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If it can be mistaken for a real weapon, or is capable of firing any sort of projectile (pellets, foam darts, etc) then it won’t be permitted. You can get your prop approved prior to show-time when pre-approval is open. See our Props Policy for details.
The Expo has worked very hard with local law enforcement and our venue to come up with Prop Polices that are fair, while providing a safe & secure experience at our shows. Props that are functional (capable of firing projectiles, sharp) are not permitted. See our Props Policy for details.
First off, lets get this out of the way. Cosplay doesn’t equal Consent. All of our shows provide a safe space for our costumed attendees to have fun and display their costumes in a welcoming environment. That said, Expo is a family-friendly show. Generally, if you’d wear it to a family-oriented beach, it’s okay to wear it at the show. (Of course, footwear is required!)
(Conversely, if you’re planning on wearing nothing but body-paint, that isn’t permitted.) See our Props Policy for details.
Common questions about how the Expo operates. The what/where/when and how of Calgary Expo.
So your favorite celeb is coming to Calgary Expo and you want to leave him or her with a token of your undying love. It’s a fabulous gesture and kudos to you for your generosity!
However, not all guests are able or willing to accept gifts, so please take a look at the points below before pouring 2000 man hours of work into that handmade Batman themed afghan that you want to give to Adam West.
Keep in mind that many guests do not want to accept gifts as it can make getting home somewhat difficult – a giant razor sharp Freddy Krueger claw likely won’t go over well in customs, also, it’s bulky and tough to pack in a suitcase.
So don’t be offended if a guest declines to accept the gift that you’ve so humbly presented to him or her. It isn’t a personal insult, it’s just a matter of practicality.
The costs of autographs vary from guest to guest, agent to agent. The autograph rates can often change at the last minute and are sometimes not set by the agent until the Media Guest is onsite for the convention. A very loose guideline is that an autograph will usually cost around the same as a photo op within $5-$10 either way.
Photo ops are purchased per session and not per guest. For example, if Stan Lee is doing photo ops Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you will need to choose if you’re going to purchase a Friday photo op, a Saturday photo op, or a Sunday photo op. Some guests may have multiple sessions on a day, in which case you can choose which session you wish, subject to availability.
We highly recommend against purchasing passes from a third party unless it is from a store that is listed on our website. The best way to protect yourself from being ripped off is to buy from authorized sources only.
When purchasing from a 3rd party there is no way for you to know if that pass has been forged, photo copied, or tampered with. Passes that are not legitimate (in other words, passes that have been forged, photo copied, or tampered with) will NOT be honored by our Admissions team.
We highly, highly recommend that no one, ever, purchase their passes from a third party.
Also, in order to get into the convention you need a wristband (as well as a badge if you are deluxe or FastPass), so if someone is trying to sell you their badge/wristband saying that you can get into the convention with it they are scamming you. Wristbands that have been cut or altered in any way will not be honoured.
If you experience sexual harassment at the Calgary Expo, please go to one of our Customer Service tables located around the venue. They will put you in touch with our trained staff member who will then assist you. We are also working closely with CCASA (Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse) to properly manage all reports of sexual harassment and offer additional support.
Sexual Harassment is not tolerated at the Calgary Expo. We want victims to understand that they, as the victim, are not to blame, and that they should not feel ashamed about coming forward.
All attendees must understand that they are responsible for their own behavior. What an individual is wearing is never an excuse for harassing them.
CCASA also has a 24/7 support line which offers free help for victims of sexual harassment: 1-877-237-5888.
We also ask that everyone view our policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment, available HERE.
We bring in extra ATMs to accommodate the demand for cash over the weekend. However, the lines at the ATMs are almost always long and tedious, and the machines can often run dry.
We highly recommend that you bring cash with you beforehand so that you don’t have to wait in another line.
Some exhibitors will take credit/debit, but definitely not all of them – so best to play it safe and come prepared!
For your safety and to prevent your props from being damaged, please do not bring your props or prop weapons in the parade. There is no official prop or prop weapons check at the Parade, but The Calgary Police Service will be on site and we will rely on their discretion as to what is appropriate and inappropriate to include a public parade. Any props or prop weapons that look realistic from even a few feet away may be declined, and no storage options are available.
Yes. There are limited spots available for organizations to walk in the parade as a group, but all organizations must adhere to Parade guidelines (ie: all participants must be in full cosplay, etc.) Connect with our team at email@example.com to find out if spots are still available. Unfortunately, no floats, animals or vehicles are permitted in the parade at this time.
Definition of Cosplay: the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction. With that said, keep in mind that your batman pajamas are not cosplay, nor is your storm trooper baseball hat (even though they’re probably awesome!). Full cosplay is a full costume, which may or may not have masks and may or may not be built and designed by the wearer.
We also ask that you keep in mind that the POW! Parade is family-friendly, public event and will take place rain or shine.
Popular questions and answers about covering the Expo before, during, and after the show.
Official projects for commercial use must be pre-approved by the Expo Media Team, and will require Media Accreditation while on site. Commercial cameras operating without approval from the media team (and, if necessary, granted media passes) are prohibited and may not be granted access.
If you’re planning to shoot for non-commercial use, please respect the following rules for filming on site:
If you do have any issues while on site, please visit an Information Booth, and ask to be directed to the Media Team table for assistance. We’re be there to help, and do our best to make sure you have a great time capturing your experience at the Expo!
The Expo Media Team is standing by for your interview requests, whether they be pre-event phone interviews, in-studio visits, or on-site interviews in-person. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All media requests must be approved and arranged by the Expo Media Team. While on-site, “drive-by” or unapproved interviews are strictly forbidden, and will result in eviction from the show. The Expo Media Team works directly with the guests to facilitate a great experience for everyone.
We ask that all media submit an application no later than one month before the Expo. If you did this and the Expo is less than one month away (or sold out) and you have not been informed of your application status, please contact us at email@example.com. You should have received an email, but it’s possible your application was missed in our system.
Applications received within one month of the Expo are put in a separate queue. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not hear back from the media team with one week of applying.
Please provide personal/professional information in your application, and proof of assignment. Calgary Expo only approves media who will be filing coverage before, during or after the Expo. Especially for independent or emerging media, or media new to the Expo, please make sure to include information on your outlet (reach/circulation, audience profile, etc.).
Your media accreditation allows you the following privileges:
Your media accreditation does not allow you:
A note about attending panels, workshops, etc…
At Expo, our priority is to provide fans with the best possible fan experience. Therefore, we are unable to set aside seats at all panels and events for media. However, in some cases, special arrangements can be made to set aside seats. If you wish to attend a specific panel or event, please content with the media team.
Photographers and camera operators must be at least 12 feet away from any invited guest (Media Guests, Creator Guests, etc.). Please inquire via the volunteer assisting the Guest if you may photograph or film them first. You are required to stop filming/shooting if asked. During panels and workshops, in most cases taking photos (without flash) and recording is permitted for the first 3-5 minutes of a panel (from behind the first row). However, not all guests wish to be photographed/recorded. Please confirm with the on-site media team and respect the special instructions of the volunteers operating each room/event.
Calgary Expo invites media from all formats and locations who intend to cover the Expo to apply for media accreditation, since only accredited media will be granted the access and services provided to media on site.
However, due to the large volume of applications for media accreditation, not every application is approved.