Panels are where you can sit down and listen to talks from guest speakers, professional and semi-pro members of the community, and participate in fandom discussions. Whether it's about your favourite series on YouTube, an anime you love, or a hobby like model building and wargaming, there's a panel for you!
Panels run all weekend long, from Friday through Sunday, and can be found at both the Hamilton Convention Centre and the Sheraton Hotel. Your programme guide or the mobile app will have full Panel information for you closer to the show, but we'll be sure to keep you updated as programming comes together.
Panel applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest!
If you'd like to run or participate in a Panel, you'll want to pre-register early and then apply for a Panel slot. As a rule, Panelists are able to receive reimbursement for their badge once they've completed their Panel.
Please note that all panels are juried and must be approved by the Panel Coordinator.
Every year we post a list of "Requested" Panels. These are topics that we feel are important or relevant to the convention and that attendees would like to see. You do not have to obey the list, by any means. They're suggestions not requirements and Panels should be about what you want to talk about. Please note the Panel Type Legend included in the list.
If you'd like to attend a Panel, it's pretty simple: Have a badge and line up.
Panels are open to any member of the convention (ie: a badge holder), and we typically try to make them accessible to everyone. Bring friends, get comfy, and enjoy the show!
We typically allow for lineups 45 minutes prior to the Panel's start. We ask that all cellphones and other devices be put on Airplane or Silent mode during the talk, unless the panel is listed as "Social Friendly". In that case, there may be a component that uses a mobile service, such as Twitter. Keep an eye out for that in the programme guide.