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Publishers: please hold more gaming events in Canada

Fan Expo Canada 2022

Every year, I put together a round-up of all the gaming-related programming at Fan Expo Canada.

When I did this last year, the list ended up being pretty empty outside of a few prominent voice actors — no demo-filled exhibitor booths in sight. At the time, I chalked this up to COVID; after all, it was a scaled-back show and there were a bunch of restrictions. I expected 2022 would be different.

Narrator: it was not.


Ubisoft had an admittedly nifty Assassin’s Creed booth with a few demo stations to showcase some of the series’ games on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, but not a single publisher was present last week with a booth to let you try upcoming games. Moreover, PlayStation and Xbox completely skipped the show, while Nintendo was present only for a Splatoon 3 photo op wall and arts and crafts station. I’ll confess that I was quite disappointed.

Even before COVID, gaming events in Canada have been few and far between. Fan Expo Canada 2019, the last pre-COVID show, had a really solid lineup of game demos, including Final Fantasy VII Remake (PlayStation), Gears 5 (Xbox) and Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo). Also that year was the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX), which had a huge Nintendo booth. However, that pretty much covers it in terms of major events, and even then, EGLX also quietly went away the following year.

By comparison, the U.S. has historically had so many gaming events. The massive PAX West is happening this weekend in Seattle, and it’s just one of multiple PAX events across the country. E3 shifted to a public-media hybrid show before COVID, and it aims to do that once more in 2023. Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest is also set to have a physical event next year, and that’s to say nothing of The Game Awards that he hosts in Los Angeles, or even Gamescom, Europe’s largest gaming show that he partners with. Before COVID, Xbox also held its own ‘XO’ events in countries like England and Mexico.

Xbox XO19 London

Xbox’s XO19 fan event in London, England.

Now, if you’ve followed our gaming coverage here on MobileSyrup, you may know that Canada is a gaming industry powerhouse. We’re talking third-largest producer of games in the world. Assassin’s CreedMass EffectFIFANHLRainbow Six Siege, CupheadGotham KnightsMarvel’s Guardians of the GalaxyLuigi’s Mansion 3, Dead by Daylight, PGA Tour 2K23… these are just some of the many games made in the Great White North. You would think, then, that publishers would do a better job promoting that here in Canada.

Sure, digital demos have been making a big return, and that’s certainly a wonderful way to bring games to people at home. But there’s something special about getting to try them out in person — that communal experience with friends and complete strangers alike. One of my fondest memories of previewing a game was playing Sea of Thieves with a bunch of people I hadn’t met before. Besides, other countries benefit from getting demos at home as well as in-person shows, so why can’t Canada?

And it’s not even just about demos. Take PAX West — you can attend panels with legends like ex-Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime, Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert and adventure game pioneer Roberta Williams or even meet The Last of UsNeil Druckmann and Troy Baker, among other cool opportunities. Of course, I’m not expecting that such big names would routinely come to hypothetical Canadian events, but even if we’re looking at our homegrown gaming talent, there’s so much to choose from.

To be clear, some publishers have done some really cool things in that regard. At this past Fan Expo, developers from Quebec City’s Beenox and Sledgehammer Toronto held a panel to talk about what it’s like to work on Call of Duty in Canada. At the last-ever (?) EGLX, Ubisoft Toronto hosted demos and meet and greets for Watch Dogs: Legion. And for this year’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, the Halo maker held a rad ‘FanFest’ event in Toronto, years after its awesome “Media Showcases” in the city. Game companies are notoriously secretive, so it’s always nice to let the public put a face to the people who make the games they love, and to give developers and others in the industry the chance to engage with their fans. Shoutout to the companies who have been doing this in Canada!

And hey, I’ve never put together a big event. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to organize. A lot of time and money and planning goes into this sort of thing. It can’t be done overnight. I get all of that! But I keep looking at everything that happens in the U.S. and abroad and lament the fact that we don’t really have anything like that here. Moreover, it feels like a missed opportunity to not capitalize on Canada’s immense developer pool. Celebrate the fact that we have some of the best game makers in the world! Even if we don’t have dedicated events on the scale of PAX or E3, something smaller like EGLX or even one-offs like Xbox FanFest would be great! Ideally, these would be held across the country, too, and not just in Toronto.

I say all of this because I’m very fortunate to have been able to travel to international events for work. I’ve seen how exciting they can be, and I don’t take that for granted. If anything, it makes me want to share some of those experiences with others! Who knows what the future of gaming events will be in Canada, but hopefully, we start to see more of them in the coming years.

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Saskatoon and Regina hold events advocating for more harm reduction supports |

Saskatoon and Regina hold events advocating for more harm reduction supports  |

The number of overdose deaths in Saskatchewan has more than tripled over the past six years.

That’s according to the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service, who said 366 deaths were reported in 2021, compared to 92 in 2016.

Wednesday is International Overdose Awareness Day, and people gathered at the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre to get the point across that this was a growing issue, and supports are needed.

Jocelyn Trotchie works with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan, and said the province needs to know.

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“We need to keep reminding the government, the health officials, that this is a crisis right now,” said Trotchie.

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Jade Creelman is the harm reduction coordinator at Choke Cherry Studios, and said these deaths could be stopped.

“It’s all preventable, and I think that’s what upsets me most. If funding were going into harm reduction, and if there were a safe supply these deaths would not be happening,” said Creelman.

The province said they’ve invested $470 million into mental health and addictions services for  2022-23, but organizations like Prairie Harm Reduction have said they’ve been denied provincial funding for the third year in a row, have had to work limited hours, and had to fight to keep the lights on.

Elizabeth Plishka is the director of support services for Prairie Harm Reduction, and echoed the sentiment that more help was needed.

“More funding. More support for people who are transient, who do use substances,” said Plishka.

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She listed things like housing supports, support for safe consumption sites, more wrap-around services, and more help for healthcare as things that needed to be focused on.

Daniel Hern was an addict for 23 years, but got clean five and a half years ago. He started a podcast called Hard Knox Talks to advocate for change and to give a voice from the perspective of someone who has used drugs.

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Hern said we needed to do more than just talk to the government about this crisis.

“Education. More advocacy. We live in a democracy, don’t we? So, instead of just advocating the government, I think the voice towards the general public needs to be amplified so that we can bring education to people who think differently than we do,” said Hern.

An event also took place at the mâmawêyatitân centre in Regina, and event organizer Ronnie Nordal said education was made available for anyone who wanted it.

Event held in Regina for International Overdose Awareness Day.

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“We can each take naloxone training, carry naloxone kits. Training is available today, naloxone kits are here for the taking. Each one of us has the ability to save a life,” said Nordal.

Medavie Health Services West noted at the beginning of August that over the past two years, they’ve seen an increased potency in illicit drugs, and have had to increase the amount of Narcan given to patients while they were being transported to the hospital.

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Carissa Issac’s mother died from an overdose back in 2020, and she said events like the ones held in Regina and Saskatoon are important.

“My mom had written in her diary, ‘I just want my daughters to be proud of me again,’ and she never got that opportunity to get better because it took her. Events like this I feel are very important because it allows for reality to kind of be seen,” said Isaac.

— with files from Montana Getty

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Val Demings, Charlie Crist hold campaign events in Broward with focus on defeating Republican opponents

Val Demings, Charlie Crist hold campaign events in Broward with focus on defeating Republican opponents

TAMARAC, Fla. – Florida’s top Democratic candidates were in South Florida to help kick off the party’s push to beat out the Republicans they running to replace, Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Marco Rubio.

Fresh off a big primary win, Val Demings returned to Broward County on Thursday night.

She shifted her campaign speech to cater to a crowd of military veterans.

“We need to make sure that our VA hospitals all over this nation are able to protect you, take care of you, and you shouldn’t have to wait six months, eight months, a year to be able to see a specialist,” she said.

The Democratic congresswoman is on the November ballot trying to unseat Rubio, and recent polls show a tightening race.

In fact, Demings is out-raising Rubio.


The most recent dunning cycle shows Rubio took in $36 million dollars compared while Demings raised $48 million.

It’s something Rubio has acknowledged in recent speeches and television interviews.

“I need people to help, but she’s raising all this money from ultra-liberals who want to ruin Florida by the way,” Rubio said during a recent interview.

The other big ticket to watch in Florida is the governor’s race, where Charlie Crist is campaigning to win his old job back.

Time will tell if his efforts will be enough to head off the support from Republicans for Ron DeSantis.

Crist also spent his Thursday night campaigning in Tamarac at a Unity for Democrats event.


Alongside his one-time Democratic challenger Nikki Fried, she has since thrown her support toward Crist.

“We have our task ahead of us,” he said. “We know what the mission is. The mission is victory. Nothing short of victory. Failure is not an option.”

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The WDM Hold An Event In Yorkton

The WDM Hold An Event In Yorkton

An event will be held at the Western Development Museum in Yorkton. Back to the Farm is taking place at the WDM and will run today from 10:30am-4pm. Several events are taking place including the operation of various vintage tractors, binding of crop and plowing the back field, demonstrations of clay oven bread baking, rope making, blacksmithing and butter making. Regular Museum admission applies, while WDM members can get in for free.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR, IndyCar all agree: Hold ‘events’, not just races

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR, IndyCar all agree: Hold 'events', not just races

INDIANAPOLIS — On Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was announced that the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will return to the iconic venue next September as the headline event of a full weekend of action dubbed the “IMSA Battle on the Bricks.”

For the first time since 2014, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will compete on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course in a two-hour, 40-minute race.

The event was described as a three-day festival showcasing the pinnacle of sports car racing, with unparalleled fan access to the garage area throughout the weekend so race fans in the IMS infield can get up close and personal with their favorite sports cars, drivers and team.

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Marvel Studios to Hold TWO Major Panel Events for Comic-Con 2022

Marvel Studios Animated and Live-Action

Marvel Studios Highlights Animation in Key SDCC Panel

Marvel Studios Animation

An official listing from San Diego Comic-Con’s website revealed that Marvel Studios will have a dedicated panel for its animated projects on Friday, July 22, from 11:45 AM PT – 1:15 PM PT at Ballroom 20. This will be in addition to Marvel Studios’ anticipated Saturday night panel expected to showcase upcoming live-action MCU movies and shows.

The 90-minute panel will be headlined by Marvel Studios head of streaming, television, and animation Brad Winderbaum, head of visual development Ryan Meinerding, and other special guests. The presentation is set to “dive into all things animation” while also unveiling exclusive looks at X-Men 97, Marvel Zombies, What If…? Season 2, and more. 

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige already confirmed that they will have a presence at the pop culture event, teasing that they will “talk about the future” of the MCU. 

“Yeah, we’ll be at Comic-Con next month, which we’re excited about. The first time since we were on stage there [since] three years ago talking about this movie and many others. And now, I think almost everything we discussed three years ago has now been released. So yes, we’re excited to  go and talk about the future.”


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Mid-Missouri set to hold multiple events to celebrate Juneteenth – ABC17NEWS

Mid-Missouri set to hold multiple events to celebrate Juneteenth - ABC17NEWS


Juneteenth celebrations are set to take place in both Jefferson city and Columbia Saturday, for the public to attend to celebrate the holiday.

Juneteenth, is a celebration marking the official end to slavery as federal troops marched into Galveston, Texas to ensure all enslaved people were free over 100 years ago.

The event happen two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation.

2021 was the first time Juneteenth became a national holiday after President Biden signed a document making it official.

In Columbia, a parade is set to start at 10 a.m on Saturday.

The line up will begin at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church on 1112 E.Broadway and travel down East Broadway and end at Douglass park.

The event is set to last until 6 p.m with games, food and other activities for people to enjoy.

Columbia police will also have traffic devices along the parade route to block traffic, so drivers will need to find alternative routes.

On Sunday, there will also be a father’s day celebration from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m at Douglass Park that includes free food, a crowning of fathers and other activities.

This is the 2nd annual celebration in Columbia for the Juneteenth Holiday.

In Jefferson City, there will be a heritage celebration that includes an emancipation program starting at 10 a.m. at Lincoln University’s soldier’s memorial, followed by a freedom march to community park at 10:40 a.m.

Once at community park A Juneteenth Heritage Festival will begin at 11 a.m that includes  a heritage tour, book signing  and other activities.

To observe the holiday, Jefferson City has decided to close all their city offices on Monday with operations resuming on Tuesday.

This is also the first year Columbia is observing Juneteenth, so city offices will be closed in Columbia on Monday as well. 

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Local communities hold Memorial Day parades, events

Local communities hold Memorial Day parades, events

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Several communities held observances of Memorial Day in the Madison area. Here are some events that happened on Monday.

Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running Memorial Day parade was held in Monona Monday.

Monona Memorial Day Parade

Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running Memorial Day parade was held in Monona Monday.

After a year away, the parade made its return. Sixty groups took part in the event this year.

Military personnel were honored with the proceedings.

Parade goers were excited to take part in the celebrations.

“Not having the parade was so sad for us. I really love getting together with everyone in town and just celebrating, that’s my favorite part,” parade attendee Jacqueline Cosgrove said.

After the parade, ceremonies were held honoring veterans and those serving in the military right now.

During the event, the flag was raised from half staff to full.

DeForest Memorial Day Ceremony

A Memorial Day service was held at Veterans Memorial Park in DeForest.

During the event, the flag was raised from half staff to full.

Attendees and speakers talked about the importance of recognizing fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.

“It kind of gets to me when people come up and thank you for your service, and I appreciate that, but really think about those people, they really made the ultimate sacrifice,” National Air Guard retired Brig. General Jerry Olsen said.

Olsen added there is no such thing as a happy Memorial Day because the day is meant to honor those who lost their lives for the United States.

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