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Nerd Music Performances

Friday: Mississauga Ballroom, International Plaza

  • 5:00PM - Concert - Tom Smith
  • 6:00PM - Creativity Panel

Saturday: Halton Room, International Plaza

  • 8:00PM - Rocky Horror Muppet Show
  • 10:00PM - Concerts - Kari Maaren and Kraken Not Stirred
  • 12:00AM - Open Mic

Tom Smith Concert

Friday at 5:00PM Mississauga Ballroom, International Plaza

There's every other singer out there... and then there's Tom Smith.

Tom is NOT your ordinary comedy musician. With the lyrical complexity of Ashman and Sondheim, the vocal fireworks of Meat Loaf, the comedic timing of Robin Williams, and the dynamic physique of the Skipper from Gilligan's Island, the only thing he won't do is be boring.

The only recording artist to be featured on both NPR's Sound and Spirit and The Dr. Demento Show, and writer of the official chantey for Talk Like A Pirate Day, Tom has been praised by such diverse folk as singer-songwriter Christine Lavin, author Larry Niven, and web cartoonist Randy Milholland. He has over twenty albums so far, blending comedy, tragedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, popular culture, technology, politics, religion, and the occasional recipe with virtually every genre of music you can imagine.

Starting out at sf/fantasy conventions, Tom has been branching out to house concerts and regular gigs the past couple of years. He arranges and records at home, using MIDI, loops, and all manner of software gadgetry... but in performance, it's just him and his guitar, in a high-energy, family-friendly show filled with laughter, shtick, and really, really bad puns.

If you're looking for something decidedly different in musical entertainment, you have never heard anyone like Tom Smith. Visit his web page, filkertom.com, and buy his music at tomsmith.bandcamp.com.

Art by Toronto artist Lar DeSouza [lartist.com]


Creativity Panel

Friday at 6:00PM Mississauga Ballroom, International Plaza

Join us for a brief Q & A on creativity - where do we get our inspirations? What do we do when we don't have any? What about motivation? Doesn't it all have to be great? And many other thoughts that plague our creative minds...

Rocky Horror Muppet Show

Saturday at 8:00PM Halton Room, International Plaza

What happens when the Muppets decide to stage Rocky Horror? Well, it obviously includes mayhem, and a lot of imagination. And, of course, Miss Piggy and Kermit! Can they do it? Will Statler and Waldorf approve?

Kari Maaren and Kraken Not Stirred Concerts

Saturday at 10:00PM Halton Room, International Plaza

If you haven't seen Kari or Kraken before, you have truly missed out! Kari Maaren is a Toronto musician who plays geeky ukulele songs about monsters and superheroes. She isn't sure why, but it amuses her, so that's all right. Kraken Not Stirred is a musical act which spans various genres, writing songs about all manner of nerdy pursuits. http://krakennotstirred.com/

Open Mic

Saturday at 12:00AM Halton Room, International Plaza

Come on out and share your favourite science fiction or fantasy-themed songs, in front of an enthusiastic and welcoming crowd. Songs have to have some tie-in to fantasy, science fiction, gaming, or some other geek or nerd-based pursuit. It's a lot of fun, and supremely entertaining. Emceed by Peggi Warner-Lalonde and Sally Headford.

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