Published on November 2, 2022 at 6:01 p.m.
An original Disney imaginary, two star wars cast members, a stranger things Video game designers and pioneers are confirmed to be coming to the first RetroCon Canada in downtown Hamilton.
RetroCan Canada says it has finalized a “huge array” of activities and experiences for its Nov. 26 event, which is the last Saturday of the month. It’s presented as a fan service spread across 19,500 square feet at the Hamilton Convention Center, providing outlets to celebrate and recreate retro pop culture through experiences, performers, celebrity autograph sessions, contests cosplay, photo shoots, arcade games and card tournaments.
Adult tickets start at $17.50 and child passes are free. There are also VIP packages, as well as separate party passes to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope. Donations will also be collected to benefit the McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“I am thrilled to announce this impressive lineup, we truly believe this will be one of Hamilton’s best retro-inspired events to date,” said Robin Ozolins, Co-Founder of RetroCon Canada.
“We originally launched this event hoping to provide a special place where fans of old-school and retro culture can unite, and this year we’ll be doing just that and more.”
The varied lineup added Bob Gurr, a Disney legend who is one of two living imaginators who worked with Walt Disney. Gurr led the design of most Disneyland attractions when the park opened in Anaheim, California in 1955, including Autopia, The Haunted Mansion, the Disneyland Monorail, and the Matterhorn Bobsleds. Gurr also created the King Kong Encounter animatronic for Universal Studios Hollywood and the famous UFO that appeared at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
(PHOTO BY BOB GURR)
Gurr will speak on the evening on the theme “Building Disney”. He also signs autographs, takes photos and meets fans during the day.
Actors Garrick Hagon and Angus MacInnes, who are the two living Canadian artists in the original 1977 film, will be available to talk to fans, sign autographs and take photos. The cast will travel from the UK to the event.
Both played Rebel pilots who take part in the climactic raid to blow up the Death Star. Hagon played Darklighter Biggs and MacInnes played gold frontman Jon “Dutch” Vander.
MacInnes also played Quebec hockey star Jean (Rosey) LaRose in strange brew. This 1983 cult comedy that starred Dundas native Dave Thomas and was based on his SCTV The McKenzie Brothers sketches with teammate Rick Moranis, were partially filmed in Hamilton.
(Moranis’ work in the 1980s also dates back to Hamilton. He starred in the first ghost hunters films directed by the late Ivan Reitman. The filmmaker made his first student film while attending McMaster University in Hamilton in the late 1960s. Moranis also played a youth hockey coach in a Canadian film hockey night whose male lead was Yannick Bisson, whose Murdoch Mysteries series often tours Hamilton.)
The list of guests and attractions for RetroCon, which is three weeks from this Saturday, also includes:
- Video game industry pioneers David Crane and Warren Robinett, who helped develop the first 8-bit game console, appeared on stage for a “50 Years of Atari” panel
- The KITT car from Knight Rider and The Mystery Machine van from scooby-doo
- A life-size Demogorgon from Netflix stranger things and an appearance by Markus Carreiro, who is one of the series’ costume designers.
- Free photos with Santa Claus
- Free comics for the first 200 kids through the door
(Cover photos from left: Bob Gurr, Disney creator, Angus MacInnes in Star Wars; actor Garrick Hagon today. First two photos by The Walt Disney Archives and Lucasfilm Ltd.)
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