Monday, June 08, 2015

Summer TV 2015 ~ Where to Watch TV Shows Online In Canada


It's time for the Summer TV Where to Watch Listings! Where does the time go? I'm still trying to finish up a few Fall/Winter shows, although I think I finally finished all the Spring TV I was watching.

Summer holds a special place on the TV schedule for many shows, particularly for reality TV and we have lots of reality mainstays to looks forward to this summer. We are already well into the crab season for 11th season of Deadliest Catch, So You Think You Can Dance just started it's 12th season and it will be the 17th summer in the Big Brother house. That's mind boggling. 17 summers. It started back when people didn't think reality TV would stick. Well folks, it did. Other awesome reality shows to enjoy this summer include Food Network Star (one of my faves of last year), and make up competition show Face Off. A new show that may interest reality fans is UnREAL, it's set behind-the-scenes of a fictional romantic reality series. I loved the first episode, and hope the whole season is just as strong.

If you perfect dramas, there are still many shows to enjoy and some of my faves include Teen Wolf, Beauty and the Beast, and Hannibal. There are also a fair amount of new series, especially of the science fiction variety. We have Dark Matter which features a crew in space that wakes up with no memory and Killjoys which centres on mercenaries in space. We also have Zoo, which is based on a James Patterson novel about animals acting strangely. Any show with animals is going to get me to turn in, so I can't wait! There is more returning scifi series too with Extant and Under the Dome both coming back this summer.

For sports fans, we'll also have the PanAm Games that are hosted here in Toronto from July 10 - 26, 2015 and will be covered on CBC.

This listing is for shows that began as of June 2015 (or earlier) and have their seasons run through the summer. If there is an earlier show you are looking for that's already finished, feel free to check the, Spring 2015, Winter 2015 or Fall 2014 TV Listing. Online viewing has been pretty consistent recently with having the most recent episode available online for 1 week after broadcast, with some exceptions including Canadian series (or co-pros) which may have their full season (or series) available. We've seen more transparency here, with both CTV and Global now indicate when new episodes will be available online and how long it will be available for. This is a huge help for us who watch shows online, thank you CTV and Global!

This list will be updated as new shows become available at their legitimate Canadian Broadcasters websites including CBC, CTV and CTV2, Global, CityTV, Space, Showcase, Slice, HGTV Canada, Food Network, Lifetime Canada, Discovery and History.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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Sunday
Can't find what you are looking for? Try the individual Canadian TV broadcasters websites video pages:

Summer has lots of new shows to enjoy, and this season I've noticed again we have a fair few shows that are not available to watch online, such as Aquarius, The Island with Bear Grylls, Bullseye and American Ninja Warrior, For these shows, you often have the option to buy via iTunes or at the Google Play Store. The big pay off when you paid for watching them this way is that there are no commercials!

For online-only viewers, shows often are available for 1 week starting the day after they air, unless you have a cable subscription and can log into the TV station website. The exception to the rule is Canadian shows on specialty channels, which often have the entire season/series available online.
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* A few online viewing options do not have a specific page for watching a singular show, but rather a video player for watching any of their offerings. In those cases I've put the link to the broadcasters website, as opposed to the show. Then either select the show if it's displayed prominently, or click their video library, select your show, the season and then the episode.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Suzie's Visit!



It's been almost 2 years since I've seen Suzie, so it was so exciting that she recently came for a visit. We started things off with Jamie, Suzie & I all heading up to Mandarin on Mother's Day as it was a tradition to do so with our Mom. It was really nice to spend that day the three of us together. As Suzie is known as Suzie the Foodie, there were definitely a fair share of foodie adventures. We went out for coffee and she got the awesomeness of Alfajores (I went with lemon poppyseed loaf), we each shared and oh my the Alfajores were so good! Totally melted into yummy goodness. All three of use went for High Tea with our Auntie Laima. What a huge treat. So much fun, so many giggle and fun hats to boot.


One of the things Jamie, Suzie & I do regularly is talk about our creativity over at stART: Creating As We Go. We are all taking Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple's class Year of the Spark, and while she was visiting we all got to do Art Day together! It was soooooo much fun. We all had totally different colours and results with the same lesson. It is so much fun to do art in the same room and share what's working and helping each other get through any challenges we face. And taking lots of pictures, of course.


We also had lots of gaming fun, something I wouldn't have necessarily expected! We played Elder Signs... or what is Scrolls? I think it was signs. A great board game, although it doesn't really have a board because you create along the way. Everyone got to randomly pick an adventurer and then we tried to defeat the...hmmm.. the something. Hah. I guess I don't remember the mechanics of the game too much, but I had a great time playing. I was a doctor and could heal folks but I usually had to heal myself as I kept rolling bad rolls. Ah, well! Still, it was major fun times. Jamie, Suzie & I also had a blast getting our groove on with Just Dance 2015 and I introduced Suzie to the PS4 game Life is Strange. We just did the demo, but it is a fascinating game and way more absorbing than I expected.


It was nice to also spend a lot of relax time together, especially to recover from all the activity which is way more than I am used to. We wouldn't be our family is we didn't watch some movies while we were together. Suzie brought and shared Kiki's Delivery Service which was so much fun, and seriously how had I not see this one before? It's about a witch who sets off on her own with her cat to make her place in the world. It's so cute. And I probably avoided it because Miyazaki's Spirited Away FREAKED me out. I also got to share a film too, and we watched Pitch Perfect all together. I was really happy that Jamie was already up for re-watching as I has also shared it with her recently too. I love that movie so much! Can't wait to see Part 2.


Suzie also introduced me to iZombie, a new show on The CW (and you can watch it on shomi). It's funny, because I meant to checked this one out when it started, but never ended up watching it. So I jumped in to the recent episode and Suzie filled me in with the back story and who's who and how it all worked. It got me nostalgic for our TV chatting that we used to do on Hexed, or even going farther back to when I started watched Buffy in Season 5 and Suzie always helped me out when I was confused about the show. Which was often. It's wild to have a such a history of TV watching together!


It was all over too fast! It was such a great time of sisterly fun. I loved seeing Suzie teaching Jamie awesome photography techniques, and hanging out in the back yard looking at the flowers. I had a blast and it was great to be all together. From doing art together to watching movies, to having lots of tea and great conversations. What a great visit.

Miss you already Suzie!



Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Goodbye to Gobo (1999-2015)


I am truly saddened that recently it was time to say goodbye to my cat Gobo. When I got him he was the second-to-the-runt of a litter, a very cute and excitable kitten that was adventurous and got into everything. 16 years later, he was still getting into everything. Until one day he wasn't. After a few trips to the vet it was clear something major had happened, and he continued to decline until it was time to say goodbye.



Although that memory is the one freshest in my mind, and is the most sad, it certainly isn't the bulk of the wonderful memories that I have of him. Memories of him greeting me when I got home, sitting on me when I watched movies and read oodles of books, purring like a mad, sleeping in the crook of my knees and randomly guest appearing on videos I filmed.

He was also super friendly to everyone he met, which made him not the best guard-cat but he was great with company. He was with me through 8 apartments, from a tiny 1-room to a huge third floor space, and he seemed just as happy in one as the other. He was very laid back that way. In every way.



I feel like I probably won't miss him knocking things over every night at 3AM, chewing my hair as I sleep, changing the time on my clock radio or needing to clean the litter, but I know I will miss these things because they were a part of my life for so long. I wish there is more than I could think to say, but I'm still so sad. I caught myself yesterday looking for him sleeping to be on the bed in his spot. And he wasn't there, as he won't ever be again. He was my first cat. And he was *my* cat.

Since I started this blog, it became a tradition to end update posts with a picture of him. I'll have to figure out what to do differently from here on in, but for today let's stick with tradition.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Time Capsule: March 2015



I can't believe we are more than halfway through the month of March, and now have officially hit Spring. I'm really happy it's warmer out and have been loving each and every above zero degrees day. I hope that's all we get from here on it!


1. What are you reading?
I recently finished Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach and absolutely loved it, science fiction with a strong female protagonist who literally kicks butt. Definitely my favourite book of the year so far. I'm reading but struggling with Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, it's pretty wordy and not quite what I expected. This is my second go at it and at least this time I am understanding it, but I think it will be more than challenge to meet my deadline of reading before the end of the month. For non-fiction books, I am very close to finish Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project which I am absolutely loving. Gretchen is so awesome, and the book is so inspiring and insightful. I'm a huge fan of habit formation, so I'm really looking forward to checking out her new book which just came out Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.



2. What are you watching?
I watched both seasons of The Fall for an upcoming episode of Before the Dawn, and wow, that show is very tense and disturbing. Even though it's been renewed for Season 3 I don't know if I would keep watching. I think the acting and writing are excellent, but it's so disturbing I'm not sure I would want to spend more time there. On a way lighter note, I totally enjoyed the first episode of The Royals, a drama centred on a fictional (and scandalous) version of the British Monarchy. Very entertaining, and first episode was free on iTunes. Woot! The last film I watched was Housebound, an excellent New Zealand haunted house-ish horror film that blew me away.


3. What are you listening to?
The album I keep on coming back to on my playlist is Blake Shelton's Bringing Back the Sunshine. I bought it a while ago, but at some point recently I realized I knew all the songs really well. Do you even have that with an album? You listen to it, and listen to it and then BAM you know all the words to all the songs. Wild. I also picked up Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour when it was on sale recently, and know a lot of the songs from that too! Weird. But good weird. I've also been listening to a lot of music via The Voice, which started up again and is now in it's 8th season. There are so many amazing artists this year. I have made a playlist of my favourite performances and am in denial about how quickly artist I love will be eliminated. The show moves fast from here on it.

4. What are you playing?
I'm not playing a lot of games these days, mostly just Farm Heroes Saga on my phone. I think I hit level 250. Too many roadblocks! And I hate the bomb-type-fruit that you have to clear or it poofs the veggies you've collected. Not cool!


5. What are you loving?
The weather! Thank goodness it's spring and the snow melted. I hope there is no more ice and snow this year. Hand in hand with that, I'm loving going out for coffee and journalling.


6. What are you creating?
I've been participating the course Year of the Spark and really loving it, and most recently created a creature that has wings (or big ears) and shuffly snowshoes. He's pretty great. I also have been doing little sketches on my morning pages. And now I'm starting to flirt with the idea of doing some self portraits. We'll see about that.

7. What's are you thinking about?
Habit formation.

9. What's the theme of today, today (or this month, etc)?
The theme is that it's sunny and spring-y out there! YAY!


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Spring TV 2015 ~ Where to Watch TV Shows Online In Canada


We are still up to our knees (or eyeballs) in snow out there, but that doesn't mean it isn't time for the Spring 2015 Where to Watch TV Online in Canada Listing. It's been quite a year so far, but we have so many more new and returning shows coming at you this March and April and I'm going to be happy to share where you can watch them online.

Even if it feels like the mid-season of normal seasons, that doesn't mean we won't have lots of new additions to the schedules. I'm looking forward to a fair number of returning reality shows including Big Brother Canada Season 3 (which switches from airing on Slice to Global), Cold Water Cowboys Season 2 and Hell's Kitchen Season 14 (even this many seasons in, I bet there will still will be scallops that are RAW!). We'll also get to see new series, and I'm particularly curious about the thriller Secrets and Lies (based on the Australian series of the same name), E!'s faux-British royalty show The Royals and conspiracy drama DIG starring Jason Isaacs.

This listing is for shows that began as of March 2015 or have continued on from Fall 2014/Winter 2015. If there is an earlier show you are looking for that's already finished, feel free to check the Winter 2015 or Fall 2014 TV Listing. Online viewing has been pretty consistent recently of having only the most recent episode available online for 1 week after broadcast, with exceptions for Canadian series (or co-pros) which often have the full season (or series) available like. We've started to see more transparency here, and I've noticed that both CTV and Global now indicate when new episodes will be available online and how long it will be available for. This is a huge help for us who watch shows online, thank you CTV and Global!

This list will be updated as new shows become available at their legitimate Canadian Broadcasters websites including CBC, CTV and CTV2, Global, CityTV, Space, Showcase, Slice, HGTV Canada, Food Network, Lifetime Canada, Discovery and History.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Can't find what you are looking for? Try the individual Canadian TV broadcasters websites video pages:

Sadly, there are always a handful of shows that are not available to watch online, such as Outlander which is one of my new faves, and if history repeats itself Supernatural, The Originals and The Walking Dead all fall into this category. For these shows, you often have the option to buy via iTunes or at the Google Play Store. The big pay off there is: no commercials!

For online-only viewers, shows often are available for 1 week starting the day after they air, unless you have a cable subscription and can log into the TV station website. The exception to the rule is Canadian shows on specialty channels, which often have the entire season/series available online.
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* A few online viewing options do not have a specific page for watching a singular show, but rather a video player for watching any of their offerings. In those cases I've put the link to the broadcasters website, as opposed to the show. Then either select the show if it's displayed prominently, or click their video library, select your show, the season and then the episode.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time Capsule: February 2015


Time to take a time capsule look at February. I think I'm noticing the winter months will be heaving on the watching/reading and less heavy in some of the other categories. I think the snow has something to do with it. Feel free to play along and create your own time capsule post!


1. What are you reading?
I'm in the middle of several books including In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick for the 2015 Book to Film Challenge, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe for the Those Books Exploration, and Le Morte D'Arthur which will probably take me all year (or longer) to read. I'm also having a blast over at Good Reads with the new Harlequin group that was created, and readers and authors alike are sharing stories of enjoying romance.



2. What are you watching?
In terms of TV, I'm still feeling overwhelmed by how much there is to watch and yet I don't feel like I'm watching much at all. I am thrilled that both Bitten and Face Off have started new seasons, and am also quite enjoying Eye Candy. I'm also catching up on Season 2 of Beauty and the Beast, which I am really enjoying and even more so now that I know it has been renewed for a fourth season, before the third even airs. Films I've enjoyed recently including The Maze Runner and Kiss of the Damned (hear Marina & I discuss it over at Before the Dawn). I've also been exploring romantic thrillers as a genre, and I didn't even think of that *as* a genre until recently and now I realized I was previously just thinking of them as not-good horror films, rather than a genre all their own.

3. What are you listening to?
I have been loving Jessie J's album Sweet Talker, in particular the songs Masterpiece and Bang Bang.


4. What are you playing?
I haven't been playing as much these days, although I still continue to play Farm Heroes Saga (level 200-ish) and Just Dance. I gotta get back to Destiny!


5. What are you loving?
I'm a little stumped by this one today! Oh.. maybe nail polish. Been slightly obsessed with doing my nails recently.


6. What are you creating?
I feel like I'm in the middle of lots of things, and one that I'm on the home stretch for is a v-neck sweater. I have the front and back done, so it's just the sleeves to go and then assembly & a neckband (first time for that). I was going to start a new sweater, but then considering I'm in the middle of 2 I thought it might be better to finish one especially if I want to wear it before this winter is done!

7. What's are you thinking about?
So many things! I'm thinking about drawing. I'm thinking about habit formation, and a way to share the habits I've been working on so far this year. I've also been thinking about apartments because it is time to find one!

8. What are you looking forward to?
Spring! Or at least no snow. We had a long-delayed snowy part to winter this year, and I'm not loving it. I love the beauty of it and the calm of it, but not the hard-to-get-around part of it!

9. What's the theme of today, today (or this month, etc)?
The theme is today is facing things head on. With a cup of tea, of course.