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The Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of November

Posted by cchalkley on December 2, 2016


Another month has just flown by. See you later November!  We are getting closer to Christmas and to the end of the year. But let’s step away for a moment from all your Christmas shopping, baking and preparing to enjoy some of the best YouTube videos that came out in the last month.  Sit back, relax and watch these 10 videos. 

Britney Spears - Slumber Party ft. Tinashe

Happy Birthday Britney, she’s celebrating her 35th birthday today with a slumber party, maybe? Britney Spears is back with her 9th studio album. This video is for her new song Slumber Party and it shows off what she does best; looking hot, wearing minimal amounts of clothes, sporting lots of blonde extensions and showing off some dance sequences. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, Britney. 

Beauty and the Beast Trailer

We already spoke about the Beauty and the Beast trailer in an earlier Execublog. With all the excitement around this movie it’s no wonder it’s on the top YouTube video list. This remake of Beauty and the Beast will definitely make a new generation of children obsessed with all the old songs that we all now feel nostalgic about. Emma is already a fashionista known for some great red carpet looks and Belle’s yellow princess dress may also be one fashion look that could win her the cover of Vogue. Look out for this movie March 2017.

Cars 3 Official US Teaser Trailer

Disney/Pixar released a teaser trailer for their 3rd follow up to their popular kids movie Cars. This teaser doesn’t show much but it’s building a dramatic start to the threequel. The story begins with the main character Legendary Lightning McQueen getting into an epic crash on the race track. This movie will introduce a new character named Cruz Ramirez, a young female race car. Doesn’t the animation in this trailer look stellar? Cars 3 is set to release next summer and I’m sure will be the must see movie for every family. 

WONDER WOMAN Official Trailer

Now I have to admit that I’m pretty clueless when it comes to comic books and superhero storylines. But I can always stand behind girls in butt kicking roles. Wonder Woman is set to be released June 2017, but Warner Brothers is starting to get the hype out there by releasing its official trailer. This movie stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor in a story about the war to end all wars. Gal Gadot makes a stunning Amazonian Princess and I think all women and men alike will be day dreaming about this hot superhero. Expect to see a lot of Wonder Women costumes next Halloween. 

Flip Edition - Dude Perfect

This video shows off that satisfying and exciting feeling when you pull off something cool. This video goes beyond the college game of flipping cups these dudes flip everything from highlighters, golf clubs and ladders. Dude Perfect is a group of 5 guys that comes out with regular videos with different challenges and tricks they come up with. They are just a bunch of dudes making videos and bro’ing out.

YouTube Challenge - I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2016

Don’t children have a knack for theatrics? This Jimmy Kimmel video features parents messing with their children and telling them that they ate all their Halloween candy. This is maybe a touch of bad parenting just to get a reaction out of their children on camera, but we all have to get our kicks somewhere, right? This video is bound to make any parent giggle (as we all know that we would love to eat all their Halloween candy in a secret binge fest). I think I’m going to try this joke on my kid next year. 

Jimmy Fallon, Metallica & The Roots Sing "Enter Sandman" (Classroom Instruments)

One of my favourite things Jimmy Fallon does is the Classroom Instruments sessions.  If you have been living under a rock and never watched one of these before, it consists of Jimmy Fallon and The Roots all stuffed in a small room with famous musicians playing a hit song using classroom instruments. For this edition they brought in Metallica to sing their classic 1991 song “Enter Sandman.” This version turns the dark, heavy metal song into a fun playful one that you could even show to your kids. Notice what everyone is wearing in this video; Jimmy Fallon and The Roots are all dawned in Metallica T-Shirts and Metallica are all sporting Tonight Show and The Roots tees.Amazing

David Blaine Shocks Jimmy and The Roots with Magic Tricks

This is the second of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon videos that made it to the top YouTube videos this month.  David Blaine is known for his mind blowing illusions and has done some crazy stunts in the past. Remember the time when he froze himself alive or held his breath for over 7 minutes? David Blaine made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and showed Jimmy and The Roots some simple(?!) card tricks. Make sure you watch the full video, it has a shocking and cringe worthy trick at the end that might make your stomach do a flip. 

iPhone 7 vs World's Strongest Acid - What Will Happen?

This video begs the question, why do you want to make a video about this? The set up is what would happen if you pour Fluoroantimonic acid on an iPhone 7. Fluoroantimonic acid is 10 quadtrillion times stronger than sulfuric acid. Where would you even buy this stuff? Why do you want to ruin a perfectly good new phone for this? Anyways, you would think the iPhone would melt, smoke or set on fire, but the iPhone beat the test. Who would have thought that this phone would still work? Well maybe this guy who made this video, I guess. 

Pentatonix - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Another month where Pentatonix made it to the top YouTube list. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is a classic Christmas song with the Pentatonix’s a cappella twist. This video is so simple with all 5 members dressed in black standing in front of a black background, no flash or gimmicks here. These guys have class, style and beautiful voices, enough said.  Tis the season to give this album a listen and bring some joy to your home this holiday season.

Well this wraps up our top 10 most viewed videos of November. I hope you enjoyed these videos and see you next month! 



Christine Chalkley, Marketing Coordinator

I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”

The Best Sales this Cyber Monday

Posted by cirvine on November 28, 2016


Why go through the insanity that is Black Friday at the mall when you can stay home in your pajamas and shop for deals online on Cyber Monday? Get all your Christmas shopping done from the comfort of your couch today! Here are the big deals to look out for.


From computers to toys to everything else in life, Amazon pretty much has you covered and they have some of the best deals you’re going to find today. Been procrastinating on buying a new PS4? Save $117 on a 500GB PS4 with 2 games and a controller. Wowzers.

Click here to see all of Amazon’s best deals.

Best Buy

Best Buy is many people’s go-to when it comes to new tech. If you’re on the hunt for a new computer, camera or drone, take a look at the deals Best Buy is offering up today. That being said, one of the best deals they have is actually on a 2-piece luggage set (save $430!), so you never quite know what you could find today!

Click here to see Best Buy’s Cyber Monday flyer.


Walmart is pretty much synonymous with savings, so it’s a safe bet that they’re going to blow our minds with great deals today. How about $250 off a 58” Smart LED TV? Yes, please!

Click here to see Walmart’s Cyber Monday flyer.

Canadian Tire

Today when you spend $200 online at Canadian Tire, they will actually send you a $50 promo card in the mail that you can use toward any in-store purchases. Pretty sweet! Canadian Tire is great for sports and outdoors equipment, as well as anything automotive. It’s your stereotypical guy’s guy’s paradise.

Click here to see Canadian Tire’s Cyber Monday flyer.

Toys R Us

Do you have a lot of kids to buy for this year? Look no further than Toys R Us. Although you won’t find the insanely popular Hatchimals anywhere right now, you might find a good enough substitute in their “Hot Toy List”.  

Check out all their best deals here (today only)!

Banana Republic

Today, Banana Republic offers 50% off everything (yes, everything) today and that 50% is automatically deducted when you check out. Jeez, talk about dangerous. If you’ve got a clothes-lover on your gift-list this year, get to Banana Republic’s website right now!


For the sporty member of your family, you’re going to want to check out Sportchek’s deals today. With up to 60% off select online purchases, there’s definitely something for everyone. You can also find great deals on coats like a Columbia Insulated Parka for 50% off.

See all Sportchek’s Cyber Monday deals here.



Shoes—you can never have too many. Although you might not want to buy shoes for someone else, why not pick yourself up a pair today for a great price? Aldo is giving you 50% off select styles and 20% off new arrivals. They are also offering free shipping! They are already selling out of styles so get clicking!

One of the best things about the Internet is being able to shop from home and get a great deal on stuff. That’s what today is all about. Best part? You’ll have all your Christmas shopping done without needing to step in a mall. Now that’s a real deal.



Candice Irvine, Blogger, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer

I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?

How to Find the Best Black Friday Deal

Posted by cchalkley on November 25, 2016


Black Friday shopping is all about trying to find the best deals of the year. With many retailers promoting Black Friday deals, it’s hard to know what is a good deal or not. Whether you are shopping online or in a brick and mortar store, using some online tools can help you do your research. Looking for a leg up on how to find the best deals this Black Friday? Here are some apps and websites that can help you get the gifts you’re looking for at the best price out there.

Flipp is an app that provides a list of digital retail flyers that are in your area. You can browse through over 800 local retail flyers and create shopping lists for products that are on sale. This is a great way to search for products or brands that are on your gift list and then compare between stores to what the best current sale price is. Flipp is available for free on iOS, Android and has a desktop version.

Flipp App

Honey is an add-on web browser extension that will help you find some extra savings on your online purchase. Honey is a data base that keeps up to date online promo codes for online retailers.  While you are completing your online purchase, click the honey extension button on your web browser and Honey will automatically search and apply current online promo codes that are available for that retailer. Instant savings without all the work! Honey is available for free on Chrome and Firefox.


Keepa is a web browser extension that tracks product prices on Amazon to check the history of the online purchase price. Keepa provides charts and statistics of the Amazon price for the date range you specify. Install this add-on extension and when you are searching for products on Amazon, you will see the graph with the price history on the product description page. A summary of the data is available to see the date of the highest and lowest price.  You can also set up a list products that you would like to track and get notifications to when the price drops.  Keepa is available for free on Chrome and Firefox.

Keepa App

Redflagdeals website features retailer’s digital flyers so you can browse all the current sale flyers. What is nice about this site is that it has a Black Friday section to showcase all the retailers Black Friday flyers.  This site also highlights some of the best deals by store and links directly to the product on the retailer’s website.  Redflagdeals is free on iOS, Android and has a desktop version.


These are a few great online resources that can help you navigate through this Black Friday. Try some these apps out this holiday season and hopefully you can save a few bucks. Happy shopping and with some of your extra savings, treat yourself too!




Christine Chalkley, Marketing Coordinator

I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”

Big night for Canada at the AMERICAN Music Awards

Posted by cirvine on November 21, 2016


They might be called the American Music Awards but last night’s event was all about Canada.  The Canadian takeover started with a ton of nominations, including The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes, and Justin Bieber. And lest we forget our boyfriend Drake, whose 13 nominations broke Michael Jackson’s previous record for most nods in a single ceremony in 1984. You started from the bottom and now you are here, sir.


Then we started #winning. Stratford’s own Justin Bieber and Toronto-born Drake each won 4 awards at the fan-voted show, becoming the biggest winners of the night. Bieber won some of the top prizes of the night: Favourite Male Artist Pop/Rock, Favourite Song Pop/Rock for Love Yourself, Video of the Year and Favourite Album Pop/Rock for his album, Purpose.  

Drake swept the Rap/Hip-Hop category, winning Favourite Artist Rap/Hip Hop, Favourite Album Rap/Hip Hop for Views, Favourite Song Soul/R&B for Work with Rihanna, and Favourite Song Rap/Hip Hop for Hotline Bling. He covered all the bases in his speeches, thanking (of course) Toronto, his fans, his dad, and also congratulated his Degrassi co-star Nina Dobrev on her success, who handed him his first award of the night. Drake, your manners do Canada proud.

And just to firmly solidify our love for him, Drake released his hilarious new commercial for Apple Music during the show. It features him working out to Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, which plays on her own Apple Music commercial where she sings his hit Jumpman while running on a treadmill. Check out Drake’s commercial below:

The night was also blessed by some amazing performances from our Canadian popstars. Shawn Mendes, who was up for new artist of the year alongside Alessia Cara, did a heartthrobbingly-good back to back performance of Treat You Better and Mercy. The Weeknd, who was up for 3 awards that night, performed his new hit Starboy and absolutely killed it.

We also caught up with Justin Bieber on his world tour and let him serenade us with his huge hit Let Me Love You—a song I don’t think I will ever get sick of.

All in all, the night was totally owned by Canada and we couldn’t be more proud of our hometown heroes who are killing it in down in ‘Merica. Well done guys and gals. You fully deserve the recognition.



Candice Irvine, Blogger, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer

I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?

Beauty and the Beast 2017 Trailer: New Nostalgia

Posted by cirvine on November 17, 2016


Have you seen the new Beauty and the Beast trailer yet? You probably have, considering it has set a new record with 127.6 million views in its first 24 hours, smashing the previous records set by Fifty Shades Darker and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Safe to say, this movie is going to be huge.

Of course it’s going to be huge. It’s a remake of the smash-hit original, from Disney’s “Renaissance Period” during the early 90s. The original blew everyone’s minds, including mine.  I can still remember how blown away everyone was with the characters, the music, the animation, and of course, the music. Like many of the Disney movies from that period, I could probably recite the soundtrack for you line for line.

So how does the classic compare to the original? Well, let’s take a closer look at the trailer:

My heart overfloweth with the nostalgia feels!  


Folks, Disney knows what it’s doing. As soon as the music starts, your mind jumps back through the decades to the original, and sets the scene for what you already know will be an epic nostalgia ride.  And from the looks of the trailer, this movie is going to stay VERY true to the original. Fans found vastly different stories in Disney’s new remakes of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent), and that was fine, but you can’t mess too much with perfection, and that’s what Beauty and the Beast is. From the iconic yellow dress cascading around the ballroom to that gently falling rose pedal, it looks like they’re keeping our beloved story just as beautiful as they left it.


That being said, they don’t want to deliver the same movie scene for scene. They’re bringing something new to the dinner table this time and they are doing that in a few different ways. For starters, they are adding in some new songs. Thankfully, they have hired on the original composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 film’s score. I can’t wait to hear them and add them to my Disney music obsession.

Secondly, they have given Belle more depth. She has always been the more feminist Disney role model for little girls—she likes to read, she wants more than just a handsome prince, and dreams of “more than this provincial life”. But now, thanks in part to Emma Watson who is playing Belle, she is an inventor as well.


 “In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle,” Watson told Entertainment Weekly. “I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also what is she doing with her time?’[ …] So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”

I, for one, think this is a great twist on the story and am all for Disney princesses getting a little sprinkling of modern feminism.  It allows for a more rounded-out character, creates a stronger female role model for young audiences while staying true to the heart of the story.

I couldn’t think of a more perfect fit for Belle than Emma Watson (known primarily for her role as Hermione in Harry Potter). We also can look forward to Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the Beast (love), Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, Gandalf aka Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere.


With a cast like this alongside such an iconic story, I won’t be surprised when this breaks the box office in March, 2017.

Can’t wait!



Candice Irvine, Blogger, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer

I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?