Pulp Comics traces its origins to a heroic act of kindness.
In 2009, Paul Tappay donated part of his liver to his father, saving his dad's life and leaving him plenty of time to read comic books while convalescing in the hospital. Hungry for a new adventure, Paul drew up a business plan built around his love of comics, games, and pop culture. Months after the Tappay family's life-altering and lifesaving surgery, Pulp Comics began welcoming visitors not to a crowded, dimly lit lair, but to a sunny, roomy space full of new and vintage publications and droves of like-minded hobbyists.
A sense of positive, fun-loving nerddom pervades Pulp Comics' main room, where you'll find collectibles, racks of comic books, and a life-sized replica of Harrison Ford's character from Witness frozen in carbonite. Guests read gripping graphic novels in the front room's comfy leather sofas or retreat to the Back Cave, filled with more than 10,000 vintage back issues, old-school arcade games, and free WiFi.
After the last cries of war and the fatally wounded had faded at the Battle of Lundy's Lane, the Pew family mysteriously died in their manor on those very battlegrounds. It's rumoured that the Pew family still haunts these war-torn lands, but they're not the only ones—Haunt Manor's three spine-chilling attractions resurrect tormented spirits as they draw the living back to this bloody scene and a 200-year-old slaughterhouse with Hollywood-grade special effects. Amid disorienting fog and strobe lights, actors dressed as clowns and terrifying piles of unwashed dishes jump out at trembling guests who creep through such rotating attractions as haunted houses, hayrides, haunted slaughterhouses, and corn mazes. Talented performers keep terror alive at the Carnevil Sideshow, where they shock and entertain audiences with nightly entertainment. Seasonal fun and frights area also bolstered with a haunted mini-golf course and the Monster Midway Café's tasty snacks and beverages.
Inside the Americana hotel, the culinary team at Jack Tanner's Grillhouse starts serving locals and guests alike at 7 a.m. with American-style cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cooks draw from numerous influences, dousing a pound of chicken wings in flavours such as Cajun lime and Asian sriracha and topping burgers with caramelized onions and sweet corn relish. To accommodate all diners, they whip up gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly options, which barkeeps pair with imported beer or local or imported wines. A seasonal outdoor patio grants fresh air and the chance to have a date with a weather balloon, and inside, televisions adorn each booth and photos and beer signs cover the walls.
During the weekend of April 26–28, 2013, representatives from local and international wineries, breweries, and restaurants flock to the Scotiabank Convention Centre to showcase their specialties. While experts from Vines Magazine lead tutored tastings, local musical acts such as Jesse Parent and Duo d’Amore perform onstage. Elsewhere, chefs demonstrate their signature dishes on the chef stage and a silent auction to benefit the Breast Cancer Society of Canada lets guests bid on guided tours by experts, such as Iron Chef America’s Kevin Brauch.
Named the World Magic Awards' Magician of the Year in 2009 and frequently cited by his peers as "The International Champion of Magic," Greg Frewin knows more than a little about putting on a show. The masterful performer, who has appeared on BBC, NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBC, dazzles audiences with optical illusions and real tigers, who are also dazzled by optical illusions. His levitations and eye-popping acts are accompanied by performances from agile dancers and appearances by exotic birds, creating a full-sensory, family-friendly performance.