Originally established by the Schumacher Lions Club back in 2010, this "Comic Con" style of event was held within the small confines of the McIntyre arena Ball Room. The event has featured the likes of Lou Ferrigno, John Schneider, TNA's Traci Brooks, Kris Holden-Reid, Marina Sirtis, Walter E. Jones, Orli Shoshan, Amy Allen and more.
Now entering its 7th year, the Northern Ontario Expo showcases over 30 exhibitors and programming. 2017 will continue with the Northern Ontario Expo Kid's Zone, Cosplay Corner, photo booth and the return of Artist Alley and the Vendors Market. Also returning will be the annual Cosplay contest and Gaming Zone. Make sure you check out the most detailed and up to date information on the Northern Ontario Expo official website and Facebook page.
The continued success of the Northern Ontario Expo is not only due to its unique content but also its growing, diverse community.
Mission Statement and Vision
The Northern Ontario Expo is a not-for-profit organization with a goal to enrich artists’ lives by helping like-minded individuals come together and connect on a personal level.
Our focus is on local and surrounding area artists, trades and businesses in developing a stronger and united heritage of the arts and culture communities. Through various platforms, our talent will be given the opportunity to engage and share their collective knowledge and skills with the next generation of artists.
The Northern Ontario Expo helps build and sustain a strong community, promoting arts education and freedom of artistic expression while preserving our Northern cultural heritage.
Timeline and Growth
2010 - The Inaugural Northern Ontario Expo w/Lou Ferrigno, Lita, Tracy Brooks, 501st Canadian Garrison and General Lee show car.
2011 - Special Guests John Schneider, Amy Allen, Orli Shoshan, 501st Canadian Garrison and General Lee show car.
2012 - Inaugural Cosplay Contest, 501st Canadian Garrison.
2013 - Annual Cosplay Contest, 501st Canadian Garrison.
2014 - Special Guest Meghan Agosta, Annual Cosplay Contest, Inaugural Artist Alley, 501st Canadian Garrison, Inaugural Halloween Dance.
2015 - Special Guests Kris Holden-Ried, Richard Comley, Fadi Hakim, Annual Cosplay Contest, Annual Artist Alley, 501st Canadian Garrison, Annual Halloween Dance.
2016 - Special Guests Marina Sirtis, Walter E. Jones, Annual Cosplay Contest, Annual Artist Alley, Annual Halloween Dance, Annual Kids Carnival.