Organizers say they may hold some smaller events in the interim, but Thundercon will be back bigger and better in 2022.
THUNDER BAY – Even superheroes can’t break COVID-19 restrictions.
As a result, Thundercon has made it official and cancelled its 2021 event, promising to be back next year, with some smaller events held between now and then.
COVID-19 was cited as the reason for the cancellation, the second straight year the popular event has been sidelined.
“Even if we are technically allowed to hold an event of this size this fall, the uncertainty at this stage significantly restricts our ability to book guests, arrange travel and accommodation and properly prepare for a safe experience for attendees,” said event chancellor Kevin Taylor.
“We are planning some smaller events to lead us through the next year as we focus on our talented vendor community and will be back at the CLE grounds Fall 2022.”
On Friday the province announced it would move Ontarians into Step 3 of its reopening plan, which would permit larger indoor and outdoor gatherings.
There simply wasn’t enough time to pull off an event the size of Thundercon, which continues to grow each year.
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Thunder Bay's popular fan convention has been cancelled for the second year in a row.
Organizers of ThunderCon said the 2021 edition of the two-day event won't take place, due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are moving into stage three [of reopening], but an exhibition takes a lot of planning," ThunderCon chancellor Kevin Taylor said. "We have many vendors and potential guests and, you know, out of town arrangements and travel.
"We certainly want to ensure that it's a safe environment for our patrons and guests."
The good news, Taylor said, is smaller ThunderCon-related events are being planned.
"Over the next year, we're hoping to focus more on events that can assist our our vendors and sponsors, and get them some more promotional opportunities, and, of course, get them ready for another event," Taylor said.
More information about those events will be coming over the next few weeks, he said.
Organizers are also turning their attention to the next full, two-day ThunderCon, which is scheduled for fall 2022, which will take place at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds, Taylor said.
"We have a venue, and that's a big thing for us," he said. "We have certainly some time to arrange both new agreements with past sponsors, and hopefully some new sponsors over the next year, where we can lock down some additional guests."
"We actually do have a couple in the pipe, but we won't be announcing those yet," Taylor said. "We're looking to come back bigger and better."
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