Best Buy Canada’s Life & Tech Festival returning to Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square

 

Best Buy Life & Tech

Best Buy Canada announced Thursday that their Life & Tech Festival is returning to Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square for the third year.

The interactive festival showcases smart home and connected health devices, along with the latest in wearable tech, connected toys and drones, and gaming and virtual reality systems.

Best Buy says over 60 exhibitors from around the globe will be demonstrating products at the 2017 fest.

The event runs daily from September 12 to 14 between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. It’s free for the public to check out.

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LEGO Imagine Nation Tour coming to four Canadian cities

LEGO Imagine Nation Tour

The LEGO Imagine Nation Tour is a 2.5-acre interactive experience that features 13 different pavilions and 20 life-sized LEGO models.

Canadian LEGO fans are in for a treat this summer and fall as the toy brick company is bringing its Imagine Nation Tour to Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.

The LEGO Imagine Nation Tour is a 2.5-acre interactive experience that features 13 different pavilions and 20 life-sized LEGO models, including an 8-foot tall model of Marvel’s Avengers and a 7-foot long LEGO Friends car.

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Attendees will have the chance to speak with Master Builders, compete in a LEGO bridge building competition, build and showcase LEGO Star Wars and Minecraft models, play the latest LEGO video games and build anything they want in the brick pit.

“The LEGO Imagine Nation Tour is an exciting chance for families across Canada to immerse themselves in a newly designed LEGO experience that combines everything that today’s kids love about physical play and digital entertainment,” Michael McNally, senior director, brand relations for LEGO Systems said in a press release.

The tour stops in Montreal at the Palais des Congrѐs de Montréal from Aug. 12 to 14, at the BMO Centre in Calgary from Sept. 9 to 11, at the Vancouver Convention Centre from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 and wraps up at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Oct. 14 to 16.

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Tickets are on sale for $22.50 each until Aug. 1. The price goes up to $28.50 after Aug. 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit LEGOImagineNationTour.com.

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Nintendo’s summer tour to hit Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal

Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour

The Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour is making stops in Ontario, Quebec and BC.

Nintendo of Canada is hitting the road this summer with stops in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal on their Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour.

The Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour gives kids the opportunity to play some of the best Nintendo games available on the 3DS and 2DS, including Kirby: Planet Robobot, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Mario Kart 7.

Visitors can also meet their favourite Nintendo characters and enter to win prizes at each event.

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The Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour kicks off in Dorval, Quebec on Canada Day and ends Sept. 5 at the PNE in Vancouver. A full list of Canadian Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour dates and locations are below (those marked with an * mean they are at paid events).

Quebec Tour Dates:

Jul 1 (3 p.m. -10 p.m.): Dorval – Canada Day Celebration
Jul 3 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.): Montreal – Midway Fun*
Jul 9 (2 p.m. – 6 p.m.): Montreal – Fete Des Enfants*
Jul 10 (2 p.m. – 6 p.m.): Montreal – Fete Des Enfants*
Jul 22 (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.): Granby – Mascot Festival
Jul 23 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Granby – Mascot Festival
Jul 24 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Granby – Mascot Festival

Ontario Tour Dates:

Jul 29 (11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Toronto – Centre Island*
Jul 30 (11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.): Toronto – Centre Island*
Jul 31 (10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.): Toronto – Centre Island*
Aug 5 (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.): Port Hope – OnRoute
Aug 6 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Port Hope – OnRoute
Aug 7 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.): Port Hope – OnRoute
Aug 13 (11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.): Toronto – York-Eglinton International Street Festival
Aug 14 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.): Toronto – York-Eglinton International Street Festival
Aug 19 (7 p.m. – 11 p.m.): Mississauga – Port Credit Buskerfest
Aug 20 (1 p.m. – 11 p.m.): Mississauga – Port Credit Buskerfest
Aug 21 (1 p.m. – 7 p.m.): Mississauga – Port Credit Buskerfest

BC Tour Dates:

Aug 31 (11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.): Vancouver – PNE*
Sep 1 (11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.): Vancouver – PNE*
Sep 2 (11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.): Vancouver – PNE*
Sep 3 (11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.): Vancouver – PNE*
Sep 4 (11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.): Vancouver – PNE*
Sep 5 (11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.): Vancouver – PNE*

For more information on the Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour and to double check dates and times, visit nintendo.com.

Are you excited for the Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

2016 Canadian International AutoShow to feature 5 fan cars

Sagi Marisi’s 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Finalist Sagi Marisi’s 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Courtesy showyourauto.ca.

Voting has ended and five lucky Canadians have been chosen to have their vehicles on display at the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow this February.

The AutoShow Your Auto contest ran from mid-December to mid-January and, for the first time in the history of the event, asked the public to the enter their vehicles to be featured on the show floor.

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“We wanted to add a fresh, interactive component to this year’s show and give our audience a chance to get involved in a unique and fun way,” Jason Campbell, General Manager of the Canadian International AutoShow, said in a press release.

Over 75 vehicles were entered in the contest, with everything from classics to exotic sport cars submitted. Along with photos, participants also had to include a story of their vehicle.

Selected by online voting and a panel of judges, the five finalists will be competing during the AutoShow for a prize of $5,000 along with a feature by Wheels.ca on their ride. While AutoShow attendees will be able to vote on their favourite out of the five finalists, the winner will be decided by a panel of judges.

The finalists include Les Toker’s 2015 Corvette Z06, Mike Livia’s 1936 Ford Pickup ‘Copperhead’, Sebastien Lagourgue’s 1974 Citroen 2CV, Sagi Marisi’s 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 and Daniella Sementilli’s 2011 Ford Mustang GT. To see photos of all the submissions, visit showyourauto.ca.

The 2016 Canadian International AutoShow runs February 12 – 21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Visit autoshow.ca for more information.

This is how you sell houses now

Sage Real Estate is a boutique brokerage in Toronto that has made a name for themselves because of their amazing marketing skills, especially when it comes to digital marketing. They constantly make headlines and are quite often used when local news requires a “real estate expert”.

I first heard of Sage after they released this very slick video for one of their listings last year. Calling it a “video” doesn’t do it justice though, as this is a high-quality film with a good-looking lead, beautiful camera work, catchy music, and a great dog (kudos to Mark Wilson/PropertyFilms.ca for the production quality).

When asked about the inspiration for doing the video, Evan Sage of Sage Real Estate told Inman News “We believe that we are in the business of selling lifestyles, not just four walls and a roof. So when developing a marketing campaign for a listing, we try to focus it on who the buyer is, and we do whatever we can to speak to their lifestyle.”

And that’s exactly the strategy required to sell houses quickly in a crazy market like Toronto now (the house was listed at $1.5M CDN and sold in just over a week after the buyer saw the video).

Take a look at the video above and let me know your thoughts. Think this is overkill? Think real estate professionals should be doing more unique marketing ventures like this? Drop me a line in the comments, via email at brian@bamcat.com or Tweet me @bamcat.