I live in Calgary too! I know how tough it can be to find stuff up here in Canada!
-A nice Hi Fi shop to check out speakers is K & W Audio
if you want to take a few listens. I'd email them first before dropping in. K & W has some great brands in their lineup including Usher, Martin Logan, Def Tech, Focal, and Snell. They also carry JL Audio subwoofers. General Audio and Soundsaround are also decent, although they're more of a "Paradigm and Totem" type of selection. (don't even bring up totems at soundsaround, they'll start giving you a 2 hour lecture on how the crossovers don't use PCB). I recommend avoiding some of the high end electronics they may sell at these shops though.
- For used and dealer direct gear, CAM
is a good site. Stuff on there tends to be too esoteric for my tastes though.
-I own some EMP speakers, which are really nice internet direct speakers but unfortunately under your budget! Give Positive Marketing AV
a call, they're supposed to carry higher end stuff from RBH which is EMP's mother brand. If you can arrange to get something like the RBH 1266 SEs you'd be getting some ridiculously-good-for-the-money speakers. This is what I recommend, because I love my EMPs and the step up stuff for those HAS to be great.
-Get a sub online, brick and mortar subs are overpriced for this. Look into stuff from Rythmik. DIY is a good way to save money IMO, because you can buy the wood etc locally. If you decide on a sonosub for example, check out Brock White for sonotubes. Elemental Designs is good stuff too. HSU I couldn't find a way to get in Canada. SonicboomAudio sells SVS subs in Canada. Also look into the subs from RBH as well, they're monsters. I'm going DIY on my HT sub, which I got from diycable.com. Creative Sound Solutions is also a brand to look into; since it's Canadian and makes great stuff and is a website worth browsing. Also check out Solen.ca if building your own speakers sounds fun.
-For a receiver, I'd recommend going online rather than brick and mortar. Emotiva ships to Canada, as does Accessories4less.com for starters. A marantz receiver is a great place to start. If ordering from USA, when possible try to find stuff made in north america so you're avoiding paying import duties. Outlaw
amps fit the bill. Emotiva doesn't(made in China), but these amps are very affordable and they double-QC anything leaving the states.
is a great canadian speaker company with internet direct free shipping in canada.
-For a Blu Ray player, I recommend either the PS3 (although it's not full 3D) or the Oppo BDP-93 (which isn't out yet). You can eventually get the Oppo in canada from this site
... they also sell monoprice stuff... which btw... Monoprice.com is a great site that ships to Canada, get banana plugs and things of that sort from them. Avoid the heavier stuff... shipping gets expensive and the canadian reseller is a better choice in that case.
-Ebay has cheap speaker wire shipped from ontario. Get 14 awg or 12 awg and you're set. Otherwise hit up home depot and make it yourself with copper electrical wire.
-This site is a good one to pick up Cables
. Memory express is also a great place to hit up for stuff like this, they even have a year warranty on their cables so if it breaks within a year (I accidentally broke an HDMI cable installing a wall mount [should have got an L adaptor]) they replace it for free, and they keep your info on their database so you're not scrounging around for a receipt.
-Home theater shack has a Canada store of some sort too... I don't know how it works but I'd assume it helps support this website via amazon.. there's a link up there somewhere.
-seymourAV sells acoustically transparent screens and DIY screens as well. If a projector is an option i'd get their screens. Not 100% sure they ship to canada.
-GIK Acoustics has nice treatments. I'm pretty sure they ship to canada.
-axemusic over on McLoed Trail is a nice place to hit up for some assorted stuff, although it's really a pro audio store not home theater.
-Not sure about a 2.1 second zone, you'd probably have to use a subwoofer's built in crossover, more zone 2s i can think of are 2.0 so incorporating the sub has to be done manually.