The 10 best events at Fan Expo 2018

From cult Can-Con and cosplay to the Back To The Future and 2001: A Space Odyssey reunions, these are the celebrity talks, parties and panels to hit


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-and-greets 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 balanced 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

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