So you’ve got your tickets for this week’s Fan Expo Canada and you’re ready for 4 days of glorious geekdom at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Great. Know what you’re gonna do when you get there? Well yeah, you’re gonna get some autographs from celebs, cruise artist alley looking for the next big thing and maybe even buy a bunch of stuff from the many vendors onsite. Then what? There’s a whole lot more convention for the taking if you plan ahead. There’s these things called panels where you can hear cool people talk about amazing stuff. There are also events that take place after the con floor closes to keep the geeky fun going. Know about any of those? Let us help you out with that.
SKETCH DUEL: TY TEMPLETON VS JAY FOSGITT VS SARA RICHARD VS ADAM GORHAM
5:45 PM – RM 716B
Geek Hard’s own Brent Chittenden hosts this awesome lineup of creators as they have it out in sketch dual battle. If you’ve never been a sketch dual before, this is worth checking out as not only do you get to see the artists creating art right before you eyes, you also get to hear some pretty cool stories. Brent’s pretty excited to be hosting this one and it’s no surprise as the talent involved is top notch. It’s a great way to start off your convention experience!
STAR TREK IMPROV: HOLODECK FOLLIES BY THE DANDIES
8:00 PM – RM 701A
Geek Hard’s favourite improv troupe, The Dandies, are at it again this year. And this time, it’s not just Trek improv. Thurday’s show is Holodeck Follies. Friday, the Dandies bring you both Buffy and Doctor Who improv. Saturday brings us Harry Potter themed improv. Then they finish off Sunday with Superfollies, a superhero inspired show. Check the Fan Expo Schedule for times and locations. It’s going to be a very funny weekend.
STARTING YOUR GEEKY CAREER ONLINE
12:00 PM – RM 717A
Ever wanted to turn your love of fandom into an actual career. Check out this panel featuring Diana McCallum and Andrew Ivimey of From Superheroes, Luke Gordon Field of the Beaverton, and Will Perkins of Dork Shelf and Art of the Title. Don’t miss it as they share their stories and give advice on becoming an online creator. Should be a fun time.
PREMIERE SCREENING OF GHOSTED SUPERNATURAL COMEDY SERIES
2:00 PM – RM 701A
Ghosted, the new comedy starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson about a skeptic and a believer who track down the paranormal, will be premiering at Fan Expo compliments of City TV. Craig Robinson will also be on hand for a Q&A afterwards. The show looks pretty damn funny and Robinson is always hilarious. It’s a great afternoon giggle to break up all the walking and lining up that you’ll probably have spent most of your morning doing.
NERD NOISE NIGHT – NIGHT ONE
9:00 PM – HORSESHOE TAVERN
The greatest collection of nerd music to ever hit the north continues this year with another two nights of revelry. Join Kirby Krackle, Swamp Thing, brentalfloss, Double Experience, Villainest and Abandoned Socks will be rocking out at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) on the Friday evening. If you feel like hearing some amazingly geeky music to end off your night, this is the place to do it! Tickets are available at ticketfly.
STAR WARS REBELS SNEAK PEAK
11:30 AM – RM 102
Join Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni as well as voice actors Vanessa Marshall (Hera) and Taylor Gray (Ezra) for this special Q&A and screening of the fourth and final season of the series. Rebels has been a “force” in the animation world and with Force Friday II just the day before, you can make it an all Star Wars weekend!
TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL CAST PANEL
1:00 PM – RM 701B
If there’s one panel you don’t want to miss, it’s this one. The cast and creators of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil will be on hand to unveil the first 13 minutes of their animated feature, The End of the End, care of Raven Banner Releasing. What makes this panel EXTRA SPECIAL is that it will be hosted by Andrew Young and Mr. Green of Geek Hard. So if you want to find out more about a cool animated movie opening across Canada soon and want to see us interact with some very talented people, you want to come to this panel. See ya there, SHITROOSTERS!
COMICS & GAMES JUST HAD A KID AND IT STARS KRISTIN KREUK
2:30 PM – RM 102
What’s cooler than comics and video games? How about an “Action Graphic Novel”. Join the creators of Shuyan Saga and actor Kristen Kreuk to find out how they came together to make a new kind of video game experience that blends comic-style storytelling, martial arts wisdom and a kick-ass heroine! This is a world premiere event. Gamers and comic fans alike will be interested in checking out this one.
INNERSPACE LIVE! WITH THE CAST OF STAR TREK: DISCOVERY
3:30 PM – RM 105
We knew this one was coming. Check out a very special panel hosted by Geek Hard’s rivals, InnerSpace, for a look at the upcoming Star Trek series. Stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman and Shazad Latif will all be on hand for this star-studded panel. It’s just a few short weeks until Discovery debuts. This is a great way to get ready for it.
NERD NOISE NIGHT – THE CYBERTRONIC SPREE
9:00 PM – THE REC ROOM
The second night of geeky music but this time it’s at the Rec Room, a new entertainment facility right across the street from the MTCC South Building. Hear amazing sounds from the only band made up of both Autobots and Decepticons as they rock the house. You’ll also get to see Wordburglar, More or Les and Coins rip up the joint with some fantastic rhymes. This is bound to be a show that’s more than meets the ears.
ON THE COUCH WITH TY TEMPLETON FEATURING ERIC POWELL
11:15 AM – RM 717A
Ty Templeton is a fantastic comic creator and storyteller. Pair him with Eric Powell, another great creator and unleash the two of them on an unsuspecting crowd. The result will most likely be one of the funniest panels at the convention. Both guys got a lot of interesting opinions on the world of comics and the world in general. It will be a delight to see them share the stage and talk about a variety of topics. Ty will be doing a few “On the Couch” panels over the weekend but this is the one to see.
INNERSPACE LIVE! WITH THE CAST OF THE EXPANSE
11:30 AM – RM 701B
Innerspace brings us another panel featuring the cast of another fantastic sci-fi series. Hosts Teddy Wilson, Ajay Fry and Morgan Hoffman will be joined by stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar & Frankie Adams for some discussion on all things The Expanse. Don’t miss it.
WE GROK SPOCK LIVE WRATH OF KHAN SCRIPT READING!
3:15 PM – RM 715B
If Holodeck Follies and the Star Trek: Discovery Panel aren’t enough for you, we got some more great Trek inspired content. Join David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid, X-Men) as Khan, Jonathan Llyr (actor, former SPACE Channel host) as Kirk and the rest of the GROK SPOCK crew for a live script reading of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN. Donations can be made in honour of the memory of Leonard Nimoy to the Ontario Lung Association. It’s a fun time for a good cause and who doesn’t want to see a live script reading of the best Trek film of all time?
So that’s the list. Hopefully we’ve filled up the final 10% of free time you had at Fan Expo Canada. You’re welcome. Be sure to go to ALL of these events….or at least a few. And if you see us at any of ’em, be sure to come up and say hi.
Fan Expo Canada runs from August 31st to September 3rd at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!