OTTAWA – March 17, 2015 – Come celebrate all things superheroes and gaming on March 27-29th at the Ottawa Geek Market in the Curling Rink and Rink 3 of the Nepean Sportsplex. Ottawa’s premiere geek-themed festival will be hosting 40,000 sq feet of shopping, games, and superhero-themed activities, like ‘hero training with Captain America,’ superhero crafts, an area to sit down and colour with superheroes, and even a superhero-themed bouncy castle.

Why superheroes? The festival is in support of a charity called Heroes Are Human – The Tema Conter Memorial Trust.  This organization, founded by former paramedic Vince Savoia, is a hub for research, education, and training, as well as a peer and psychological support resource for the men and women serving in Canada’s emergency service, public safety, military, communications, and correctional organizations.  More information can be found at tema.ca.

The festival is offering free admission to all police/RCMP officers, 911 dispatchers, fire fighters, paramedics, military personnel (including veterans), parole officers, probation officers and correctional services staff.  “We thought it would be nice to offer free admission to the same group that our receiving charity supports, in part so that those individuals could meet staff from the charity and learn more about the services available to them, and in part so they could take a break from their daily lives and have some fun,” said Lindsay Sherman, Vice President of the festival.

Why gaming? The Ottawa Geek Market is proud to host the very first Capital Gaming Expo, a convention devoted to offering a wide variety of table-top and video gaming for all kinds of local gamers. The price of admission will give patrons access to unlimited free play and paid tournaments. If you love board games or video games, this is an event for you.

The three-day festival will also feature a geeky scavenger hunt (where patrons can win prizes like an Xbox One or Go Pro), stage acts, a costume contest, a huge LEGO display, and fan clubs like the League of Super Heroes, Doctor Who Society of Canada, and the Capital City Garrison.

This will be the fifth instalment of the National Capital Region’s largest geek festival which continues to grow in size and popularity. Since its inception in 2012, the event has proudly raised more than $18,500 for local charities and welcomed over 11,000 patrons, many of whom came in costume.

Two dollars from each ticket and 100 per cent of the money raised at the silent auction will be donated to Heroes Are Human.

Admission prices are:

Friday $15 in advance ($20 at the door). SPECIAL: Valid for 2-for-1 entry.
Saturday $15 in advance ($20 at the door).
Sunday $10 in advance ($15 at the door).
Weekend pass $20 ($30 at the door).

Children 12 and under get in for free when accompanied by an adult

Hours of operation are:

Friday March 27th, 2015 – 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday March 28th, 2015 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday March 29th, 2015 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For more information visit geekmarket.ca.

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Media Inquiries

Ottawa Geek Market
Lee Ann Farruga
Media Relations Co-ordinator
mediaOGM@gmail.com
613-852-1851

Heroes Are Human: The Tema Conter Memorial Trust
Erin Alvarez
Media and Public Relations
ealvarez@tema.ca
1-888-288-8036 x4