Fans can talk D&D with the cast of Stranger Things, check out Jabba The Hutt’s infamous palace, test their knowledge in a Doctor Who themed escape room, and more!
Canada’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, FAN EXPO CANADA has today announced their 2017 programming lineup. Chock-full of contests, parties, meet and greets, and more, the all-ages pop culture convention will cover all 750,000 square feet of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre over the Labour Day weekend, August 31 until September 3.
“We’re excited about the extent of quality programming that fit into this year’s event,” said Andrew Moyes, Show Director, FAN EXPO HQ. “FAN EXPO CANADA has always been an integrated, cross-genre experience for fans of every palette. While one guest meets their celebrity hero, others will be learning how to do the Time Warp, listening to panels and Q&As, or checking out one of our 900-plus retailers and exhibitors. We provide the options, but it’s up to the fans to weigh them!”
Here’s a snapshot of the new programming FAN EXPO CANADA fans have to look forward to:
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE
Meet the stars Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell as they assemble for a rare convention appearance. Enjoy the ultimate Rocky Horro experience including screenings of the film with an introduction by one of the stars, panels, photo-ops, autograph sessions and much more.
DOCTOR WHO THEMED ESCAPE ROOM
You are a Time Lord, up against the clock to solve all the puzzles before time runs out! This live Adventure game will keep you guessing using various clues, hints and suggestions to complete the all objectives and unveil the secret plot hidden within! A great experience for Doctor Who fans and Escape Room Enthusiasts alike! In support of the SickKids Foundation.
JABBA THE HUTT’S PALACE MAKES ITS WAY TO FAN EXPO CANADA
Experience Jabba the Hutt’s Palace without having to travel to the edge of the Northern Dune Sea! See a full-scale, highly detailed set of Jabba’s Throne and snap the ultimate Star Wars photo op! Only at Fan Expo Canada.
THE CAST OF RWBY IS COMING TO CANADA
For the first time ever, the cast of RWBY will be making their debut in Canada! Fan Expo Canada is excited to host the entire principal cast of the hit web series RWBY! Come and meet Lindsay Jones (Ruby), Kara Eberle (Weiss), Arryn Zech (Blake) and Barbara Dunkelman (Yang) in person Friday, Saturday & Sunday!
FAN EXPO CANADA WELCOMES JIM LEE
Jim Lee has changed the face of mainstream comics arguably more so than any creator currently working today. He continues to work behind the scenes and on the page to bring some of the most thrilling stories in comics to life as co-publisher of DC Comics and this is YOUR chance to meet him! Don’t miss this rare appearance by a true comics legend.
COSPLAY KICK-OFF PARTY
Start your Fan Expo with a bang! Join us for the Official Fan Expo Cosplay Kick-Off Party at EFS Nightclub, hosted by the delightful LeeAnna Vamp and all her friends! With hot tracks by DJ Dlux, bottle service, photo booth and dance floor. Serving until 4 AM! Dress code: cosplay or stylish. 19+
Indie meets pro in this special area where fans will find all of their favourite pencillers, inkers and writers. A “must experience area” for anyone interested in meeting rising stars who work the front lines of the industry! From comics, graphic novels, limited edition prints and best of all, original art and sketches!
Fans can experience the hottest new products and services before anyone else sees them! Companies from all corners of the industry will be showcasing their upcoming projects and promos in the Exhibitor area and fans get to be there for a sneak peek.
OVER 400,000 SQ FT OF SHOPPING MADNESS!
Over 900 retailers from all over join FAN EXPO CANADA to make the experience an unforgettable one! Specializing in everything comics, anime, gaming, science fiction and/or horror, these retailers have what every fan need. Whether it’s a comic books from any era, original artwork, graphic novels, memorabilia, DVD’s, videos, games, toys or t-shirts – fans can find it all here.
MASQUERADE COSPLAY CONTEST
Master of Ceremonies, Gordon Rose, brings you the most popular event of the weekend and the largest show of its kind in Canada! This exciting event features fans showcasing their original costumes derived from the comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and fantasy worlds. Don’t miss this opportunity to be awed as a spectator or strut your stuff on stage!
Check out comic artists as they go “pen to pen”! The original art they produce is up for grabs once they’re all done! An amazing experience to witness, these friendly competitions show who has got the edge in comic book illustration!
FAN EXPO SPEED DATING
Back by popular demand, speed dating is returning to FAN EXPO CANADA! Fans can experience the thrill of meeting their potential soul mate, future spouse or maybe someone a little more casual!
KIDS ZONE & FAMILY LOUNGE
For parent(s) with kids under 12, the Kids Zone and Family Lounge is a quiet corner where they can just chill and get away from the crowds for a bit. Lots of activities for the kids including play stations, art and crafts tables, reading nook and TV cartoon theatre with content provided by Teletoon. Famous costumed visitors will be through the lounge regularly all weekend!
OFFICIAL FAN EXPO AFTER PARTY
Dress up Friday, Sept. 2 @ 9pm and join us for the Official Fan Expo After Party at the upscale Brassaii Lounge, 461 King St. W.! Hosted by the hasts of InnerSpace, Teddy, Morgan and Ajay! Hottest music in the city by DJ Daf, drink specials, dance floor and some very special guests!For a complete list of programming, guests, info and tickets, visit:www.fanexpocanada.com
FAN EXPO CANADA™ boasts the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada, the third largest in North America. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests including Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, Barry Bostwick Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Kathleen Turner (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), and many more! The all-ages pop culture convention expects to host over 140,000 fans at 750,000 sq ft of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the four-day event August 31- September 3, 2017.www.fanexpocanada.com
FAN EXPO HQ is the largest entertainment convention group in the country and one of the largest in the world. Collectively it hosts over 400,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO CANADA™, MegaCon Orlando MegaCon Tampa Bay, FAN EXPO VANCOUVER™, FAN EXPO REGINA™, FAN EXPO DALLAS™, Toronto ComiCon, Boston ComiCon, and Dallas Fan Days.