So you’ve got your tickets for this week’s Toronto Comicon 2019 and you’re ready for 3 glorious days of geekdom at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Great. Know what you’re gonna do when you get there? There’s a whole lotta 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 throughout the con. Know about any of those? Let me help you out with that. Here’s some choice happenings that you should check out at this year’s TCC!
THE DANDIES PRESENT HOGWARTS FOLLIES
7:00 pm in ROOM 802
A staple of the Toronto Convention scene, The Dandies kick off the weekend with some Harry Potter-inspired improv. In this case it’s Gerry Trotter taking on He Who Should Not Be Smelled. The troupe will be doing multiple shows at the con, including Death Star Follies on Saturday at 6PM and Holodeck Follies on Sunday at 3PM. If you’re looking for a funny take on fandom, be sure to catch one of The Dandies performances.
LIVE SWORD FIGHTING DEMONSTRATION
8:00 pm in FAMILY ZONE STAGE
KNIGHT FIGHT! Oxford Renaissance Festival presents a duel between two combatants sporting real steel! If you’ve ever wanted to see a live action sword fight, you don’t want to miss this. Luckily, you’ve got a few chances to catch the show as they will also be putting on demonstrations on Saturday at 4:30PM and Sunday at 4PM. KNIGHT FIGHT!
BUILD YOUR OWN LIGHTSABER
11:00 am in FAMILY ZONE WORKSHOP
Every young padawan needs a lightsaber to complete their training. Lucky for you, you can make one at the con with the help of the Rebel Legion. Join them for this very important workshop. How you gonna fight the Empire without a lightsaber? This will be fun for the younglings. If you miss this one, there’s also another workshop on Sunday at 11AM.
SPOTLIGHT: LEGENDARY COMICS SCRIBE STEVE ENGLEHART
11:00 am in ROOM 803
One of the legendary creators coming to Toronto Comicon, Steve Englehart has written some of your favourite superhero stories. With runs on Captain America, Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Green Lantern just to name a few, he’s made a significant mark on some of our favourite fandoms. Sit back and hear some tales from a master storyteller!
STAR WARS MUSICAL TRIBUTE WITH BRIGIT O’REGAN
1:00 pm in COSPLAY RED CARPET
March 16th is the anniversary date for when John Williams finished recording the score for Star Wars. And nothing was ever the same again! Violinist Brigit O’Regan pays tribute to the greatest movie score of all time! If you miss this performance, you have a second chance to catch it on Sunday at 1:30PM.
SPOTLIGHT: LEGENDARY COMICS WRITER AND EDITOR DENNY O’NEIL
2:00 pm in ROOM 803
Another legendary comic scribe comes to Toronto Comicon! This man will forever be one of my favourites as he wrote the fantastic Green Lantern/Green Arrow drawn by Neal Adams. Between that, his work on Batman and his fascinating run on The Question, Denny O’Neil is cemented as one of the greats. Take in some ripping yarns from this phenomenal writer.
Q&A WITH JOHN DE LANCIE AND CORBIN BERNSEN
1:00 pm in MAIN THEATRE ROOM 801
John de Lancie and Corbin Bersen both have the distinction of playing Q on Star Trek: TNG. So you get two Qs for the price of one! Mr. Green called it a “Q Q&A” on a recent episode of Geek Hard. You don’t want to miss your chance to ask either of these veteran actors a question. Get your Q A-ed by a Q!
SKETCH DUEL: ADAM GORHAM VS. MIKE ROOTH
2:00 pm in ROOM 803
It’s a sketch battle for the ages! One of Geek Hard’s favourite artists (and personal punching bag), Adam Gorham faces off against cover artist Mike Rooth in a sketch duel! It’s a friendly competition that’ll produce some very fine art in the end. It’s also hosted by another friend of Geek Hard, former columnist Brent Chittenden! Should be some good times.
(UPDATE! – Adam Gorham will not be at Toronto Comicon. Not sure the reason why. I think he might have a case of Dinosaur Throat once again. Anyways. There will still be a number of sketch duels throughout the weekend.)
So that’s the list. 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. For a full list of events at the Toronto Comicon 2019, check it out HERE.
The Toronto Comicon 2019 runs from March 15th to 17th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Tickets are available at comicontoronto.com.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!