While most of the Lower Mainland will be hunkering down for the winter, one local festival will offer a tropical respite from the dreary weather.
Vanhoover Pony Expo invites My Little Pony aficionados of all ages to celebrate the popular series with a unique, tropical theme Jan. 10 to 12.
This year’s theme, Tropical Canada, invites attendees to take a break from the Canadian winter with white-sand beaches, palm trees and warm ocean waves.
“Following the tremendous success of our inaugural 2019 event, we can’t wait to welcome My Little Pony fans of all ages back to Richmond for a weekend filled with family activities, panels, games, crafts, laughter, shopping, music, and fun as we once again celebrate the magic of friendship,” said convention chair Rob Harrison.
“As always, we thank the B.C. Anthropomorphic Events Association for helping make this event possible.”
So far, the event has announced two guests: Chiara Zanni, professional actress and voice actor, and Pixelkitties — one of the biggest names in My Little Pony art.
OnMy Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Zanni is the voice of the fan-favourite reclusive author-adventurer Daring Do. Pixelkittles designs official pony shirts, playmats, game cards and merchandise, and is known for creating unique autograph images for the cast and crew of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Other scheduled guests include:
Kelly Sheridan: OnMy Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Sheridan is the voice of Starlight Glimmer, Sassy Saddles, Misty Fly and many other characters. As well, for over a decade she provided the voice of Barbie in most of Mattel’s feature length films. Sheridan will be appearing at Vanhoover Pony Expo on Saturday only.
Ian Hanlin: fans will recognize Hanlin as the voice of unicorn magician, Sunburst, in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The Vancouver-based voice actor has given his voice to an ever-growing number of cartoon and video game characters that includes Mr. Magoo in Mr. Magoo and Larry Parker in Far Cry 5. Hanlin will be appearing at Vanhoover Pony Expo on Saturday and Sunday.
Brian Doe: a Vancouver-based actor and voice actor, Doe has appeared in a number of video games, animated series, and live action shows and films. On My Little Pony: Equestria Girls he is the voice of Timber Spruce. You may also recognize him as Gabe Brunai on Beyblade Burst or from his appearances on the CW Network’s Supergirl. Doe will be appearing at Vanhoover Pony Expo on Saturday and Sunday.
Vanhoover Pony Expo
When:Jan. 10 to 12
Where:Executive Airport Hotel - 7311 Westminster Hwy.
Cost:Individual day pass starts at $25 (multiple packages available) | Children 12 and under attend for free (registration and accompanying guardian required).
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