Every week, MobileSyrup outlines some of the most notable movies and TV shows that recently hit Canadian streaming platforms.
Our ‘Streaming in Canada’ column typically focuses on new content from Amazon Prime Video, Crave and Netflix, but other services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ will be mentioned when relevant. Premium video on demand (PVOD) platforms are also fair game as movies continue to come to digital early amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, we’ll highlight shows or movies that are made by Canadian companies, involve notable Canadian cast or crew and/or are filmed in Canada.
Amazon Prime Video
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
In 1998, Claire Redfield, Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine and Leon S. Kennedy must band together during a zombie outbreak in a small town.
Based on Capcom’s Resident Evil video games, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City was written and directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) and stars Toronto’s Robbie Amell (Upload), Vancouver’s Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon, Kaya Scodelario (Skins) Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys), Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) and Ottawa’s Donal Logue (Gotham).
It’s also worth noting that the film was shot in Toronto and Sudbury, Ontario.
Original theatrical release date: November 24th, 2021
Amazon Prime Video premiere date: May 27th, 2022
Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Stream Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City here.
An Amazon Prime Video subscription is included at no additional cost with an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $79/year.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Amazon Prime Video Canada this month can be found here.
Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Season 5) [Apple Original]
A new batch of celebrities teams up for karaoke while driving in this series based on the eponymous James Corden segment.
Some of this season’s guests include Mississauga, Ontario’s Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) with Jessica Henwick (The Matrix Resurrections), Vancouver’s Jonathan Scott (The Property Brothers) with partner Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and The White Lotus co-stars Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario and Sydney Sweeney.
Apple TV+ Canada premiere date: May 27th, 2022 (first six episodes, new episodes later this year)
Genre: Comedy, musical
Runtime: Six episodes (around
Stream Carpool Karaoke: The Series here.
Prehistoric Planet [Apple Original]
From Jon Favreau (The Mandalorian) and the producers of Planet Earth comes this docuseries which uses the cutting-edge technology found in Favreau’s Jungle Book and The Lion King films to recreate dinosaurs with photorealistic visuals.
On top of that, Sir David Attenborough (Planet Earth) narrates and Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) serves as composer.
Apple TV+ Canada premiere date: May 23rd to May 27th, 2022 (one new episode each day)
Runtime: Five episodes (39 to 42 minutes each)
Stream Prehistoric Planet here.
An Apple TV+ subscription costs $5.99/month.
David Cronenberg Collection
To coincide with the Cannes premiere of famed Toronto filmmaker David Cronenberg’s new film, Crimes of the Future, Crave has launched a new collection featuring many of his films.
- A Dangerous Method
- Dead Ringers
- Eastern Promises
- The Fly
- A History of Violence
- Maps to the Stars
Additionally, Bell has confirmed that Crimes of the Future — a body horror film starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart — will come to Crave this fall following its theatrical run.
Kyle Brownrigg: Introducing Lyle [Crave Original]
Discover another Canadian homegrown comedy!
Don’t miss Kyle Brownrigg’s comedy special Introducing Lyle, now streaming on Crave. pic.twitter.com/2yJPmUjtra
— Crave (@CraveCanada) May 27, 2022
Ottawa-born comedian Kyle Brownrigg riffs on gender reveal parties, his Irish boyfriend and his drunk persona, Lyle.
Apple TV+ Canada premiere date: May 27th, 2022
Genre: Stand-up comedy
Runtime: 30 minutes
Stream Kyle Brownrigg: Introducing Lyle here.
A standard Crave subscription is priced at $19.99/month, with Starz costing an additional $5.99/month. A mobile-only subscription is also available for $9.99/month.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Crave this month can be found here.
Obi-Wan Kenobi [Disney+ Original]
Ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a dangerous mission while being hunted by the Empire.
Notably, Toronto’s Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian) directed all six episodes of the show, while Ewan McGregor and Vancouver’s Hayden Christensen reprise their prequels roles of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, respectively.
Other cast members include Moses Igram (The Queen’s Gambit), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Rupert Friend (Homeland) and Sung Kang (The Fast and Furious franchise).
Disney+ Canada premiere date: May 27th, 2022 (first two episodes, new episode every Wednesday)
Runtime: Six episodes (around one hour each)
Stream Obi-Wan Kenobi here.
We Feed People [Disney+ Original]
Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) spotlights the work of chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen as they provide prepared meals to communities impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
Disney+ Canada premiere date: May 27th, 2022
Runtime: Six episodes (around one hour each)
Stream We Feed People here.
A Disney+ subscription costs $11.99/month or $119.99/year.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Disney+ Canada this month can be found here.
My Little Pony: Make Your Mark [Netflix Original]
Pony friends Zipp, Sunny, Izzy, Pipp and Hitch go on adventures.
My Little Pony: Make Your Mark features the voices of Mississauga, Ontario’s Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (Never Have I Ever), J.J. Gerber (Bibleman: The Animated Adventures) and Jenna Warren (Thomas & Friends).
Netflix Canada premiere date: May 26th, 2022
Genre: Animated kids
Runtime: 45 minutes
Stream My Little Pony: Make Your Mark here.
Somebody Feed Phil (Season 5) [Netflix Original]
Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal travels to more places around the world to try out new cuisine. This season, he visits Oaxaca, Maine, Helsinki, Portland and Madrid.
Netflix Canada premiere date: May 25th, 2022
Runtime: Five episodes (46 to 51 minutes each)
Stream Somebody Feed Phil here.
Stranger Things 4 Vol. 1 [Netflix Original]
Sixth months after the devastating Battle of Starcourt, the teens are separated for the first time, just as a new and horrifying supernatural threat emerges.
Stranger Things was created by the Duffer Brothers (Wayward Pines) and features an ensemble cast that includes Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence), David Harbour (The Newsroom), Millie Bobby Brown (Intruders), Vancouver’s Finn Wolfhard (It), Gaten Matarazzo (Prank Encounters), Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King on Broadway) and Noah Schnapp (The Peanuts Movie).
It’s worth noting that Montreal’s own Shawn Levy (Free Guy) is a producer and director on the show. Additionally, keep in mind that the second half of Season 4 Vol. 2 will drop July 1st, with a fifth and final season also on the way.
Netflix Canada premiere date: May 27th, 2022
Genre: Sci-fi, horror, drama
Runtime: Seven episodes (63 minutes to 98 minutes each)
Stream Stranger Things here.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Netflix Canada this month can be found here.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic must team up with a crafty fox named Tails to defeat the evil Dr. Robotnik, who’s back and more dangerous than ever thanks to his new ally, Knuckles the Echidna.
Based on Sega’s Sonic video game series, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was directed by Jeff Fowler (Sonic the Hedgehog) and features returning cast members Ben Schwartz (Sonic), James Marsden (Tom), Newmarket, Ontario’s own Jim Carrey (Robotnik), Tika Sumpter (Maddie) and Canadian-raised Lee Majdoub (Stone). Additionally, Idris Elba (Luther) voices Knuckles and Colleen O’Shaughnessy reprises her fan-favourite role of Tails from the Sonic games. It’s also worth noting that much of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was shot in Vancouver, just like the first film.
Original theatrical release date: April 8th, 2022
Paramount+ Canada premiere date: May 24th, 2022
Genre: Action-adventure, comedy
Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Stream Sonic the Hedgehog 2 here.
A Paramount+ subscription costs $5.99/month.
What are you planning on streaming this week? Let us know in the comments.
For more suggestions, check out last week’s Streaming in Canada column.
Image credit: Lucasfilm