Published on September 21st, 2016 | by Cheryl CS0
Con Watch: Edmonton Expo 2016
The city’s largest pop culture event of the year is just around the corner. With last year’s attendance breaking the 50,000 mark, you can expect this year to be just as big and unwieldy.
What to see? What to do? There’s always so much going on concurrently at the Edmonton Expo that it’s hard to figure out where to go, who to see, and what to purchase. If you spend too much time at a vendor’s booth, you might miss a panel you really wanted to attend. If you go get a celebrity autograph, you might be waiting in line when the cosplay contest starts. The con offers so much that trying to manage it all can be frustrating.
Enjoying a con, if you’re someone who likes to actually see and do things, is all about time management. That’s why we’ve broken down the highlights for each day of the Expo, along with some of my personal recommendations. You can see full programming information on the Edmonton Expo website.
Friday (Vendor Hall open 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
4:00 p.m. – Our friends at The Last Alliance Tolkien Society are hosting a panel entitled “I’ll Make a Man Out of You – Heroism in Tolkien” (Room 107)
5:15 p.m. – Cover Girl Doesn’t Cover Boy with cosplay guest Alexa Heart (Room 108)
4:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. – Devon Murray autographs
6:00 p.m. – Edmonton Kendo and Naginata demo (Outside)
7:00 p.m. – Geek Girl Gathering with Bioware’s Karin Weekes (Room 104)
Saturday (Vendor Hall open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
10:00 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. – Christian Slater autographs (Hall C)
12:30 p.m. – Special Effects Cosplay Photography with Vancosplay (Room 109)
1:30 p.m. – Stranger Things panel with Shannon Purser and Natalia Dyer (Hall D)
4:00 p.m. – Spotlight on Carrie Fisher (Hall D)
4:15 p.m. – Steampunk Anime: The Paris of our Dreams with Mike Perschon (Room 101)
5:15 p.m. – Spotlight on Stephen Amell (Hall D)
7:30 p.m. – Edmonton Expo Costume Contest (Hall D)
Sunday (Vendor Hall open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – Carrie Fisher autographs (Hall C)
12:30 p.m. – Spotlight on Devon Murray (Room 105-106)
2:45 p.m – Garrett Wang autographs (Hall C)
Video Game Zone (Hall B) – tournaments, free play, and more!
- Classic Arcade
- Computer Area
- Console Area
- Computer Tournament Area
- Tabletop Gaming
Official Expo Afterparties at Beercade YEG every night
If you do end up at the Expo this weekend, come and say hi! I’ll be sharing a booth as Miss Chezza Cosplay with two of my fellow cosplayers, Picklesbird Cosplay and Creations and Natasha May Cosplay. We’ll be at booth 3208 in Hall C.
I’ll leave you now with a little Edmonton Expo video promo Shelly from Picklesbird and I did for Shaw TV Edmonton last week. GET HYPE—IT’S ALMOST HERE.