“This is a community of people who discover, share and celebrate all that this genre has to offer in imagination and wonder,” said Kris Webb, Head of Media Relations for Polaris 25 via e-mail. “We celebrate our shows and actors and books and authors and all the creators who bring imagination into a vision, but also celebrate in each other and the joys this community brings when we get together.”
This year’s convention will feature the 5th annual Constellation Awards for excellence in science fiction film and television, in addition to such celebrity guests as Ben Browder (Farscape, Stargate: SG-1), Jewel Staite & Adam Baldwin (Firefly), Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and author Charlaine Harris, the woman behind the books that inspired HBO’s True Blood. On top of a free-to-the-public dealer’s room called the Polaris Marketplace, the convention will also feature events that include “Klingon Karaoke,” Friday and Saturday night dances, and the annual Z’aarx Charity Auction in support of Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto.
Taking a page from the Comic-Con playbook, this year’s Fan Expo will take place over four days for the first time in its 17-year history. Made up of five smaller conventions focusing on comic books, science fiction, horror, anime and gaming, it is Canada’s largest convention and the third-largest in North America.