This Thursday, downtown Toronto will be taken over by geeks heralding from all genres on the Nerdom Spectrum. Taking place September 1st – 4th at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, Fan Expo (the THIRD largest convention in North America) returns for their 21st year.
This year’s celebrity lineup is nothing short of impressive. Not only has Stan Lee chosen this year’s Fan Expo as his final Canadian conventions EVER, but he’s also joined by Mark Hamill in his very first Canadian convention appearance! Other heavy hitters on the list include Adam West, Kevin Smith, Frank Miller, John Cusack, and so many more! There’ll be something for everyone this year.
Fan Expo is usually divided up into five genres: Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Gaming, and Anime, each having their own section in the massive 460,000 square feet of nerdiness. Don’t forget, Fan Expo now occupies BOTH buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The North Building houses the Autograph area with most of the attending celebrities, the big horror section, and some vendors while the South Building contains the humongous Artists Alley featuring hundreds of artists selling their wares, the major exhibitors such as LEGO, Hasbro, EB Games, Ubisoft, Xbox, Sony, as well as the food court.
It looks like Video Games are going to have a HUGE presence at Fan Expo this year. There will be playable demo’s of a bunch of the upcoming games such as Dead Rising 4, Gears of War 4, For Honor, Batman VR, Dragonball Xenoverse 2, Soul Eater 2, and much more! Along with Batman VR, PlayStation VR in general will be making an appearance with some playable demos from more of the upcoming VR games exclusive to PlayStation 4.
EB Games, as always, brings their A game to Fan Expo. With a huge literal store inside the convention and a connected lounge exclusive for Platinum EDGE card holders and some insane sales, their booth is not something you should miss. EB Games will also be hosting signings throughout the weekend with some of Video Game top voice actors, directors, and designers, like John Tench (AKA T-Bone from Watchdogs), Nitai Bessette (Director on Watch_Dogs 2), Denny Borges (Art Director on Far Cry Primal), and Navid Khavari (Narrative Designer on Far Cry Primal). Of course, these signing are exclusive to EB Games Platinum EDGE card holders.
Throughout the Weekend there will be a ton of tournaments and gaming events. The Northern Arena eSports Championships Toronto LAN Final will be held all weekend in Room 718. You can meet the teams and watch them duke it out for a $100,000 prize in the CS GO Championship. Sit in on the Hearthstone championship with a $10,000 prize pool. Or if that’s not your thing, there’s a Clash Royale tourney going on as well. Make sure you don’t forget your DS or 3DS because on Thursday there will be a DS Party hosted by the voice of Ash Ketchum, Veronica Taylor!
Lastly, the line-up of Video Game voice actors is nothing short of amazing. Mark Hamill tops the bill who, if you didn’t know, provides the voice of the Joker in 3 out of the 4 Batman Arkham games. He is joined by none other than Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in all 4 Batman Arkham games on top of almost every other Batman appearance in an animated feature. David Hayter (Snake himself, Metal Gear Solid series), Charles Martinet (Mario in everything Mario has ever had a voice in!), Colleen Clinkenbeard, Jamie Marchi, Cherami Leigh, Todd Haberkon (all from the Borderlands series!), and William Salyers (Mass Effect).
Fan Expo is this Thursday through Sunday and tickets are still available until 5pm today (August 29th) here or at the door each day of the con.