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Calgary Expo creates a nerdy winter wonderland

Calgary Expo grew in popularity so much, it can support not one, but two events filled with nerdy goods and shopping opportunities.
Aside from the main convention that takes place every spring, there is also an annual Calgary Expo Holiday Market, self advertised as a festive shopping extravaganza for nerdy holiday needs.
Kali Lynn, a Calgary woman, is excited for the event saying she loves any possibility of finding Christmas presents and decorations.
“I just like Christmas markets in general,” Lynn said.
“I’ve already been to one this year and I’m going to Spruce Meadows’ Christmas Market too.”
The Holiday Market will feature local artists, retailers, vendors and will be an opportunity to find comic books, toys, collectibles and art difficult to find outside of a convention market setting.
David Joyce, a local artist, has been selling his work at Calgary Expo events since 2011 and will be present at the Calgary Expo Holiday Market.
“It’s been a fantastic experience year after year,” Joyce said.
“Their staff and volunteers are always kind and helpful, and they put on amazing shows.
“What more could I ask for?”
Joyce also said he really enjoys selling his art at conventions because of the environment.
“I was less inspired to sell and more inspired to take part in the convention community,” Joyce said. “I also find that conventions give me a deadline to work towards, which helps push me to make new and better work.
“From my side of the table, the experience is very similar to any other artist alley, but with the added benefit of holiday cheer,” Joyce said.
Holiday cheer is indeed around in abundance. From the décor to photos with Santa that are available with a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Alberta, the event truly is a holiday experience.
Not only is the Calgary Expo Holiday Market a great opportunity for people to shop for gifts, it’s also a great opportunity to support local artists.
“At the end of the day, you should support an artist because you like their work, but it’s important to understand that there’s more than one way to show that support,” Joyce said.
“Money is great, but engagement is important too. If you enjoy an artist’s work, recommend it to your friends. Share online, comment on social media posts, heck, send a friendly email.”
Tickets to the Calgary Expo Holiday Market are $10 per day on Nov. 25, and 26, but a special “holiday bundle” is available for $40 that includes access to both days and an exclusive shirt and holiday ornament.

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