I’ve loved every Convention which I’ve been fortunate enough to attend for different reasons.
During August and September of this year, I was out in BC and had the time of my life.
I have so much to share about this time and VanCon and watching live filming and many other moments. It will be coming soon.
Then, Toronto happened and it was treasured in every way.
Spending time with friends and family was a pure elixir and was cherished.
We stayed at the Inter Continental Hotel and it was so lovely. It was amazing with the very real added bonus of being attached to the MTCC, where the Con was being held.
The pool, it's a salt water one, with a beautiful waterfall was perfect, as was the awesome hot tub. And, as luck would have it, I had it to myself the whole time I was there and it was heaven.
The Aveda peppermint and rosemary hair and body products, that the facility uses were so relaxing.
The sun was filtering in and reflecting off the water and the background music blended in perfectly.
Regarding the steam room, don't get me wrong, because it was great, but man alive, was it ever hot - like the hottest one I've ever been in.
The meals at Azure, from the presentation, to the service, to the actual food were marvellous.
The cranberry cheesecake was a particular favourite.
There was a super big screen tv, which came in handy regarding being able to watch the Blue Jays. Speaking of which, on two of the days, there were thousands and thousands of fans heading towards the Rogers Centre. A sea of blue. :)
Friday was the actual start of the Con and Richard Speight, Jr. was great, as always, as the MC and certainly King of the one liners.
I love Louden Swain and as the Con House Band, it is always such a pleasure to see them perform.
Alaina Huffman’s panel was good.
Osric Chau absolutely always puts so much thought into his on-stage presentations. He has interesting stories to share and it makes for a really enjoyable time. His cosplay is always fantastic.
Gil McKinney was wonderful. He’s really relaxed up on stage and has such a beautiful singing voice.
Erica Carroll was interesting and responded well to the questions. I loved her thoughts on always having options in any given situation.
“The Big Dick ‘n Matt-owski Cult Classic Karaoke” party was lots of fun. It’s very nice that it’s free of charge, so everyone can take part and have a grand time. As always, it was so enjoyable.
Saturday was busier for the Convention.
Kathryn Newton was really good on stage. She was genuine and sincere during her Q and A.
I was able to stay to see Osric in his costume, which was fun, but missed the triple Osric, Alaina and Gil panel. I understand that it was great though.
Rob Benedict, Matt Cohen and Richard are excellent together. Everything flows so smoothly (or not) and they just roll with it and the laughter from the audience and up on stage I might add, is splendid.
Mark Sheppard was hysterical running around the room with this young girl’s phone and then back up on stage trying to catch his breath. He asked the young girl how old she was (15) and he said he was 51. It was cute.
You can tell the genuine enjoyment he gets from the music segments of the convention(s) and he sure plays the drums well.
Marvellous Misha was groovy. When he was challenged to do the splits, it was a fun few moments. I have this awesome picture of the moment, which I will have to post, once I figure out how to upload my photos, from my camera, on a different computer than my own.
Saturday Evening in the Theatre was terrific. It’s been two years since Rob had his stroke and his recovery is blessed for sure.
One of the highlights for me during this time was Osric and Gil singing See You Again. Wow!!! So well done, so emotional, exceptional.
Sunday was exquisite.
Jensen and Jared were so very wonderful, it was such a magical time.
Going Gold gives you an extra panel with them on Sunday morning and it was lots of fun.
Later in the day, at the main one, Jared was wheeled in inside a shipping container and gave everyone near the front a high five, which was great.
Clif was in really good form. Thank you for your words of advice.
The photo-op sessions were a fairy tale. There was enough time to talk and to share and to simply be and enjoy the energy of precious moments.
It did my heart really good to hear directly from Jared himself, that he is feeling much better.
Chris captured some very treasured moments with my photo-ops. Here they are below. They will always be extra special to me, with lots of meaning in them.
(Well, it appears that LJ is not displaying my photos correctly, so, here's the link to my Twitter, so you can see them: @elixirsmiling).
I do up my own thing for my autograph sessions and this time around, nothing I did worked out the way it should have. Except, that maybe it worked out exactly the way it was supposed to.
I ended up handwriting it all, my thoughts straight from the heart. Jared loved my writing "You're one kick ass writer." Jensen asked me a question. Loved the answer. Happy shared moments for sure.
Tahmoh Penikett was delightful. I always enjoy him and his stories. I'm going to try his style of meditative techniques.
It's been an incredibly rough year. It really has. And these very special times are a balm for the soul.
I am eternally grateful for the love and friendship in my Supernatural world. Thank you for your love and support. I feel very blessed.