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Opening Ceremonies

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Richmond C & D

Panellists: Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, Denis McGrath, MaryAnn Harris, Monica Pacheco, Paul Roberts

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Deconstruction: What Happens When You Take Tropes Apart

Time: Fri 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Charlotte Ashley, Gail Z. Martin, KW Ramsey, Leah Bobet

Genre fiction thrives on tropes, from the stalwart hero, the damsel into distress, and all the way to the nefarious villain, but what happens when a show takes those tropes and turns them on their head. Join us as we discuss how and why to do this and examine when it’s done right and when it’s done wrong.

 


Jesus’ Brother Bob and Cleopatrick : Inventing Real People for Alternate Histories

Time: Fri 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Writing & Editing

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Ellie Di Julio, James Alan Gardner, Lesley Donaldson-Reid

Unknown siblings and relatives, genderbent clones, evil (or good) twins cast out at birth. Don’t worry about plausibility when you’ve the capacity to entertain at the expense of someone who’s so long dead that there’s nothing left in the grave to do any rolling.

 


Laughing in the Face of Death

Time: Fri 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tracks: Horror, Other, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Mike Rimar, Nancy Kilpatrick, Peter Prellwitz, Rio Youers

Macabre humour is a powerful tool and it is used deftly in genre literature. However, we are not able to bring it through in social media and instead our day to day is filled with the manic swing of never-ending global confrontations and death and the next silly kitten video. How do we deal with death and why doesn’t macabre humour work in the here and now?

 


The Big Birds are Flying: The State of Aviation Today

Time: Fri 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Track: Science & Technology

Room: Aurora

Panellists: David Stephenson, Eric Choi

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Helicarrier? Where are we at with aviation and where are we going? Hear some pros discuss the possible, the impossible and the why not .

 


The Classics – In Space and Beyond!

Time: Fri 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Writing & Editing

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: David Lamb, Derek Newman-Stille, James Bambury, Kate Story

A panel discussing adapting classic stories – Shakespeare, folk or fairy tales, Homer, etc. – for speculative fiction.

 


Book Launch: Dragon Moon Press

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Book Launch

Room: Event Suite

Panellist: Erik Buchanan

 


Escape from Horror Remakes and the end of Neverending Sequels IV – Revenge of the Remakequel

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tracks: Horror, TV & Film

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Gemma Files, James Alan Gardner, Rio Youers, Timothy Carter

2014 represented a success of the horror film genre in crawling out of a seemingly never ending cycle of remakes and third-order sequels. Now that the genre is finally accepting new and frightening ideas at the hollywood-budget level, Hell’s the limit! What does 2015 have hidden in the poorly lit corridors for us?

 


Friday Night Variety Show

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Richmond C & D

Panellists: Kari Maaren, Shades of Araby

Three fabulous acts will take to the stage to perform for your pleasure the wonderfully geeky ukulele music of Kari Maaren, Jimi Maze singing songs about sci-fi and comic books and in their Ad Astra premier, Shades of Araby, Toronto’s first American Tribal Style Bellydance troupe.

 


Guest of Honour Meet and Greet

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Guests of Honour

Room: Con Suite

Panellists: Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, Denis McGrath, Ed Greenwood, Julie Czerneda, Kelley Armstrong, MaryAnn Harris, Monica Pacheco

 


Meet Double Dragon Publishing

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Deron Douglas, Gail Z. Martin, Peter Prellwitz

Double Dragon Publishing is a Canadian company with 10+ years of dedication to the fledgling eBook industry and its authors. Meet DDP authors Gail Z. Martin and Peter Prellwitz, and founder Deron Douglas.

 


Popcorn, Pyjamas, Movies!

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Kids

Room: Buttonville

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


Readings: Chadwick Ginther & Arlene F. Marks

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Arlene F. Marks, Chadwick Ginther

 


SF for a YA Audience

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Young Adult

Room: Richmond A

Panellists: Charlene Challenger, E.K. Johnston, Jane Ann McLachlan, Leah Bobet

Young Adult novels are tricky things – Enders Games was about children and youth – but not for them. Fantasy has managed to get a solid grasp on what the readers want…But Sci-Fi doesn’t seem to be catching on. Why not?

 


Thermoplastics for Costuming

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tracks: Cosplay & Props, Workshops

Room: Unionville

Panellist: Amanda Irwin

Wonderflex. Worbla. Fosshape. KobraCast. Foam. Want to learn your way around thermoplastics and make the coolest costumes possible? This is a panel and workshop giving you the breakdown of each material and showing you how to get the most out of each, with samples!

 


Writing the Future: Imagining What We Can’t Possibly Know

Time: Fri 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Science & Technology

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Kate Story, Mark Lefebvre, Neil Jamieson-Williams, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

A SF story depend on a high level of current scientific and technological knowledge not end up dated before even hitting the shelves. And that’s the easy part, because even respecting that vast breadth of knowledge a SF story needs to look beyond the known and innovate in ways that even the current engineers and scientists aren’t thinking of. Panelists discuss the burden of SF to inspire, innovate and remain relevant in a world where science and technology are accelerating exponentially.

 


A Merciless Deconstruction of Things that Other People Like: The Panel

Time: Fri 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Richmond A

Panellists: Adam Shaftoe, David Blackwood, Mike Rimar, Simon McNeil

Are you a sucker for punishment? Pitch a book, film or piece of media you love and watch as our panelists try to destroy it.

 


Friday Night Music Performances

Time: Fri 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Track: Music

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Peggi Warner-Lalonde, Phil Mills, Sean McGaughey

Sean McGaughey & Phil Mills followed by a theme Filk and then participatory music.

 


Higher Education: If I Knew Then What I Knew Now

Time: Fri 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Angela Keeley, Daniel Pawliw, Dennis Lee

University, College, Certifications, Courses….It is endless. For the young adults and their parents/guardians who are just approaching these massive choices – come and hear from a panel of recent grads who are looking back on their choices and looking to share some sage advice . This is not about being bitter or negative – simply hoping to share some current advice on the state of post-secondary education.

 


Jedi Remmedial School: Preparing For The New Trilogy

Time: Fri 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Ian Keeling, Max Turner

Only 251 days remain until the release of the new, Disney-owned, J.J. Abrams Directed/Produced/Written Star Wars movie. Our panelists discuss what’s known and what’s not known, and speculate on the future of this beloved franchise.

 


Predicting the Future: How Wrong Are We Going To Be?

Time: Fri 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Science & Technology

Room: Richmond B

Panellists: David Stephenson, Eric Choi, Matthew Johnson, Neil Jamieson-Williams

Welcome to “Where’s my hovercar?” the panel. Discuss the history of predictions that have failed the test of time and make predictions for the predictions in current SF!

 


Readings: Alisse Lee Goldenberg & Aviva Bel’Harold

Time: Fri 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Alisse Lee Goldenberg, Aviva Bel’Harold

 


Storytelling Show: Stories of Nigh

Time: Fri 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Markham A

Panellist: Marie Bilodeau

Come hear stories of the darkest faeries, from old folklore to the current day. Step into this faerie circle and you’ll never be the same again… (PG)

 


The Beldam, The Hag and the Hedgewitch: Witches in Popular Culture

Time: Fri 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Derek Newman-Stille, Gail Z. Martin, Karen Dales, Kate Story

The witch is making a comeback as an audience favourite. Currently the witch has become an icon for young adults as an anti-hero. So lets talk about modern witches and the occult and discuss their significance to literature and today’s youth.

 


The Holodeck Follies

Time: Fri 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tracks: Music, Other

Room: Richmond C & D

Panellist: The Dandies

The Dandies perform their monthly improvised Star Trek variety show. In addition to the improvised parody of television’s best-known science fiction franchise, the show features comedic talent from the non-Trek realm

 


“B” Movies: Mentally Fattening AND Good For You

Time: Fri 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Track: TV & Film

Room: Richmond A

Panellists: David Blackwood, David Clink, JD DeLuzio, Peter Prellwitz

We all have guilty pleasures. In the movie world, those are the “B” movies. Filled with plot holes, impractical characters, impossible endings. And all so much fun. This “confession” panel has the panelists and the audience admit to everyone their favorite “B” movies and why they consider them “B” movies.

 


Astronomy in the Parking Lot

Time: Fri 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Track: Science & Technology

Room: Parking Lot

Panellist: Patrick McDonald

Once again, telescopes will be set up in the smokers’ park in front of the main entrance to view the moon, Mars(close to opposition), Jupiter and any other objects of interest.

 


Cantina Karaoke

Time: Fri 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Track: Music

Room: Hotel Bar

Panellists: Ashley Regimbal-Kung , Pam Sargant

This year, our popular Karaoke night is Star Wars themed. The Cantina Karaoke will be set up in the Hotel Restaurant Bar. Anybody with a song in their hearts can come give the Karaoke a try, in groups, or solo. If you don’t sing, you can still enjoy they party. Come watch your fellow science fiction fans as they warble and croon their way through classic tunes and modern hits. Costumes are always optional, but add to the fun. SC_006Hosted by Queen Pam Sargant and Princess Ashley Regimbal-Kung of A-LIST Entertainment

 


Dystopian YA Cliches

Time: Fri 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Track: Young Adult

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Charlene Challenger, E.K. Johnston, Simon McNeil

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Galavant: Mocking Musicals and History in One Swell Foop

Time: Fri 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Tracks: Music, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV & Film

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Ian Keeling, Kari Maaren

TV Musical? Check. Mocking Disney-championed tropes? Check. Pun-laden comedic dialogue? Mmmhmm! Well, that decides it, Mel Brooks is officially a genre!

 


How to Make Your Bread and Butter: Fans

Time: Fri 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Dennis Lee, Gregory Wilson, Jane Ann McLachlan

No matter the genre or medium, without an audience food won’t be appearing on the table. Fans are not just members of an audience though, they are the repeat customers and the word-of-mouth loudspeaker. This panel discusses how to acquire and keep an audience, and how to encourage fans to spread the word so you can spread the peanut butter and jam.

 


Improv Jam

Time: Fri 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Richmond C & D

Panellist: Kevin Nunn

Improv teaches you a lot of things, it helps present a costume, tell a story, and its just darned entertaining! Is it any wonder ad Astra has so many improvisers attending? If you’re an improvisers interested in joining us for an improv jam friday night let the host of the evening know and we’ll find a spot for you! Not an improviser? GOOD! We need an audience to entertain! Come by to see what a batch of geeky performers who may have barely met are capable of doing when the pressure is on!

 


Leave Your Sword At The Door: Weapons Check & A Discussion of Weaponry in Fiction

Time: Fri 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Tracks: Science & Technology, Workshops

Room: Victoria Square

Panellist: Chris Warrilow

Come for a discussion of weapons in literature and storytelling while getting your weapon checked! Attendees bringing a costume weapon to the convention must have it checked at this workshop, or visit the weapons check table during the weekend. So you want to sport your Bat’leths, Force Pikes, and Pulse Rifles at the convention? Please have us check them out first; we promise to give them back after inspection. Our Weapons Master will also be discussing all forms of weaponry in fiction while checking your gear.

 


Podcasting After Dark 2: Kaiju Boogaloo

Time: Fri 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Tracks: Gaming, Readings & Podcasts

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Adam Shaftoe, Kate Heartfield, Marie Bilodeau, Matt Moore

The sequel to Ad Astra 2014’s Podcasting After Dark, host Adam Shaftoe-Durrant is joined by a panel of writers to discuss anything and everything within genre and pop culture. It’s the comedy and irreverence of @midnight, the questions written on index cards of Inside the Actors Studio, and the scathing wit of the Graham Norton show. Viewer discretion is advised.

 


Late Night Slash Fiction Readings

Time: Fri 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Tracks: Geek Culture, Romance & 18+

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Angela Keeley, Michael Matheson, Simon McNeil

Late Night 18+ Slash Fiction reading – exactly what it says. BYO Fiction, brain bleach and sense of humour. Viewer discretion is 200% advised.

 


Late Night Drunken Gurus

Time: Sat 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Track: Other

Room: Richmond C & D

Panellists: Ryan Wright, Scott Spence

Some time ago in a galaxy next door to this one, a man answering questions on a website began to drink. A lot. His advice was considered if not profound, then at least funny. People began clamoring for repeats of his drunken tirades and they eventually became a monthly event attended by hundreds if not dozens of people. Never before have the Late Night Drunken Gurus performed in front of a live studio audience. (perhaps for legal reasons) But now, for the first time ever, They shall appear Alive (mostly) and in person! Come and ask questions, Laugh and enjoy while we solve all or even none of your problems.

 


The Ghost Aesthetic

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Thornhill

Panellists: Doug Cockell

Doug Cockell looks at they way ghosts have been presented in art, illustration and film, tracing the origins of the apparition from the killing fields of the American Civil War through stage effects to CGI.

 


A Trillion Is a Statistic

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Andrew Barton, Ian Keeling, Karl Schroeder

It happens so often in science fiction there’s a name for it: “earth-shattering kaboom.” From Lensmen to Ender’s Game and beyond, sf has been solving problems with genocide for decades. Is this just authorial laziness, motivating heroes with a big enough bang, or is reflective of something dark in the genre’s soul?

 


An Editor and a Publisher Walk Into a Bar: Who Do You Hit On?

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Karen Dales, Kelley Armstrong, Mark Lefebvre, Monica Pacheco, Ryan McFadden

Which came first – the Publisher or the Editor? New-to-the-scene writers may ask themselves this and it may seem like a silly question, but it all comes down to process and style. In the world of literary gatekeeping, slushpiling and skyrocketing overnight fads , everything you do comes back to the Publishers and Editors….So how do you get to know what they’re looking for beyond a call for submissions?

 


Book Launch: Anne Bishop

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Book Launch

Room: Event Suite

Panellist: Anne Bishop

 


Build and decorate a paper airplane!

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Kids

Room: Unionville

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


Fantasy in Translation

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Writing & Editing

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Simon McNeil

From Andrzej Sapkowski to Liu Cixin there are many great SF/F authors who don’t write in English. A few have been translated. This panel will explore the joys and pitfalls of works in translation.

 


Giving It Away For Free: But You’ll Get Great Exposure!

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Tracks: Cosplay & Props, TV & Film, Writing & Editing

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Chantal Parent, Charlotte Ashley, Chris Warrilow, Erik Mohr

“I’ve got a cousin who could do that for peanuts, why should I pay you so much?” Sound Familiar? Advice and anecdotes from professionals who have been treated unprofessionally.

 


Lifting the Veil Between Here and There

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Richmond A

Panellists: Cathy Hird, Gail Z. Martin, Gregory Wilson, Peter Prellwitz

Exploring the way SciFi and fantasy transport the reader/viewer into another world. The panel explores older examples like C S Lewis’ wardrobe, to Jim Butcher’s wizardry to SG1’s stargate.

 

 


 

Saturday Movie Morning

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

No Track Assigned

Room: Con Suite

No Other Panellists Assigned

Last year we enjoyed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in The Mummy Returns. Who knows what guilty pleasure we’ll get up to this time?

 


SFWA General Meeting

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Other

Room: Richmond B

Panellists: Derek Kunsken, Eric Choi, Julie Czerneda, Matthew Johnson

SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres that informs, supports, promotes, defends and advocates for its members. In this panel for writers who are interested in learning more about SFWA, four longtime members will talk about their experiences with SFWA and what it does for them, as well as answering audience questions and providing information about the new qualifications standards for self-published and small-press authors.

 


Spicing up your Game Setting

Time: Sat 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Gaming

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Chris A. Jackson, Geoff Gander, James Alan Gardner

Jungles, deserts and tundras, oh my! from tribal wanderers to megacities and more! Panelists discuss how you can step away from the monoenvironmental, the monocultural, the monoboring and make your setting varied, alive and deeply interesting.

 


After Acceptance: The Fun Begins

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Richmond A

Panellists: Arlene F. Marks, Charles de Lint, Kelley Armstrong, Monica Pacheco, Suzanne Church

This is a tour of the publication process, punctuated by first-book anecdotes (good, bad and ugly) from published authors.

 


Better Author Websites

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Elaine Chen, Julie Czerneda, Lesley Donaldson-Reid, Mike Rimar

You’ve seen it. The dreadful photo website. The untended grave website. The “I’m too shy to say anything except about my cats” website. And so on. What should be an author’s proudest space, able to inform and draw readers (and fellow panelists) is all too often neglected. But there’s hope! (And it’s not a template)

 


Doing Something about Climate Change

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

No Track Assigned

Room: Aurora

Panellist: David Stephenson

The science and engineering options available to Ontario to eliminate its GHG emissions in 35 to 50 years.

 


Horror Pro-Tour: A Delightful Discussion with the Masters of Twisted and Chilling Tales

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Horror

Room: Richmond B

Panellists: David Nickle, Mark Lefebvre, Matt Moore, Rio Youers, Sephera Giron

Hear our great and local masters of horror discuss the foundations of their madness.

 


Leave Your Sword At The Door: Weapons Check & A Discussion of Weaponry in Fiction

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Workshops

Room: Victoria Square

Panellist: Chris Warrilow

Come for a discussion of weapons in literature and storytelling while getting your weapon checked! Attendees bringing a costume weapon to the convention must have it checked at this workshop, or visit the weapons check table during the weekend. So you want to sport your Bat’leths, Force Pikes, and Pulse Rifles at the convention? Please have us check them out first; we promise to give them back after inspection. Our Weapons Master will also be discussing all forms of weaponry in fiction while checking your gear.

 


Readings: Ed Greenwood & Dennis Lee

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Dennis Lee, Ed Greenwood

 


Readings: Gemma Files & Nancy Baker

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Gemma Files, Nancy Baker

 


Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tracks: Music, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV & Film

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Beverly Bambury, David Clink, Ian Keeling, Patrick McDonald, Yvonne Penney

From actor (lieutenant-commander Spock, commander Spock, Captain Spock, ambassador Spock) to singer (remember Bilbo Baggins?) to the voice of a train on the Simpsons, Leonard Nimoy has had a career spanning 6 decades. Come and celebrate the man and share your fave moments and memories.

 


Space Battles: Lens Flares and Camera Shakes

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Eric Choi, KW Ramsey, Neil Jamieson-Williams

Space Battles have generally been in one of two camps: WWII Naval Engagements, or WWI Ace Pilot Dogfights. Where can we go from here to realize what actual space combat will be like without inserting our silly terra-centric prejudices into the mix?

 


Steampunk and You: Separating the Gears from the Tea Sets

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Unionville

Panellists: Angela Thompson, Gail Z. Martin

Corsets, Tea Services, Gears, Cogs and Steam! Lets get down to the nitty gritty of Steampunk!

 


TARDIS Tea Party

Time: Sat 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: T&T Suite

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


Book Binding Demonstration

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Workshops

Room: Buttonville

Panellist: Kevin Nunn

Simple, cheap and quick to learn, but that doesn’t mean low quality. Epub is great, ereaders are great to distribute your tales, but do you want to hand your magnum opus to you tech shy grandma? Would you like to carry your manuscript in your own stylish and personalised book? How about you’re just sick of carrying a binder with your notes in it and want something more permanent? This demo will show quick and easy ways to quickly and permanently bind a book that gives you complete control over the printing process, even making a high quality book churned out of your own home printer

 


Genre Crossing: Please Watch for Slow Moving Pathetic Fallacies

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Ada Hoffmann, Charlotte Ashley, Karina Sumner-Smith, Nancy Kilpatrick

Sometimes you just want to read, write or direct a paranormal romance during the robot uprising on the medieval planet of urban fariy hipsters.

 


GoH Hour: Denis McGrath

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Guests of Honour

Room: Richmond B

Panellist: Denis McGrath

 


Murdoch Mysteries: Steampunk Television and the People who Bring it Alive

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tracks: Cosplay & Props, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Caro Soles, Chris Warrilow, Lloyd Penney, Yvonne Penney

 


New Weird, Spec Fic and Uncanny Literature

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tracks: Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Gemma Files, Michael Matheson, Sandra Kasturi, Simon McNeil

Sometimes straight up Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror just doesn’t cut it. Lets take it a step further and talk about New Weird, Speculative Fiction, and the Uncanny.

 


Open Season on Bond: What Happens When a Literary Icon Becomes Public Domain

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tracks: Other, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham A

Panellists: David Nickle, Hayden Trenholm, Jana Paniccia, Peter Prellwitz

Over the last couple years the character Sherlock Homes became firmly established as finally in the Public Domain. As of January 2015, 007 has joined the ranks of the public free-for-all. What off brand Bond-based adventures can we expect to start seeing in the future, if any at all? For that matter, what has the Public Domain done to 221B Baker Street?

 


Readings: Madeline Ashby & Eric Choi

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Event Suite

Panellists: Eric Choi, Madeline Ashby

 


Remembering Terry Pratchett

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Richmond C & D

Panellists: Kari Maaren, Kate Heartfield

AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER. Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.

 


Science in Urban Fantasy II – Toeing The Line

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Science & Technology

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Dennis Lee, James Alan Gardner, Nina Munteanu

Last year’s panel discussed the place of science in Urban Fantasy. This year, we’ll allow it to run rampant and see what happens. How much science is too much, does it need to be balanced against the fantastical and magical elements, at what point does it it stop being Urban Fantasy and is just SF, and how far do you have to go down the localized wormhole (read: rift beteween realms) before it comes full circle and is indistinguishable from magic?

 


Steampunk Tearoom: Props and Gadgets

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tracks: Cosplay & Props, Geek Culture

Room: Unionville

Panellists: Jody Rodier, Todd Clark

 


This Damsel Saves Herself

Time: Sat 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Richmond A

Panellists: Alisse Lee Goldenberg, Catherine Fitzsimmons, Cathy Hird, Nancy Baker

The Heroine’s Journey in epic fantasy. Is sending a female protagonist on the Hero’s Journey like fitting a square peg in a round hole? If not, how does it differ? Is that good or bad? Which epic fantasy novelists get it right?

 


Agents of Shield and Agent Carter: The MCU on TV

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: TV & Film

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: David Clink, Dennis Lee, Matthew Johnson

Marvel has proved the superhero team up cross movie continuity not only works, it’s one of the biggest hits of our lifetimes. And with the success of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and thew new Agent Carter, and their upcoming Netflix series’ Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and The Defenders, Marvel has also broken down the Movie-TV barrier showing that ongoing TV shows and an ongoing movie universe don’t have to diverge or live in their own canon.

 


Beyond Wikipedia: The Future of Fact Finding and Checking

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tracks: Other, Writing & Editing

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Denis McGrath, Joel A. Sutherland, Lesley Donaldson-Reid, Russ Howe

These days you can Wiki-search, Google Search and – when desperate – Yahoo Search. You scan page after page of potential information sources and you can find a “yes” as easily as a ” no” . Anyone can be a journalist via the internet and it is so very easy to make a good looking article. Does fact-finding and research end with Wikipedia? Are we going to be able to give answers with surety ever again? Have we passed the age of beyond-question?

 


Build and decorate your favourite character!

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Kids

Room: Unionville

No Other Panellists Assigned

robots, dragons, superheroes, space ships – whatever!

 


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Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Science & Technology

Room: Aurora

Panellists: David Stephenson, Eric Choi, Gillian Clinton

Virgin Galactic is taking reservations today! Sort of. Commercial space flight is at our doorstep, how much would you pay to take a trip into the cold black void?

 


Live Model Drawing

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Workshops

Room: Thornhill

Panellists: Chantal Parent, Scott Caple

Live model drawing for all ages. Cosplayers are invited to come and model, and artists are invited to come and draw, and perhaps get some great new ideas, and a chance to talk to fellows in both categories while we work.

 


Masquerade 101 – How to prepare, what to expect and how to get the best reaction from the audience and judges

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Alice Black, Chris Warrilow, Dawn McKechnie, Lindsay Barker, Shawna Valentiate

Get tips for showing off your costume and wowing the audience and judges. Learn what to expect backstage and what the judges want to see.

 


New Toronto/Ontario Writers Reading

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Charlotte Ashley, Elaine Chen, Malon Edwards, Tonya Liburd

 


Put The Pen Down And Back Away Slowly: Editing Your Own Work

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tracks: Guests of Honour, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Anne Bishop, Julie Czerneda, Kelley Armstrong, Monica Pacheco

Editing your own work is never easy. Lets discuss tactics, awareness and taking a break before you chop something critical.

 


Readings: Leah Bobet & Max Turner

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Event Suite

Panellists: Leah Bobet, Max Turner

 


Signing Sessions Setup

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tracks: Guests of Honour, Other

Rooms: Richmond A, Richmond B

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


Steampunk Social

Time: Sat 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

No Track Assigned

Room: Hotel Bar

No Other Panellists Assigned

A social gathering for the love of Steampunk. Photo area, tea and Victorian goodies.

 


Basic Props and Easy Mods

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Angela Thompson, Chantal Parent, Chris Warrilow

Have a few tips and tricks from some local prop masters about how to do some easy mods on pre-bought items to fit the bill for your next costume

 


Book Launch: Pop Seagull Publishing

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Book Launch

Room: Event Suite

No Other Panellists Assigned

Instead of taking that Saturday afternoon nap, why not get your sugar fix with Pop Seagull Publishing for the launch of Love, Time, Space, Magic? We’ll be celebrating this collection of offbeat Science Fiction and Fantasy love stories with a cover art cake, a collection of delicious sweets sent straight from Japan, and lots of giveaways! We’ll also have three authors attending the party, so have your Q’s ready for the Q&A and live author readings with Ira Nayman, Stephen B. Pearl and Victoria Feistner. We’ll fill you so full of treats, both literal and literary, that you’ll be ready to party all night long!

 


CAN-CON Chocolate and Caffeine Party

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

No Track Assigned

Room: Con Suite

No Other Panellists Assigned

Join the Ottawa CAN-CON convention crew for a chocolate and caffeine CAN-CON party! They’ll announce some of their preliminary programming items including Guests of Honour. Meet special guests and past GoHs, and come find out why CAN-CON has been making a mark with Canadian fandom. Plus: Dip panicked cookie dinosaurs into our Chocolate Tar Pit of Awesome!!

 


Creativity Challenges

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Mark Lefebvre, Phil Mills, Sarah McGaughey, Sean McGaughey

What are you waiting for – inspiration? Come learn what participating in time-limited challenges such as NaNoRiMo (write a novel in a month), FAWM (14 new songs in 28 days) and 50/90 can do for your skills. Hear about the supportive, amazing international community you can meet through these challenges, and why you would want to.

 


Funding Your Grocery Bill: Writing Grants and Writing for Grants

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tracks: Other, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Amanda Sun, Chadwick Ginther, Karina Sumner-Smith, Robert Boyczuk, Sandra Kasturi

Grant writing is hard – we can’t teach you how to write the perfect grant – But! We can discuss the good, the bad and the necessary fundamentals of grant writing. Gain some insight from our pros who have been there, written the grant and lived to see the benefits.

 


Hollywood is Running Out Of Ideas

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tracks: Other, TV & Film

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Denis McGrath, Eric Choi, Marcy Italiano

Just like it says on the tin. Come and have a jovial discussion about the sad state of Hollywood and share your favourite alternative media companies or one offs.

 


Melee Combat: Separating Fact From Fiction

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Chris A. Jackson, Erik Buchanan, KW Ramsey, Russ Howe

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to fighting with swords and other melee weapons. This panel will bring them to light and discuss how to write great combat scenes while still getting it right.

 


Signing Sessions

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tracks: Guests of Honour, Other

Rooms: Richmond A, Richmond B

Panellists: Ada Hoffmann, Adam Shaftoe, Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, David Nickle, Doug Smith, Ed Greenwood, Gemma Files, Julie Czerneda, Karen Dales, Kelley Armstrong, Leah Bobet, Marie Bilodeau, MaryAnn Harris, Max Turner, Nancy Kilpatrick, Rio Youers, Sephera Giron, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Suzanne Church, Timothy Carter

 


Steampunk Tearoom: Photo Shoot

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Unionville

Panellists: Jody Rodier, Tina Olah, Todd Clark

 


Tastings

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: T&T Suite

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


Time Travel and Alternate Histories: Why You Don’t Kill Hitler

Time: Sat 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Kari Maaren, Matthew Johnson, Mike Rimar, Neil Jamieson-Williams

Discussing the fine details of how changing the past always seems to make things worse.

 


Cosplay and You: Closets and Patterns

Time: Sat 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Chantal Parent, Lindsay Barker, Shawna Valentiate, Yvonne Penney

Closet costuming – turning around pre-fab clothes into new costumes. Patterns! Because sometimes you want to make it from scratch. COSPLAY! Because it’s awesome! Welcome to a variation on the basics of Cosplay.

 


From The Tabletop To The Side Table

Time: Sat 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tracks: Gaming, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV & Film

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Chris A. Jackson, Geoff Gander

From Books to TV Shows and Movies, tabletop roleplaying has been a subtile guiding hand for many story, setting and character inspirations. And in some cases, not so subtle. Panelists discuss the process of taking a tabletop game or characters and set pieces and translating it to a different medium for an audience rather than active participants.

 


High Quality Self-Publishing

Time: Sat 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Beverly Bambury, Caro Soles, Catherine Fitzsimmons, Mark Lefebvre, S.M. Beiko, Stephen Kotowych

It’s time to throw off the yoke of our oppression! Panellists discuss how to make it as an author without relying on a publishing overlord while still producing high quality product and content for your readers.

 


Science on Trial II

Time: Sat 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Science & Technology

Room: Aurora

Panellist: Russ Howe

A solo presentation to discuss various times when science and law have intersected with bad results.

 


Steampunk Tearoom: Parasol Duel

Time: Sat 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Unionville

Panellists: Jody Rodier, Priscilla Dixon, Tina Olah, Todd Clark

 


The Wisdom of Ages Past: Relevance of Older Science Fiction

Time: Sat 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Andrew Barton, David Lamb, Hayden Trenholm, Nina Munteanu

The golden age of science fiction still has a solid grip on the minds and dreams of even the youngest readers today. What can we still learn from the greats, and what of their ideas or methods are so outmoded that they can only be appreciated as a history lesson of how the industry used to be?

 


Working With Smaller Presses: How to Publish Without Selling Your Soul

Time: Sat 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Brett Alexander Savory, Erik Mohr, Ryan McFadden, Sandra Kasturi

Joking! You still have to sell your soul but we’ll probably give you a better rate long-term.

 


A.I. and Us: Heuristics of Surpassing the Human Brain

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Track: Science & Technology

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Hayden Trenholm, Karl Schroeder, Madeline Ashby, Nina Munteanu

When the BBC posts an article reporting the world’s preeminent theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking warning that AI will eventually spell the end of the human race, all eyes turn to predictions of the Singularity. Those same predictions put it within the prime of the upcoming generation of scientists and engineers, so what teachings can the current generation pass on to insure the singularity doesn’t mean the end of the human race? Or is the deprecation of our intelligence inevitable…

 


Book Interior Design for Authors

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Buttonville

Panellist: Stephen Kotowych

We spend so much time obsessing over our covers—but do we spend much time thinking about the look of what’s between them? Whether you’re a traditionally published author working with page proofs for the first time, or an indie author doing printed books through Createspace, any author can benefit from understanding more about the principles of book interior design. How can you tell what works in print and what doesn’t? Do you know the right terms to use when communicating changes to your typesetter or designer? How can you avoid simple mistakes in your self-published book that will scream “Amateur!” to your readers? Join Stephen Kotowych, a 12-year veteran of the traditional publishing biz, for a fast and fun look at the dos-and-don’ts of interior design for your next print genre book.

 


Concert/Masquerade/Dance Tech Prep

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

No Track Assigned

Rooms: Richmond B, Richmond C & D

Panellists: Andy Byers, Michael Labadie, Taz

 


GoH Hour: Charles de Lint & MaryAnn Harris

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Track: Guests of Honour

Room: Richmond A

Panellists: Charles de Lint, MaryAnn Harris

 


How to Sell SF to General Readers as Literature

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Young Adult

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Charlotte Ashley, Derek Kunsken, Erik Mohr, Leah Bobet

It is nearly impossible to get a non-genre reader to even look at a book – much less read it – unless HBO has kidnapped it for a mini-series. So how do you prove that SF/F is more than pulpy star-ships and elves with perfect hair?

 


Paranormal Fiction: The Ghost of a Fad

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tracks: Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Anne Bishop, Joel A. Sutherland, Karen Dales, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Is paranormal ever going to go out of style? Is it here to stay? Has it achieved the status of a significant and distinct genre?

 


Readings: Julie Czerneda & Jana Paniccia

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

No Track Assigned

Room: Event Suite

Panellists: Jana Paniccia, Julie Czerneda

 


Steampunk Tearoom: Nerf Gun Duel

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Unionville

Panellists: Jody Rodier, Paul Neale, Tina Olah, Todd Clark

 


What’s Your Punk?

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Angela Keeley, Gemma Files, Ian Keeling, Yvonne Penney

Steam? Cyber? Myth? Elf? Desert? Nerf? Lets talk about punk!

 


You Heard It Here First: nEvermore!

Time: Sat 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Caro Soles, Nancy Kilpatrick

nEvermore! is, of course, an anthology devoted to Edgar Allan Poe. Published by Edge SF&F Publishing out of Calgary, the ebook will be released May 1 and the Canadian print September, the US print October 2015.

 


Formatting, Style and Sticking it to the Man

Time: Sat 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Ada Hoffmann, Adam Shaftoe, Mike Rimar

Where do you draw the line between personal style and compromising? What is a “voice” versus “extraneous undisciplined spasms of words”?

 


Making Contact: Why we are still alone?

Time: Sat 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tracks: Other, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Science & Technology

Room: Aurora

Panellists: David Stephenson, Gillian Clinton, Neil Jamieson-Williams

Alright – the Universe is HUGE. We’ve been sending telegraphs and bad sitcoms for years – surely someone must have picked it up by now. So what are they waiting for?

 


Readings: David Nickle & Rio Youers

Time: Sat 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: David Nickle, Rio Youers

 


Steampunk Tearoom: Tea Duel

Time: Sat 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Unionville

Panellists: Jody Rodier, Tina Olah, Todd Clark

 


The Shadow Over Lovecraft

Time: Sat 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Track: Horror

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Geoff Gander, JD DeLuzio, Nancy Kilpatrick, Simon McNeil

Modern horror fiction inspired or derived from H.P. Lovecraft. What influence has his fiction had? What makes Lovecraftian fiction work? The best and worst texts, both in literature and films. Why all the odd pop culture appearances? Is he really that great? And how do we handle his xenophobia and racism, and the modern-day controversy it has generated?

 


YA: Canadian Literature

Time: Sat 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Track: Young Adult

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Amanda Sun, E.K. Johnston, Jane Ann McLachlan, Monica Pacheco

Can-Lit is a pain point because no one bothers to remember that we have a lot of amazing current literature – so how can we turn a bad perception around ?

 


Aang and Korra: Animated TV shows that break molds and give us hope for the future

Time: Sat 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Track: TV & Film

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Kari Maaren, KW Ramsey, Lindsay Barker, Max Turner

Every so often a TV show comes along and blows your mind. Avatar the Last Airbender and its sequel The Legend of Korra broke a lot of stereotypes, challenged the condecending and inadequate standards of youth TV programming and dares other shows to keep up. So lets talk about it!

 


Book Launch: Bundoran Press

Time: Sat 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Track: Book Launch

Room: Event Suite

Panellist: Hayden Trenholm

The official launch of two new Bundoran Press novels will take place at Ad Astra from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11th. Short readings and light refreshments. Children of Arkadia by Darusha Wehm is a story of utopia gone wrong. Arkadia, one of four space stations circling Jupiter, was to be a refuge from the corrupt systems of old Earth where both humans and Artificial Intelligences could be happy and free. But old prejudices are still at play. What sacrifices will AI Kaus, his human counterpart , Raj and the rest of Arkadia’s residents have to make to survive? Contagion: Eyre by Alison Sinclair is the second volume of The Plague Confederacy series. When the medical re-contact ship, Waiora, arrives on the planet Eyre, with its dual mission of finding the plague and stabilizing surviving colonies, its crew is quickly immersed in a religious schism that endangers their mission and threatens their survival.

 


Ecology in World-Building

Time: Sat 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Science & Technology, Writing & Editing

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Derek Kunsken, James Alan Gardner, Julie Czerneda, Patrick McDonald

Although you don’t have to be a scientist to build a credible world for your characters to inhabit, it helps to know some of the basics. This panel will discuss some important aspects of ecological science that writers should keep in mind before building a world.

 


Kids Lightning Round

Time: Sat 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Track: Kids

No Room Assigned

No Other Panellists Assigned

In the Masquerade Green Room, Kids can then participate in the Masquerade if they like.

 


Masquerade Green Room

Time: Sat 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Richmond A

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


The Big Bang Theory: Revenge of the Nerds or Geeksploitation?

Time: Sat 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Track: TV & Film

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Ada Hoffmann, Matt Moore, Sephera Giron, Stephen Kotowych

There has been mixed reaction to TBBT in the SF fandom community. When the show first aired some hailed it as a breakthrough—there “we” were every week on TV! But not long after a backlash began: there “we” were every week on TV, the butt of the joke. Or are we? Are you a geek or nerd who loves TBBT? Are you a geek or nerd who loathes TBBT? Are you laughing with or at Sheldon, Howard, Raj, and Leonard? As TV’s idea of geeks are they portrayed as heroes or just hapless? Let’s discuss opinions of the show—ours and those of some insightful media commentators—and decide where we stand on The Big Bang Theory.

 


Why Are We Fighting the Same War? Inclusiveness from 1970 to Now

Time: Sat 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Gemma Files, Michael Matheson, Timothy Carter

Why Are We Fighting the Same War over inclusiveness in spec fic that we fought in the 1970s?

 


Writing in the ‘Loo Reading

Time: Sat 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Marcy Italiano, Sarah Tolmie, Suzanne Church, Vanessa Ricci-Thode

Come and meet, chat and hear readings by the Writing in the ‘Loo group!

 


Writing the YA Novel: A Different Kind Of Audience

Time: Sat 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tracks: Writing & Editing, Young Adult

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Amanda Sun, Elaine Chen, Joel A. Sutherland, Kelley Armstrong

Some basic rules and considerations for YA writing: 1. Don’t Write as if the YA audience isn’t invested or intelligent…

 


Cosmos Revisited

Time: Sat 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tracks: Science & Technology, TV & Film

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Ian Keeling, Russ Howe

The recent return of the classic Cosmos series caused quite a stir in many quarters. Join our lively discussion about how it compares to the original and what impact it had on young viewers.

 


Guilty Pleasures: No Excuses Needed

Time: Sat 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: David Nickle, Jana Paniccia, Nancy Baker, Peter Prellwitz

Is it badly written alternate histories? grossly inaccurate historical romances? REALLY bad science? Magical fantasy worlds were everyone is apparently English? Really badly done costuming? Keep it public friendly – but come and share your fandom guilty pleasure.

 


Heather Dale Concert

Time: Sat 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Track: Music

Rooms: Richmond B, Richmond C & D

Panellists: Ben Deschamps, Heather Dale

 


Mummy is Hot for Edward Cullen: 50 shades of Monster Romance

Time: Sat 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tracks: Romance & 18+, TV & Film, Writing & Editing

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Aviva Bel’Harold, Gemma Files, Karen Dales, Timothy Carter

Paranormal romance just won’t die! Vampires were the first. Fido broke the mold. In the Flesh is making waves and the Twilight Franchise is still going strong. What have we done? And why are we blushing for things that generally have wanted to kill us in the past?

 


The Evolution of Board Gaming

Time: Sat 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Track: Gaming

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: James Bambury, Mary MacVoy, Max Turner

Board gaming has gone through a renaissance in the past decades, from a rainy-day family experience with a selection of less than a dozen games, to a variety and volume so vast and disparate that collecting and playing them all can take the better part of a lifetime. The latest stage begins to bridge the gap between static board gaming and the dynamic depth of technology with games that require tablet apps to play and games that are simultaneously created as phone games and board games to maximize market penetration. And right NOW is the bleeding edge of this new design style.

 


The Tip of the Tongue, The Teeth, The Lips: How To Read Your Writing To An Audience

Time: Sat 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Anne Bishop, Catherine Fitzsimmons, Lesley Donaldson-Reid, Suzanne Church

Stage fright, stumbling, vocal moderation, intonation and inflection. Tricks, tips and methods for reading your work to a live audience.

 


When the Gods Run Amok: Ancient, New and Urban Mythology

Time: Sat 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Chadwick Ginther, Doug Smith, Kelley Armstrong, Marie Bilodeau

Urban fantasy gives us the chance to play around with our archetypal fairy tales and mythology. We can bring the gods down to our level and we get to bring magic into the everyday. Why is this so compelling?

 


Believable Characters and Dialogue

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Doug Smith, Kelley Armstrong, Nina Munteanu, Suzanne Church

 


Cutting Contracts and Shaking Hands: Business Basics of Writing

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tracks: Other, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Gail Z. Martin, Gregory Wilson, Leah Bobet, Monica Pacheco

How do you do? Would you like to read my work? Please sign this deal…The world is a scary place – especially when you are just learning how to put your work out there. Here is some helpful advice from seasoned pros in all areas of Writing and Editing

 


Google Knows your Amazon Browsing History: Why Internet Privacy is an Illusion

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Science & Technology

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Daniel Pawliw, Madeline Ashby, Robert Boyczuk, Ryan McFadden

Our panelists discuss personal privacy and security in a world where everything your life history and all your personal details are increasingly becoming available from a quick Google search: Privacy Settings, Encryption, VPNs, Tor, Proxies, and why none of them actually matter.

 


Masquerade

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Rooms: Richmond B, Richmond C & D

Panellists: Andy Byers, Michael Labadie, Taz

 


Readings: Ada Hoffmann & Kate Heartfield

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Unionville

Panellists: Ada Hoffmann, Kate Heartfield

 


Readings: Catherine Fitzsimmons & Ellie Di Julio

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Event Suite

Panellists: Catherine Fitzsimmons, Ellie Di Julio

 


Saturday Evening Social Mixer

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM

No Track Assigned

Room: Con Suite

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


Saturday Night Music Performances

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Track: Music

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Blade McMicking, Howard Scrimgeour, Jane Garthson, Sean McGaughey

Blade McMicking at 8:30, Sean McGaughey at 9:00, followed by Open Mic Music hosted by Howard Scrimgeour then participatory music

 


Someone Else’s Playground: Flattery, Lawsuits and the Organization of Transformative Works and Culture

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Angela Keeley, Gemma Files, James Bambury, Timothy Carter

The world of Fan Fiction is a magical place – it allows for a lot of expression and creativity from fans and brings those communities closer together. And yet, there is a lot of negativity directed at Fan Fiction. Why? And what on earth is the Organization of Transformative Works and Culture?

 


The Hand Wave of Deftness

Time: Sat 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: JD DeLuzio, Matthew Johnson, Peter Prellwitz

A lot of SF and Fantasy features handwaves that make the story possible. How many handwaves will you tolerate? Are any particular handwaves deal-breakers for you? Is there a rule for acceptable levels of handwavium in genre fiction? And is it more interesting to revisit old genres minus the standard handwaves, as Karl Schroeder does in Lockstep?

 


Book Launch: Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Time: Sat 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Track: Book Launch

Room: Event Suite

Panellists: Aviva Bel’Harold, Jane Ann McLachlan

Attend this year’s EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Book Launch: Introducing two new EDGE authors, J. A. McLachlan with The Occasional Diamond Thief and Aviva Bel’Harold with Blood Matters. Party with the authors as they launch their books at Ad Astra on Saturday, April 11, starting at 9:00 pm. Enjoy readings from their books as well as free drinks, snacks, chocolate and lots of fun PRIZES!

 


Favourite Doctor: Why Peter Capaldi is Awesome… Or Not

Time: Sat 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Markham B

Panellists: David Clink, James Bambury, Timothy Carter

William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi? (John Hurt doesn’t count). Discuss.

 


Hannibal: Horror and Monsterous Beauty

Time: Sat 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tracks: Horror, TV & Film

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Angela Keeley, Beverly Bambury, Madeline Ashby, Monica Pacheco

the popular TV show Hannibal has turned horror into a visceral and compelling art form. The careful construction of cinematically aesthetic shots which are full of abstracted visual metaphors creates a humming tension of revulsion and desire in the audience. How can something so profoundly disturbing be so beautiful? And is that what disturbs us the most?

 


In Defence of the Evil Empire, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Big Brother

Time: Sat 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Charlene Challenger, David Blackwood, Leah Bobet, Simon McNeil

A key component of many genre stories, from dystopias through to fantasy stories is the rebellion narrative. Of course, having a hero struggling against an unequal and oppressive power provides an easy source of conflict and gives the protagonist the chance to grow as they overcome a seemingly unbeatable foe. Or as they fail to do so. But rebellion stories in genre are frequently very one-dimensional; the empire in Star Wars is overtly evil. How can we write better and more nuanced rebel stories? And what authors are doing so right now?

 


Orphan Black: Send in the (Canadian) Clones

Time: Sat 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Doug Smith, JD DeLuzio, Kate Heartfield, Matthew Johnson

Filmed right here in Toronto, Orphan Black has become a huge hit. This show about cloning and conspiracies even mentions Scarberia, and correctly. We’ll talk about all the stuff we love about it. Did Season 2 fulfill the promise seen in Season 1, and where do we see the various plot-lines headed?

 


Podcasts Killed the Radio Star

Time: Sat 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tracks: Other, Readings & Podcasts

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Derek Newman-Stille, Gregory Wilson

Radio is for weather reports, traffic updates and weird selections of music. The airwaves no longer belong to the people and the news on the radio is just as washed out as what we get on TV and Print. Podcasts have become the new hub for unfiltered opinions, news reporting and critical culture. OR have they? Come and discuss the pros and cons of Radio vs. Podcast

 


Readings: Matt Moore & Ian Keeling

Time: Sat 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Unionville

Panellists: Ian Keeling, Matt Moore

 


Astronomy in the Parking Lot

Time: Sat 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Track: Science & Technology

Room: Parking Lot

Panellist: Patrick McDonald

Once again, telescopes will be set up in the smokers’ park in front of the main entrance to view the moon, Mars(close to opposition), Jupiter and any other objects of interest.

 


Dance

Time: Sat 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Track: Music

Rooms: Richmond A, Richmond B, Richmond C & D

Panellist: Jimi Maze

Dance to the stars and back with DJ Jimi Maze

 


Readings: Doug Smith & Matthew Johnson

Time: Sat 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Doug Smith, Matthew Johnson

 


The Pleasure and the Pain of Teaching Literature

Time: Sat 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Tracks: Other, Young Adult

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Derek Newman-Stille, Gregory Wilson, Kari Maaren, Robert Boyczuk

Genre literature gets a bad rap. It is the unspoken secret of highschool English and it is the underdog of post-secondary literature programs. Why has the education system eschewed genre literature and how do we get it back into curriculum with out constantly fighting the system?

 


Late Night Bad Fiction Reading

Time: Sat 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Angela Keeley, Erik Buchanan, Matt Moore, Michael Matheson, Simon McNeil

An 18+ late evening event that lasts until everyone’s ears are bleeding or the readers simply can’t go on.

 


Steampunk Meet and Greet

Time: Sat 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Hallway

Panellists: Jody Rodier, Tina Olah, Todd Clark

 

 


 

Joss Whedon isn’t Perfect

Time: Sun 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Track: TV & Film

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Dennis Lee, Ian Keeling

Yea – we said it.. Whedon is on trial for stale jokes, bland writing and recycled characters.

 


Ghosts in Popular Culture: From Caspar to Ghost Whisperer

Time: Sun 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Horror

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Derek Newman-Stille, Douglas Cockell, Erik Buchanan, Gail Z. Martin

Is one of the classic horror set pieces being relegated to jump scares and reality TV camera tricks? What made ghosts of past stories interesting and what would bring this genre staple back out of the shadows?

 


Guests of Honour Brunch

Time: Sun 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Guests of Honour

Rooms: Richmond A, Richmond B

Panellists: Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, Denis McGrath, Ed Greenwood, Julie Czerneda, Kelley Armstrong, MaryAnn Harris, Monica Pacheco

 


Kids Reading Hour

Time: Sun 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Kids

Room: Unionville

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


Masquerade Awards

Time: Sun 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

No Track Assigned

Room: Buttonville

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


Planning Out A Cosplay So You Get It Done In Time

Time: Sun 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Alice Black, Amanda Sun, Shawna Valentiate

Learn the tools to keep your costume on track!

 


Publicity Campaign Workshop

Time: Sun 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellist: Beverly Bambury

You’ve heard of blog tours. How about doing a publicity campaign instead? Beverly Bambury will take you step by step through doing your own high-quality publicity campaign–without exhausting yourself or breaking the bank. You’ll learn how to get more interest with less work, how to win over bloggers and reviewers, how to organize yourself, how to use freely-available data to your advantage, and much more. You will even get your own digital copy of Beverly’s author tip sheet emailed to you after the session.

 


Readings: Andrew Barton & Mike Rimar

Time: Sun 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Andrew Barton, Mike Rimar

 


Summer Sci-Fi Trailer Park

Time: Sun 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: TV & Film

Room: Richmond C & D

Panellists: Adam Shaftoe, David Clink, James Bambury, Timothy Carter

Which films are you looking forward to in 2015? Join our sensational panelists and watch the trailers for this summer’s upcoming blockbusters!

 


That Science Dates You (but at least somebody will)

Time: Sun 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Chris A. Jackson, James Alan Gardner, JD DeLuzio, Kate Story

We can all handwave dated scientific concepts in old SF and Fantasy. How do we feel when it persists in more modern forms? Can we accept, say, contemporary Urban Fantasy werewolves with alpha wolves, even though that understanding of wolf-packs is now known to be a wild misinterpretation? Are we okay with dated notions of natural history (evolution as the March of Progress, for example) influencing our alien life-forms?

 


Apocalypse Tomorrow: Imagining the End of Humanity

Time: Sun 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Gillian Clinton, Karina Sumner-Smith, Kate Story

How will it all play out in the end? All Out Nuclear War, Cosmic Extinction Event, Global Warming, Total Economic and Societal Collapse, Superbugs or just humanity-wide ennui? Not to mention the more fantastical choices of Zombie Apocalypse, Alien Invasion, Catastrophic Time Travel Paradox, or some idiot thinking cloning all the top-end predator dinosaurs to make a theme park is a good idea.

 


Present and Future Laughter

Time: Sun 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Arlene F. Marks, Chris A. Jackson, Jane Ann McLachlan, Mike Rimar

A discussion of humour as an essential component of long-form storytelling, and how to incorporate humour in speculative fiction of all stripes.

 


Readings: Charlene Challenger & Lesley Donaldson-Reid

Time: Sun 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Charlene Challenger, Lesley Donaldson-Reid

 


Readings: Gregory Wilson & JD DeLuzio

Time: Sun 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Unionville

Panellists: Gregory Wilson, JD DeLuzio

 


Stitch and Kitsch and Cosplay Swap!

Time: Sun 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Dawn McKechnie, Lindsay Barker

Come and exchange materials, items, pieces, and goods from finished, left over or never started cosplay and craft projects! All items welcome – this is a bring and trade event. Full costumes welcome. This is NOT a sale event.

 


The Electric Self Driving Car: Why Doesn’t It Hover Already?

Time: Sun 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Science & Technology

Room: Aurora

Panellists: David Stephenson, Hayden Trenholm

Lets make our roads safer! Except…Are we really ready to accept the self driving car as our lord and master of the roadways? And what happens if it’s electric and the battery starts to die, does the car act like a drunk driver? And for the last time: Why Doesn’t It Hover Already!?

 


Zombies as Dressing: How Society Returns in a Zombie-Infested World

Time: Sun 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: TV & Film

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Alisse Lee Goldenberg, Chris Warrilow, Derek Newman-Stille, Peter Prellwitz

AMC’s Zombie Apocalypse comicbook made TV show masterpiece The Walking Dead is the most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history. But at it’s core The Walking Dead is about neither about the apocalypse nor the zombies that caused it…

 


DIY Millinery

Time: Sun 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Aurora

Panellist: Angela Thompson

A how-to and hands on workshop about making your own Victorian inspired steampunk fascinators and hats, using many items in your home and for minimal cost

 


Interactive Fiction: No Coding required!

Time: Sun 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Alice Black, Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, Matthew Johnson

Thanks to tools like Storium and Twine, the ability to make interactive stories is now available to everyone. Find out how to get started without having to write a single line of code.

 


Making A Living: Not Just For The Cream Of The Crop Anymore

Time: Sun 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Gail Z. Martin, Mary MacVoy

Patreon, Kickstarter, Indygogo, Subbable, and a slew of offshoots and custom systems have risen to prove crowdsourcing is a new way to take a small or medium size niche audience from around the country and globe and make a living. Panelists discuss their experiences with crowdfunding and how to turn your niche idea into a way to keep the bills paid.

 


Protecting your Intellectual Property in the Age of the Repost

Time: Sun 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tracks: Other, Writing & Editing

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Beverly Bambury, Marcy Italiano

Imgur, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, 9gag, 4chan, Cracked, Uproxx, and a slew of other social media platforms, image aggregators and clickbait-article spewing post-blogosphere popup businesses are stealing your content faster than you can think it up. What can you do, what SHOULD you do to protect your creations from becoming uncredited repost meme-sewage.

 


Readings: Marie Bilodeau & Geoff Gander

Time: Sun 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Geoff Gander, Marie Bilodeau

 


Scavenger Hunt!

Time: Sun 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Kids

Room: Unionville

No Other Panellists Assigned

 


To Trinity? And Beyond!

Time: Sun 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Richmond B

Panellists: Jane Ann McLachlan, JD DeLuzio, Neil Jamieson-Williams, Russ Howe

How does one handle religion in SF and Fantasy? Would alien cultures have a recognizable concept of religion? Should they have several? How does one handle the future of human religions, given the present-day readers have definite ideas about their truth-value?

 


When Bad Science Happens to Good Stories: Putting the Science Into Science Fiction

Time: Sun 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Science & Technology

Room: Markham B

Panellists: David Stephenson, Derek Kunsken, Gillian Clinton

There’s no shortage of pop science misinformation floating out in the vast wastelands of modern media, but how do we prevent seepage of just plain bad science into SF? Do editors and publishers need neuroscience, biochemistry or environmental engineering degrees to steer their writers in the right direction?

 


Writing Short Stories vs. the Novel

Time: Sun 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Richmond A

Panellists: Elaine Chen, Julie Czerneda, Nina Munteanu, Sephera Giron

 


DnDUI Cast

Time: Sun 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tracks: Gaming, Readings & Podcasts

Room: Richmond C & D

Panellists: Ed Greenwood, Gregory Wilson

Ed Greenwood and the DNDUI cast live-play a roleplaying game for your viewing pleasure! And don’t except our DM to let this opportunity pass them by, the audience themselves will be used as a set piece and even a participant in the game. Be the band of soldiers rallied by a paladin’s speech! Be the crowd that boos or yays to help the town mayor decide judgement! New gamers can get the experience of seeing how enjoyable roleplaying games can be, old gamers a chance to see a session played by a literal legend of the industry, and a constant stream of laughs for all those in-between.

 


Fairy Tales: Rewriting Grimm, Anderson and Aesop

Time: Sun 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Writing & Editing

Room: Richmond A

Panellists: Alisse Lee Goldenberg, Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, Ellie Di Julio, Marie Bilodeau

Fairy Tales have been through the press a few times – they’ve gone from dark and twisted to Disneyfied and back again – they see-saw between “kid friendly” and “dear sweet Satan I am never sleeping again”. Fairy Tales are every where, they are archetypal and they inform our lives from childhood on. Why do we cling to them and what do we want from them?

 


Masquerades and Tech: A Look Behind The Curtain

Time: Sun 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Andy Byers, Michael Labadie, Taz

Panellists discuss the life and times of masquerade techs and the hardships they face. Panellists include technicians from the Ad Astra Masquerade Tech Team!

 


Narrative Voice and Point of View

Time: Sun 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Arlene F. Marks, Julie Czerneda, Kelley Armstrong, Nina Munteanu

 


Readings: Gail Z. Martin & Peter Prellwitz

Time: Sun 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Gail Z. Martin, Peter Prellwitz

 


Russell T. Davis vs, Stephen Moffat – Female Doctors, Story Arcs and the Death of the Doctor

Time: Sun 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: TV & Film

Room: Aurora

Panellists: David Clink, David Lamb, Matthew Johnson, Timothy Carter

Gloves off – Politely. This is BBC after all.

 


Showcasing Your Goods: How to Get an Agent

Time: Sun 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tracks: TV & Film, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Denis McGrath, Karina Sumner-Smith, Kate Heartfield, Monica Pacheco

Sometimes the stars align and sometimes you get a good reference…But when it comes right down to it – what is a good way to get noticed? Critical mass on social media only goes so far….So what helps?

 


Superheroes: From the Printed Page to the Silver Screen

Time: Sun 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: TV & Film

Room: Richmond B

Panellists: Dennis Lee, Derek Kunsken, Derek Newman-Stille, Max Turner

With over 30 Marvel and DC Superhero movies announced for over the next 5 years, many following the comic book format of crossing over content and characters with major events, are we entering a golden age of the Superhero Film?

 


Too Happily Ever After? No One Believes it anyways because Romance is dead

Time: Sun 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Track: Romance & 18+

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Aviva Bel’Harold, Jana Paniccia, Karl Schroeder, Kate Story, Nancy Baker

Maybe it isn’t so much that romance is dead as we’ve just come to believe that romance doesn’t stand the test of time…Wait. That still sounds really bitter. Is romance dead? Who knows for sure. The truth of the matter is that the lovers die first.

 


Cheats, Tricks and Illusions for Costumes and Props

Time: Sun 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Angela Thompson, Chris Warrilow, Dawn McKechnie, Shawna Valentiate, Yvonne Penney

Lets face it – not everyone is a master of design and construction so how can you make a complete looking costume if you don’t have all of the right materials or the technical know-how?

 


GoH Hour: Anne Bishop

Time: Sun 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Guests of Honour

Room: Richmond B

Panellist: Anne Bishop

 


Readings: Karl Schroeder & Hayden Trenholm

Time: Sun 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Hayden Trenholm, Karl Schroeder

 


Sunday Afternoon Tea

Time: Sun 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

No Track Assigned

Room: Con Suite

No Other Panellists Assigned

hosted by Anime North

 


The Hero’s Journey and the Story Promise

Time: Sun 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Catherine Fitzsimmons, Cathy Hird, Kelley Armstrong, Nina Munteanu

 


The Terrorists Have Already Won a Place in Canadian SF

Time: Sun 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Denis McGrath, JD DeLuzio, Matthew Johnson

The landmark, but often unrecognized SF series Charlie Jade showed the perspective of both the terrorists and the mainstream. Continuum has been taking this idea further, and has already had three successful seasons. Orphan Black has both heroes and villains who would draw attention from Homeland Security Significantly, all of these shows are produced and filmed outside the United States. Is SF ahead of the curve here, or just riding the wave? And how should popular SF handle contemporary events?

 


Ad Astra AGM

Time: Sun 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Richmond A

No Other Panellists Assigned

Annual General Meeting for Ad Astra. All members who attend the convention are welcome

 


Body and Person in SF: Identity and Diversity

Time: Sun 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tracks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Writing & Editing

Room: Oakridge

Panellists: Ada Hoffmann, Cathy Hird, Jane Ann McLachlan

North American literature has never been great at portraying diversity. What is new is also weird, what is alternative is considered faddish or rebellious. When it comes to people in SF/F it is extremely difficult to write about identity and diversity in a casual way. Our bodies are political spaces and each word has to be chosen with care – or so we have been taught.

 


GoH Hour: Monica Pacheco

Time: Sun 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Guests of Honour

Room: Richmond B

Panellist: Monica Pacheco

 


History of Monsters: Things that go Bump in the Night

Time: Sun 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tracks: Horror, TV & Film, Writing & Editing, Young Adult

Room: Aurora

Panellists: Denis McGrath, Erik Buchanan, Kari Maaren, Matt Moore

We love imagining the monster in the dark…Around the corner. Under our bed. Why? Where does our fascination begin? Is it from some primal fear left from our earliest ancestors or have we been inventing our monsters simply because we want there to be something out there?

 


Mascots and Big Costumes

Time: Sun 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Cosplay & Props

Room: Newmarket

Panellists: Dawn McKechnie, Lindsay Barker

Getting complex? Looking for some technical discussions? Come and hear from some masters of creation for all your oversized costume needs!

 


Mentoring: The Benefits and Perils

Time: Sun 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tracks: Guests of Honour, Writing & Editing

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, David Lamb, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Have you ever had or been or mentor—received or given writing suggestions, encouragement or critiques? Panelists will discuss how mentors have helped them, and how they’ve paid it forward. But there are perils: Some people or organizations assume that a writer is always willing to drop their daily work and appear at public events, reading clubs, or school career days. Others ask for critiques or help getting their foot in the door. Panelists will share their own experiences and give tips on how to find the right balance when it comes to giving help, and weighing the benefits of promotional opportunities against getting one’s daily work accomplished.

 


Readings: EK Johnston & Kelley Armstrong

Time: Sun 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: E.K. Johnston, Kelley Armstrong

 


Ad Astra 2016 Brainstorming

Time: Sun 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Track: Other

Room: Richmond A

Panellist: Paul Roberts

Bring your ideas and suggestions and help us start planning Ad Astra 2016. All constructive feedback welcome!

 


Intersection Between SF and Contemporary Issues

Time: Sun 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Track: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Room: Markham A

Panellists: Adam Shaftoe, Cathy Hird, Charlotte Ashley, Derek Newman-Stille

Panelists discuss SF stories that take on problems of the present, and old SF that has incidentally come back around to address what ails society today.

 


Mental Health and Fandom

Time: Sun 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Track: Geek Culture

Room: Markham B

Panellists: Ada Hoffmann, Ellie Di Julio, Max Turner, Patrick McDonald

Fans don’t talk about it. Literature hardly acknowledges it. TV and Film generally ignore, mock or misrepresent it. Is it really so hard to talk about?

 


Readings: Erik Buchanan & Chris A. Jackson

Time: Sun 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Track: Readings & Podcasts

Room: Buttonville

Panellists: Chris A. Jackson, Erik Buchanan