Fan Expo 2016 is here!

Yesterday Fan Expo 2016 kicked off at the Metro Convention
Centre and it is taking over Toronto from September 1 – 4. Fan Expo is Canada’s
largest sci-fi, horror, comic, gaming, and anime event and the third largest
pop culture event in North America. This massive celebration of everything geek
culture attracts over 129,000 people from all around the world. So we decided to
help you let your nerd flag fly this weekend, with our top 5 things you need to
check out this weekend.

Celebrity Spotting

Fan Expo is known for bringing in some of the top stars in
television, movies, comics, gaming and anime; and this year is no different. Some
of the celebrities attending Fan Expo this year are William Shatner, John
Cusack, Adam West, Mark Hamill and comic book legend Stan Lee. You can get up
close with them by purchasing tickets for autographs and photo ops. However you
don’t need to cough up the big bucks to see celebrities, you will often spot
them while you’re walking on the show floor.

Take in all the attractions

Sometimes people that are new to the convention scene overlook
the events that are happening off the show floor. Some of these attractions include
celebrity panels, cosplay classes, exclusive screenings and gaming tournaments.
This year you need to check out professional eSports gamers face off for money
in the Northern Arena Finals presented by Bell Canada. Or you can even buy
tickets to join Stan Lee for brunch on Sunday morning. If none of the attractions
at Fan Expo tickles your fancy, also keep your eyes out for events around the
city inspired by Fan Expo.  

Artist Alley

Of course Fan Expo attracts big name comic artist; but it
also attracts some of the city’s best talent. Artist Alley allows independent
artist to showcase their work and fandom. It is also the perfect opportunity to
pick up new unique and sometimes customizable artwork for your place.

Cosplay

This one is a no brainer, with cosplaying becoming more
popular it’s only natural that you should take in and grab a few pictures with
people that are attending the expo in cosplay. It’s the perfect way to relive
your childhood, as you see your childhood heroes come to life. Also, some of
these cosplays are elaborate and will keep you in awe.

Sunday Sales

Fan Expo has no shortage of merchandise, whether it is
action figures, prints, t-shirts or video games there is a lot to buy when at
Fan Expo. It can be overwhelming and quite expensive sometimes. However the
best deals happens on Sunday, the last day of the expo, and it is the best time
to pick up last minute merchandise.

Unleashing Your Inner Nerd!

Along with drinks on the patio, beach days and cottage
getaways; this summer also brings Conventions to the city! Already in full
force the local convention season has kicked off with Anime North and Enthusiast
Gaming Live Expo. There are still more to come within the next few months.
Thus, giving you plenty of excuses to level up your nerd game or relive the nostalgia
of your childhood. Here are some local conventions you shouldn’t miss.

Fan Expo

Fan Expo takes place at the
Metro Convention Centre from September 1 – 4. This convention is known for
brining some of the biggest celebrities in sci-fi, horror, comics anime and
gaming to the city. This year you can catch Stan Lee, William Shatner, John
Cusack and Mark Hamill.

Toronto Sailormoon Celebration

Happening this Saturday at the Ontario Science Centre, the
Toronto Sailormoon Celebration brings you everything you love about your favourite
defender of the Negaverse. This event is set to have cosplayers, cast from the
original series, panels and other fun activities for fans of the series to
enjoy.

Toronto Brickfete

Also happening this weekend the Toronto Brickfete takes
place at the Delta Toronto East. If you played with Lego when you were younger
or enjoy seeing life size creations master builders make then this is for you. This
fan festival is sure to have you amazed!

Unplugged

Taking place at the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre,
Unplugged sets to bring the geek community together to celebrate all things different!
With panels, contest, cosplayers and Youtubers making appearances it is definitely
an event that is you won’t want to miss!