Snowmania, Winterlude and Crackup Comedy Festival set to take over the Glebe
Snowmania is here – and the Glebe is poised to become the snowman capital of the world.
In partnership with Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Festival, and Winterlude, Snowmania is a show of snow and a celebration of the one of Canada’s winter pastimes, snowman building.
The event is a lead up to Crackup’s Snowmania Challenge, an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most snowmen built in an hour, at TD Place Feb. 11.
Ottawa broke the record in 2015, but it was soon taken away by Japan. In 2016, Ottawa fell 36 snowmen short of beating the record of 2,036 snowmen, but organizers are poised that this is the year we crack 3,000 snowmen. The event is a fundraiser for mental health services in Ottawa and residents are encouraged to get a team of builders together, raise money and then build as many snowmen as you can on the field at TD Place Feb. 11. Register a team now.
But before the big Snowmania Challenge, there are several lead-up events that will be fun for the whole family.
You may see snow sculptors carving out giant snow people along Bank Street over the next few days, as four small snow people will be installed throughout the Glebe. A giant sculpture depicting the late John Candy, who is being honoured with this year’s “CanaDian Comedy Legend Award,” will be carved in snow on the Pure Gelato patio.
“As a special presentation for Canada’s 150 we polled many people for who would represent Canada’s deep comedy history and tradition,” says John Helmkay, the comedy’s fest’s CEO.
“Time after time the name that came up the most was John Candy as the best representation of Comedic talent on a typically Canadian kin and humble soul. For that reason, The Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Festival chose John Candy as our 2017 Award recipient and are calling this special award The CanaDian Comedy Legend Award for 2017.”
Aside from the snow installations, the Glebe will be buzzing with action on Feb. 4, 11 and on Family Day, Feb. 20. The fun all starts on Feb. 4 with The Cowguy, who will roam the Glebe armed with magic tricks, juggling items and stilts, as he wows passersby with street side shenanigans. The Cowguy will roam the glebe from noon to 4 p.m. The day will also see a trio of costumed snowmen strolling through the Glebe from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The snowmen will interact with families and kids in the area and will put on small improv shows along Bank Street. The snowman trio will return for more wintery fun on Feb. 11.
Winterlude programming will also feature some stunning snow sculptures at Lansdowne from Feb. 3 to 20, with the Lansdowne Winter Garden. Community members will build simple snow sculptures using buckets and boxes to build castles, creatures and ice lamps each week. The sculptures will then be lit every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening during Winterlude. Don’t forget to come and check out this winter wonderland.
Lansdowne will also be the site of Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North video series that will be screened Feb. 3-4 at 6 p.m. The free outdoor screening will highlight indigenous filmmaking from the Arctic. The short films will be on a constant loop in the outdoor snow theatre.
Be wowed by mind-bending illusions, as contact juggler Lacey Lucidity will perform her impressive balancing and illusion act throughout the Glebe on Feb. 11. The performer will roam the Glebe from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just stroll along Bank Street and you’ll likely run into her.
Looking for something to do for Family Day? Grab the kids and head to the Glebe. There will be free family entertainment from noon to 4 p.m. throughout the Glebe with The Cowguy and Lucy Lucidity putting on their magical shows for kids and parents. Restaurants and some stores will be open, so grab the family and spend the day creating lasting memories right here in the Glebe.
As for comedy, this year’s Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Festival is the biggest yet, with 10 comedy events throughout Feb. 7-18.
Canadian comedy icon Mary Walsh hosts the Crackup for Mental Health, featuring the hilarious stylings of Carla Collins, Sharron Matthews, James Mullinger and more on Feb. 16 at the Arena at TD Place. The festival continues the following night with critically-acclaimed comic Ron James before the festival wraps up with a bang on Feb. 18 with Debra DiGiovanni, Mark Forward, Sharron Matthews and Derek Seguin for the Comedy Night in Canada Festival Finale.