August 25 - 27, 2000 : Toronto, Ontario
SFX is one of the largest Canadian science-fiction conventions. It is held in conjunction with an anime and comic-book convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in downtown Toronto. This year, the Canadian Garrison's members in attendance were: TB878, TB741, TB749, TR1125, Aurra Sing, Darth Vader, Mookie (in civilian clothes) and soon-to-be member, Valérie.
On Saturday, the Bikers (one of which was me), Darth and avatar decided to go off to the convention ahead of the others in order to pick up our passes. We had unfortunately parked in an area about 10 blocks away from the convention grounds. This was an underground parking area, and we did not take note of the building in question as our illustrious leader had led us to believe we had parked in another building much closer to the convention grounds.
And so our half of the group walked 10 blocks across the tourist area of Toronto in full gear. This led to having our pictures taken quite often by bewildered tourists. It was also the longest 10 block walk I have ever done. However, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
After we arrived we were treated to free day passes. Once we finally all got together at the con, we posed at one spot for at least half an hour for pictures. We got interviewed a few times as well. Needless to say, we were quite a hit at the convention.
As usual, we decided at the last minute to enter the costume contest (with Mookie's help). We ended up with the 2nd prize in sci-fi. The first place winner was Boba Fett.
We swung by the con incognito on Sunday so we could actually see what was happening. To be honest, this con is more of a glorified dealers' room than anything else but it's still interesting to go to for at least a day.
And now for the pictures:
This picture was taken at one of the booths near the autograph area.