CmdStore is coming for you this weekend, Ottawa!

Fewer things inspire such a hallowed combination of anticipation, excitement and devotion in the hearts of geeks everywhere than convention season. Costumes are prepared, cameras are pulled out and inventories of personal toy stashes are taken in preparation for what could be called a spiritual holiday for some of us. That’s why we’re getting pretty stoked to head over to the Ottawa Comiccon this week, and naturally we don’t want you to miss out on the thrill of it all!

The spectacle will take place at Ottawa’s EY Centre from May 8 to 10, and like every other proud gathering of nerds and pop-culture enthusiasts of all kinds, it will feature vendors’ tables and cosplayers of every persuasion imaginable. And of course, there’s no leaving out the featured guests that some of you might have been waiting a lifetime to be able to behold in the flesh. Allison Mack, known for playing Chloe Sullivan on Smallville, will be in attendance.

Source: The WB/Timothy White

Source: The WB/Timothy White

You can also nab yourself a photo op with famed comic-book artist Bob Layton, known for his work on Marvel Comics titles like Iron Man and Hercules.

Source: marvel.wikia.com

Source: marvel.wikia.com

“Guest of honour” Billie Piper of Doctor Who fame is only one of the 60-odd familiar faces from the realms of your favourite movies, TV, comic books and more that will be making the pilgrimage to Ottawa this weekend.

Source: BBC

Source: BBC

Ticket information is available here, and it looks like they might even still need some volunteers. It’s not too late to plan yourself a weekend of superheroic proportions. And of course, don’t forget to stop by the CmdStore booth on your sojourn through all of the magical sights and sounds of the Ottawa Comiccon.

Snap a photo and tag @CmdStore on Twitter or @shopcmdstore on Instagram, and we’ll hook you up with a retweet and a follow.

See you there!

Ottawa Pop Expo coming up this weekend!

After wrapping up a successful Montreal ToyCon this past weekend, we’re reminded that sometimes, the fun just doesn’t stop! On November 22 and 23, the Ey Centre in Ottawa will be hosting the Ottawa Pop Expo.

It’s looking to be a great one as a variety of notable and special guests will be in attendance! Among them is John Barrowman, known for his role in the BBC hit sci-fi drama Doctor Who and its spin-off, Torchwood.

Source: theguardian.com

Source: theguardian.com

Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s James Marsters will also be in attendance.

Source: bestof.provocateuse.com

Source: bestof.provocateuse.com

Allison Mack from Smallville will be hanging out there, too!

Source: tvguide.com

Source: tvguide.com

And don’t forget to check out the Toys on Fire/CMDStore booth while you’re there. As usual, we will be taking in the great vibes and fabulous sights with a stockpile of the latest and greatest in toys. We’re stoked to see you!

OTTAWA COMIC CON

GET READY.

May 12th-13th brings you the OTTAWA COMIC CON. The first of its kind, they’re really starting things off with a bang, nabbing some incredibly awesome guests, including Patrick Stewart, John De Lancie, Lou Ferrigno, Elvira and Jeremy Bulloch! If you’re a fan of any of these lads and ladies, you should definitely head over! We’ll be there, too, with some awesome deals on action figures, statues and a variety of other collectibles!

Here’s some more info from EMC Kanata

EMC entertainment – Ottawa Comiccon is set to launch this May 12 and 13 at the CE Centre where fans will have the opportunity to meet several popular actors and actresses from Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Incredible Hulk and Star Wars.

“It’s extremely exciting that we can bring events like this to Ottawa that normally wouldn’t have a place (to set up),” said Josh Zaret, general manager of the CE Centre.

Zaret also stated that the “financial impact and publicity” that Comiccon brings is doing wonders for the new centre as the event looks to bring fans from Ottawa’s neighboring cities together under one roof.

Local convention goers also have a share in the excitement as they wait for the convention’s detailed floor plan to become publically available.

“It’s difficult to (plan) right now because they haven’t released all of the programming yet,” said Courtney Stone, a Carelton University student and Ottawa Comiccon exhibitor. “But it’s exciting because I know they will have something for everybody.”

Stone said that her exhibit will feature jewelry and accessories she created out of polyhedral dice, “which are most know from games like Dungeons and Dragons.”

Among the exhibition buffs are those who immerse themselves in convention culture to a more extensive level. The cosplayers – those who dress as specific pop or science fiction characters – will be attending the event in throngs and are currently hard at work as they look to complete their costumes in time for weekend-long event.

Algonquin College alumnus, Morgan Dunbar has cosplayed in multiple Comiccon events where she would often create a different costume for each occasion.

“When you go to things like Comiccon or Fan Expo, it’s more common to see people dress up,” said Dunbar. “You actually end up standing out more if you don’t.”

This year, Dunbar plans to dress as Captain America, a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Creating the costume from scratch gave her the chance to add some personal flare on the more classic design.

“It was a lot of finding individual pieces and modifying them, like my helmet, which was originally green, but I spray painted it blue and hand painted the ‘A'” said Dunbar. “Others, like the belt, were made from scratch. I sewed all the pouches from my own pattern.”

Dunbar is also an exhibitor for Ottawa Commicon and plans to sell jewelry that she created out of polymer clay.

When asked about the decision to bring the convention to Ottawa, David Newman, vice-president of creative development at Ottawa Comiccon said that one of the main reasons was the multiple requests from fans on Facebook and countless ones from enthusiasts who normally attend the convention in Montreal but wished that the event was closer to home.

“Ottawa convention goers have really humbled us,” said Newman. “We knew we had a fan base here but we didn’t realize just how many.”

To those fans who are wondering whether or not Comiccon will make a returning appearance next year, rest easy: “We intend to make this event happen every year, for eternity,” said Newman.

Food Drive at Toys on Fire Ottawa

The Barrhaven Food Cupboard (BFC) is a program run by volunteers from Barrhaven United Church and other caring community members of Barrhaven. It provides food for families in need during the year. Its service area is Barrhaven.

Last Halloween Toys on Fire Ottawa customers helped to collect about $500 of food donations in just one day! This year we will have a bin at the store to accept your kind donations from June 27th to July 16th (Our 6th Anniversary Ottawa Party) and we are hoping to break last years record.  In fact, to help things along, we’re offering to give out ballots for our PS3 contest for every donation made in the store.  If you feel like going the extra mile and bring in 10 or more cans, we’ll give you 10% off of your purchase that day (only valid at Ottawa location).

Food banks like this one get a lot of great support throughout the year and especially during the holiday season. However, they do see a large decrease in donations during the summertime. We are helping to offset this shortage and get food to the families in need all year long. So please consider bringing a non-perishable donation the next time you stop by our Ottawa store.

BFC accepts the following items:

  • non-perishable, canned and packaged foods in original packaging
  • certain everyday-use household and personal care items, such as toothpaste, soaps, toothbrushes, toilet paper, facial tissues, and dishwasher and laundry detergent
  • baby diapers and baby food
  • cash donations

Urgently needed items:

  • Canned meats and fish
  • Canned stews and pasta
  • Rice (brown and white)
  • Canned fruits
  • Fruit juice
  • Cookies and snacks
  • Household supplies and personal care products, such as toothpaste, soaps, toothbrushes, toilet paper, facial tissues, dishwasher and laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies
  • Diapers (all sizes)

Transformers 3 Movie Party – Wednesday, July 6th – REGISTER TODAY!

Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Movie Poster

The date is set!  And here are the specifics:

Event: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon Movie Party at Toys on Fire
Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Location: Toys on Fire Ottawa (MAP)

Schedule:

  • 5:00 pm — Party Starts. See event details below.
  • 5:30 pm — Pizza/Pop Arrives.  Eating Commences
  • 7:00 pm — Head to Theater next-door and sit in our reserved seats.
  • 7:30 pm — TRANSFORMERS 3!

Registration: Registration is $11.00 for Kids and $14.00 for Adults (3d Admission and Reserved Seats).
You can add $5.00 To join in on the Pizza/Pop.

Please email us (toysonfireott at yahoo.com) or call us (613-825-0688) so we can save you a spot. Payment will be required by Thursday, June 30th otherwise we will not be able to guarantee your spot. Payment can be made by stopping by the store or credit card over the phone.

Event Details: Party at the store will be a ‘Transformers Social’. Bring your favourite or cool and rare Transformers to show off. We will screen an older TF film also in the store and setup some tables/paints for some customization during the social