GenreCon Events

Event programming happening over the GenreCon 2018 weekend.



Event: Universal Fighting System

  • Saturday February 10th from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday February 11th from 11am until tournament end


The ultimate battleground brings the universe’s fiercest and most recognizable fighters to the trading card game arena. Players create and develop decks around their favorite character, incorporating signature moves and preparing their strategies to face other players. Every character brings unique abilities and opens up entirely new strategies, allowing for endless replayability and strategic thinking. Characters come from Mega Man, King of Fighters, Darkstalkers and Jasco Game’s very own Red Horizon property. Past cards include characters from Street Fighter, Soul Calibur, Tekken, Samurai Shodown and many more. In addition to deep and unique gameplay, UFS also features a robust tournament system that tracks the progress of our players. The top players travel to our big tournament every year to compete for an extremely special prize: what we call “the best prize in gaming”! Victors of the Nationals or World championships design their very own card which is playable in official games. Choose a character. Build a deck. Pick a fight. It’s that simple.

*This is a Special Ticketed Event. Tickets INCLUDE a weekend pass. You must sign in a the Front desk to receive your weekend pass and then at the event room prior to start time on Saturday.



Event: An Evening with the Elements – Cosplay Dance

  • Saturday February 10, 2018 at 9pm


GenreCon is hosting an elemental themed cosplay dance! This all ages events is free admission with a Saturday day pass or weekend pass! Come dance and have fun. Prizes are geared towards costumes that are tied to the elements so be sure to get those creative ideas flowing! Sean Ward will be there performing a halftime show.



Event: Let’s Talk Science – Children’s Activities

  • Saturday February 10, 2018 – Space is limited so be sure to arrive early.


Let’s Talk Science Outreach is a national, community-based program connecting educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities for children as young as three years old and youth up to Grade 12.


Let’s Talk Science Outreach is a national, community-based program connecting educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities for children as young as three years old and youth up to Grade 12.


Animal Life Cycles (Ages 5-8) Story Time Science (Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
In this life cycle themed activity, students will learn how some baby animals look the same as their parents, only smaller, while some animals undergo major changes in appearance as they grow up! Students will read a story, and activities may include a bird and/or butterfly life cycles craft and acting out the life cycle of frogs.


Bridges and Towers (Ages 6-11)
Kids learn about what properties make structures strong and stable. Activities may include studying bridge designs and testing a suspension bridge, identifying the stable shapes for tall towers and a tower building competition.


Super Science Challenges (Ages 7-13)
Teamwork is essential as students solve these mini-engineering, science and math challenges. Can they design a method to move ping-pong balls without touching them or passing beyond specific boundaries? How many pennies can  they get onto a paper bridge? We have a zillion different mini-challenges and can select a few to suit your time, space and age requirements.


Rube Goldberg Challenge (Ages 8-18)
Students will learn about Rube Goldberg, and depending on their age, have a brief discussion about potential and kinetic energy and conservation of energy. They will then work in teams to build Rube Goldberg machines that demonstrate these basic physics principles. Activity kit may include pulleys, marbles, dominoes, balloons, race cars, meter sticks, and lots of other small parts. This kit is all about creativity!



Event: Settlers of Catan – Canadian Qualifier Tournament

  • Friday February 9, 2018 (preliminary rounds) – Sign in at 6 pm, Rounds start at 6:30 pm.
  • Saturday February 10, 2018 (preliminary and semi-final rounds) – Sign in at 10 am, Rounds start at 10:30 am.
  • Sunday February 11, 2018 (final rounds) – Sign in at 11 am, Rounds start at 11:30 am.


Every year, players from around Canada compete in local qualifying tournaments. This year GenreCon Guelph is proud to be hosting a qualifying tournament. The winner of the tournaments will be sent to the Catan Canadian Championship (CCC), which is held at Toronto Fan Expo (August 30 – September 2, 2018), where Catan players will face off against other qualifier winners to become the 2018 Canada Champion. Every two years, the Canadian Champions are sent to the Catan World Championship (CWC) tournament to represent Canada. Click here for detailed information.


Important: Tickets for this event can be purchased here. You must be 18+ and a Canadian citizen to participate. We have a limited space for this qualifying tournament so get your tickets soon!



Nerd Nite KW

Event: Disney Karaoke

Eric Moon returns to host Nerd Nite KW presents: Disney Karaoke! With more than 50 Disney songs available and 3 microphones, you and all your friends can sing some of your favourites solo, in duets, and more. Projectors, lights, and more will make you feel like your favourite Disney Prince, Princess, villain, villainess, or even your favourite crab.



GenreCon Panels

Have an idea for a GenreCon 2018 panel? Email Angie, our Panels Coordinator at!

  • 90’s Sailor Moon vs Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Adapting Film and Comics into Boardgames
  • Anime makeup
  • Boardgame Banter
  • Cosplay and Mental Health
  • Cosplay for Everyone
  • Creating DND Campaigns
  • Crossplay and Gender Bending
  • Entrepreneurship with a Creative Diet
  • Etiquette: For Cosplay and Conventions
  • Harry Potter: An Open Discussion
  • How to Train Your Dragon trivia.
  • Independent Publishing
  • Lego as Art
  • Lego as Therapy
  • Lego Collecting
  • Overwatch
  • Prop and Armour Making
  • Prosthetics and Makeup for Cosplay
  • The Future of Star Wars
  • World Building




GenreCon 2017 Panels – A huge THANK YOU to all our GenreCon 2017 panelists!