Written by Cheryl Cottrell-Smith
Eek Fest is back—bigger, better, and nerdier. Embarking on its second year, the convention brings a slew of pop culture-related activities and events to the St. Albert area. And swag—don’t forget the swag.
With 3,000 attendees at last year’s con, this year’s event hopes to break its previous record by doubling in physical size and adding a number of elements that weren’t available in 2014. Alongside the usual vendor hall and artist alley, Eek Fest is incorporating panel sessions (covering everything from cosplay to Twitch streaming), a video game zone with 12 flat screens, several cosplay contests, and a board game zone sponsored by Tabletop Café.
Held at St. Albert’s Servus Place on May 30 and 31, this year’s Eek Fest has four full arena floors of booths and activities—a significant change from the two floors of last year.
“We have one entire floor of Lego display, which we’ve put together with the help of NALUG (the Northern Alberta LEGO® Users Group),” says Eek Fest founder, Rob LeLacheur. “We [also] have the main stage again with lots of live performances. What’s new is the Animation Film Festival—we’re working with the Global Visions Film Festival so we have six different blocks of submissions that have come from around the world. We’ll have those playing throughout the weekend.”
What other activities are available? Well, the life-size Angry Birds game is back again this year, along with something new and exciting.
“Also new is the zombie nerf shooting range, which should be lots of fun,” says Rob. “The nerf guns are ready!”
There will be two main guests at this year’s event: Adrian Pasdar (Top Gun, Heroes, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Caity Lotz (Mad Men, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow).
“We’re really excited about the guests,” says Rob. “Adrian Pasdar is a seasoned veteran, all the way back from Top Gun to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And Heroes is definitely a show that a lot of people will know him from.”
It was recently announced that Caity Lotz will be the new White Canary in Legends of Tomorrow, which will air on the CW next year.
“It’s going to be one of the first opportunities in North America for fans to talk to Caity and ask her about the new show,” says Rob. “It’s very exciting!”
Weekend passes are currently available online at $25 for adults and $8 for children under the age of 12. Attendees can also purchase photo ops or autographs with Pasdar and Lotz, both of which are available on the convention’s website.
“We’ve worked really hard to create great value for that weekend pass,” says Rob. “It’s only $25 for the whole weekend and there’s literally so much you can do!”
Whether you’re going to pick up a new Superman collectible, on the hunt for Sailor Moon merchandise, or want to sit in on the Twitch panel by Tom from UnsanityLive, there’s plenty to do and more at this year’s Eek Fest. We’ll see you there!
Venue information, panel schedules, ticket purchases and more can be found on Eek Fest’s website.