FAN EXPO CANADA™ is the largest Comics, Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America.
Celebrating its 22nd year, FAN EXPO CANADA™ has grown from a small comic book convention attracting 1,500 fans into a multi-faceted, 4-day citywide event that attracts over 129,000 people from around the world. The event provides a substantial multi-million dollar economic impact to the City of Toronto, filling up hotels and restaurants throughout the duration of the Expo.
Every year FAN EXPO CANADA™ offers exciting family-friendly attractions, events, and world renowned celebrities! Previous guests include: Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart, Buzz Aldrin,William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Elijah Wood, Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Gillian Anderson, and stars from hit television shows: The Walking Dead, Star Trek, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Teen Wolf, Doctor Who, Gotham, Criminal Minds, Castle and many, many more.
Everyone is a fan of something, and FAN EXPO CANADA™ is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite guest and get the inside scoop about your favourite movies & TV shows at our celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with over 400,000 square feet of shopping madness.
FAN EXPO CANADA™ was founded by Aman Gupta, and acquired by Informa Exhibitions in 2013. Together, they are devoted to celebrating the popular arts by producing the biggest and best events, and providing our customers with The Ultimate Fan Experience.
FAN EXPO CANADA™ showcases over 1000 exhibitors and sprawls over 750,000 square feet, occupying the North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.
TIMELINE AND GROWTH
1995 The inaugural Canadian National Comic Book Expo (1,500 fans)
1998 The Canadian National Anime Expo was added (7,000 fans)
1999 The Science Fiction Expo is added (9,700 fans)
2003 The Horror Expo is added (? Fans)
2005 Gaming Expo joins the event (40,000 fans)
2006 Rebranded as FAN EXPO CANADA™ (43,000 fans)
2013 Expansion to occupy the entire Metro Toronto Convention Centre (125, 000 fans)
2016 Now under the umbrella of Fan Expo HQ (140,000 + projected)
ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ
FAN EXPO HQ is the largest pop culture exhibitions group in Canada and one of the largest in the world. Collectively it hosts over 500,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO CANADA™, FAN EXPO VANCOUVER™, FAN EXPO REGINA™, FAN EXPO DALLAS, TORONTO COMICON, DALLAS FAN DAYS and MEGACON ORLANDO.