From March 15-17, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will transform into a fandom frenzy. Fans from all over the GTA (and beyond) excitedly congregate to bond over, discuss, and celebrate their favourite genres—be it science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Here, fictional characters come alive, emerging from their respective digital or printed works. If you’ve ever wanted to meet or dress up as your all-time-favourite superhero, anime character, or film/television star, this is where you’ll want to be! Welcoming fans of all ages and backgrounds, FAN EXPO Canada’s Toronto Comicon is sure to be a real treat for any pop culture enthusiast!
What can you expect throughout this transformative weekend? For one, there will be a wide range of guests in attendance. Within the realm of film and television, get pumped for actors Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), John De Lacie (Star Trek: The Next Generation), and Emma Caulfield (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), among others. A few voice actors will also appear in-person! For instance, meet Jaleel White (a.k.a Sonic the Hedgehog) and Anjali Bhimani (Overwatch’s Symmetra). An eclectic array of comics artists, writers, and editors join the fabulous treasure trove of guests.
Be sure to keep an eye out for and meet the many talented YouTubers, authors, and cosplayers (such as Northern Belle Rogue and Scarlix Cosplay) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and roaming the Toronto Entertainment District. Yes, we’ve all seen cosplayers filling the TTC. Now you know why! With the release of the incredibly stunning and popular film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, be on the lookout for remixes of Spider-people!
The weekend will see a dynamic and tightly-packed schedule, loaded with meet-and-greets, photo and autograph sessions, workshops, panels, Q&As, and family-friendly activities. Of course, there will be an extensive collection of fandom vendors where attendees can shop for comic books, videos, toys, and more!
Calling all cosplayers who plan to visit the Metro Toronto Convention Centre: cosplay meet-ups have been set throughout Comicon, including but not limited to, My Hero Academia, Star Wars, Marvel Universe, and Steven Universe. Showcase your costumes, meet with new and long-standing fans and bond over shared interests. Take part in the red-carpet event or attend an Arda Wigs Canada workshop.
The Artist Alley and Family Zone are definitely both recommended areas to check out. Fans can meet leading and emerging artists and/or writers in the industry, as well as view and purchase their works at The Artist Alley. The Family Zone is dedicated to engaging and entertaining your little ones! Tune in for a princess story time and sing-along session. Enjoy hands-on activities too: construct lightsabers, concoct slime, personalize buttons, learn how to (foam) sword fight, and code with Scratch. Don’t forget to sneak a quick game of (OMG/Merlin’s Beard!)…Quidditch.
Have time before, during, or after the convention? Head on over to The Rec Room for great eats, and an even greater selection of arcade games. The Ballroom offers bowling, in addition to food, drinks, and dancing. If you’re looking for something more low-key, check out a pub like Elephant & Castle or The Friar and Firkin Pub.
A note to all Harry Potter fans: there’s an upcoming Butterbeer Bar Crawl in the Toronto Entertainment District, on March 30!
Conventions like Toronto Comicon not only provide a safe space for fans to get together and delight in their interests, but they also demonstrate the artistry, craft, and skill within the industry. Cosplaying, gaming, acting, drawing, and writing takes both adroit technique and dedication, worthy of recognition within the community and even beyond. Fandom, whether small or large-scale, will continue to nourish and encourage active participation in, popular culture. We can’t wait to see you here in the Toronto Entertainment District!