The Toronto Browncoats: Doing Good Works.

Monday, October 25, 2010

2010 Can't Stop the Serenity Results by City

The global numbers are coming in for this year's Can't Stop the Serenity activities! Here are the latest numbers (in US dollars):

Norfolk, VA - $1250 ($700 to Equality Now, $515 to Samaritan House.)
Toronto, Ont., Canada - $8180.25 to Equality Now
San Francisco, CA - $1520 to Equality Now
Birmingham, UK - $285 US (L 190) to Equality Now
Albuquerque, NM - $1779.36 ($1334.52 to Equality Now, $444.84 to UNM Children's Hospital)
Gateshead Tyne and Wear, UK - $216.23 to Equality Now (L 150.09)
Boston, MA - $5000 to Equality Now
Edmonton, AL, Canada - $2478.85 to Equality Now ($2651 CAN)
Gloucester, UK - $223.95 (L 143.58) to Equality Now
Charlotte, NC - $1339.24 to Equality Now
Lincoln, RI (1) - $835 to Equality Now
Seattle, WA - $4,344.90 to Equality Now
Hamburg, Germany - $425 to Equality Now
Arlington, VA - $4171 ($3129 to Equality Now, $521 to KNTR, $521 to the Al Wooten Jr, Heritage Center)
Sydney, AU - $934 (AU $1050) to Equality Now
Lawrence, KS - $678.61 to Equality Now
Ottawa, Ont., Canada - $2545 to Equality Now
Des Moines, IA - $576.07 to Equality Now
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - $844.72 to Equality Now
Bristol, UK - $46 (L30) to Equality Now
Nashville, TN - $1538.17 to EN, $419.64 to KNTR, and $205.09 to New Leash on Life
Dallas, TX - $4140 to EN
Minneapolis, MN - $6370 to EN
Denver, CO - $624.79 to EN
Portland, OR - $5374.54 to EN, 524 lb of canned food to the Oregon Food Bank
Tesseracte Players of Boston - $1275.49 to EN
Baltimore, MD - $1608.50

Congratulations to All!

Monday, September 20, 2010

A truly Horrible evening!

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the Dr. Horrible Singalong Blog/The Guild evening on Saturday! We had a lot of people and a lot of fun. It was especially nice to see all the people who came from so far away to participate.

Big thanks to geek2chic custom tees for donating a Tshirt for the evil laugh contest and for donating the profits from the Tshirt sales.

Another thank you goes to Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe who once again brought us fantastic Dr. Horrible buttons.

We made $450.00 for Equality Now, bringing our total donation to .......

$8,850.00

for the year. This is astonishing! Thank you everyone!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Today is the Day

Have you started warming up your voice yet? We are starting promptly at 8:00 with Season One of the Guild. Then onto Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog.

We've got so much planned that it is unclear if we can fit it all in. Come see how successful we are.!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

How to get to the Dr. Horrible screening

Taking the TTC?
Go to the Coxwell Subway station and take the #70 bus north to Memorial Park Ave. Go left (west) one block.
Or walk from the subway station. It is only a 10-15 minute stroll.

Driving?
There is free parking just north of the library. The library is south of O'Connor, north of Mortimer.

Walking?
Cut through the Civic Centre grounds to cut a minute off the walk

Did we mention the tickets are only $5.00??

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Doctor is Coming!

Join us as we celebrate Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award Winning internet sensation, Dr Horrible’s Sing-along Blog!
Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day, Dr Horrible tells the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to.
This year we will also be showing Commentary! The Musical!, a full-length commentary track that is a completely original musical in its own right.  Commentary! is a fun, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the production, heavily laced with inside jokes set to music  as good as that in the actual production. It’s not to be missed!
Saturday 18 September 2010
Doors open at 7:45 for an 8:00 p.m. start

We will also be showing The Guild - Felicia Day's web series that first got Joss thinking about doing something for the Internet. Years later, The Guild is still going strong and a delight to watch.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog

This is the one. Tell your friends.
Sept. 18, 2010
Door open at 7:45 with a 8:00 p.m. start.
S. Walter Stewart Library
170 Memorial Park Ave  just up from Coxwell and Danforth.
Details to come.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

A New Record

We've tallied it all up and are pleased to say that this was another record breaking year.
Even before we hold our special Dr. Horrible event we have still made more money than ever before.
Thanks to the generosity of many many people we are sending to Equality Now
$8,440.00!!!!!!  Cdn.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thank you!

An estimated 260 people braved the G20 summit and came out to celebrate Joss Whedon's Serenity. We are still tallying up the expenses but this is definitely our best year yet.
Thank you:
  • To the audience who came, who bid, who bought.
  • To the many people and organizations who donated to the auction.
  • To companies such as Abbyshot Clothiers, QMX and Ben Bella Books who gave us a discount on their goods allowing us to sell them at a good price but still make money for Equality Now.
  • To the Organizing Committee who started working on this year's event as soon as last year's was over.
And to Joss Whedon who made Serenity in the first place, making all of this possible.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Still Flying

6 years after the movie came out this can describe the Browncoat fandom. But it is also the name of a new book about Firefly by Titan Books.
And in today's mail was a copy of this book, signed by Jose Molina. Molina wrote 2 of the 13 episodes of Firefly and one of the short stories in Still Flying and he graciously agreed to sign a copy for us.
Fans of Nathan Fillion will also recognize Molina's name on Castle credits and soon, on the new TV show Haven.
Bonus - an interview with Jose Molina.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The hero of Canton

It's easy enough to get a hat from Ma Cobb. You can just order one. But getting one with a tag signed by Adam Baldwin? That you can only get at our auction.  (Remember , it is a cash only auction)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Time for more Jewel Staite don't you think?




Why the Kaylee Little Damn Hero Maquette. 
The one that is sold out.
She signed it on the base, right by Kaylee's feet.  This one is an extra special item.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Exterminate

The auction has something for every fandom! Better save Wallace and Gromit though before it is too late!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Don't let the Alliance keep you from the screening.

The G20 and the screening.
We do not expect the summit to have any impact on the screening except for people who normally drive into Toronto using the Gardner or Lakeshore. Avoid anywhere between Queen St and the Lake, Spadina to Yonge
See the map.
According to the Torontoist:
"All 400-series highways (427 occasionally excepted) are open. Aside from other traffic stoppage due to protests and civil unrest—remember, the official protest zone is Queen’s Park, -the city streets are running as usual.
People can move about the city and, while some downtown attractions are closing, others, like the ROM with Terracotta Warriors [opening June 26], are opening massive global exhibitions that weekend.”
And the ROM is of course, not far from the Bloor.
We know of one protest march which starts at Queen's Park at 1:30 - when we will be in the theatre. But it will in any case be south of Bloor.
So plan on coming to this year's screening. Don't let the Alliance push you around! ;-)

June 18th update. As dignitaries fly into the airport, they will take the 401 collectors eastbound to the 427 southbound.
It looks as though the 401 express will remain open during those times and once past the 427 it will be clear sailing.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dollhouse

Last year at San Diego Comic Con, Fox released an exclusive  limited DVD of the First Season of Dollhouse. It had a Comic Con exclusive faceplate, and a lenticular letter from Joss.
To make it more special, one of your Organizing Committee members stood in line for hours to get it signed by
Joss   Eliza   Enver   Dichen   & Fran 

and then it was donated to the 2010 Can't Stop The Serenity Auction. Will you be the one to take this home?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

It's an XBOX 360!

The generosity of our donors never ceases to amaze us. This time Alun Lewis was the wonderful donor.
Take a look at this- A new XBOX 360 for our Auction.
But that's not all. As many of you know, some of our favourite actors have done the voices for an XBOX game.  And we got 2 of them to sign a copy for us. For You! Yes, it is indeed Halo 3 - signed by Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk.
Take a look at Alan doing some recording of the game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgLiJk1zrQ4

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Beautiful pendant

We have 2 silver pendants to auction off this year. The picture shows you how well crafted it is, but doesn't give you an idea of the weight. This is not a thin little piece of jewellry.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Package

Fans of Firefly and Serenity appreciate other Joss Whedon works. Many of us started with Buffy. And for those people, we have a special package. A playbill from the London production of Six Degrees of Separation, starring Anthony Stewart Head and signed by him.















A sheet signed by Camden Toy with 3 of his most famous appearances on Buffy.













A Conversations with Dead People Ouija Board, and just to refresh your memory, the book Bite Me by Nikki Stafford.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Time for a special item

Recognize this? It is real actual, used on screen money from Serenity. Framed and ready to hang on your wall.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Probably one of the prettiest things we've auctioned off.

This is a backlit image taken from the North American Poster. It is in a small light box, with a plug  at the back

Click to see a larger image.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Browncoat- at a price you can afford.

Keep flying wearing your very own, officially licensed Malcolm Reynolds Browncoat.
Thanks to Abbyshot Clothiers we have quite a deal to offer you. Normally the Coat costs $366 Cdn. plus $29 shipping fees and GST.
But we can offer this to you for the amazing deal of only $290 all included.
All Browncoats ordered before June 18 will be delivered to the screening itself where you can pick yours up.
What is that cost again?
Only $290 total. Over $100.00 savings.
This  rugged browncoat is constructed entirely from high calibre, genuine cow suede with pebbled leather cuffs.
A western style duster complete with gun flaps and custom designed brass buckles.
You won't find a better version of Mal's iconic coat anywhere else.
AbbyClothiers has given this special deal only to the cities who are organizing CSTS events.
In order to get this price you must order through Paypal here on the blog  by Thursday June 17th.
Look at the sizing chart here  and be sure to include what size you wish to order along with your name and contact info. You can also email serenityscreeningToronto@gmail.com to ensure all the correct information went through. You must order through us, not from Abbyshot.
Thanks to Abbyshot Clothiers for their amazing generosity

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jayne

Amber Turgeon of B.C. has made the following cross-stitch for our auction. Pretty cunning, doncha think?
Thanks Amber!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mwa hahahaha

These Dr. Horrible  paper goggles come signed by some of the creators and artists of Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog.

First up, Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancheroen Whedon!







Next up, the one and only Felicia Day. These will not be auctioned off together though, so you will have to decide, do you want one? or both!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It was so popular last year, we're offering another one.

Inara Strikes. Crossbow in hand, she's ready to strike down any Reavers who come her way. The Statues are limited to 1,000 pieces, & she is sized to fit in with other Serenity statues such as the River triumphant.

  Here's a review:  http://bashinginminds.com/2007/12/20/review-diamond-select-inara-strike-statue/
Did we mention that the auction is cash only?


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Auction item 2

HBO Canada was very good to us! Take a look at this! All episodes of the award winning show Deadwood. It comes complete with it's own bag.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

And now, some of the auction items.

Once again, people have been so generous with their donations to the Can't Stop The Serenity auction that we have to show you pictures to do them justice. First up is a parasol donated by Firefly Cargo Bay.
But it is more than just a Kaylee inspired parasol. At a recent convention Jewel Staite signed this for free instead of charging her usual fee.




Click on a picture for a closer look.

Friday, May 14, 2010

And the winners are...

Congrats to Chris K, Mel and Haaris  who got all the answers correct and a special shoutout to Mel who got question #9 exactly right (although we accepted the "eating apples" answer.)

The questions and the answers:
First set
   1. What is the name of Jayne's very favourite gun?
      Vera
  
   2. What is the largest thing they have ever had to smuggle that we know of?
      A herd of cows.

      3. What is the name of Mr. Universe's lovebot?
      Lenore
  
   4. What is Inara's last name?
      Serra
  
   5. When Simon puts River to sleep in the bar, what language is he speaking?
      Russian
  
Second set
   6.Who are the 2 Canadian cast members in Firefly and Serenity?
      Nathan Fillion and Jewel Staite
  
   7. In the movie, as we are being introduced to the crew on Serenity, what falls off the ship?
      Primary Buffer Panel
  
   8. What food does River find problematic?
      An Ice Planet
  
   9. When we first meet Badger, what is he doing that demonstrates his great wealth?
    Using an apple peeler/  Eating an apple
  
   10.What does Jayne want to bring on the heist that he is not allowed to?
      Grenades
  
Third set
   1. What are the first names of Simon and River's mother and father?
      Gabriel and Regan Tam
  
   2. Which one is prettier? Fanty or Mingo?
      Fanty
  
   3. What is a purple belly?
      An Alliance soldier.
  
   4.How does Wash define interesting?
      "Oh God, oh God, we're all gonna die"
  
   5. Who is the hero of Canton?
      Jayne Cobb
  
Fourth set
   1. Which studio released Serenity?
      Universal Pictures
  
   2. Who sent Jayne his cunning hat?
      His mother
  
   3. Translate these 2 phrases:
   Dong ma
      You understand?
  
   Ni hao
      How are you?
  
   4. Our Mrs. Reynolds used at least 3 first names in Firefly. Name 2 of them
      Yolanda
   Saffron
   Bridget
  
   5. What is the name of the food product we see in the commercial in Serenity?
      Fruity Oaty Bars

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Tickets are on Sale!

Tickets are now on Sale for the June 26th screening. You can buy them at any upcoming shindigs or at Anime North where we will have a table. You can also purchase them through PayPal here-------->>>
or at the door. They are $12.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door. And they will be worth every penny!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Final Quiz!

1. Which studio released Serenity?

2. Who sent Jayne his cunning hat?

3. Translate these 2 phrases:
Dong ma

Ni hao

4. Our Mrs. Reynolds used at least 3 first names in Firefly. Name 2 of them

5. What is the name of the food product we see in the commercial in Serenity?

Got all your answers? Great!
Now gather up your answers to all the quizzes and send them to  cstsscavengerhunt  at  gmail.com.
If you have sent some in earlier, just send in the  last ones.


Good luck!

Friday, April 30, 2010

One more set of quiz questions to come!

We are just finishing up the Tshirt sales then will put up the last set before the end of the weekend. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tshirt order deadline Saturday May 1st 11:59 p.m.

This came as a surprise to us as well! If you are coming to the shindig on Saturday you can pay there. If you will be coming to Anime North or the Tshirt shindig, you can pay there. Or if you are coming to the May shindig , you can pay there.
But we must have your order by May 1st.  The easiest way of course is by the Paypal button there ---->

If you are still unsure you can make it out to the Screening, order your Tshirt anyway. We'll get it to you. Promise!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tshirt Sizes

For men/unisex:
Size - Width (inches) - Length (inches)
Small - 18 - 28
Medium - 20 - 29
Large - 22 - 30
X-Large - 24 - 31
2X-Large - 26 - 32
3X-Large - 28 - 33
4X-Large - 30 - 34
5X-Large - 32 - 35

For Women:
Size - Width (inches) - Length (inches)
Small - 16 - 23
Medium - 17 - 24.5
Large - 18 - 25
X-Large - 19 - 25.5
2X-Large - 20 - 26

It is a lighter, softer shirt than last year from what I can tell. Perfect for
those hot summer days we are supposed to get this summer!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Order your Tshirts!

Now you really know that the Can't Stop The Serenity Screening is coming up soon! And to celebrate 5 years of doing good work, we are offering a variety of colours this year for the Tshirts.
We've kept the price at $20.00 and while we would prefer that you pay in person (no PayPal fees that way), we've set it up so that you can pay online as well.
Here are the colours and whether they are available in unisex, women's or both.

There will be a limited number of BLACK only shirts at the screening, so pre-order, pre-pay is the way to go!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Quiz Number 3

Ready for the next set?

1. What are the first names of Simon and River's mother and father?

2. Which one is prettier? Fanty or Mingo?

3. What is a purple belly?

4.How does Wash define interesting?

5. Who is the hero of Canton?

Mostly easy this week, right? :) Remember, whoever gets the most answers correct will win a prize. So gather up those DVDs for a rewatch and start to answer! At the end of the month, send all  your answers to  cstsscavengerhunt @ gmail.com

Sunday, April 11, 2010

2nd Batch of Quiz questions!

6.Who are the 2 Canadian cast members in Firefly and Serenity?

7. In the movie, as we are being introduced to the crew on Serenity, what falls off the ship?

8. What food does River find problematic?

9. When we first meet Badger, what is he doing that demonstrates his great wealth?

10.What does Jayne want to bring on the heist that he is not allowed to?

How are you doing? Too easy? Too hard?

Friday, April 02, 2010

April's celebration!

So you call yourself a Browncoat? We'd like to test that theory.
Questions will be put up throughout April that will see just how well you know the Firefly and the Serenity 'verse.
And what would a test be without a little  friendly competition?
Whoever gets the most answers correct will win a prize. So gather up those DVDs for a rewatch and start to answer! At the end of the month, send your answers to  cstsscavengerhunt @ gmail.com

  1. What is the name of Jayne's very favourite gun?
  2. What is the largest thing they have ever had to smuggle that we know of?
  3. What is the name of Mr. Universe's lovebot?
  4. What is Inara's last name?
  5. When Simon puts River to sleep in the bar, what language is he speaking?

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Time for a bit of online fun!

We had a jigsaw puzzle this month but now it's made way for another month's worth of entertainment.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Celebrate the 5th year of Can’t Stop The Serenity!



We are looking back to the exciting days before the movie came out when fans were given tasks to do. We will have something new to do each month until our screening in June.
First up is a Scavenger Hunt!

Below are 10 Firefly/Serenity related items. Send in pictures of you with at least 5 of those items.
One hand drawn entry allowed per group of five entries.


  • yamulke

  • square blue bottle (or just blue glass bottle))

  • komodo dragon (or plain lizard)

  • Serenity money

  • incense stick

  • a sword

  • goldfish in a bowl (or tank)

  • a cannon

  • red paint

  • a leaf on the wind


  Send your 5 (or more) pictures to cstsscavengerhunt @ gmail.com by March 5th to qualify for exciting rewards!