The Capital City Garrison

What is now the Capital City Garrison grew from a few 501st Legion members in the Ottawa area who started making local appearances in late 2004. The first official event promoted Star Wars and the “Power of the Force” toy line launched by Hasbro. In May 2005, the group partnered with Pepsi at marketing events to promote the release of the final Star Wars prequel movie “Revenge of the Sith”. Additional events followed.

As the group began making more appearances, more members joined and in 2007 the membership grew to form the Capital City Squad as part of the Canadian Garrison. The Squad participated in various charity events and helped raise thousands of dollars. They also attended other local events, such as Free Comic Book day, various parades, etc. The Squad continued to gain new members, and in late 2009 had grown large enough to form its own garrison.

In early 2010, the squad became the Capital City Garrison, whose territory covers eastern Ontario, including the Ottawa, Petawawa and Kingston regions.

We are the “Capital City” Garrison for three reasons:

  • As an homage to the former Capital City Squad
  • The majority of our members are located in Canada’s capital city; and
  • It reminds us of our Canadian history – Kingston was the first capital of Canada (1841) until it was moved to Ottawa (1857).

If you are interested in having us appear at your next charity event or are interested in joining the ranks of the 501st Legion, please contact us!

HONORARY MEMBERS

On July 1st, 2014, Commander Chris Hadfield was made an Honorary Garrison Member and presented with a plaque in an impromptu ceremony at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum where the Capital City Garrison was participating in Canada Day festivities. It was an amazing troop that could only be made better in one way – by welcoming an actual astronaut into our ranks. Commander Hadfield is best known for sharing his experiences living on board the International Space Station and gaining a worldwide following on Facebook and Twitter.

Max Keeping has been a community leader in Ottawa since the early 1970s. On March 14th, 2010, Max was made an honorary member of the Capital City Garrison during the annual Max Keeping Bowlathon. The Bowlathon is an annual fundraising event for the Max Keeping Foundation, a charity whose mission is to assist financially disadvantaged children and families to meet emotional, physical, mental and emergency needs.

Anthony Forrest is best known to Star Wars fans as the sandtrooper who said “These aren’t the droids we’re looking for” in the movieEpisode IV: A New Hope. On October 10th, 2009, Anthony was made an honorary member of the Capital City Garrison during a book signing held at the Silver Snail.

On April 25th 2009, George Takei was made an honorary member of the Capital City Garrison. The presentation took place after the Sci-Fi Spectacular event held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We were very honored to have Mr. Takei give us time after the concert to sign autographs, take pictures and present him with a Capital City gift basket, which included a personalized Capital City polo shirt, a mug and a fine sampling of Canadian Maple products.

CANADIAN GARRISONS

Outer Rim Garrison
Map of Unit Members
Roster of Unit Member Costumes
www.outerrimgarrison.com

Territory Occupied: British Columbia

Badlands Garrison
Map of Unit Members
Roster of Unit Member Costumes
www.badlands.ca

Territory Occupied: Alberta, Saskatchewan

Canadian Garrison
Map of Unit Members
Roster of Unit Member Costumes
www.501st.ca

Territory Occupied: Central & Eastern Provinces of Canada

Capital City Garrison
Map of Unit Members
Roster of Unit Member Costumes
www.capitalcity501st.ca

Territory Occupied: Eastern Ontario (Kingston to Petawawa, to the Quebec border)

Imperial Fortress
Roster of Squad Members
www.501st.ca

Territory Occupied: Quebec