ThunderCon lines up talent | Local company

It’s time to “Dino Thunder power up” as ThunderCon 2022 returns with a Dino Thunder theme and a pair of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.

ThunderCon Chancellor Kevin Taylor said they were really excited to be back after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic. He said good planning has paid off with a variety of popular characters that will delight everyone.

“There were a few changes we had to make to programming and accommodations with the uncertainty surrounding (COVID) travel restrictions,” Taylor said. “We’ve focused on Canadian talent and we’ve got some great guests coming in.

One of the big draws is the appearances of Kevin Duhaney, known as the Blue Ranger, and Jeff Palazzo, the White Ranger from Power Rangers Dino Thunder and Power Rangers Ninja Steel.

“They’re a convention staple, not to mention the fact that they’re pop culture icons. Kevin and Jeff are also Canadian, making them the perfect guests for ThunderCon 2022,” said Heather Dickson, media director for the event.

Dickson says Power Rangers is a fan-favorite international TV franchise that has run in various iterations since 1993.

Dino Thunder was the 12th series and featured a dinosaur theme for the powers, abilities, and strengths of most of the series’ protagonists and antagonists.

Among the many appearances will be Dr. Stevil, who is an artist in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) cosplay community. Thunder Bay-born actress Lisa Marie DiGiacinto currently lives in Vancouver and has appeared in Supernatural, The Flash and Arrow, as well as a recurring role on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

She is also a voice actress in the video game Need For Speed, a casting assistant in numerous shows and is currently busy with a theater production in Winnipeg.

“I’m very happy to come home to this,” DiGiacinto said in a press release. “I love chatting and making new friends and if there are any budding actors, someone looking to get into the industry or someone who needs some advice, I hope I can walk you through everything. along the way.”

Also appearing is Justin Currie of Chasing Artwork whose work is described as jaw-dropping and jaw-dropping by Dickson. The band Heather Dale will perform music that sounds like medieval and Renaissance music but “a bit updated”.

“We brought in a local artist who made some really fantastic builds for us. Jamie Young is with J and K Creations and we’re really happy to have him back to do something else,” Taylor added. “Two years ago he made a life-size Stargate display for us and in 2019 he made a (Game of Thrones) throne for us, and he’s doing another build for us this year and we’re really excited to show it.”

There will be plenty of ways to train your geek, from role-playing or cosplaying to quickly painting miniatures or learning how to train your baby Klingon. Find out what’s behind the voice, join a superhero fitness session or learn how to make up a character.

Participating talent and visitors come to Thunder Bay from southern Ontario, as far west as Vancouver and as far south as Texas for ThunderCon.

The event can generate between a quarter and half a million dollars over the weekend in tourism-related dollars. Taylor says that’s based on financial formulas made available to them by government agencies to calculate that and the number of people who come from out of town for the event.

“A lot of local businesses and vendors . . . generate funds for their income and bring the public to see them – sometimes for the first time – to also help their business throughout the year,” he said. he said “A wide variety of vendors include everything from tabletop games and accessories to cosplay-related wardrobes. There’s artwork and of course there’s traditional comics and things like It’s a pretty eclectic group of sellers of a wide variety of things that you buy or have the opportunity to attend workshops and guest-related panels in the different types of industries they represent. There is also programming with other companies on site and we also do cross-promotion and programming with Silver City.

ThunderCon organizers rely on support from local businesses and sponsors, grants and government-funded opportunities. A funding application from Reconnect Ontario was approved and funding from the Tourism Division of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) of Thunder Bay was also granted.

“We are really happy with the support we get from the community, government and vendors of course as they often provide a bit of sponsorship in time for some of the services we need which is fantastic,” said- he declared. said.

ThunderCon will take place September 17-18 on the grounds of the Lakehead Canadian Expo. Visit www.thundercon.org for more information.