Press Release

FAN EXPO Canada™ will give every fan something to freak about when they walk through the doors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre August 28 – 31, 2014. The all-ages, pop culture extravaganza will welcome fans to geek out over comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming and to enjoy the many attractions it has to offer including everything from a Darth Vader Roast to a special event with the cast of Doctor Who.

“We are thrilled to bring to fans this​ year’s​ ​exciting programming​ and rare opportunities to connect with their favourite artists,” said FAN EXPO HQ President Steve ​Menzie. “Fans return to FAN EXPO Canada™ not just for the stellar guest line up, but also the live experiences. Whenever you bring together a room of people passionate about the same thing, you can expect magic moments time and time again.”

Highlights from this year’s programming include:

The 1966 TV BATMOBILE
The original Batmobile debuted on January 12, 1966. Now fans can see a full-size, George Barris design replica of the Batmobile that is still one of the most iconic and popular cars in the world!

STAR GAZING
Get up close and personal with your fave celebrities! Whether getting something autographed, their photo snapped or asking a question at one of the special Q&As fans can interact with some of their celebrity idols.

STEAMPUNK’D
Steampunk is the fastest growing sector of sci-fi culture! Learn how to make a steampunk costume, the gadgets to accessorize it and become an expert in the art of pistol, parasol and tea dueling!

COSPLAY MASQUERADE
This exciting event is the largest of its kind in Canada and features creative fans showcasing original costumes from caped-crusaders to hot anime characters. Be awed as a spectator or strut your stuff on stage.

FAN EXPO SPEED DATING
Back by popular demand, speed dating is returning to FAN EXPO Canada™! Fans can experience the thrill of meeting your potential soul mate, future spouse or maybe someone a little more casual!

ARTIST ALLEY
Indie meets pro in this special area where fans will find all of their fave 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!

SKETCH DUELS
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’s got the edge in comic book illustration!

2014 SERIES OF SPECIAL TICKETED EVENTS:
1st ANNUAL SUPERHERO BALL – FRI AUG 29 @ 7PM
The Fairmont Royal York will set the stage for a night of celebrities, super heroes and costumes! All in support of SickKids Foundation and Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. Juno Award-winning artist, Lights. Hosted by CBC’s Q, Jian Ghomeshi.

GERONIMO! CAST OF DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL EVENT – SAT AUG 30 @ 6PM
Matt Smith is bringing some companions to a Doctor Who cast special ticketed event! Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill join the 11th Doctor at FAN EXPO Canada™.
THE ROAST OF DARTH VADER – SAT AUG 30 @ 7PM
Empire Comedy Live and FAN EXPO Canada™ present The Roast of Darth Vader. Comedians Greg Proops, Sean Cullen, Darrin Rose and more take turns skewering the big daddy of the dark side.

OFFICIAL FAN EXPO CANADA™ LIVE ROCK PARTY – SAT AUG 30 @ 9PM
Rock out with your Spock out! The LIVE Rock Party in the legendary Imperial Room at the Royal York Hotel will feature an awesome LIVE Rock Band, bar, dance floor and appearances by celebrity guests! Feel like belting one out with the band? Fans can do that too!

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 Stan Lee (X-Men; Spider-Man), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws), Stephen Amell (Arrow), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), and more! The pop culture extravaganza expects to host over 125,000 fans at 750,000 sq ft of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the four-day event August 28-31, 2014. 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 almost 250,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO Canada™, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, FAN EXPO Regina™; Toronto ComiCon, and three Dallas shows.

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