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)


  • 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 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

Collectible Toys for all Ages – Montreal ToyCon

Steve Bonanno Legends Action Figures

Steve Bonanno, with The Joker, at his Legends Action Figures store on St. Hubert Street

By AL KRATINA, Special to the Montreal Gazette

To some, collecting action figures might seem a childish pursuit. Disclosing that this article is being typed in full view of an Edgar Allan Poe toy and an entire shelf of Batman villains will likely not change such people’s minds. But Montrealers can discover for themselves how grown-up toy collecting can be by visiting one of many local toy stores, or by checking out Toycon tomorrow at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel near Trudeau airport.

“(There’s) a little bit of something for everyone,” says David Mark, the organizer of the convention and owner of Outremont’s Toys on Fire retail store. The convention will feature 30 local action figure dealers selling everything from Hot Wheels to Spider-Man toys, as well as six tables dedicated to creations from the Montreal LEGO Club.

But as Mark explains, action figures don’t always revolve around comics and Saturday morning cartoons. Subjects range from hockey players to William Shakespeare to a semi-flayed man hanging from hooks and birthing what appears to be a boil of maggots, designed by horror author Clive Barker.

In fact, Steve Bonanno finds that his Montreal store, Legends Action Figures on St. Hubert St., attracts mainly the male 18-35 demographic.

Like Mark, Bonanno is passionate about action figures, and estimates he has more than 4,000 toys in his personal collection. “I opened the store, because my collection was getting too expensive,” he laughs, as I shop for Marvel Zombies Minimates, tiny undead comic characters that make my bookshelves resemble a decaying landscape of LEGO figures.

Bonanno and Mark agree the more popular toys are generally tied to new movies or TV shows, but nostalgic throwbacks are also well-liked.

“Everything from the ’80s properties, like GI Joe, Transformers, they all made a comeback in the last couple of years,” Bonanno says. “(But) Star Wars (toys) outsell everything else.”

But even those not particularly interested in pitting Cobra Commander and Starscream against a mob of Tuskan Raiders might be interested in “art toys.”

“An art toy is a (figure) that’s not based on a cartoon or a game,” says Olivier Petitpas, who opened his camiondepompiers store on Ontario St. in 2007. “It’s more of an art object than a product advertising a different (medium).”

Some art toys feature paint designs and accessories created by various artists, often noted for work in other media. Popular art toy creators include U.S.-based Frank Kozic, who once designed posters for the grunge movement, and Italian artist/clothing designer Simone Legno, whose Tokidoki brand makes everything look like the result of Hello Kitty mating with a robot.

But other toys are simply sold as blank figurines, and used as a canvas to create a one-of-a-kind art by the new owner. These are often displayed at contests or exhibitions, like the ones Petitpas occasionally holds at his store.

Art toys, Petitpas says, tend to attract a different crowd than other action figures, which is why Petitpas won’t be exhibiting at Toycon. But though the world of art toys might not overlap with other action figures, both can be equally appreciated by a mature audience. Or so I keep telling myself, and my Minimates.

Toycon was held Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 7000 Place Robert-Joncas, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $4. Call 514-948-2627 or email for more details on the next show.

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