And so it begins.
The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo has begun unwrapping the celebrity guests who will be appearing at the 2019 event, which takes place April 25 to 28 on the Stampede grounds.
First one out of the bag is American actor Zachary Levi.
Levi is best known for TV roles such as the lead in Chuck and on the acclaimed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, with big-screen roles including in the past two Thor films and as Shazam! in the upcoming comic adaptation.
“We attend dozens of shows each year and every time we run into Zachary Levi (he’s a busy guy, and doesn’t do many of these events) we’re reminded why his fans are so loyal – he is an awesome, fun guy with a dynamite body of work,” said Kandrix Foong, Calgary Expo’s founder and managing director of FAN EXPO HQ West, which produces Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouver, and the Calgary Expo Holiday Market. “We’re thrilled he could commit to Calgary this year, because we’ve been wanting to host him here for a long time.”
Expect more big names to be announced in the coming weeks, with Calgary Expo having become one of the largest of its kind in North America, attracting such stars as Jeff Goldblum, Jason Momoa, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Stewart and Sigourney Weaver, and audiences of around 90,000 fans a year.
“Work on Calgary Expo 2019 started the day after Calgary Expo 2018 wrapped,” said Foong. “Every year we try tighten up our operations a bit and challenge ourselves to be creative (we’re fans too after all), but our jobs are easy here when it comes to inviting stars and artists – the fans here are like nowhere else in the world and word gets around; people want to come to Calgary.”
Tickets and weekend passes for the Expo are already available online from calgaryexpo.com.
Well, you could always win your way in.
Because they are wonderful human beings, the folks at Calgary Expo have given us a pair of four-day passes to give away to one lucky reader of theYYSCENE.
It is the perfect Christmas gift for the geeks on your list — or keep them yourself! — and you’ll know you’ve won them in time to make someone’s Dec. 25 morn a little merrier.
To enter to win, please head to our Facebook page, perhaps think of giving us a like or a follow, find this posting, and comment under it tagging someone you think would love to attend.
We’ll let the winner know via direct message by the end of the day Friday, Dec. 21.
Oh, and if you’re looking for another couple of great gift-giving ideas, we’re also running Christmas contests for two reserved seating weekend passes for Country Thunder Alberta Aug. 16-18, with Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies and Jason Aldean, and for our Patreon supporters we’re giving away two flex passes for the upcoming One Yellow Rabbit High Performance Rodeo, which runs Jan. 9 to 27.
Good luck and happy holidays!