Several variety acts will be performing on the main stage and other locations throughout the convention. More details will follow.
Kari Maaren is a wandering English instructor who has turned grumpiness into an art form. She has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and an active one, It Never Rains. She writes geeky ukulele music about Batman, genre literature, and monsters, and in 2013, she won a Prix Aurora Award for doing so. She has produced two CDs, the solo album Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and the compilation (with Copy Red Leader) Pirate Elves in Space; she also maintains a ridiculously active YouTube channel. Otherwise, she spends her time marking papers about irony and playing bad-tempered music on the accordion.
Shades of Araby
Toronto’s first American Tribal Style (ATS) bellydance troupe. Sharing a love of the Tribal esthetic in bellydance, Maral, Sofia and Valizan united to form the troupe in early 2006, Karina joined the troupe in 2009, and Sarah and Delice joined in 2013. They have appeared at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada, Tribally Yours in Montreal, Tribal:Pura in Milwaukee, Dark Fire in London, Shimmy for a Cure in Erie PA, TribalCon in Atlanta,Detroit Raks, Sacred Circles Dance Retreat in Michigan and a variety of shows in Toronto and southern Ontario.
Our motto: Silly improvisation, taken seriously
Toronto-based improv comedy troupe, The Dandies, were formed Feb 17, 2012. Holodeck Follies is 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.
In 2014, The Dandies were nominated in Now Toronto’s Reader’s Choice “Best Improv” category and featured on the Space Channel’s Innerspace.
Jimi Maze @jimimaze
Jim grew up engulfed in comic books and science fiction but chose to pour his creative energies into writing fun songs about comic books and science fiction. Solo or with his band Canary Mine, he has toured across Canada 12 times playing a variety of venues including rough-neck taverns and art museums.
Canadian recording artist & touring musician Heather Dale writes songs for witty, fun-loving, imaginative people who aren’t afraid to be different. Heather’s original songs tap into world legends, history and fantasy.
As a modern woman with Celtic roots, Heather finds new insight within old material, and cheerfully fuses the Celtic folk tradition with a healthy mix of world music and rock influences. She and the Heather Dale Band are cheerful, adventurous, free-spirited people who spend most of each year traveling around North America and Europe.