Capital City Comic Con establishes major new event for Victoria

VICTORIA, B.C. – Going beyond the efforts of mere mortals, a terrific trio of community-minded organizations is ready to unveil a project that will unite super fans of all things pop culture.

The first annual Capital City Comic Con is set for March 16-18, 2018, at the Victoria Conference Centre and Crystal Garden.

For three days, Victoria will embrace the nerd life with thousands of fans expected to arrive in the city for a celebration of comics, toys, games and a chance to meet celebrities from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.

“This is exciting news for everyone who loves pop culture, cosplay and meeting their screen heroes in person,” says Candice Woodward, of Cherry Bomb Toys, noting that Victoria has earned a reputation as “Nerdvana” due to its unique culture of collectors. “We are really looking forward to having a singular event that brings together everything from celebrity experiences to table-top gaming to hands-on experiences with LEGO tm masters.”

The Capital City Comic Con represents the collaborative efforts of Tourism Victoria, the Downtown Victoria Business Association and the National Toy Museum of Canada — represented by Cherry Bomb Toys.

“Tourism Victoria has invested significant time and effort with our partners into the creation of Capital City Comic Con. This will bring thousands of passionate fans into our destination, creating an anchor event for the tourism industry outside of our traditional high season,” says Paul Nursey, President and CEO of Tourism Victoria. “We’re looking forward to helping make this a great event and continuing to execute on our business events strategy which is focused on building off-peak season business providing further strength and resiliency to our destination.”

Victoria’s event takes place on the first weekend of Spring Break and two weeks after the hugely popular Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. Almost 100,000 people now attend that event, which had its start in 2003 with a crowd of 2,500.

“The hope is for Capital City Comic Con to become part of the circuit of major gaming and pop culture conventions on the West Coast,” says Kerri Milton, Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. “We know it’s going to be an incredible experience that will showcase the very best of what Victoria downtown has to offer.”

More information is available at CapitalCityComicCon.ca.

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Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival coming Sept. 22 #yyjevents @SidneyLitFest

The Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival September 22-24, 2017

Join fourteen renowned Canadian authors who will engage book lovers with readings from their works, panel discussions, and writing workshops.

Participating authors are Gary Barwin, Pat Carney, M.A.C. Farrant, Katherine Govier, Pauline Holdstock, Anosh Irani, Jack Knox, Scaachi Koul, Kevin Patterson, Yasuko Thanh, Guy Vanderhaeghe and Jan Zwicky.

Our Friday night opening event, Wine, Word and Music, features live music, brief readings, and a conversation with authors. Author Tillar Mazzeo will host the evening. Readings are held on Saturday between 9 am and 3:30 pm. Two writing workshops are being offered on Saturday. Continue reading “Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival coming Sept. 22 #yyjevents @SidneyLitFest”

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DAVID SEDARIS at the Royal Theatre on M​ay 9 7​:30​ PM #yyjevents @rmts_Victoria

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America ’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, each of which became immediate bestsellers.

David Sedaris’s original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ.

“Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.” – San Francisco Chronicle

DAVID SEDARIS
Royal Theatre
M​ay 9, 2017 | 7​:30​ PM
Tickets are $48.70*

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