I think it’s safe to say my first large scale comedy show I ever put on was bringing John Wing to town. Two sold out shows back to back in a market that hadn’t really seen that kind of comedy talent in a long time. John had just finished up a stint on America’s Got Talent and I remember thinking “holy heck, he’s actually coming here…”
“I’m not a BARBARIAN, you know!”
– John Wing
Since then I have remained somewhat buds with John and have followed his journey over the last several years. John has performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno six times, performed several Just for Laughs and countless other festivals, clubs, cruise ships and more. John is an accomplished author spanning several books and most recently launched his “The Bad Piano Player” podcast.
I caught up with John and gave him the “3 QUESTIONS FOR” treatment.
1) As a Comic who’s normally on tour a huge percentage of the time, what activity if any have you taken up or rekindled to keep the mind occupied?
I started playing the piano three or four hours a day, and planning podcasts. That’s totally what kept me sane. Writing the episodes as well.
2) What’s your favourite memory of being on the Tonight Show?
My first Tonight show was in 1990. Jim McCawley, the guy who booked and wrangled the comics, was holding the curtain, ready to pull it back when I was introduced. We were coming back from commercial. As we did, a couple of seconds before Jay started my intro, McCawley turned to me and said, “Hey, don’t forget your jokes.” I had my set typed out in my suit jacket pocket and I whipped it out for a final scan. Jesus, what an A-hole.
3) Ketchup or no ketchup on your Mac n’ Cheese? Or no Mac n’ Cheese at all?
No Ketchup on anything. I occasionally dip fries in Ketchup one by one, and I like cocktail sauce with shrimp, which is a form of ketchup but never ON anything. I’m not a BARBARIAN, you know!
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How high will you go? Netflix price hike renews questions for streaming subscribers
TORONTO — Another year, another Netflix price increase.
At least that’s how it might feel for Canadians after the streaming giant announced last week it’s once again inching up the cost of its most popular subscription packages by a dollar or two per month.
On Friday, Netflix said the price of its standard plan, which includes high-definition video and two simultaneous streams, will rise $1.50 to $16.49 per month, while the premium package, with Ultra HD access and four streams, is going up by $2 to $20.99.
The basic plan with standard definition video remains unchanged at $9.99.
While Netflix isn’t the only streaming giant to hike prices, it’s done so the most frequently, which leads London, Ont.-based analyst Carmi Levy to wonder if the company is testing how much more it can charge.
“The era of cheap streaming is drawing to an end,” he said.
“We can expect to see continued behaviour like this – small, fairly frequent increases – as Netflix tries to feel out in an experimental manner just how much resistance consumers have to price increases.”
Netflix last raised its Canadian prices in October 2020, boosting the standard plan by $1 and the premium plan by $2. However, subscribers felt an extra pinch last year when the company added GST or HST charges to its bills on Canada Day.
Price increases are becoming more of a regular feature at Netflix as it spends on more lavish TV and film projects, particularly for the international market where it sees room for growth. The company is also investing in mobile games production in hopes of hooking viewers to more interactive entertainment.
Other streaming companies have jacked up prices during the pandemic, too.
Disney Plus added another $3 to customers’ bills last year as it introduced more programming for grown-ups through a section of the service dubbed Star, while Bell Media’s Crave divided its packages differently to introduce a $9.99 mobile-only option or $19.99 streaming on any device.
Levy suggested no matter which platform boosts its price, the move itself is bound to have ripple effects across all services.
“Consumers are going to be looking at their streaming budgets and asking themselves why they’ve committed to more than one service,” he said.
For years, analysts have suggested that most households would bear the costs of up to three streaming platforms. And in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, streaming emerged as an ideal lockdown entertainment option leading more people to sign up.
However, a recent Bank of Canada survey found consumers appeared more concerned about inflation now than at any other time in the pandemic, which could tighten discretionary spending on non-essential items such as streaming packages which can be cancelled with the click of a button.
Richard Lachman, an associate professor at Ryerson University who studies digital content, said each dollar added to monthly bills pushes streaming companies closer to pricing themselves out of some households.
“These costs of what are now basic services are higher than you used to pay just for a cable bill,” Lachman said.
“You’re paying for high-speed internet that’s fast enough for the kids to be on school, and for you to be on meetings … plus your cellphone bill … so I think we’re going to hit some limits.”
If any of the streaming giants is sheltered from penny-pinching consumers, it’s almost certainly Netflix, suggested Kaan Yigit, a technology analyst at Solutions Research Group.
In July 2020, his company asked 900 Canadians who have used Netflix if they would recommend it to others. The response was an overwhelming 88 per cent “recommend” score with 65 per cent saying they were “very likely” to recommend.
“I’ve been in the research business for 25 years, and those are as high of numbers as I’ve ever seen,” Yigit said.
He added: “Will they come to a point where (higher costs) is going to begin to make a difference? It could happen, but right now is not the time.”
Netflix is set to report its year-end financial results Thursday, which could yield clues to how loyal its base is as the pandemic drags on.
While the company projects it will end 2021 with about 18.4 million new global subscribers, that’s not even half the spike seen in 2020 when more than 37 million newcomers joined.
Lachman said he’s hearing more viewers talk about “fine-tuning” how they subscribe to Netflix, Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video, meaning they sign up for a service, binge the shows they want and then cancel.
“The push towards subscription models was to make us forget how much we’re paying and just count on it, like a utility,” he added.
But with every email notifying subscribers of a price increase, “it reminds us to double check how much we’re paying.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2022.
David Friend, The Canadian Press
6 Netflix Original Movies filmed in Canada
Canada is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With so many natural beauty backdrops, American film makers are shooting some of the most popular Netflix movies here. In fact it just might be that some of your favourite movies are filmed in Canada.
In this article, we will discuss original Netflix movies that are filmed in Canada. Also, we will tell you how you can access these US Netflix films wherever you are.
The Incredible Hulk
Directed by Louis Leterrier, The Incredible Hulk is an early and thoroughly enjoyable Marvel movie which features the amazing actor, Edward Norton as the titular force of nature, and Bruce Banner’s alter ego. Don’t let the mediocre reviews fool you, The Incredible Hulk is a much watch movie. The acting is spot on and this is something all members of the family would enjoy to watch.
Based on reviews; October Faction, a series about people hunting monsters, lacks in almost all aspects from storytelling to plot. However, we see that this show has managed to garner a following who are still waiting for its season 2. The Story of October Faction has many rooms for improvement, from developing story lines for the main characters to adding some more action. If only more monster hunting was added to the film, it would be a great turning point for this film.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 is directed by Rob Seidenglanz, Alex Pillai, Kevin Rodney Sullivan, Craig William Macneill, Viet Nguyen, Jeff Woolnough and was one of the most anticipated Netflix Series of 2020. The minds behind this film set out to ensure there are no boring moments. What makes the show interesting is both Sabrina’s power and her resistance to evil which comes from her goodness and her love for her friends and aunties. Despite being a witch, she remained a good and morally upright person. This might be the reason why everyone is excited for season 4.
Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, Inception has received numerous incredible reviews. Inception was filmed in Calgary where Leo De Carpio spent some time while filming this Netflix Film. Inception is known to be one of the best films of the century, receiving a rating of 87%. Nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay this film is superbly created and packed with action. Inception is unique in its complex portrayal of a hypnotizing vista of dreams within other dreams.
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
This Netflix original film directed by Michael Fimognari has received good reviews and ratings so far. It is the most highly anticipated Netflix film of this year for romance. This movie was filmed in Vancouver Aquarium, Queen Elizabeth Park and in surrounding areas..
Directed by Brad Anderson, Fractured has received several good reviews from both critics and viewers. This thriller is very well created and executed, supported by amazing acting performances. The story revolves around the aftermath of a terrible accident. When Ray Monroe rushes his daughter and wife to a busy hospital, they seemingly dissappear. Tension builds throughout as Ray searches frantically in an effort to save his family.
The success of Netflix films isn’t only about great stories and plots, locations are carefully chosen because they are also critical. Of course choosing the right film depends on your taste and the genre you like to watch. But, we hope that we have given you a little bit of a push to try to spend some time with these Netflix original films.
Quick Steps to access US Netflix in Canada
We understand that if you are outside the US, you might not have access to US Netflix content. However, you can easily access the US Netflix by using any of the premium VPNs available. To access US Netflix in Canada, simply follow these steps:
1. Choose and look for any VPN provider on the internet that suits your needs. There are a lot of available VPN tools you can use to bypass geo-blocks. Just make sure to choose the one that offers fastest video streaming to avoid inconveniences.
2. Once you have secured a premium VPN account, log in and choose any US server from the location list.
3. Lastly, watch the best movies on Netflix Canada or the US. 6 Netflix Films That Are Filmed in Canada
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