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Montana, Orr, Sakic Among Athletes Appearing at Fan Expo Canada

Canada's version of Comic-Con is taking place this August, and the four-day event that draws 100,000 to Toronto is adding sports stars to the agenda this year, including appearances by Joe Montana, Bobby Orr, Joe Sakic, Gordie Howe and even Hulk Hogan.

Canada's favorite and largest fan convention, Fan Expo Canada, is expanding by adding a new genre to the show: Fan Expo Sports - The Ultimate Sports Celebrity Experience.

The 2013 return of Fan Expo will see more than 100,000 entertainment and sports fans unite at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to get a glimpse of their favourite celebrities.

"Sports are as much a part of pop culture as comics or science fiction," says Steve Menzie, president of Hobby Star Marketing Inc. "There are many similarities in the celebrity experience, with everything from sports collectibles to equally devoted fans. We are creating an event that unites fans of entertainment – whether sporting or cultural. It's a natural fit and will offer a winning combination for all Fan Expo fans."


With a mission to provide the "ultimate sports celebrity experience," Fan Expo Sports goes above and beyond traditional sports shows that focus solely on signings and memorabilia. Attendees will have a chance to meet their favourite sports celebrities, including Canadian hockey legends Martin Brodeur, Joe Sakic, Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr (in a rare public appearance); Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana; wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan in his first Canadian appearance; Canadian horse racing champion, Ron Turcotte (Secretariat's jockey) and many more!


The show offers quite the experience, with attractions including:
CELEBRITY PHOTO SESSIONS: A chance of a lifetime to have your photo taken by a professional photographer with your favourite sports celebrity! This is the only way to get a beautiful 8x10 glossy photo of you with one of our special guests in an intimate setting.

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS: A perfect opportunity to get that unique item signed by your favourite sports celebrity! Be sure to check out the schedule so you don't miss out!

PANELS/Q&A's: Our special guests will all be speaking and taking questions from the fans, live on stage! Like your very own press conference, the Pros will be here to answer your questions about their careers or issues in the world sports. You never know what they might say! Celebrity sports journalists will moderate many of these panels!

SEMINARS: Interested in hearing North America's top sports agents tell you what it takes to earn scholarships or play professional sports? Then listen to and participate in our numerous free seminars! Soak it all in through many specialized sessions presented by the professional sports personalities!

MORE THAN 70,000 SQ FT OF SHOPPING MADNESS: Hundreds of retailers from all over the continent join FAN EXPO SPORTS to make your experience an unforgettable one! Specializing in sports cards, licensed merchandise, sports memorabilia, equipment, jerseys, hats, and other collectables; these retailers have what you need. It is THE area to find just what you're looking for - whether it's items from another era, posters, artwork, books, DVD's, videos, toys or Tshirts - you will find it all here.

Fan Expo Canada will run from Aug. 22-25, taking over the entire North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with more than 750,000 square feet and 900 retailers, artists and exhibitors. For more information on Fan Expo Canada, visit