1. Phoenix, Live in Sidney

The band Phoenix is giving fans a new reason to enjoy it — a free download featuring eight songs. Called Live in Sidney, the album was recorded Down Under and can be downloaded from wearephoenix.com.

2. Curious George

Turns out the curious cartoon primate has more of a history than just getting into mischief. A new exhibit at the New York Jewish Museum suggests the children’s book character was created by an equally interesting Jewish couple, Hans and Margaret Rey, who had their own curious adventures during the Second World War. thejewishmuseum.org

3. Sherlock Homes

Ah, the game’s afoot; Robert Downey Jr.’s Golden Globe-winning turning as Sherlock Holmes is available on DVD this Tuesday. The Guy Ritchie directed film also features Jude Law as Dr. Watson and Canada’s own Rachel McAdams as a thieving seductress.

4. Joe Fresh Spring 2010

Cheap and cheerful is back with Joe Fresh’s spring selection of makeup to give you a healthy glow and add some drama to those winter-tired eyes. With colours like Bloom, Berry, Honey, Papaya and Blossom, how can you not think of summer? For store locations, visit joe.ca.

5. Hot Tub Time Machine

With one of the best B-movie-ish titles from recent years, Hot Tube Time Machine could be the mindless remedy everyone needs to beat the seasonal blahs. Who can resist seeing actor John Cusack return to his career utopia, the ’80s. Along for the soak are “me”-era mainstays like Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover.

6. Everything is going to Kill Everybody

End-of-day talk isn’t just reserved for the cultists and doomsayers; Now everyone can enlighten their apocalyptic consciousness with Robert Brockway’s look at terrifying ways the world wants us dead — from natural disasters to gray goo, and space disasters to off-their-rocker robots.

7. Gap sale

Can’t live without khakis? In need of a fresh set of basic tees? Grab ’em at Gap’s Spring Sale, with up to 40 per cent off a range of items from blouses to blazers, and stash your saved cash for a round of drinks. Patio season is coming, people!