GX (gaming expo)
||It has been suggested that this article be merged with CNAnime, SFX (Science Fiction Expo) and Rue Morgue Festival of Fear to Fan Expo Canada. (Discuss) Proposed since October 2013.|
|GX – Canadian National Gaming Expo|
|Venue||Metro Toronto Convention Centre|
|Attendance||79,000 in 2011|
|Organized by||Hobby Star Marketing Inc.|
Toronto, Canada's GX is the “National Gaming Expo” and part of an annual multigenre convention entitled Fan Expo Canada. It was founded 2005 by Hobby Star Marketing Inc. It is traditionally a three-day event (Friday through Sunday) but expanded to four days (Thursday through Sunday) in 2011. It is typically held the weekend before Labour Day during the summer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Originally showcasing collectable card games, role playing games/fantasy and some film/television and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as Collectible miniatures games, board games, video games and web entertainment. The Fan Expo Canada convention which GX is a part of is the largest of its kind in Canada and among the largest in world, filling the entire North building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with over 79,000 attendees in 2011.
Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with industry professionals, there are previews of upcoming products, and news from video game companies, and evening events such as The Masquerade; a costume contest, and the Diamond Distribution Industry Night Dinner and reception for industry professionals only.
Like most consumer conventions, Fan Expo Canada features a large floorspace for exhibitors. These include media companies such as movie studios and TV networks, as well as comic book publishers and collectibles merchants. Fan Expo Canada also includes a large autograph area, as well as the Artists' Alley where artists can sign autographs and sell or draw free sketches.
History of GX - Locations and dates
|August 26–28, 2005||Metro Toronto Convention Centre||39,753||Elijah Wood, Clive Barker, Gary Gygax, James Marsters, Kevin Sorbo, Elvira, J. Michael Straczynski, Neal Adams, Jhonen Vasquez, Peter Laird.||GX Gaming Expo brand first appears as a feature event. Attendance reaches facility limit and Toronto Fire Marshall's office halts ticket sales on Saturday afternoon.|
|September 1–3, 2006||Metro Toronto Convention Centre||42,947||William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Alice Cooper, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver, Mike Mignola, Roman Dirge.||Canadian National Expo re-branded as Fan Expo Canada. The show outgrows the North Building of the MTCC and moves to the much larger South Building.]|
|August 24–26, 2007||Metro Toronto Convention Centre||43,738||Adam West, Jonathan Frakes, Malcolm McDowell, Adrienne Barbeau, Paul Dini, and David Finch (comics),||World Series of Video Games partners with Fan Expo Canada to hold the largest live video game tournament ever held in Canada.|
|August 22–24, 2008||Metro Toronto Convention Centre||44,500||Buzz Aldrin, Sean Astin, Renée O'Connor, Wes Craven, Brad Dourif, Alex Ross. Peter David, Adam Hughes, Kevin Eastman, Victor Lucas, Jon Jacobs, Donna Mei-Ling Park among others.||Major League Gaming (MLG) replaces World Series of Video Games as partner for GX feature of Fan Expo Canada.|
|August 28–30, 2009||Metro Toronto Convention Centre||59,000||Leonard Nimoy, Bruce Campbell, Linda Hamilton, J. Michael Straczynski, Roger Corman, Udo Kier, Chris Bachalo, Len Wein, Bill Sienkiewicz, Steve Downes, Victor Lucas, Lil Poison, Scott Jones, and surprise guest Tobin Bell (unannounced).||Fan Expo Canada reveals its first Title Sponsor with Rogers High Speed Internet.
Attendance reaches facility limit and Toronto Fire Marshal's office halts ticket sales for two hours on Saturday afternoon.
|August 27–29, 2010||Metro Toronto Convention Centre||Over 64,000||William Shatner, Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, James Marsters, Stan Lee, Felicia Day, Summer Glau, David Cronenberg, Lance Henriksen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Yoshitaka Amano, Victor Lucas, Scott Jones, Tommy Tallarico, Jarett Cale, Geoff Lapaire, Ed Greenwood, Robin D. Laws, Casts of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Riese, Lost Girl, Dark Rising, Durham County, Pure Pwnage, Electric Playground, and Reviews on the Run.||Attendance reaches facility limit and Toronto Fire Marshal's office halts ticket sales for four hours on Saturday afternoon.|
|August 25–28, 2011||Metro Toronto Convention Centre||Over 79,000||William Shatner, Tom Felton, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff, Anthony Daniels, Victor Lucas, Scott Jones, Tommy Tallarico, Jarett Cale, Ed Greenwood, Robin D. Laws, and surprise guest Guillermo del Toro (unannounced).||First year running for 4 days, with Thursday added as the new extra day. Operating hours also expanded for each day.|
|August 23–26, 2012||Metro Toronto Convention Centre||Over 79,000 expected|
- GX/Fan Expo Canada Official Website
- Interview with former Paradise Co-Promoter (now expo employee) Kevin Boyd and re: the con war August 2007
- Listing of Sequential Comics Fan Expo Canada 2007 Show Reports
- 5 reasons to/not to go to Fan Expo Canada by Torontoist August 2006
- Phasers on stunned as Fan Expo Canada disappoints sci-fi devotees, The Toronto Star August 30, 2010
- Sci-Fi fans fume over sold out Fan Expo Canada, The Toronto Star August 31st 2010
- Cronenberg gets heroes welcome at hometown Fan Expo Canada. The Toronto Star August 23, 2010
- Adam West and William Shatner drop into Fan Expo Canada CTV News August 29th, 2010
- Fan Expo Canada generates long lines. CBC News, August 28th, 2010
- Disney's Tron:Legacy revealed at Fan Expo Canada in 3D! Comic Book Resources, August 28th, 2010
- Zombies, Heroes and Villains gather at Fan Expo Canada, The Toronto Sun, August 27, 2010
- Stan Lee guest of Honour at Fan Expo Canada, Comic Book Resources, August 31st, 2010