What to do at Fan Expo

From cult Can-Con and cos­play to the Back To The Fu­ture re­union, these are the talks, par­ties and pan­els to hit

NOW Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - By NORMAN WIL­NER nor­manw@nowtoronto.com | normwilner

FAN EXPO CANADA at the Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (255 Front West). Thurs­day (Au­gust 30) to Sun­day (Septem­ber 2). $25-$65/day, child $10, pass $125. fan­ex­pocanada.com.

Like ev­ery other gath­er­ing of cre­ators, artists and hard­core fans, Fan Expo is over­run with pan­els, sign­ings, meet-and­greets and photo ops. It’s hard to tell what to see and what to skip, es­pe­cially when that Doc­tor Who es­cape room down the way is so tan­ta­liz­ing. But here are 10 events that’ll prob­a­bly be worth mak­ing the time to at­tend. (Events are at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre un­less oth­er­wise noted.)

1. DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION RE­UNION

The Degrassi fan base just keeps get­ting big­ger and big­ger – so Fan Expo is stag­ing two re­union pan­els fea­tur­ing Ste­fan Bro­gen, Jake Ep­stein, Shane Kip­pel, Pat Mas­troianni, Miriam McDon­ald and Cassie Steele. If you go to both, you’re sure to get the chance to ask your burn­ing ques­tion about who was the real class clown on set. Au­gust 30, 6 pm; Fri­day Au­gust 31, 5:15 pm

2. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 50TH AN­NIVER­SARY RE­UNION

With Stan­ley Kubrick’s sci-fi land­mark play­ing just down the way at the Cine­sphere, Kier Dul­lea and Gary Lock­wood – who played astro­nauts David Bow­man and Frank Poole – are here to walk down mem­ory lane. Just don’t ask what the end­ing means. Au­gust 31, 11 am

3. IN­FLAT­ABLE DINO COS­TUME MEETUP

There are plenty of cos­play mee­tups sched­uled all through­out Fan Expo, but none is likely to be as en­ter­tain­ing to watch un­fold as this one. And re­mem­ber: there’s al­ways a chance Will Forte is fum­bling around in­side one of those big T. Rex suits. Au­gust 31, 2:30 pm

4. TALK FROM SU­PER­HEROES LIVE POD­CAST RECORD­ING

Toronto comics An­drew Iviemy and Diana McCal­lum wel­come spe­cial guests Jason De­line (Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery) and

Ian MacIn­tyre (The Beaver­ton) for a live tap­ing of their very fun pod­cast. No idea what they’ll be talk­ing about, but you can bet they’ll all nerd out at some point or an­other. Au­gust 31, 4 pm

5. AN EVENING WITH THE CAST OF BACK TO THE FU­TURE

Michael J. Fox, Christo­pher Lloyd, Lea Thomp­son and Thomas F. Wil­son sit down to­gether to talk about work­ing on one of the most beloved movies of the 80s, and maybe about the se­quels too. At $1,099 – more than twice the price of the WWE event’s top tier – the back­stage pass op­tion is the most ex­pen­sive Fan Expo ticket of all. (And for that price, they’d bet­ter let you drive the DeLorean on­stage.) Au­gust 31, 7 pm (spe­cial event ticket)

6. WIL­LIAM SHAT­NER LIVE ON STAGE

As any­one who’s ever in­ter­viewed him can at­test, there are two Wil­liam Shat­ners: the avun­cu­lar leg­end who’s en­joy­ing his cult star­dom, and the cranky guy who some­times shows up in­stead. Which

one will we get? Who knows? Ei­ther way, you’ll hear some good sto­ries. Septem­ber 1, 11 am

7. TWISTED TOONZ VOICE READ­ING OF BACK TO THE FU­TURE

Jason Reit­man’s TIFF live reads are al­ways pop­u­lar, but they don’t al­low beloved voice ac­tors to goof on a clas­sic by read­ing it in their beloved an­i­ma­tion char­ac­ters. This year’s reimag­in­ing fea­tures Jim Cum­mings – the voice of Dis­ney’s Win­nie-the-Pooh, The Fairly Od­dPar­ents’ Grey Delisle, Fairy Tail’s Todd Haberkorn, Ad­ven­ture Time’s Jeremy Shada and In­vader Zim’s Richard Horvitz. You can imag­ine who’s play­ing whom. Septem­ber 1, 12 pm

8. EPIC COS­PLAY DANCE PARTY

You only get one chance to show off your elab­o­rate cos­tume fab­ri­ca­tion skills and your awe­some dance moves at the same time. This is your mo­ment. Just make sure you don’t im­pale any­one when you swing that ex­haus­tively de­tailed, per­fectly bal- an­ced Klin­gon bat’leth over your head. (Cos­play manda­tory. No normies.) Septem­ber 1, 9 pm at Remix Lounge (1305 Dun­das West)

9. KILLJOYS PANEL

If you’re a fan of Space’s sexy space bounty hunter show (and you should be, it’s a blast), come and sit down with cre­ator Michelle Lovretta, showrun­ner Adam Barken and key cast mem­bers in­clud­ing Thom Allison, Kelly McCor­mack and Sean Baek. They’re wrap­ping up the fifth and fi­nal sea­son now, so they’ll be good and punchy. Septem­ber 2, 11 am

10. WYNONNA EARP PANEL

Cel­e­brate Space’s loopy su­per­nat­u­ral West­ern (which also finds room for one of tele­vi­sion’s sweet­est queer ro­mances) with a panel fea­tur­ing stars Me­lanie Scro­fano, Tim Ro­zon, Do­minique Provost-Chalk­ley, Kather­ine Bar­rell and Varun Saranga. I’ve been around these peo­ple. They get very silly very fast. Septem­ber 2, 2 pm

There’s a lot to choose from at Fan Expo.

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