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Amazon Alexa Now in Canada: Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and Prime Music Launch

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Amazon has made a huge announcement today—as its voice assistant Alexa has finally launched in Canada.

The launch of Alexa also debuts three Echo voice controlled speakers in Canada—finally. Three speakers below currently are available on sale with promo pricing for a limited time:

  • Amazon Echo (2nd gen) – $99.99 (regular $129.99)
  • Echo Dot (2nd gen) – $49.99 (regular $69.99)
  • Echo Plus – $169.99 (regular $199.99)

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With Echo, you can ask it to play music, read the news, make hands-free calls, control your smart home devices, ask questions about traffic and sports, set timers and to-do lists, check your calendar and more.

Amazon Echo is the company’s voice controlled smart speaker, with far-field voice control so it can hear your commands from across the room, available in three colours: Sandstone, Heather Grey and Charcoal.

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Amazon Echo Dot is a smaller device, which you can add to any room and also pair with additional speakers via Bluetooth or a stereo cable, available in black and white.

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Amazon Echo Plus includes all the features of Echo but includes a built-in ZigBee smart home hub, allowing you to control Alexa when you’re not home, available in Silver, White and Black.

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“Tens of millions of customers are already using Alexa, and today we’re excited to bring her to Canada with an experience designed from the ground up for our Canadian customers,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa, in an issued statement to iPhone in Canada.

Alexa in Canada, according to Amazon, delivers an “all-new experience”, with a new English voice with Canadian accent (eh!), including local knowledge and skills. Amazon says over 10,000 skills will be available for Canadians from companies like Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal, Manulife, Aviva, Yellow Pages, and more.

Echo devices are available for pre-order today on Amazon.ca for a December 5 launch. They will also be available at Best Buy, The Source, Staples, TELUS, Bell, Bed Bath & Beyond, and TSC: Today’s Shopping Choice.

Also available today is Amazon’s new Smart Home Store, which lists all smart devices available for purchase from a variety of manufacturers. This includes the Canadian launch of the ecobee4 smart thermostat for $329, while the Schlage Sense touchscreen deadbolt now also supports Alexa for $221.

Also launching today is Prime Music, which brings over 1 million ad-free songs free for Prime members, which you can listen to on any Echo device, which includes offline listening.

There a variety of genres available on Prime Music, plus mixes exclusively featuring Canadian artists, such as “Made in Canada: Rock and Alternative,” to “Quebec Country Now,” “Acoustic Commute,” and “Chanteuse Québécoise.”.

Amazon Music is available on Echo, iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Web, Fire TV and select automobiles.

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Click here to check out these new Echo devices on Amazon.ca, and pre-order them with the promo introductory pricing. Let us know what you’re going to jump on.

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  • Sly C

    Well I just decided to go with Google Home last week so this is a tad bit too late.

  • CMfly

    Can always have both, let them battle it out..

  • Matt

    FINALLY, I can cancel Apple Music and use Prime Music. Wooooo

  • Sly C

    The only one that piqued my interest was the Echo Spot and I don’t see that one on the list.
    Google Home is turning out to be somewhat of a dud as well in my ? centric household but I wasn’t about to wait for the home pod. Lol

  • mxmgodin

    The selection on Prime Music is… pretty bad :/
    The large majority of the stuff I’ve been listening to over the past year or so isn’t available on it.

  • Matt

    still cant change address to Canadian address…. so when u ask for weather, still have to tell it to say “Montreal” or “Toronto”

  • Salinger

    Amazon hasn’t released the Spot or Show here yet, but now that all three Echos will be officially released here as well as Fire TV already available, I’d say it’s only a matter of time.

    The symbol preceding “centric household” is not showing up on my screen, but I’m assuming it’s Apple. 🙂 I too, have pretty much an all Apple ecosystem, but have a Google Home and find it brilliant. It does everything I want, and some things I didn’t even imagine.

    The only advantage HomePod might have (aside from sound quality) is its support of Apple Music, but that’s a non-issue for me. As long as Apple requires iTunes for desktop music streaming, it’s a no-go for me. Google Home controls my Spotify brilliantly and “speaks” with my iPhone to transfer currently playing songs seamlessly.

    What issues are you having with your Google Home due to being in the Apple ecosystem? Is it just Apple Music related?

  • Salinger

    Now that Alexa will officially be available in Canada shortly, I wonder if the Fire TV stick currently on-sale will soon become obsolete? The equivalent version in the US and elsewhere has Alexa voice control but it’s notably absent in our version. Originally, it seemed logical as Alexa wasn’t localized for Canada. But now….

  • Sly C

    Apple Music isn’t that big of a deal since I already have better Bluetooth speakers that I use to listen to music and full control on my wrist. Without a Chromecast the TV features are unusable. And I’m having a hell of a time getting my WeMo switches to work. They don’t seem to want to link and the IFTTT workaround doesn’t work consistently.
    Shopping list jumps into a browser window instead of in the assistant app not to mention it doesn’t work with any other services such as Wunderlist.
    I haven’t been able to get it to take simple notes Google Keep.

    Etc. Weather doesn’t use Canadian services so it doesn’t have things like wind chill or feels like.

  • Jeremy

    Worked for me. Try upgrading your Alexa app?

  • Prashanna

    Hey Guys
    If you pre order the Amazon Echo from Telus you get 1 year Amazon Prime membership if you New or Current member get extended here the Link https://www.telus.com/en/on/mobility/accessories/product/amazon-echo

  • Kellidotca

    I’m not seeing this offer anywhere?

  • Spiridus

    I’m having the same issue, mine will not say Hamilton, it always says “Haldimand County” which is 45 mins away from me. I have the latest version of Alexa. I even noticed we are still stuck with choosing New York & North America for our time zone, no mention of Canada in the app yet.

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