Monday, September 19, 2016

Shaw's WideOpen Internet 150 is a Game-Changer!

Shaw now offers WideOpen Internet 150, fast and affordable access to content anywhere and anytime!

by emil tiedemann

BLOGGING is my life. Or at least a big part of it, I should say. I wasn't one of those folks who jumped aboard back in the early emergence of the blog, but once the bug bit me, I was hooked! 

WideOpen Internet 150 offers the speed you want and so much more. And it’s available in nearly every neighbourhood – at a super low price.

Back then, however, we didn't have tablets or high speed smartphones to help ease the access and distribution of online content. Facebook and Twitter were just infants, and Instagram and Snapchat weren't even ideas yet. As every year passes, blogging has become easier, quicker, and so much more efficient, as technology advances and offers up something bigger and better than before. 

This year is no exception, as Shaw rolls out its WideOpen Internet 150, providing ultra-fast Internet speeds that are priced for everyone and available everywhere!

"Speed is up, cost is down," says Chris Kucharski, Consumer President of Shaw Communications. "Canadians want lower prices for Internet service, but until now they had to choose between price and speed. Shaw WideOpen Internet 150 doesn't force them to make that choice." 

"...until now [Canadians] had to choose between price and speed"

You don't have to be a blogger or social media nerd to appreciate the value in this concept, which is actually available RIGHT NOW for as low as $49.90 per month for the first 12 months on a two-year price-guaranteed value plan. That includes up to 150 Mbps download speeds, up to 15 Mbps upload speeds, 1 TB/month of data transfer, Advanced WiFi modem rental, and access to Shaw Go WiFi!

Whether you're a road tripper with kids in the backseat, an engrossed businessperson always on the run, or simply someone who likes to binge watch their weekends away, you'll see the merit in WideOpen Internet 150!

"Our customers expect to always be connected," Kucharski continues, "and Shaw WideOpen Internet 150 makes top-tier speeds accessible, affordable, and more broadly available than ever before.

Enjoy your favourite TV shows, movies, live sports, and more at home and on the go with the new FreeRange TV app.

"Virtually all neighbourhoods across Western Canada have access to Shaw WideOpen Internet 150. Our competitors can't offer these speeds to even half as many homes as Shaw." 

To be exact, this exciting new concept give more than 91% of communities across Western Canada the ability to consume top-tier speeds TODAY without making residents and homeowners wait for major and costly network improvements, regardless if they life in large cities or small towns. Now anyone has access to Shaw's industry-leading in-home Advanced WiFi modem and the ability to download at speeds of up to 30 Mbps at over 80,000 Shaw Go WiFi hotspots!

Bundle this with Shaw's FreeRange TV, and you've got the perfect entertainment and online package, solving speed and affordability challenges customers have faced in the past, and liberating them to enjoy the Internet worry-free for everything they want to do. In other words, Shaw now offers its customers to access content anywhere, anytime. What more could you ask for?!  

As for us bloggers, we're on cloud nine, with the ability to access and distribute our content for our readers from wherever we are, faster and more efficiently than ever before. In a world where more and more folks are sharing their daily lives, Shaw's WideOpen Internet 150 offers the opportunity to experience the world wide web the way it was always meant to be. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Edmonton In 500 Posts

My 500th blog post...looking back on how we (& Edmonton) got here!

by emil tiedemann

WHEN I started this blog more than seven years ago, Edmonton was a different city. So many things have happened since then, transitioning our humble hometown into a world-class metro virtually overnight. It's staggering to see how far we've come in such a short amount of time.

The 'I Heart Edmonton' blog began on July 3, 2009, 500 posts ago!

Chronicling the city's vast progression wasn't the reason why I started this blog, but rather something that fueled its continuous. It began as my personal way to discourage the ongoing negative commentary spreading across social media about Edmonton, including the erroneous "DEADmonton" moniker.

I set out to showcase Edmonton and to show Edmontonians that there is so much more to our city than what they might think. It was a learning process for me as well, as I discovered just how much I didn't know or understand about the city I was born and raised in.  

Over the years, I've gotten to interview some of Edmonton's most interesting folks, share videos from our most popular and underrated musicians, and profile our city's most beloved festivals, restaurants, and artists. 'I Heart' contributor and fellow blogger Paula E. Kirman has also reviewed dozens of books from local authors since she joined us in December 2013.

Some of my favourite blog posts, however, have been about the game-changing decisions that have shaped our near and distant future here in Edmonton, perhaps beginning with the construction of the new Art Gallery of Alberta. Some locals would say that the AGA was the catalyst for change and growth in our city, particularly in the downtown, where most of the revitalization is happening. 

The Art Gallery of Alberta in downtown Edmonton.

The radical design of the new Gallery was controversial in the beginning, though others saw it as necessary rebellion to shake off Edmonton's lackluster image and prove to ourselves and the rest of the country that we're more than just oil and Oilers. Of course, most of us knew that already, but stereotypes are hard to subdue. 

In 2005, a fed-up Mayor Stephen Mandel beckoned "no more crap," referring to the forgettable and frankly boring infrastructure and architecture making up our identity as a city. Let's be real, for decades prior there was really nothing of any interest being built in the city, nothing worthy of making the pages of a travel magazine at least. 

U.S.-based architect Randall Stout offered up a progressive design for what would soon become our new Art Gallery, barren of limitations on imagination. Today, the AGA serves as a symbol of a new Edmonton, one that is now living out its wildest dreams. 

From those early days of 'I Heart Edmonton' and the rise of the new AGA, I and so many other locals have seen firsthand what effect a vision for "no more crap" can have on a city as a whole. Submitting to boundless imagination and ambition has allowed Edmonton to build more aesthetically-appealing and environmentally-friendly structures, as well as smarter and more self-sustaining neighbourhoods. 

The proof's all around us, although centered in the core for the most part. The Quarters and the Brewery Districts, the new Royal Alberta Museum, the LRT extensions, the facelift at the Legislature grounds, the maturation of our food and drink culture, the plans for Blatchford, and of course Ice District. It's all coming together before our very eyes, and I am so glad that 'I Heart Edmonton' (including our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages) has been there for the entire ride, and will continue to as our city grows into its true potential. 

A rendition of what Ice District will look like once it is completed.

It's hard for me to believe, but this is my 500th post on the award-winning 'I Heart Edmonton' blog, and I wanted it to be a sort of look back on how far Edmonton has come since that very first post in July 2009. We as Edmontonians should be proud of our evolution as a city, and we should be excited for what's to come, but we should never again become content with ordinary. "No more crap!"

Here are some of my favourite of the 500 posts on 'I Heart Edmonton,' as well as those that have profiled our transition into what we've become today:

- AC/DC Concert (August 2009)
- A Few Minutes with Don Iveson (November 2009)
- Exploring Edmonton's EXPO Bid (January 2010)
- Peeking Behind the Curtains of the AGA (January 2010)
- Why We Need the New Downtown Arena (April 2010)
- Edmonton Looks Back on 2011 (December 2011)
- A Few Minutes with Stephen Mandel (January 2012)
- Edmonton's Biggest Challenge (January 2012)
- John Fogerty Concert (September 2012)
- Edmonton 2.0 (November 2013)
- Being Gay in Edmonton (November 2013)
- A Few Minutes with Michael Phair (December 2013)
- 'I Heart' Turns Five! (July 2014)
- El Cortez...the Coolest Bar in Edmonton? Umm, yes! (March 2015)
- The Evolution of 104th Avenue (April 2015)
- Shania Twain Rocks Rexall! (June 2015)
- The ABC's of Why You Should Move to Edmonton (July 2015)
- The Rainbow Bus Brigade (July 2015)
- WINGS of Providence: Erin's Story (December 2015)
- My Name Is Edmonton... (January 2016)
- The 30 Day #buyYEG Challenge (February 2016)
- Reimagining Rossdale (April 2016)
- The Definitive Edmonton Playlist (May 2016)
- The Evolution of Edmonton (July 2016)
- 101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton (September 2016)
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Five Reasons to Stay In This Weekend!

Why spend all that time getting ready and all that cash on a night out when you can make it a movie night on your cozy couch instead! 

by emil tiedemann

IF you're not in the mood for the busy crowds at the theatre, and re-runs on Netflix just aren't doing it for you anymore, TELUS* has the answer for you!
'X-Men: Apocalypse' is now available on TELUS Optik TV!!

Summer vacation has officially come to an end. That means school and work are back in full swing, and it’s the perfect time to chill and veg out with a movie night this weekend. So grab your remote, some popcorn, and your favourite blanket and get ready to cozy up to some of the biggest blockbusters of the year!

If you’re an Optik TV subscriber, you get early access to purchase the most popular movies up to a month before they are available to rent or on Blu-ray. For those movie buffs out there, that's reason enough to sign up to Optik!

Last weekend, Optik subscribers got early access to Captain America: Civil War (the highest grossing movie of the year!). This weekend, Optik customers can be among the first in Western Canada to get X-Men: Apocalypse (see trailer below), weeks before its October 4th launch date. How’s that for Marvel-ous news?! Pun fully intended!

Right now there are five movies available early on Optik TV. From action-packed blockbusters to hilarious comedies to spooky horror movies, there’s something here for everyone.


X-Men: Apocalypse
Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X and Raven lead a team of young X-Men to stop them from destroying mankind. 

X-Men: Apocalypse

Captain America: Civil War
Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, the Avengers must pick a side. Whose side are you on? 

Captain America: Civil War

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Now that Mac and Kelly Radner have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighbourhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a hard–partying, out-of-control sorority, led by Shelby. Mac and Kelly are forced to team up with their charismatic ex-neighbour and now secret weapon, Teddy, since the ladies of Kappa Nu aren't going down without a fight. 

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

The Conjuring 2
The supernatural thriller brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. 

The Conjuring 2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Cowabunga dude! After super-villain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with two mutant henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. Now the heroes in the half shell must team up with April O'Neil and their new, hockey-masked ally Casey Jones, to battle their enemies and face their biggest threat ever: the notorious Krang. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

If you’re a TELUS Optik TV subscriber, once you’re cozied up on the couch, simply hit the On Demand button on your remote and head to the Early Releases section to purchase any of these titles. Stay tuned for upcoming hits like Ghostbusters, Jason Bourne (in 4K!), Suicide Squad and Finding Dory

If you’re not a TELUS customer but want early access to movies like these (and maybe some bragging rights with your friends), visit for more information on Optik TV. 

*This post is presented by TELUS.