KW Tri-Con returns to THEMUSEUM for third annual convention
Waterloo Region’s largest anime, comics and gaming convention returns in January
Kitchener, ON – KW Tri-Con, Waterloo Region’s annual anime, comics and gaming convention is returning to THEMUSEUM for a third year during the weekend of January 16 and 17, 2016. With more than 20,000 Facebook followers, this year’s event has grown to include four entire floors of THEMUSEUM plus the Conrad Centre next door. The convention is dedicated to featuring unique vendors, panels, a masquerade contest and more. THEMUSEUM’s LIGHT Illuminated exhibition will also be open, which will offer new, interactive components for the overall visitor experience.
Christie Digital is partnering with the event and will be hosting two screenings of the SIGGRAPH 2015 Computer Animation Festival at the Conrad Centre on Saturday, January 16 at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 5:00pm.
The SIGGRAPH conference in California is the largest, worldwide, that brings together computer graphics and interactive techniques. The film includes some of the world’s best animation shorts, video game clips, visual effects and more, all created and designed digitally. Over the past 15 years, many videos displayed in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for, or received, the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
“We are excited to be hosting KW Tri-Con again, which is now the largest convention of its kind in Waterloo Region. We are working hard to make it the largest in South Western Ontario next year,” said David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “The convention brings together a community, and the unique content helps drive THEMUSEUM’s reputation as the cultural hub of Southwestern Ontario.”
Professional cosplayers from across Southwestern Ontario will be attending to interact with fans and lead panels, including Requip Cosplay. Other special guests include local comic book artist, Richard Zajac, whose work has appeared in DC comics and the Warner Bros DC Villains line. He will be doing a meet-and-greet with attendees.
This year, KW Tri-Con 2016 will host a to-scale TARDIS and some of the infamous daleks from the Doctor Who series. The second floor of THEMUSEUM will host a gaming demo area, featuring local tech companies. The masquerade contest – a popular event in the past – will take place during the afternoon of Saturday, January 16. Cosplayers will be able to show off their costumes, and a panel of judges will select winners for various categories.
This year’s after party, which will take place in the evening on Saturday, January 16, will feature the Toronto-based band Tupper Ware Remix Party. They are known for their quirky costumes, keytars and lasers. Von Dino Records will also DJ after the band’s set, and refreshments and a cash bar will be provided by B @ THEMUSEUM. The after party will be a strictly 19+ event.
A number of local organizations – including Nerd Nite Kitchener-Waterloo – and businesses have also partnered with THEMUSEUM and KW Tri-Con in order to keep the convention locally focused. Red Meat Games, a local company that designs indie games, will also be participating by offering mobile VR demos and running a panel on game development.
Attendees will also receive discounts at participating restaurants in the downtown core, which include Crabby Joe’s Bar & Grill, Fat Bastard Burrito Co., and B @ THEMUSEUM.
KW Tri-Con will be open to all ages from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day, and is introducing new childpricing this year. Day and weekend passes, as well as after party tickets, are available online at www.TriConKW.com.
Those who wish to attend only the SIGGRAPH screening will be able to purchase tickets online at THEMUSEUM.ca or in-person at THEMUSEUM, for $5.00+HST. Members of THEMUSEUM receive free general admission for the weekend.