About the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo was born in 2006 after carefully evaluating the potential of a show dedicated to not only comics, but to the cross-media attention that exists in the entertainment industry.
As has been the result, the expo has become the single largest event of its kind across all of Western Canada. We feature all elements of pop culture including sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, animation, and the horror genres.
2012 Special Guests
- James Marsters
- Hayden Panettiere
- Dave Prowse
- Sir Patrcik Stewart
- Richard Hatch
- Gil Gerard
- Tom Felton
- Robert Englund
- Adam Baldwin
- LeVar Burton
In the very first year, over 3,000 individual people attended what became a beyond expectations hit! The second year more than doubled for an attendance of 6,500+! Year 3 experienced another jump, and with 8,000+ that came out. 2009 was the most successful year, as the 5 digit mark was broken with over 10,000 people coming out over the weekend.
The Calgary Expo has always been hosted on the Stampede Grounds, in the heart of the city of Calgary. Everyone in Calgary knows where the Stampede is, with easy accessibility to everyone. In the first year, the event was held at the Big Four Building, with over 32,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.
We expanded in our second year and moved over to the BMO Centre 50,000 sq. ft. Hall D. In 2008 we also added the 12,000 sq. ft. Palomino rooms for programming. For our 2010 event, we're planning on adding an extra hall (the newly constructed Hall E), which will give us over 112,000 sq. ft. of space!
In 2006 and 2007, our shows were restricted to one-day events as we continued to grow and as we needed to gauge the growth potential. In 2008 we went up to a 2-day event, and we haven't looked back. With a larger cast of guests, more events than ever before, and a vision for a much larger attendance record, this was a decision we just couldn't pass up!
We've had a very positive increase in attendance, guests, exhibitors, and volunteers every year. We are trying our best to build the a great experience for everyone involved, and we're striving to continue with that trend.