May the Fourth Be with You
Like the original Star Wars trilogy, every story has a beginning, middle, and an end. The same is true for the story of Star Wars Day Toronto at the Underground Cinema yesterday on May the fourth. Right from the beginning we put a lot of work into making Toronto’s first Star Wars Day the best it could be for its maiden journey to the stars,
The idea began to germinate after on of our many visits to Teletoon to to see some advance screenings of the Clone Wars computer animated show. International (or Intergalactic as we called it) Star Wars Day is celebrated around the world so it behooved us to give Toronto an evening of nerdy fun all its own in celebration of one of the greatest stories ever told – well at least as far as the original Star Wars Trilogy is concerned.
It’s hard to know what George Lucas expected, if anything, when A New Hope left the reels but Star Wars has become widely known as the accidental masterpiece saga and we’ve been enjoying it for two generations now. When we started out we didn’t know what to expect before things kicked into high gear and all of a sudden some more great sponsors got on board, the word got out on Facebook and Twitter to hundreds and we – myself, Sean and Alice – found ourselves on the Fearless Fred Show on the Edge 102. By the time we all saw you last night, Fred was one our celebrity judges along with Space Channel’s Natasha Eloi and LaurenOutLoud’s Lauren O’Nizzle and Gavin Stephens was down to MC our show with some hilarious star wars comedy! When Alice, Heada, Dani and I ran out of posters and postcards to plaster all over town, I knew that we had something really special for all of you and we didn’t disappoint.
There were so many great memories last night and the many of you who attended no doubt remember the great video show put together by Sean Ward, the sweet prizes from West 49, Teletoon and the Silver Snail, the hilarious stickers from StickerYou and who could forget the Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion Canadian Garrison! I am in awe of the sense of family shown not only by all the fans and volunteers in the Underground Theatre but from those following along on the social nets who wanted to be there but could not make it. You were there in spirit and we missed you.
The night was truly fun and with so much going on I’m sure everyone had a favourite moment. My personal favourite moment was overhearing an older woman telling a young boy who she just met that she liked Star Wars when she was his age. That’s the real magic of Star Wars – the power to close the generation gap as one of the greatest stories ever told is passed down like a precious, sentimental heirloom to be enjoyed for years to come.
May the Fourth be with you.
Thanks to the Star Wars Day Toronto Dream Team! This is for you guys. Since it’s a parody of A New Hope, who better than Barack Obama to play Luke
Here are some great links to more memories! Also make sure to check out the Star Wars day Toronto Facebook page for the scoop according to the fans!
Some of the costume contest winners. They wanted to wave hello to Fearless Fred so we sent him this picture!