and high production values!

My Netflix Won’t Work – It Keeps Stopping

April 29th, 2014

Streaming your Netflix through a blu-ray player like we are?

Does it keep stopping, or cutting out, or locking up like ours does?

Here’s what to do:

Change your Netflix playback settings so you’re streaming less bandwidth.

Here’s how:

1. Login to your Netflix account on your computer
2. Go to your profile in the upper right hand of the home page.
3. On the dropdown menu, select “Your Account”
4. A pop up window will appear. In the “Your Profile” area – choose “Playback Settings.”

Netflix defaults to “Automatic” which means that Netflix will take note of how fast and slick your Internet stream is and will throttle the bandwith accordingly.

In our case, we have a white-lightning fast internet connection, but we’re streaming Netflix through a ho-hum Blu-Ray player – which can’t keep up and is always crapping out. We fixed that with this next step:

5. Select LOW – (Basic video quality, up to .3 GB per hour)
6. Click save, and Bob’s your Uncle.

This will *probably* slow down your internet stream enough for your crappy BluRay player to be able to follow along.

It worked for us. (Of course, it does mean you’re not getting super-crisp lovely picture quality, but it should get you through while you decide what upgrade you need to stream Netflix properly.

BTW, you can also set your preferences here to have Netflix STOP automatically playing the next episode of whatever you’re watching, so you don’t spend all day watching Orange is the New Black etc…

Toronto Outdoor Skating Rinks Open on March Break

February 27th, 2014

City of Toronto thanks Canadian Tire and Scotiabank for sponsoring outdoor rinks

The City of Toronto will receive $270,000 from Canadian Tire and Scotiabank to keep an additional 11 outdoor ice rinks open through March Break until March 16, weather permitting. There are currently 17 rinks open until the end of March Break. Today’s sponsorship announcement brings the total number of outdoor rinks that will remain open to 28.

The 28 outdoor rinks open until March 16 are located at:

Alexandra Park/Harry Gairey
Broadlands Community Centre
Cedarvale Park
Colonel Sam Smith Park
Dieppe Park
Dufferin Grove Park
Giovanni Caboto
Glen Long Community Centre
Greenwood Park
High Park
Humber Valley Rink
Irving W Chapley Community Centre
Kew Gardens
Mel Lastman Square
Monarch Park
Nathan Phillips Square
Otter Creek Centre
Ramsden Park
Regent Park North
Regent Park South
Rennie Park
Riverdale Park East
Scarborough Civic Centre
Sir Adam Beck Rink
Sunnydale Acres Rink
Trinity Bellwoods Park
West Mall Rink
Westway Outdoor Rink

More information is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/parks.

Stanley Kubrick Exhibition Coming to TIFF Bell Lightbox

October 9th, 2013

The first exhibition dedicated to the life and work of legendary film auteur Stanley Kubrick will be coming to Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox in fall 2014, according to an announcement by Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF and Noah Cowan, Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Developed in collaboration by the Kubrick estate and Frankfurt’s Deutsches Filmmuseum which premiered the exhibition in 2004, has since travelled to some of the world’s most important cultural institutions in Paris, Rome, Brussels, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Los Angeles, and most recently São Paulo. TIFF is proud to be presenting the Canadian premiere of Stanley Kubrick.

“As an organization dedicated to cinema and its visionaries, it goes without saying that we are delighted to be hosting Stanley Kubrick next year at TIFF Bell Lightbox,” said Handling. “Celebrating an extraordinary filmmaker like Kubrick and sharing his incredible career with new and familiar audiences further reinforces our organization’s mission to transform the way people see the world through film.” “Kubrick was one of the most influential directors of the 20th century, and we’re thrilled to showcase the genius and creative process behind his films through this comprehensive exhibition,” added Cowan. “To complement the gallery exhibition, TIFF Bell Lightbox programmers will be curating a full retrospective of Kubrick’s cinematic work, as well as an extensive film sidebar of his favourite films.”

Drawing on extensive archives from Kubrick’s home and workplace, the exhibition features rare photographs and letters, original props and costumes, screenplays, production materials, and cameras from his nearly 50-year career. Priceless items such as the ‘Starchild’ from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the dresses of the ghostly sisters from The Shining, the ‘Born to Kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket, and the authentic model of the ‘War Room’ in Dr. Strangelove are just a few of the many pieces on display.

Visitors will also learn about Kubrick’s famously uncompleted projects Napoleon and The Aryan Papers. Materials such as research papers, costume designs, and shooting scripts document how far Kubrick had developed these projects, and testify to his comprehensive and meticulous working style. The exhibition also spotlights Kubrick’s early documentary shorts and his work as a photojournalist for Look magazine from 1945 to 1950.

Further details on Stanley Kubrick will be announced in the coming months.

Legoland Discovery Centre at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre

June 17th, 2013

Canadian Lego lovers have cause for celebration this year as Canada’s first Legoland Discovery Centre opens just north of Toronto at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre.

Legoland north of Toronto

Legoland north of Toronto

The indoor attraction – like a mini-amusement park – is aimed at kids from ages 3-10. It’s a place where your wee builder can get dizzy on indoor rides, take classes from a Lego master builder, get tousled in the 4D cinema where gusts of wind, rain, and snow burst into the auditorium, battle pretend blazes in a mock fire-academy adventure and of course build and test the latest and greatest LEGO blocks.

One of only 11 such centres in the world, the $12-million, 34,000 square-foot facility opens its doors March 1. LegoLandDiscoveryCentre.ca

Canadian Designer Kids Clothes

June 15th, 2013

It started small, says designer Devorah Miller, of the lovely, colorful kids clothing she creates in Toronto. Pieces were hand-cut on her kitchen table and Miller sewed them herself. But the lovely, sturdy and often organic creations took off – and Red Thread Designs are now lovingly sewn in larger small batches, and sold in boutiques across the country and online.

Canadian designer kids clothes

Canadian designer kids clothes

 

Brightly colored, made from natural fabrics, Miller’s lovely clothes are built to last. And last. And last some more for a younger sibling or neighbour. “This isn’t throwaway clothing,” says Miller, who says her designs are inspired by the natural exuberance of children.  “I love that I can play with colour without worrying about fashion, because kids are naturally drawn to what they love, not what fashion dictates they should wear.” (Check out her caterpillar dress, ingeniously cut to go from a baby frock, to toddler jumper to girl’s swing top.)  Boys and girls clothing from infants to kids size 12. RedThreadDesign.ca

Molecular Gastronomy for Kids and Home Cooks

June 15th, 2013

Remember Pop Rocks? The crackling sugar candy that explodes on your tongue? Well, Popping Sugar is Pop Rocks for foodies.

popping sugar

popping sugar

Packaged up for home chefs, this sweet, crackling sugar behaves like popping candy, snapping and crackling when it hits your tongue. (How great would this be on top of your kids’ birthday cupcakes?) The fancy sugar comes from a Montreal company aiming to make molecular gastronomy more available to home cooks. Families with older kids might want to check out their molecular gastronomy home starter kit, too with ingredients, tools and full instructions. Popping Sugar, $29.95 for 1.2lb package by Molecule-r.com

Poochie & Co Doggie Purses

June 7th, 2013

All the rage at this year’s Oscar ceremonies, the adorable puppy purses made by Poochie & Co have become the must-have accessory for tiny starlets in training.

Poochie Purses for Kids

Poochie Purses for Kids

Sales of the Poochie purses skyrocketed after 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis – best actress nominee for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild – sported a custom made Poochie at this year’s Oscar ceremony in February. Quvenzhane (who prefers to be called Q) toted a cute, custom Yorkshire Terrier puppy with a tiny tiara – not available in stores, yet.  But look for other Poochie purses decked out in sequined dresses and hairbows – poodles, pugs – a total of 20 different dog breeds in all. Available in Canada at Winners.