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The Weeknd – Dawn FM

The Weeknd’s surprise album Dawn FM is leading the charts around the globe. Debuting at #1 Apple Music US and in 125 countries, and #1 Spotify US and worldwide. Dawn FM accumulates over 500 million streams to date. Listen to Dawn FM [XO/Republic Records] HERE.

Despite the release of the album coming suddenly, Dawn FM has been a smash hit. Dawn FM may just snatch up the spot as The Weeknd’s best album thus far. The single “Sacrifice” came out at #1 on Spotify US and global, while the collection The Highlights, too, ranks among the Billboard Top 10 at #6. Having two albums rank in the top ten is conventionally unheard of, a resounding accomplishment for The Weeknd.

Playing off the theme of an afterlife-esque radio station network, Dawn FM transforms viewers to a new universe. The abrupt announcement of the album ultimately worked in the favor of The Weeknd, with Dawn FM now ranking as his second global #1 album during the pandemic, following the renowned After Hours was released in March 2020, featuring the #1 All Time Hot 100 hit “Blinding Lights.”

Dawn FM has gained quick critical acclaim, registering The Weeknd’s leading aggregate score on Metacritic at ’88.’ Variety spoke on the album, stating, “After Hours has resonated for nearly two years after its release, and in the face of another phase of a daunting pandemic, it seems that Dawn FM – possibly The Weeknd’s best and most fully realized album to date – will help carry fans through this one as well.” Rolling Stone, too, raved about Dawn FM, rating it “4-out-of-5 stars, The Weeknd focuses those interstellar ambitions to anoint us with the most enchanting music to the portal through purgatory.”

Dawn FM sees features from Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never and Jim Carrey.

If you haven’t listened to this album yet, you are truly missing out on a sonic, one-of-a-experience by the superstar himself, The Weeknd.

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PANAMA RANKS AS NO.1 RETIREMENT DESTINATION

In accordance with International Living’s 31st Annual Global Retirement Index, Panama has been named the world’s #1 destination for 2022. This Index, produced in accordance with numerous statistics and on-the-ground input from in-country correspondents, ranks and rates the world’s leading retirement locations. The index surveys 10 major categories that include cost of living, retiree benefits, healthcare and more.

Panama snatches the top spot in InternationalLiving.com’s 2022 Annual Global Retirement Index. Panama capped the categories of opportunity, visa/ residency and benefits/ discounts, while scoring at the top amongst the fitting in and healthcare categories.

For such a small country, Panama is truly emerging – this marks the 11th time that Panama has dominated in International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index, for all the right reasons.

In 2022, Panama ranks as one of the simplest retirement destinations for travel from the United States or Canada. Panama City, the capital of Panama, is the one true First World city in Central America. Easy access to Panama from all over the U.S. increases the flexibility for travel, with several one-way flights available across the U.S., and cities in Canada and Europe. The modernity of Panama is only a short three hours from Miami, and five hours from New York. Not to mention, the currency is also the U.S. dollar!

Jessica Ramesch, the International Living Panama editor reflects on her experience in the country, stating, “as a single woman I feel safe and free to live my life here, whether I’m going out to dinner and Ubering home late at night or driving cross-country to visit friends. Perhaps that’s because this is truly a land of opportunity, home to thousands of hard-working, upwardly mobile locals and immigrants.”

Ramsech continues her advocation for Panama, touching on the accessibility, indulgences, and credibility of the country. She states, “My favorite spot right now is Coronado, a happening beach town just an hour’s drive from the capital. In fact, I like it so much I bought an apartment there, and am packing up to move. Coronado is home to one of Panama’s most active and welcoming expat communities. I’m not even there yet, and I’m already getting invites to potlucks and happy hours.”

No matter where retirees choose to live in Panama, Ramesch says, they’re likely to be only an hour away from hospitals. In Coronado there’s access to the San Fernando facility. It’s a satellite of the San Fernando in Panama City—a JCI-accredited hospital affiliated with the Miami Children’s Hospital, Baptist Health International of Miami, and Tulane University Health Services Center and Hospital Clinic.

“Panamanian doctors make patients feel truly cared for,” says Ramesch. “They don’t rush through appointments, and they’ll often give you their cell phone number so you have direct access to them while you’re going through treatment or recovery.

“In fact, I’d say Panamanians in general are the best part of living in Panama. I have made so many wonderful friends here. People who are welcoming and fun and have a wide range of interests, so the conversation is always engaging.”

According to International Living, one of the most attractive features of living in Panama stems from the Pensionado program suitable for retirees.

Ramesch declares her support for the program, declaring, “the Pensionado program is, hands down, the best retirement visa program in the world. It’s a big reason Panama has taken the number one spot on International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index so many times.”

Part of the reason for why Panama continues to steal those number one spots is due to the discounts that retirees with this visa have access to. The program makes it exceptionally simple – and inexpensive – to become a permanent legal resident. All of Panama’s legal residents are permitted to 20% off prescription medications if they’re of “pensioner” age. The base age is remarkably low, too – just 55 for women, 60 for men.

The Pensionado advantages expand to other discounts on dental care and transportation. Other leisure’s such as entertainment and hotel stays are available at low-cost rates, too.

Applicants with income of at least $1,000 a month qualify for the Pensionado program, and once you’re approved, you can appreciate all of the reductions.

“If you’d like to apply with your spouse, you can qualify with less than $1,000 each. You can even include dependents if you need to,” says Ramesch. “You just need a pension of at least $1,000 plus $250 for each additional person on your application.

“The $1,000 pension requirement reflects the low cost of living here in Panama. While it’s true that most of the North Americans who’ve chosen to retire here spend upwards of $2,000 a month, there are expats living here on far less.”

There are great areas in Panama that have rent prices as low as $300 to $500 a month, leaving extra money for retirees to spend elsewhere.

For those not 100% ready to make the permanent move just yet, Panama has a variety of alternatives for legal residency.

“The country has just unveiled a new extended-stay visa for digital-nomad types: The Temporary Telework Visa,” Ramesch says. “It allows you to come down and stay here—not for three months or even six, but for nine months. And you can extend for an additional nine months. That’s a generous total of 18 months, and the main requirements are simple: you must have medical insurance and an external source of income (at least $3,000 a month).”

Panama, too, has a “Foreign Professionals” Visa that has been available for over eight years. It allows foreign nationals to work in Panama, with easy requirements; you need a university education and a job arranged in Panama.

Though Panama ranks at the top in this year’s Annual Global Retirement Index, there are 25 other countries that were evaluated in the 10 categories used for judging, including; housing, benefits/ discounts, visa/residence, cost of living, fitting in/ entertainment, healthcare, development, climate, opportunity and governance. The full index country rankings for the year of 2022 can be found HERE.

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Spotlight: ANDRE COLQUHOUN

Andre Colquhoun is a Canadian actor, filmmaker, and musical artist. He can be seen in the Amazon Prime TV series The Expanse, Season 6 Episode 5 as the character Ceres Medic. The role is a minor principal role, but critical to the story, aiding character Josep, played by actor Samer Salem. In addition, Andre will be in the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+ as well as other major TV series.

Aside from acting, Andre has a deep love for filmmaking and music, with both being essential to his work as an artist. He recently created, directed, and starred in the 10-minute short film/music video Short Term. It features gorgeous cinematography, great direction, and grounded performance. The project is soulful, yet multifaceted, with multiple interpretations for the audience to examine and evaluate.

Andre’s ability to perform both in front of and behind the camera is a tremendous, rare talent he looks forward to embracing in future projects.

Andre Colquhoun in 360 magazine article.

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REZZ × MENACE

Electronic dance DJ/ producer Rezz released her new track “Menace” via Rezz Music/RCA Records on January 7, 2022.  The track serves as a bonus track on her latest album Spiral that hit the scene in November. Listen HERE.

The Canadian DJ/ producer is known for her original sound with gerne-altering electronic pieces. Released in 2019, Rezz’s first independent project Beyond the Senses EP attracted media from Alternative Press, SPIN and Billboard, who all referred to the EP as “her most impactful project to date.” The EP received The JUNO Award for Electronic Album of the Year in 2020. Accumulating tens of millions of streams, selling out major venues and headlining festivals around the world, Rezz is a force to be reckoned with, and “Menace” adds to the list of her groundbreaking works.

Rezz has been giving sneak peeks of the track “Menace” during live performances awaiting the official release of the track. Speaking about the new track, Rezz says, “this is one of my personal favorites ! Whenever I play it live it feels very climactic and like we’ve all achieved a victory of some sort lol”

Rezz’s fourth album Spiral was reviewed by EDM.com as “…REZZ’s most cohesive work yet. The album captures her signature sound beautifully while simultaneously showcasing her growth and versatility as a music producer.” The album includes popular songs like “Chemical Bond” with Deathpact, “Taste of You” with Dove Cameron and “Sacrificial” with PVRIS. Your EDM described “Taste of You” as “an absolute earworm,” while Alternative press regarded “Sacrificial” as “the perfect blend of both artists’ strengths and distinct artistry.”

Rezz begins her North American “Spiral Tour” on February 4, 2022, in Vancouver, BC. Tour dates will be listed below, and can be purchased HERE.

“Spiral Tour” Dates

Feb 4 – PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC

Feb 18 – Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI

Feb 19 – Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Feb 25 – Armory, Minneapolis, MN

Feb 26 – Factory, St. Louis, MO

Mar 4 – Terminal 5, New York, NY

Mar 5 – Terminal 5, New York, NY

Mar 11 – The Met, Philadelphia, PA

Mar 12 – Echostage, Washington, DC

Mar 18 – Riverworks, Buffalo, NY

Mar 19 – Express Live!, Columbus, OH

Apr 1 – Bayou, Houston, TX

Apr 2 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX

Apr 30 – Frost Amp, Stanford, CA

May 13 – WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA

May 14 – Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR

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Monster Energy Team × Snow Rodeo

Despite frosty temperatures, Monster Energy’s snow sports team delivered! The brand congratulated its team of freeski and snowboard athletes on a strong performance at the Snow Rodeo competition in Calgary, Canada. In the official World Cup event sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS), athletes from across the globe competed for Olympic qualifier points in Freeski and snowboard disciplines from December 30, 2021, to January 1, 2022, at WinSport Canada Olympic Park.

In the competitive Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle final on Saturday, 17-year-old snowboard prodigy Kokomo Murase from Gifu, Japan put down a dominant performance to claim first place. This marks the first FIS World Cup victory in the slopestyle discipline for the Japanese Olympic prospect, who also received the traditional Snow Rodeo cowboy hat as a trophy.

Earlier in Thursday’s Women’s Freeski Halfpipe final, Monster Army rider Hanna Faulhaber stomped a perfect run to claim second place. Earning her first FIS World Cup podium spot, the 17-year-old from Carbondale, Colorado, posted the day’s highest aerials and scored qualifier points for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

This week’s Snow Rodeo presented by Swatch and Toyota marked the event’s second iteration as a ski and snowboard competition in Calgary. Featuring contests in halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines, the FIS World Cup event offered athletes the second chance of the 2021/22 season to qualify for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Here’s how the action unfolded this weekend for Team Monster Energy:

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle

On Saturday afternoon, the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle discipline was contested as a special New Year’s Day event on the downhill obstacle course, designed by Stomping Grounds Projects snow park builders. The eight riders in the final hailed from Japan, Canada, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Just in time for the daytime event, the previously overcast skies opened, and temperatures climbed significantly after several days of polar vortex-induced chills. With several riders posting perfect runs, Monster Energy’s Murase upped the ante by landing a flawless routine on her first attempt.

In the technical rails section, Murase finessed a backside boardslide pretzel, Half Cab 50-50 frontside 360 out, followed by a gap lipslide 270 out on the Toyota rail feature. Heading into the jump section with speed, she landed a front-side 720 tail grab, backside 720 mute grab, and crippler melon grab on the final side-hit obstacle for a 77.58-point score and first place.

“[Snow Rodeo] was really tough because I was really nervous before the competition. But I’m so happy to win my first slopestyle World Cup today,” said Murase upon winning Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle in Calgary.

On the strength of Saturday’s victory, Murase now ranks at the top of FIS Snowboard Park & Pipe overall standings with 236 points. She also currently holds first place in the Slopestyle rankings that determine Olympic qualification and third place in the Big Air discipline.

Earlier this season, Murase claimed the win at the 2021 Big Air Festival Chur as well as third place in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle at Dew Tour Copper 2021. Heading into the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Murase is considered a podium threat in Big Air and Slopestyle disciplines with an impressive record to boot. At X Games Norway 2018, she became the youngest Winter X Games athlete ever to win a gold medal, at age 13. She also made history as the first girl to land a 1260 double cork aerial in competition.

Women’s Freeski Halfpipe

On Thursday night, the action in Calgary kicked off with the Women’s Ski Superpipe final amid biting cold on the Olympic Park superpipe. Eight of the world’s leading halfpipe skiers were looking to post the best score in three runs. Countries represented included China, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In the highly competitive field, 17-year-old Monster Army rider Hanna Faulhaber from Carbondale, Colorado came in as a rookie. But despite her young age, the Olympic hopeful had already made her mark this season: Earlier in December, the young US Ski Team rider stole the spotlight with a breakout performance in a third-place finish at Dew Tour Copper.

Blasting aerials higher than the rest of the field, Faulhaber rose all the way to claiming her first career World Cup podium. On her first run in the nighttime final under the floodlights, she put down a perfect routine including a huge tail grab off the top, leftside and rightside flair safety grabs, cork 720 safety landed backside, switch rightside 360, and leftside 540 on the final hit for 92.80 points and second place.

“It’s a crazy one for sure. It’s great to be able to put down consistently and I’m just happy to keep it going. I don’t know really what to say, I’m just excited for how it’s going and it’s unbelievable–I never thought that I would be here,” said Faulhaber upon claiming her first FIS World Cup podium in Calgary.

Prior to competing in Calgary, the young U.S. Pro Halfpipe Ski Team rider placed third in the 2020 Youth Olympics and fourth in the 2021 Ski Halfpipe World Championships. She currently holds third place overall in the FIS Women’s Ski Halfpipe World Cup rankings with 125 points.

For more on Kokomo Murase, Hanna Faulhaber, and the Monster Energy snow sports team, click HERE. Follow Monster Energy on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for exclusive behind-the-scenes looks from the 2022 snow sports season.

About Monster Energy

Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes, and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers, and fans.

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SPOTLIGHT: CARSON MACCORMAC

While chasing his dreams of becoming an actor, Canadian actor Carson MacCormac has established himself in the industry, and has plans to only expand his career as we head into 2022.

Carson can be found starring in East of the Middle West in the role of “Chris.” The film follows “Chris” as he navigates his life following his involvement in a fatal accident that leaves a mother and child dead. Through his interpretation of “Chris” in the film, Carson has been honored with the Best Actor award at the Montreal Independent Film Festival. Moreover, East of the Middle West was the closing film at the Chelsea Film Festival and won Best American Indie at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.

Carson additionally joined the cast of the withstanding Netflix series Locke and Key for both Season 2 and 3. The series follows the three Locke siblings as they work through their father’s peculiar murder. The siblings seek refuge in their mother’s ancestral home, also known as Keyhouse. Carson takes on the role of “Benjamin Locke,” a vague ancestor of the siblings, whose storyline is set in the 1700s. Season 2 of Locke and Key premiered in October 2021, and Season 3 premieres TBD in 2022.

Notorious for his role in DC Comics superhero movie SHAZAM!, Carson plays “Brett Breyer.” Carson can soon be found in the upcoming Netflix and Lionsgate thriller, Luckiest Girl Alive. 360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to chat with Carson about his acting career, and what we can expect to see for the future of his career.

When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in acting?

Before I realized how much work it would take to become one. When I was a kid, I would sit and watch movies and think “I could totally do that.” Little did I know just how much training goes into becoming an actor with even a basic level of competency. However, I knew I would pursue it for a living near the end of high school. Interestingly enough, it was once I started having to seriously work at the craft that I fell I became obsessed. A career is a kind way of putting what I lovingly refer to as an addiction. Once I fell in love with the work my course was kind of set for me.

What is the process that you go through to prep for a new role?

A lot of writing initially. I have a 5-page cheat sheet I made to ensure I always flesh out my characters, but that is only usually the initial prep. The fun work comes in the imagining of who my character is and why. Writing I find helps me organize my thoughts. It also ensures that any fleeting ideas I have to add depth to a role are jotted down for me to refer to later. Physicality is an important one for me, getting a character into my body as at the end of the day, that physical work is the majority of what the camera picks up. When I get my head around a character, get my body into the role and get my lines down, I just let it all go and have fun with it.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from the acting world?

One of my personal favorites is the reminder to stay curious and imaginative through all assets of life. Curiosity of self, of others and of things is, in my opinion, one of the purest forms of purpose humans can have. Acting has forced me to question everything, oftentimes myself included, and plunge into characters with circumstances and motives far removed from my own. That curiosity I find is a stream to the more pleasant qualities of people such as empathy, perspective, and self-reflection.

What is a bucket list goal that you want to accomplish in your career?

I would love to star in something that I wrote. It would have to come down the line, as I still have a lot to learn as a writer, but to take a page out of Good Will Hunting, I think the chance to build-a-bear a role that I could then portray would be incredibly enjoyable. That, to me, is also one of the most terrifying tasks I can think of for myself, which is why I think it excites me so much.

What is your #1 piece of advice for aspiring actors/ actresses?

Number one is to always ask why. Ask it about everything, as curiosity and a questioning mind is what I found helped me grow the most as an actor. Another important one that I found helped me a lot is to not take yourself too seriously. Actors are asked to play make believe for a living, oftentimes in highly emotional situations. The industry and the world is going to be hard enough on you, and so I find it important to be forgiving and understanding with yourself if the industry starts to wear you down. Your instrument will grow much faster in a healthy mindset than in one that is self-deprecating or judgmental.

What was the biggest takeaway from being a part of “East of Middle West?”

Externally, a lot of friends. I wish I could have taken that whole cast and crew home with me back to Canada but alas, airlines have a baggage limit. Personally, East of Middle West helped me learn to trust myself. Our shooting schedule was incredibly fast paced, with emotional scenes and high stakes. With such little prep time, a large part of my process became just letting go and flowing within scenes and seeing what would happen. It was at first, terrifying, but as filming went along, I found it to be an incredibly freeing experience. It forced me to trust myself as our timing constraints allowed for no other choice.

How was your experience joining a withstanding show/ team on “Locke and Key?”

It helped that I could watch season 1 and get a sense for how I fit into the cast but more than anything, I noticed the benefits in how efficiently everything was running. Even with the added pressure that COVID put on the production, the whole set was one giant, well-oiled machine. Outside of the whole ‘acting; part of my job, I find that being on set can often feel like being a toddler sitting at the parents’ dinner table: don’t interject in the adult conversations you barely understand and make sure you stay in your spot and listen carefully to your parents’ direction. Locke and Key made me feel as if that internal child was being spoiled rotten at every step of the way. It was truly a joy to be part of such a talented team.

What role, would you say, pushed you out of your comfort zone the most thus far?

Maybe because it’s still fresh in my memory, but my upcoming role in Luckiest Girl Alive. It is such a far cry from anything I have played before, with stakes higher and more brutal than a lot of my previous work. Not to mention the director, Mike Barker, was incredibly gracious in allowing me to experiment with improvisation in my scenes. Scary at first, but with time thinking about ‘what can I throw into this scene?’ became something I looked forward to every day.

What can we expect from Carson MacCormac in the future?

Luckiest Girl Alive, as I mentioned, is coming out sometime in 2022 and I couldn’t be more excited for audiences to see it. I think this film is necessary, timely, and pushes the industry as a whole in an important direction. It also just happens to be one entertaining ride. I worked on a show premiering in January called Astrid and Lily Save the World and boy oh boy, is it crazy. The show is outrageous, wild, and I’m thrilled to be part of it. I have a few projects coming out in 2022 that I can’t quite talk about just yet… and another feature film being released in 2023 that I am very excited to share…. Stay tuned!

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What to Know If You’re a First-Time Homebuyer in Toronto

Many first-time homebuyers aren’t sure about what they want.  They have a vague idea of a two or three-bedroom home and a budget but aren’t 100% sold on a specific style or look.  Toronto is a city that doesn’t wait for anyone, so it’s important that you know what you’re getting into before you start house hunting.

These are the best tips to learn before you start looking at Toronto homes!

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

Buying a home is a huge investment to make.  Because of this, many are worried about the prices or aren’t sure if they can make the down payment.  Thankfully Canada has a first-time homebuyer program that can help you out!

If you’re in Toronto and currently make less than $150,000 a year, this incentive may provide you with a 5-10% down payment to help you get across that first hurdle.  It’s important to take advantage of any help you can get: so talk to your real estate agent about this.

The Market in Toronto is Hot

Much like most of Canada within the last year, the market in Toronto is hot.  Home prices have skyrocketed, and houses have stayed on the market for less than two weeks.  The average had been 20 days as of 2019, but many have been more motivated to buy than ever before.

You must know what you’re looking for, pay attention to every property thoroughly, and make an informed decision quickly.  Don’t say yes to a house just because it’s available; make a smart choice.

Don’t Focus Only on the House Itself

The home isn’t the only thing you’re buying into when you purchase real estate in Toronto.  When home shopping, pay attention to the neighborhood and look at the local schools and entertainment.  Toronto has endless communities in it, so seek out an area that feels comfortable and like home to you.

If you’re planning on starting a family, look for homes near schools and public parks where you’ll get to take your future children.  Vancouver is the most diverse city on Earth, don’t hold yourself back from experiencing some of that in the area you live in!

Consider How the Price Has Changed

All home prices have skyrocketed, of course, but you must consider the home’s price past.  Look for any sudden dips or changes in the cost of the house and pay attention to what may have caused these.

If a home has experienced water damage or fire damage, this can impact the price, and if they repair it, a seller may resist disclosing it.  Get to know the properties and their history so you can see if you’re purchasing a property that comes with any risks.

Toronto is an Awesome Place to Buy if You’re Ready

Although there are plenty of fantastic cities in Canada for industry or art, Toronto is the best of both worlds.  This city has some of the best industries at its fingertips and offers neighborhoods and homes that could suit anyone’s tastes: don’t be afraid to make this move!

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Top Tips You Require For You To Start An Online Business In Canada

The looser licensing restrictions in Canada have resulted in the country becoming home to some of the top online casinos in the world. These casinos provide excellent games and generous bonuses – plus, they are all legal to operate in Canada.

Operating an online casino can bring in large sums of money, but it also comes with a high initial outlay of funds. To have a reputable online casino business, you should give bonuses such as wildz bonus code free spins; by doing this, you will good several customers.  Depending on whatever jurisdiction you choose to license your new casino in, launching an online casino in Canada is not much different from opening an online casino in any other country on the globe.

Because of the increasing popularity of internet gambling, establishing an online casino is a highly appealing business venture to explore. While it appears that new internet operators are coming up every other day in Canada, the reality is that launching one is not inexpensive and that the competition may be challenging. So, what exactly is required to get started?

Getting a Canadian Online Casino: What It Takes

A lucrative venture in today’s economy, starting an online gaming business is an enticing prospect. As a result of a global epidemic that has kept millions of people at home, internet gambling has seen significant growth. Profit margins in this industry are astonishing, assuming you have a well-thought-out company strategy and substantial start-up money.

Obtain a Gaming License for your business

When it comes to opening an online casino, one of the most significant fees you’ll incur is the cost of obtaining a license. This is the critical step in the process since it grants you the legal authority to do internet business in one form or another (or more countries). You’ll require one of them for a couple of important reasons (both of which will affect your bottom line).

  • The probability of working with high-quality software vendors that will not do business with quasi-legal or illegal businesses. And you won’t be able to use their products if you don’t have access to their intellectual property.
  • Players are becoming more aware of shady websites and avoid playing at unlicensed online gambling establishments. When a website is licensed correctly, it ensures that the proprietor is upfront, pays taxes, and operates as a site that players can rely on.

Because gambling rules in Canada are often more severe than in other countries. it is feasible to save time and money by incorporating overseas. Foreign jurisdictions that charge between $20,000 and $25,000 per year for a license include Curacao, Costa Rica, and Gibraltar. These jurisdictions are also among the most popular locations to register.

Annually, a prestigious license will set you back at least $35,000. A variety of fees will also have to be paid, as will the provision of financial reporting and the payment of taxes.

Establish a relationship with dependable software providers

The game software itself is the key to the success of your new venture. Therefore, establishing a business relationship with a reliable software vendor is essential. Your new casino’s ability to compete in a highly crowded industry will be aided by high-quality gaming software.

When assessing software suppliers, pay particular attention to the game content, the collaboration conditions, the certifications, and the technical support, which should all be included as part of the whole package of services.

  • Players’ accounts are managed and administered using a platform.
  • Gaming material is integrated into the casino solution.
  • Additional features include technical support, security features, and certifications.

Although the price of a software package can vary significantly based on the platform itself and the terms of the agreement, the cost can range anywhere from $10,000 to more than a million dollars, depending on the vendor and the features you pick.

Select the Games You Wish to Make Available

Selecting a range of games may be a time-consuming and expensive endeavor if you want to provide your gamers with the finest choices possible. While offering additional entertainment alternatives may help you improve your brand and clients, it will cost you more money because a more extensive selection is more expensive.

Choose from thousands of slot machine games and poker, roulette, blackjack, and other table games and card games. All of the games will be code scripts integrated into the platform you have selected. If you desire to specialize in a boutique-style casino, you may save money by offering a limited number of games.

Obtain Payment Methods That Have Been Verified

The most crucial element is that you get compensated! Nowadays, online gamblers demand their favorite sites to accept a broad selection of payment methods (such as credit cards, e-wallets, PayPal, and cryptocurrencies), as well as a diversity of payment methods. Make sure that your website accepts various payment methods, processes transactions quickly, and offers a diverse array of deposit options when taking deposits.

Design and develop the website (and Related Mobile Apps)

Then there’s the actual storefront itself. The website you create will be the first thing your consumers see, and it will serve as your primary commercial tool for the gaming industry.

You may believe that constructing the website yourself would save you money, but when it comes to integrating payment software and banking instruments, DIY can become quite tricky. Despite the expense, having the task done correctly by a contractor will provide you with a piece of mind and will only cost between $1,000 and $5,000 in most cases.

Participate in the Competition

As with any other business, you’ll need to account for expenses such as marketing, personnel, payroll, taxes, and contingency funds, all of which can quickly add up. This is not a low-budget undertaking. And, as is always the case, the more money you put into your gambling enterprise, the more money you stand to make.

Conclusion

When it comes to online casinos, Canadians have a plethora of alternatives. Still, there are many players out there searching for fun, variety, and unique possibilities to satisfy their desire for excitement, thrills, and huge wins.

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Online Gambling in Canada

Are You Planning To Start An Online Casino Company In Canada? Here Is What You Should Know

Gambling is a commonly accepted form of entertainment among Canadians, unlike other nations where gambling is frowned upon due to cultural taboos. Throughout the twentieth century, gambling regulation has been increasingly permissive. In the last decade, provincial gaming authorities have begun establishing websites to embrace the contemporary era of information and communication technology fully.

Unless they are permitted to do so, local governments have monopolies on providing gambling services to Canadian people. As a result, entrepreneurs in Canada with dreams of iGaming success may find themselves barred from entering the market. However, there are several options available in other countries. Continue reading to learn more about the Canadian market and how enterprises in Canada may break into the worldwide iGaming market.

In Canada, the gambling business is booming, and it’s no secret that the country’s gaming market is expanding at a breakneck pace. Many new entrepreneurs are starting firms to get their foot in the door while the market is still favorable. However, establishing an online casino is not a simple task. It needs imagination, determination, and a substantial amount of initial cash.

The truth is that there is no “secret sauce” that can ensure success in this industry, unfortunately. There are, however, a few critical components that you must possess even to have a chance of competing in the very competitive Canadian market. Take a look at this.

Business Registration in Canada

The first thing you’ll need is proper business registration in Canada, which may be obtained online. To get this, you must first establish a casino in Canada by registering with the Trade Registry. The registration process is conducted at the territorial level, and the company must adhere to the local share capital laws to be recognized.

To ensure that you comply with your local jurisdiction, you must be familiar with the Canadian online gambling legislation applicable to the province in which you intend to register.

A Gaming License is Required

The next step is to apply for a gaming license in the jurisdiction of your choosing after your new company has been officially established. This license is incredibly significant since it will allow you to lawfully conduct business online in one or more countries after you have obtained it.

Depending on where you decide to receive your casino license, this will account for a large percentage of your initial beginning money. Many Canadian online casinos choose to incorporate outside the country to save thousands of dollars in licensing fees each year.

A Wide Range of Payment Options That Have Been Verified

Online gamblers are getting savvier when it comes to genuine gaming operators. They are increasingly opting to play with those who provide the broadest selection of certified wagering and payout options. Making the right choice in a trustworthy payment provider will allow you to meet the demands of your consumers while also providing them with peace of mind regarding the safety and security of their financial transfers.

You’ll want a versatile, integrated payment network that allows players to gamble and be paid using both traditional payment methods (such as credit cards) and newer payment methods (such as cryptocurrency.

A Website

Starting an online casino might be a challenging endeavor, but you haven’t even begun until you’ve created your shop on the internet. You may start building your website and integrating your software after you have obtained a registered domain name.

Most successful online casinos will also make their games available through simple mobile applications for gamers on the move. The platforms you create for your visitors to utilize will serve as the public face of your company in the marketplace, so make sure they are well-designed.

An Online Software Provider

Making the selection on which online software provider to choose for your online casino will be the most crucial decision you’ll make when establishing your business is critical. Top providers are the finest of the best, and they will only deal with operators who have been licensed and confirmed.

When selecting a supplier, seek adaptable and fully adjustable software solutions that allow you to maintain complete control over the whole process, from design to post-launch.

A Marketing Plan

Your company is almost ready to launch! After completing your first set-up, you must go out and get some clients. The next stage is to develop an aggressive marketing and promotion strategy to get the word out about the project.

First and foremost, establishing your new online casino as a high-quality, reputable enterprise should be your priority. Following that, a robust marketing approach should include initiatives that encourage gamers to return to bring them in the door and keep them playing while they are there.

You should constantly look for methods to keep your consumers pleased by implementing ongoing retention efforts. The process of advertising your business does not finish with your company’s debut.

A Diverse Range of Exciting Games to Choose From

Once you’ve decided on a software supplier, it’s time to get down to business and have some fun. For your online casino to be a resounding success, you’ll want to provide your gamers with the broadest possible range of high-quality games to pick from.

As you choose from thousands of slot machine games, poker variants, blackjack, roulette, and other casino games, keep your target client in mind as you create an assortment of incredible gaming entertainment options. Also, giving bonuses such as caxino no deposit bonus codes is encouraged since many clients choose your services.

Conclusion

That’s all there is to it. Using only a handful of these items, you’ll be well on your way to establishing a thriving online casino business in Canada. On the other hand, no company can prosper unless it has a solid business plan that is created and followed through with as operations continue.

Starting a business of any kind is a complex undertaking and beginning an online casino might seem particularly difficult. As long as you stick to your business strategy, keep your clients in mind, comply with local rules and international gaming laws, and continue to innovate, your brand-new firm is sure to succeed and flourish.

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Noisy Toys List Released

The American Academy of Audiology is warning parents about the dangers of noisy toys as the Sight & Hearing Association releases its annual Noisy Toys List for 2021. The American Academy of Audiology is a national association representing audiologists across the U.S. The Sight & Hearing Association is based in St. Paul, Minnesota with a goal to work towards the prevention of vision and hearing loss. Both organizations are urging parents to be cautious this holiday season when selecting toys. Recognizing that tiny ears are particularly susceptible to hearing damage, it is important to check noise levels before purchase.

“Many parents don’t realize the permanent damage a simple toy can inflict on a child’s hearing,” said Sarah Sydlowski, Au.D., Ph.D., MBA, president of the American Academy of Audiology; and associate chief improvement officer and audiology director of the Hearing Implant Program at Cleveland Clinic. “When we fail to protect a child’s hearing, the result can be irreversible hearing loss.” The inner ear contains delicate hair cells which do not regrow. Once these are damaged by noise, the result can be permanent hearing loss.

The Sight & Hearing Association has produced an annual list of noisy toys prior to the holidays for the past 24 years. Since 1939, SHA has been identifying and preventing vision and hearing loss, in partnership with other professional and community organizations, by providing screenings, education and research. “During the holiday season, we look for the most popular sound-producing toys on the market and, with a sound level meter, we measure the decibel level to raise awareness regarding how dangerously loud and potentially damaging toys can be to children. Toys are tested based on how a child would play with them, first at arm’s length (10 inches) and then next to the ear, which is how a child often listens to a noisy toy,” explained Kathy Webb, executive director of SHA.

“It’s very important that parents pay attention to this list as well as any toy they purchase. Hearing damage can be from a one-time exposure or multiple exposures over time,” explained Sydlowski. “The louder a sound is, the shorter the amount of time you can safely be around it. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends sounds at 85 dB can be safe for up to eight hours. But for every 3 dB louder the sound is, the safe listening time reduces by half. Anyone buying toys for children needs to be aware of loud noises, particularly toys that have loud bursts—cap guns, popping balloons, air horns, etc. which are loud enough to damage hearing permanently with one short exposure.” 

A study released in January 2017 by researchers with the University of Alberta in Canada, determined the noise levels of popping balloons. They studied popping them with a pin, blowing them up until they ruptured and crushing them until they burst. The ruptured balloons clocked in at 168 decibels, four decibels louder than a 12-gauge shotgun.

Sydlowski advises parents to use phone apps to test the sound levels of toys before buying them. “Toys that make noise at or above 85 dBA can contribute to noise-induced hearing loss. If they come in at 85 decibels or higher when holding your phone microphone near them, like your child would hold the toy near their own ear, don’t buy them. It isn’t worth the risk. Remember, the louder the sound, the faster the damage and damage continues with exposure.”

While hearing loss numbers are rising in adults in the U.S., the total number of children with some type of hearing loss is unknown and many cases go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

“A child with just minimal hearing loss can be missing 50 percent of classroom discussion,” Sydlowski explained. These children will need to use extra effort in order to hear what is being said and they often become distracted and exhausted by the end of the day. These characteristics can be mistaken for learning disabilities when what the child needs is management of the hearing loss, typically in the form of hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. 

Reduced hearing can lead to behavioral issues, lack of focus, even depression in children. Children with hearing loss often don’t recognize that they can’t hear and parents don’t always know the signs.

Sydlowski cautioned, “Loud toys aren’t just annoying to parents, they can be a danger to children. Parents should exercise caution when buying toys with sound, including video games. With toys and games where you can turn the sound down, set the sound at an acceptable, non-harmful level and teach children to keep them at that level. Also, be vigilant about any signs that may indicate your child is having difficulty with their hearing. If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing, have a comprehensive hearing test with an audiologist.”

The American Academy of Audiology provides a list of licensed audiologists on its website. Click on “Find an Audiologist.”