The Calgary Expo’s special events are fun-filled events that require something a little extra such as registration, or special tickets, in order to attend. Some events are free with admission and others have an additional charge. Some events are during the convention and others are outside of show hours. Keep checking back to this space for updates and events that are announced leading up to the show.
Some of the special events are free and some have an additional charge.
Event listings for 2017 will be added here. Keep an eye on this space and our social media pages!
Palomino Rooms - BMO Centre
20 Roundup Way SE
Canada T2G 2W1
Date:Apr 27, 2017 at 9:00
Price:$240 for an All Access pass. $165 for 1 Day pass. Use promo code EXPO2017. Expires March 10th. Regular price is $300 for All Access and $205 for 1 day pass. (Returning attendees are eligible for additional discounts!)
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (April 27-30, 2017) is proud to once again present Schoolism Live Workshops: Calgary.
Schoolism is a two day artist’s workshop with industry professionals from the creative arts, which will take place April 27th & 28th. Evolve your artistic thinking, meet fellow like-minded artists and change your art forever. This workshop will be talked about and remembered for years to come, and takes places right here in Calgary at the Calgary Expo.
- Christophe Lautrette - The Croods, Kung Fu Panda, The Prince of Egypt, Madagascar
- Mike Yamada - Big Hero 6, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda 2, How to Train Your Dragon
- Andrea Blasich - Brave, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Shark Tale, "The Dam Keeper"
- Michael Daley - Ice Age franchise, Epic, Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie
- Kristen Lester - “Symbionic Titan”, Everyone's Hero, Astroboy, The Good Dinosaur, and Finding Dory
- Lucy Desmarchelier - The Prince of Egypt, Tomorrowland, Corpse Bride, Hotel Transylvania
- Raphael Lacoste - Assassin's Creed franchise (Ubisoft), Prince of Persia (Ubisoft), Terminator Salvation, Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- Day 1 / Thursday Apr 27:
From Script to Screen with Christophe Lautrette – 9:00am to 12:00pm
Designing to Support your Story with Mike Yamada - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Designing with clay with Andrea Blasich - 3:30pm to 6:30pm
- Day 2 / Friday Apr 28:
Successful Storyboarding with Michael Daley & Kristen Lester – 9:00am to 12:00pm
Framework: Designing for Pictures with Luc Desmarchelier – 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Environment Design: Designing Immersive Worlds with Raphael Lacoste – 3:30pm to 6:30pm
To register for Schoolism Live, or for detailed descriptions on the workshops, please visit the event page here.
POW! Parade of Wonders!
Stephen Avenue & Olympic Plaza
Date:Apr 28, 2017 at 10:00
The POW! Parade of Wonders is proudly presented by Calgary Expo & Downtown Calgary.
The POW! Parade of Wonders is an annual cosplay parade celebrating pop culture and creativity in Calgary’s downtown, starring Expo's special guests and YOU, the fans of Calgary Expo. It’s free to participate but there is a catch: to walk in the parade you must be decked out in cosplay (costume-play). Expo goers and downtown office workers alike get involved and join in on the fun and witness this unique event. This year we're celebrating our 5th Anniversary, and POW! will be bigger and better than ever!
The 2017 POW! Parade of Wonders will take place on April 28, 2016 between 10:00 a.m and 11:45 a.m on Stephen Avenue. Last year, over 2,200 cosplayers paraded through the streets of Downtown Calgary for over 10,000 spectators. You don’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind celebration!
Thank you to our partners
The City of Calgary
Want to Join in?
There are several ways to enjoy the POW! Parade of Wonders. You can register to walk (as a individual or as an organization/company) or take in the big show as a spectator! As a spectator, you'll want to line the streets of the parade route, or check out our bleacher section on Stephen Avenue near 1st st SW (near Winners). If you're going to walk, here is what you'll be up to:
- MEET AT PARTICIPANT STAGING AREA
Cosplayers meet at the starting point (8th Avenue between 8th St. and 9th St.) Enjoy the music and festivities as you're placed into the parade queue. You will walk with others dressed in your cosplay genre, in front of/behind cars driving Expo's special guests.
- WALK THE ROUTE
We'll depart from the starting point and walk on historic Stephen Avenue, waving to the thousands of spectators that come out to witness the parade.
- CONCLUDE WITH OPENING CEREMONIES
Approximately 11:30 a.m.: The Parade concludes at Olympic Plaza with the formal kick off to Calgary Expo at our opening ceremonies.
Limited registration will be available on site, while supplies last. Please pre-register to secure your spot, and receive instructions to take advantage of special offers for participants. If you have questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com.
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