Sudbury’s Cambrian College will once again welcome retro and modern video gamers, card and comic book collectors and cosplay enthusiasts this summer, August 28, for Northern Game Expo 7. This year’s event will feature over 100 tables with talented artists, comics, collectibles and more.
Brad Davidson, co-founder of the Northern Game Expo and local nostalgic gaming enthusiast, says they were inspired nine years ago while attending the Barrie Game Exchange to create a video game-friendly event in Sudbury.
“It really is a family event; there is something for everyone,” Davidson said.
The organizers, Davidson, Jerrica Leblanc, Ashlee Paquette, Michael Shanks and Lindsay Vautour, are all delighted that the event has even more tables and more to offer than before after the pandemic limited their last event.
This year’s event will feature vendors from as far away as Vancouver and Montreal as well as many locals. There will also be a children’s area and children’s scavenger hunt, a cosplay contest, a GoldenEye 007 retro video game tournament sponsored by Comics North Hidden Level Games, and a PS5 contest thanks to Studio 613 Electric Tattoo Co. Creature Caster and Great Canadian Games & Hobbies stepped in as sponsors this year, also bringing more tabletop gaming experience to the event.
Local artist Rob Sacchetto, who specializes in zombie portraits, will return to the event and paint a custom portrait for the cosplay contest winner.
Davidson says the annual event provides a safe space where people with common interests can show off their skills, creativity and enthusiasm for the game.
The event will take place at the Cambrian College Gymnasium at 1400 Barrydowne Rd. from noon to 5 p.m. on August 28. Advanced VIP tickets will be available for purchase beginning August 3 at Comics North Hidden Level Games for $15 or out-of-town guests can contact organizer Michael Shanks for advanced tickets. Advanced VIP tickets allow attendees exclusive access to the event one hour earlier at 11 a.m. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, and children 10 and under get in free with an accompanying adult.