‘Married… with Children’ on Prime Video

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Ed O’Neil as Al Bundy in ‘Married… with Children’. All 11 seasons of the Fox sitcom are now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video released all 11 seasons of the classic Fox sitcom Married… with Children.

The show follows the dysfunctional Bundy family as they struggle with the reality of being a poor, barely middle class American family in an era ruled by the Cosbys and Keatons.

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Al (Ed O’Neil, Modern Family), the dad, is a former high school football star who is now stuck selling women’s shoes. His chain-smoking wife Peggy (Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy) is a lazy housewife who doesn’t cook or clean. His daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate, Anchorman) is a floozy and his son Bud (David Faustino) is a bit of a loser (and wannabe rapper).

Airing between 1987 and 1997, the raunchy show was controversial and set the tone for the Fox Network. It opened the doors for fare like The Simpsons and shows on other networks, like Roseanne.

While it has been released on Blu-ray and has streamed on other services in the past, the Prime Video version of Married… with Children includes Frank Sinatra’s original version of “Love and Marriage” for the theme song and also has the unaired season three episode “I’ll See You In Court” available to stream.

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The CN Tower is a giant Printer!

It turns out that the seemingly random lights flashing on the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada are actually images! Behind the elevators are some powerful lights that appear to be flashing randomly. The way they achieve this ‘randomness’ is by ‘printing’ images line by line, sort of like a huge inkjet printer.

YouTube user avi has used some fancy photography to recreate what those images look like. You might notice some thin black lines criss-crossing the image, that is the elevators blocking the lights as they go up and down. Have a look at the video below.

Images created from the CN Tower elevator lights.

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets In Concert

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A scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Courtesy Warner Bros.

I have been a Harry Potter fan for a long time. I’ve seen all the movies multiple times (in the theatre and at home) and am currently reading all the books with my kids. To say that the excitement of the series has worn off over the years is an understatement. That said, seeing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing the film score live took things to a whole new level and blew me away.

Against a warning from house-elf Dobby, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) heads to his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened and a snake-like Basilisk is on the loose petrifying students. Harry and his best friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) look for clues to try to catch the monster and close the Chamber for good.

RELATED: Toronto’s Sony Centre announces next chapter in the Harry Potter Film Concert Series

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second part of the Harry Potter series. The film, directed by Chris Columbus, came out in 2002 and surprisingly holds up very well on the big screen. It was the last Harry Potter film with Richard Harris as Professor Albus Dumbledore (Harris passed away before the film opened) and it introduced the lovable house-elf character, Dobby. Kenneth Branagh played celebrity Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, and if you’ve read the book you know he nailed the part.

Seeing the film with a live orchestra performing was a truly unique and magical experience. My kids, who just saw the film at home for the first time a few months ago, were on the edge of their seats totally absorbed by it. There were even moments where the hair on my arms stood on end I was so wowed over it all. A lot of people came dressed up as their favourite character and the conductor encouraged the audience to cheer and be loud. As someone who has seen the film at least three times before, it was a brand new experience and I highly recommend checking it out.

Two things I will note since I was asked about both. Yes, you can hear the dialogue of the film as the orchestra plays. They also include the English subtitles, which I thought was a nice touch (especially when the crowd was cheering). There is also a 15-minute intermission in the middle.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets In Concert screens at the Sony Centre for Performing Arts on October 13 and 14. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sonycentre.ca. A performance of the third film in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is scheduled for May 16 and 17.

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Birthday’s On-Demand: Netflix now helps celebrate your kids birthday

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Along with interactive choose your own adventure shows, special countdowns for New Year’s Eve and a growing library of original kid-friendly content, Netflix has now launched Birthday’s On-Demand.

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With Birthday’s On-Demand parents can cue up characters from 14 different Netflix shows to celebrate with. Characters include LEGO Friends, Dinotrux, Barbie, King Julien, My Little Pony, Beat Bugs, Skylanders and more.

About Birthdays On-Demand

Birthdays On-Demand is a one-click birthday hack for the 44 per cent of parents who feel the social media-fueled anxiety of pulling off the perfect birthday celebration, and the 69 per cent who wish there was an easier way. No glitter, no confetti, just family-friendly entertainment that’ll be the icing on the cake at any birthday bash.

To find the Birthdays On-Demand featurettes on Netflix search for “birthday,” “birthdays,” “Birthdays On-Demand” or “birthday songs” or visit netflix.com/birthdays.

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Toronto’s Sony Centre announces next chapter in the Harry Potter Film Concert Series

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A scene from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Courtesy Warner Bros.

On the heels of a Harry Potter themed shop opening in Toronto, the Sony Centre for Performing Arts have announced that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be the next chapter in the Harry Potter Film Concert Series.

Coming to the Sony Centre on May 16 and 17, 2018, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in concert features the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing the score from the film while the film plays on a 40-foot screen in high-definition.

“The Harry Potter film series continues to be a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that delights millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduced for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It is an unforgettable event,” producer and creator Justin Freer said in a press release.

About Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts, where they are forced to face escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who seems to pose a great threat to Harry. Harry and his friends spend their third year learning how to handle a half-horse, half-eagle creature known as a Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. They also visit the wizarding village of Hogsmeade and the Shrieking Shack, which is considered the most haunted dwelling in Britain. In addition to these new experiences, Harry faces a werewolf and must overcome the threats of the soul-sucking Dementors. With his best friends, Harry learns some advanced magic, crosses the barriers of time and changes the course of more than one life.

Earning an Oscar-nomination for the score, the spellbinding and incredible music composed by John Williams became an instant classic, conjuring beautiful, soaring motifs continuing the adventures of Harry Potter on his magical journey.

Can’t wait for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in concert? Then check out Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in concert – the second film in the series – at the Sony Centre this October 12 – 14.

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series began in June 2016 with the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It has since gone on to hundreds of performances in more than 35 countries.

Tickets for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in concert at the Sony Centre go on sale on Friday, August 18. For more information, visit harrypotterinconcert.com.

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Nintendo Switch Play Together Events planned for cities across Canada this summer

Nintendo Switch Play Together Events

Bummed that the Nintendo Switch is sold out everywhere and you haven’t been able to try it? Then you’re in luck, as Nintendo is taking its latest gaming system across Canada this summer!

The Nintendo Switch Play Together Events are planned for Vancouver, Surrey, Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Lévis, QC. Adults and kids will be able get a taste of ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 1-2-Switch games. Splatoon 2 will also be available at events after its July 21 release date.

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Besides playing the games and getting a feel for the Nintendo Switch, there will be prizes and giveaways available. And Mario will also make an appearance in-person at some events!

Schedule of Nintendo Switch Play Together Events across Canada:

June 25
Vancouver, BC
Greek Day on Broadway

July 1
Surrey, BC
Canada Day Celebrations [Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre]

July 1 – 3
Toronto, ON
Redpath Waterfront Festival

July 7 – 9
Montreal, QC
Montreal Comiccon

July 7 – 16
Calgary, AB
Calgary Stampede

July 15 – 23
Montreal, QC
Mondial des Jeux

Aug 2 – 6
Lévis, QC
Festivent Ville de Lévis

Aug 11 – 13
Montreal, QC
La Ronde

Aug 18 – Sept 4
Toronto, ON
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Aug 19 – Sept 4
Vancouver, BC
Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) *Closed August 21 and 28

For more information on the Nintendo Switch Play Together Events, visit nintendo.ca.

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4 family-friendly concerts in Ontario this summer

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Dear Rouge performs at Riverfest Elora 2016.

Summer is a great time for music lovers in Ontario as there seems to be a worthwhile band to see or festival to attend every week. If you have kids, you know you can’t see them all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t include them in the fun!

Taking your kids to a concert or festival opens them up to the live music experience and is a great way to bond with them (music brings people together, right?). It also saves you on having to find a sitter and if it’s not near your home, it’s a great reason to turn it into a mini vacation.

With two boys of my own, here are four family-friendly summer concerts I’ve found in Ontario for 2017.

CBC Music Festival (May 27, Toronto)

Not technically summer yet, but the CBC Music Festival celebrates its fifth year at Toronto’s Echo Beach on May 27. The all Canadian line-up includes the likes of Serena Ryder, Walk Off The Earth, Scott Helman and BROS. Along with the main stage, there’s a kids stage where the puppet Cottonball and CBC Kids hosts will introduce “fun and interactive performances”. There’s also a Food Truck Fair and vintage flea market.

Limited tickets are still available for $39.50 (plus fees) and can be purchased at cbcmusic.ca/festival. Children 12 and under are free.

Field Trip (June 3-4, Toronto)

Founded by record label Arts & Crafts in 2013, Field Trip is going full circle for its fifth anniversary with original headliners Broken Social Scene and Feist once again headlining the fest.

Running June 3 and 4 at Toronto’s Fort York, other acts include A Tribe Called Red, Portugal. The Man, Phoenix, The Pharcyde, and Thundercat. There’s a Day Camp area for kids, which has its own lineup of acts, and a comedy section called the Laugh Barracks. There’s also lots of good food options, games and a marketplace.

A weekend pass starts at $125 (plus fees) for general admission with single day tickets available for $80. Kids 12 and under are free. Visit fieldtriplife.com for more info.

City and Colour + friends at Butler’s Barracks (July 2, Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Hosted by Wayne & Daryl from the CraveTV show Letterkenny, this Canada Day long weekend show at Butler’s Barracks in Niagara-on-the-Lake features City and Colour, Stars, Dear Rouge, The Strumbellas and Blue Rodeo.

Tickets are $69.50 (plus fees) for general admission. Kids 12 and under are free. Visit dinealonerecords.com/NOTL2017 for more info.

Riverfest (Aug. 18 – 20, Elora)

I’ve attended Riverfest with my family and friends for the past three years, and it’s always been a great experience.

Held at Bissell Park in beautiful Elora, this year’s lineup includes MGMT, Mother Mother, K. Flay, DJ Jazzy Jeff (yes, that DJ Jazzy Jeff), Sloan, Hollerado, The Boo Radley Project, and more.

There’s camping options nearby, free shuttle buses from Guelph, Elora and Fergus, lots of great food and drink options, and free water on site. The park is also big enough that if you or your kids need a break, you can take a walk and get away from the crowd.

Weekend passes start at $139 (plus fees) with single day options available. Kids 12 and under are free. For more info, visit riverfestelora.com.

Any concerts or festivals you plan to take your kids to this summer? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Netflix setting up download zones for Ontario cottagers this summer

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Planning to head to the cottage for the long weekend? If you’re in Ontario you’ll be happy to know you can now stop at a Netflix Download Zone along the way to load up on content!

The “Netflix and go” download zones will be available every long weekend from Victoria Day to Labour Day. Users can stop, connect and download available shows to their tablets or phones for offline viewing in the car or at the cottage.

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Shows available to download include the likes of Stranger Things, Riverdale, The OA, PAW PatrolThe Office and more.

Here are the locations of the Ontario Netflix Download Zones:

Victoria Day weekend

Friday, May 19

  • Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr

Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21

  • Collingwood – Farmers Market at Hurontario and Simcoe St

Canada Day weekend

Friday June 30

  • Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr

Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2

  • Gravenhurst – 101 Centennial Dr

Civic Holiday weekend

Friday, August 4

  • Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr

Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6

  • Huntsville – 37 Main St E

Labour Day weekend

Friday, September 1

  • Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr

Netflix Download Zones

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Ka-chow! You can now get directions from Lightning McQueen in Waze

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Jackstorm Storm and Lightning McQueen are pictured in a still from Cars 3. Courtesy Disney-Pixar.

The popular GPS app Waze has added the voice of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as a navigation option. And it’s a lot of fun if you don’t mind hearing his frequent “Ka-chow!” catchphrase.

A tie-in to the release of Cars 3, you can also change your display vehicle icon to Lightning McQueen or new character Jackson Storm (if you prefer a more classy voice you can also select Storm – voiced by Armie Hammer – as a navigation option).

To set your navigation voice to Lightning McQueen or Jackson Storm, open the Waze settings (the gear icon) and scroll to “Voice directions” and look for “English (US) – Lightning McQueen” or “English (US) – Jackson Storm”.

To change your vehicle icon, go to the Waze settings, scroll to “Advanced settings” and select “Display & map”. Select “Car on map” and select Lightning McQueen or Jackson Storm.

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Unlike the recent addition of Mr. T’s voice to Waze, Lightning McQueen and Jackson Storm are available to Canadian Wazers.

Cars 3 opens in theatres on June 16. Check out the trailer below.

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Cineplex bringing The Rec Room to Mississauga’s Square One

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An artist rendering of The Rec Room at Square One in Mississauga (courtesy Cineplex).

As Cineplex prepares to open its first Ontario location of The Rec Room at Roundhouse Park in Toronto, the theatre giant has announced that Mississauga’s Square One will be home to the second Toronto-area location.

The Rec Room is an entertainment complex that brings dining, live shows and gaming under one roof. Cineplex opened the first location in Edmonton last September and plans to open another 10 to 15 locations across Canada in the next few years.

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The Square One location will take up two floors and cover 44,000 square feet. Along with a variety of food options (including a custom donut bar called The Pumps), the location will offer a virtual reality space, pool tables, bowling lanes and over a hundred amusement games where credits can be earned for prizes.

“We believe The Rec Room will be a welcome destination for both our guests who live around the corner or visit us from around the globe to enjoy great food, state of the art amusement games and experience incredible live entertainment,” said Greg Taylor, Director and General Manager, Square One.

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An artist rendering of The Rec Room at Square One in Mississauga (courtesy Cineplex).

Full list of features coming to The Rec Room at Square One in Mississauga:

  • Three10 – an upscale casual restaurant that is playfully named after Canada’s three territories and 10 provinces. Its menu features the best in wood-fired pizza and Canadian-inspired cuisine through familiar items that have been elevated and transformed through fresh ingredients and innovative cooking techniques
  • The Shed – The Rec Room’s quick service destination that includes a poutinerie with elevated toppings like porchetta, smoked brisket, lobster and wild mushrooms. It also has a custom donut bar, called The Pumps
  • A bar area where sports fans can grab a drink and catch the game on huge HD screens. In addition to spirits and cocktails, there will also be multiple bars throughout the space serving draught wines and over 20 draught beers, including several local craft beers
  • The Yard – a massive attractions area where guests can play over 100 amusement games. Credits earned are tracked on RFID wristbands and can be redeemed at The Trophy Case redemption store for a wide variety of prizes – everything from retro candy to drones, and whisky stones to portable speakers. Bragging rights go to the top earners who will be profiled on The Rec Room’s legendary leaderboard
  • Feature attractions including virtual reality and race car simulators, as well as classic favourites like bowling lanes, air hockey, pool and ping pong
  • With multiple performance spaces offering both live and programmed entertainment, there’s always something going on at The Rec Room. Catch an amazing act in our state-of-the-art auditorium or be part of the action at our themed events
  • Multiple private dining rooms will make The Rec Room the ultimate gathering spot for celebrations, corporate events and parties

A third Ontario location is also planned at CF Masonville Place in London.

Are you excited about The Rec Room? Have you been to the one in Edmonton? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.