Calgary Expo - Media Talking Points

Event Name:  
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo  or The Calgary Expo

Location:
BMO Centre, Stampede Grounds; 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB

Times:
Friday, April 27, 2012 - Sunday, April 29, 2012
3pm to 8pm Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturday, 10am to 5 pm Sunday           

Tickets:
Advance: 3-Day Weekend Pass $40 | Single Day Pass $20
Door: 3-Day Weekend Pass $50 | Single Day Pass $25
Kids 12 and under are free (up to 4 children with 1 paid adult) 
Tickets are on sale now

More Info: Visit www.calgaryexpo.com                                      

  • Now in its 7th year, The Calgary Expo is a family friendly, all ages event that features pop culture entertainment for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming.
  • Since 2006, the convention has grown to host over 30,000 attendees in 2011 and is Canada’s second largest pop culture convention.

The Calgary Expo boasts over70 Guests, including:
      *Stan Lee (X-Men, Spider-Man)
      *Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street)
      *Amanda Tapping (Stargate: SG-1, Sanctuary)
      *Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24)
      *James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
      *Adam West (classic Batman)
      *Hayden Panettiere (Heroes)
      *Adam Baldwin (Firefly)
      *John Noble (Fringe)
      *Dave Prowse (Star Wars)
      *9 principal cast members from Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • In over twenty years this is the first-ever reunion of the principal cast of Star Trek®: The Next Generation. Star Trek® TNG EXPOsed event has drawn international attention for The Calgary Expo.
  • Coveted tickets for Star Trek® TNG EXPOsed event sold out in under 24 hours (more tickets may be released closer to the event).
  • Over 360 vendors, ranging from comics to clothing, food to arts, entertainment to media, who will attend this year's Expo.
  • Over 150 hours of programming (fun things to do!) ranging from industry based to technical, fan based to specific talents, genres to shows/films, there is something for everyone.
  • Over 200 professional and aspiring artists: not only comic artists, but all mediums from digital to oil painting, water colour painting and more.
    • 120 Artist Alley tables offered at discounted rate for local and aspiring artists;
    • All Creator Guests & some Artist Alley Exhibitors submit pieces to theme-based, exclusive  Annual Artbook (2012 Theme: “Dreams and Wishes”) that is sold and original pieces auctioned for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Alberta.
  • Family friendly event includes various children's activities such as: Drawing for Children, a Potions Class, a magician, Theatre Workshop, Music Improv, Making a Comic Book, facepainting.
  • Saturday - General Costume Contest Ages 15 and up
  • Sunday - Family Costume Contest Ages 14 and under (Over age of 14 can compete in a group if with children 14 and under (ie. a family).

Key Attractions:
      * Celebrity Autographs & Photo Ops (for a fee)
      * Costume Contests (Saturday - General Costume Contest, Sunday - Family Costume Contest)
      * Artist Alley
      * Retailer & Exhibitor Area
      * Screenings
      * Celebrity and Creator Q & A's
      * Workshops & Seminars
      * Panel Discussions
      * Three Tabletop Gaming Tournaments (largest gaming event in Alberta)
      * Star Trek® TNG EXPOsed

Special Events Around The Calgary Expo

Thursday April 26
      * Horror/metal preshow party
      * Comic book villains' preshow party
      * Richard Hatch acting class

Friday April 27
      * Stan Lee receptio
      * James Marsters EXPOsed

Saturday April 28
      * Star Trek® TNG EXPOsed

Misc Facts:

  • Subcultural phenomenon of Cosplay (short for Costume Roleplay) will take over The Calgary Expo. Cosplay is one of the most dynamic parts of The Calgary Expo. Cosplayers fuse performance art, pop culture, and costume centred around role play specific to their favourite characters from comics, video games, movies, anime, and other pop culture.
  • 2011: 30% of attendees travelled from outside of Calgary to attend the Expo
  • High return rate for volunteers and many who have been volunteering since first year, The Calgary Expo has approximately 50 volunteers who assist in planning and organizing the Expo throughout the year and an additional 500+ events volunteers who dedicate their entire weekend to this hugely successful event.
  • The Calgary Expo is a significant part of Calgary’s arts & culture. Long standing relationships with many non-profits who focus on the arts; promote each other’s organizations, local art scene, and opportunities.
  • The Calgary Expo's charity of choice is Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Alberta and uses various methods to raise money/awareness for the foundation e.g. donating portion of ticket sales from screenings throughout the year as well as auctioning off original pieces from the exclusive annual Artbook each year (2012 Theme: “Dreams and Wishes”).