John Candy family reunion in the Glebe
There was a John Candy family reunion in the Glebe this weekend.
The late great Canadian funny man’s children Jennifer and Chris Candy arrived in the Glebe Sunday to pay tribute to their father’s giant eight-foot snow sculpture at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bank Street.
While Jennifer and Chris have seen many a tribute on the amazing career of their father, never had they seen him crafted from a small mountain of snow, eight feet tall.
“I would have to say this has never been done before, I absolutely love it,” said Jennifer Candy, taking in the giant snow sculpture of her dad on the Pure Gelato patio.
“It’s so Canadian. Our dad was iconic and he makes people laugh and I think that’s a good thing and it’s timeless.”
John Candy was this year’s recipient of the Alterna Savings Crackup Canadian Comedy Legend Award for his hilarious career that had an entire country in stitches. The late actor still makes the entire country laugh for his roles in Uncle Buck, Planes Trains and Automobiles and other classic movies. The City of Ottawa has officially declared February 12 as, “John Candy Day.”
“The Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Festival is thrilled to be honouring John Candy for his distinguished career and entertainment legacy,” adds Crackup director John Helmkay.
“When determining who we wanted to honor in 2017 as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, we could think of no better representative of Canadian comedy’s history than John Candy. His TV and movie career displayed what is best about our country and its entertainers. His Talent, humility, and kindness best represent our people and our humour. He is responsible for countless hours of laughs which we all know heals.”
It’s not the first time celebrity snow people have popped up in the Glebe, as last year’s Snowmania event saw Henry Burris and Mary Walsh get honoured in snow. The snow sculptures are a way for us to decorate the Glebe in wintery fun, while supporting a great cause.
This year, with John Candy being the recipient of the Alterna Savings Canadian Comedy Legend Award, we thought it would be fun to bring Uncle Buck to life in snow,” adds Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck.
“John Candy is a great Canadian, a comedy icon, and it’s the perfect way to tie into our great partnership.”
Sunday was also the Crackup Snowmania Challenge, where hundreds of residents showed up at TD Place to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Most Snowmen Built in an Hour. Although they managed to whip up an impressive 1,057 snowmen, they fell short of the 2,036 mark.
The Alterna Savings Crackup comedy festival continues until Feb. 18. Click here for more information.