By JIM FOX, Special to QMI Agency
“Shields up! Rrrrred alert!”
Star Trek fans, ComiCon is coming to Toronto.
The entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation along with Sean Astin from the Lord of the Rings and Laura Vandervoort of Smallville have their sights set on the pop-culture event of the year.
This two-day extravaganza of super heroes happens March 9 and 10 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (222 Bremner Blvd.).
Showgoers can escape to new worlds during March Break as ComiCon features an all-star lineup of actors from some treasured TV shows and films in the sci-fi and fantasy universe.
In fact, some are already living the life.
“People dress up as their favourite super heroes or characters – everything under the sun from Star Trek and Star Wars characters, to super heroes like Batman and Wonder Woman, to anime characters,” said show publicist Chris Lackner.
“It's a big part of the culture and the costumes are often homemade – with amazing attention to detail,” he added.
Presented by Fan Expo Canada, it celebrates all things pop culture – from comic books, Japanese anime and science fiction to gaming and horror.
“Sci-fi fantasy and comic books are part of the mainstream and our fans reflect that popularity,” said Steve Menzie, president of Hobby Star Marketing.
Along with the superheroes and celebrity guests, there will be hundreds of exhibitors, costumed characters and “millions of dollars in collectibles and merchandise for sale.”
A highlight is the 501st Legion, a Star Wars’ photo session where fans can “get up close” with Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Stormtroopers.
Making appearances will be the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Patrick Stewart; Jonathan Frakes; LeVar Burton; Michael Dorn; Gates McFadden; Marina Sirtis; and Brent Spiner.
There will also be Sean Astin of the Lord of the Rings and the Goonies; Daniel Logan from Star Wars Episode II; and Canadians, Laura Vandervoort of TV’s Smallville and Stargate Atlantis star Torri Higginson.
The Toronto creators of Kill Shakespeare, a 12-issue comic book series, Anthony Del Col and Connor McCreery, will be there and talk about a follow-up series called Tide of Blood.
Katie Cook, illustrator of My Little Pony; Eric Vale and Mike McFarland, the voices of Dragonball Z; Richard Cox, the starring voice of InuYasha; and cast members from animated hits Detentionaire, Total Drama, Beyblade, Jimmy Two-Shoes and Skatoony will be there.
There will also be autograph sessions, seminars, a magic tournament, building Plushie stuffed toys, an artist alley and sketching duels.
Hours are March 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are $25, all-access Saturday pass; $20 Sunday pass; $39, both days; $10, children daily; and free to age 12 with an adult.
Sip and savour
A Taste Odyssey takes places in Woodstock, Ont. on March 6 with “food and beverage tastings.”
Presented by the Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce, the event is at the Oxford Auditorium (875 Nellis St.) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Martha Dennis, chamber general manager, said it will showcase the local hospitality industry with wine, beer, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages, food, confections and demonstrations along with oldies’ music by Ready Music Pix.
There are “exclusive Scotch tastings” with 50 tickets available at $15 each ordered in advance.
Admission is $45. woodstockchamber.on.ca; (519) 539-9411
The Iceculture Experience happens March 8 to 17 in Hensall, northwest of London, Ont.
A local industry, Iceculture (81 Brock St.), has designed and built numerous ice lounges – where the room’s walls, furniture and decor are made out of ice.
It is offering plant tours to see an ice lounge and see how crystal clear ice is manufactured and carved into an endless array of fascinating designs. Children can enjoy an outdoor ice slide.
Tours last 90 minutes and cost $14 a person. iceculture.com; 1-888-251-9967, Ext. 229
This story was posted on Sat, March 2, 2013
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