Live Show & Panels

 ** recommended panel / fan-favourite


In addition to panels, Kieran is willing to take on (and excels at)…

CHARITY AUCTIONS: Kieran has played the role of emcee for live charity auctions at conventions all across the United States, and has assisted in raising up to $45,000+ at a single event for chosen convention charities! His natural charm and charisma, quick-witted stage presence, and quirky British accent are a great and fun way to spice up any live auction scenario!

OPENING/CLOSING CEREMONIES: These two very pivotal con moments are key when it comes to embracing the community your attendees have developed over the years! And an emcee who can not only get into the individual spirit and atmosphere of your convention, but play off your attendees, staff, and other guests with your own unique in-jokes can help make these moments last! Kieran is happy to work with your con staff/volunteers and other guests to emcee any opening or closing ceremonies scenario – the more notes you can give him, the better! Just let him know how your con likes to run things!

COSPLAY CONTEST HALFTIME SHOW: Kieran has performed halftime shows for cosplay contents all across the country, and he would jump at the opportunity to bring a professional, fun, high-energy, entertaining halftime show to your convention this year! Keeping butts in seats during halftime is important to make sure there’s a crowd gathered for the awarding ceremonies at the end, and Kieran will be ready with some stand-up comedy, music, or a mix of both as soon as the last contestant walks off stage to keep the show rolling smoothly!

IDOL JUDGING: With more than nine years in the music industry as both a performer and crew, Kieran is more than happy to lend himself to any Idol contest in need of a judge! He’s also happy to bring his own merch prize to offer as a “judge’s award” if wanted – just let him know!

COSPLAY CONTEST JUDGING: Much like with Idol, if you need someone to judge your cosplay show, Kieran would love to lend a hand! He tends to look for a cosplayer who can really bring a costume to life and embody a character, rather than who had the most accurate or well-constructed piece, which can be a nice addition! Kieran is also happy to bring his own merch prize to offer as a “judge’s award” if wanted – just let him know! (Please let your cosplay show organizers know to ensure the judging won’t take Kieran out of the convention for more than 3-4 hours, as he will likely have other panels to host and obligations at the con to take care of!)

“DEAD DOG” AFTERPARTY: Convention staffers are the unsung heroes of any con, and they get to experience very little of it. Travel allowing, Kieran would love to drop by and party with the staffers at any afterparties that happen Sunday night; during this time, he’s happy to sign badges and take selfies, as well as just hang out and have a good time!


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** KIERAN STRANGE: LIVE IN CONCERT!

Prepare yourself for a Kieran Strange performance like you’ve never seen before – because the queer-aligned pop-rocker from across the pond is dialing it up to eleven-point-five and laying it all on the line in his brand new, tireless, multi-media live stage show!

Talented artist, dynamic performer, passionate activist, and totally a huge dork, Kieran is joined by his supreme lieutenant dork Dave Kitsberg (who has performed with many prolific geek bands including Time Crash, Lemon Demon, Random Gibberish, and the Spoony Bards!), and occasionally percussionist, Bemani (“rhythm”) game addict, and chicken wing connoisseur, Arnell Damasco.

Armed with a cache of both old favourites and brand new songs, Kieran and his humble albeit high-energy crew would be honoured to rock out both for and with you, as well as to meet you and sign autographs after the show. So if you love catchy tunes and British accents (and not being judged for catching Pokemon while you’re in a panel), this is the PERFECT place for you to PAR-TAY!!!


** KIERAN STRANGE PRESENTS: #BRITISHREDNECK (13+)

You’ve heard him when he’s gabbing on between songs, but what about when the reins come off? Brits are known for their sharp witticisms and dirty senses of humour, and Kieran Strange hopes he won’t disappoint in that respect when he kidnaps you tonight for a panel of bizarre tour stories, American-British comparisons, and hilarious geeky parodies – otherwise known as Kieran’s spin on the traditional “hang out with the guest” Q&A panel!

Convention stereotypes, Pokemon GO!, hotel issues, online haters, Dungeons & Dragons, voice actors, road trip blunders, cat parent stories, a very Canadian justice system experience, poop (yes, poop), and even Kieran’s own queer identity won’t be off the table as he and his crew share some acoustic ditties and tales from the road that will hopefully leave you snickering for weeks at jokes you just… can’t… PROPERLY explain to people who weren’t actually there. 😉 No videography, please!

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** KIERAN STRANGE PRESENTS: #THENAUGHTYCORNER (18+)

You’ve heard him when he has to be family-friendly, or at least PG, but what about when the reins come off entirely? Brits are known for their sharp witticisms and dirty senses of humour, and Kieran Strange hopes he won’t disappoint in that respect when he kidnaps you tonight for an adult-rated panel of bizarre tour stories, American-British comparisons, and hilarious geeky parodies – otherwise known as Kieran’s spin on the traditional “hang out with the guest” Q&A panel!

Convention stereotypes, Pokemon GO!, hotel issues, online haters, Dungeons & Dragons, voice actors, road trip blunders, cat parent stories, a very Canadian justice system experience, poop (yes, poop), and even Kieran’s own queer identity won’t be off the table as he and his crew share some acoustic ditties and tales from the road that will hopefully leave you snickering for weeks at jokes you just… can’t… PROPERLY explain to people who weren’t actually there. 😉 No videography, please!


** THE SUPER-DUPER LGBTQ+/SAGA PANEL (ALLIES WELCOME!)

LGBTQ+ issues, nerd culture, and the convention scene have been likely partners for many years now. Our panel of queer- and ally-identifying hosts will guide a thoughtful, tolerant, and open-minded discussion on non-heteronormative characters and themes, safety and inclusion at conventions, and how we have possibly used fanworks to explore our own genders and sexualities.

Call us Queer Geeks Anonymous: This panel is a great one for both queer-identifying people, as well as our ALLIES old and new who may have questions about certain aspects of the queer community and have no idea where they can ask them without offending anyone. We want to help you to learn, grow, understand, and therefore become better allies – and so we encourage and maintain a super-duper inclusive atmosphere in a judgement-free space for EVERYBODY’S comfort!


SO YOU WANNA BE INTERNET FAMOUS?

His self-learned skills with social media back in the day of its mainstream birth took him from a kid with a dream living in a sleepy English fishing village, to touring the UK, USA, Canada, and Japan. Nowadays, geeky musician and queer activist Kieran Strange continues to hang out online, reaching out to likeminded others online to feed his own addiction of meeting new folks!

Whether you are a vlogger, blogger, cosplayer, musician, singer, artist, merchandiser, DJ, comedian, or just want to start your own business or online presence, let Kieran and his social media- and marketing-savvy team share with you their knowledge of how to use all of the tools the Internet has given you to find your natural niche, get yourself out there, and start making waves!


** SO YOU WANNA PUBLISH A BOOK?

Have you ever dreamed of writing and launching your own graphic novel, poetry collective, instructional manual, or work of fiction? Are you currently sitting on an idea, or even a fully drawn-up manuscript that you have no idea what to do with?

Full-time independent author Kit Watson has been writing under a medley of pseudonyms for over a year now, self-publishing one novel after another, and she wants to share the secrets she’s discovered with you so that hopefully, with a little effort and time, you can do the same! She’ll be joined by pop-punk musician and LGBTQ+ activist Kieran Strange, who has just released his debut urban sci-fi fantasy BLACK TIE: Book One of the Sparrow Archives. 

Bring a pad and a pen, or something else to take notes with, and either partake with questions or sit back and soak up the knowledge as we share what we know about the self-publishing industry!


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PROJECT COSPLAY: A GAMESHOW FOR THE CREATIVELY INSANE

As you all probably know in crafting, one day you appear to be IN the zone, and the next day you are OUT. But whatever zone you happen to be in today, we expect you to bring the best you’ve got for our judges when it comes to creativity, skill, instinct, and fast-paced cosplay fashion!

Project Cosplay is a brand new gameshow pitting pre-organized or random teams of convention attendees (and sometimes even a guest or two!) against one another to build and model the best item to fit the secret theme of that day’s game, whilst restricting them in time, equipment, and hilarious everyday materials.

While the teams are bustling away crafting, Kieran Strange and other hosts will treat our audience to a panel of cosplay knowledge, random Britishisms and Canadianisms, musicality, and total and utter randomness. After this, we’ll “light up” the “catwalk” for a runway show of epic… cardboard… proportions.

So – even if you don’t want to join a team of new friends and compete – come on down, catch your breath (and maybe even some Pokemon), and allow our contestants to shock and dazzle you with their endless abyss of imagination, as they always end up completely shocking and dazzling our judges!

All right, MacGuyvers… make it work! 😉


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OWNING YOUR 15 MINUTES: A CRASH-COURSE IN STAGE PRESENCE

A great, show-stopping performance requires more than just standing on a stage, wearing a costume and/ or singing a song. In this informative workshop, internationally-acclaimed artist Kieran Strange and his intuitive and knowledgeable tour/stage manager Kit Watson will guide karaoke contestants, idols, and cosplay competitors of all skill levels through the Dos and Don’ts of being on stage, and teach you how to captivate your audience during your 15 minutes!

This panel is designed to foster a comfortable, supportive atmosphere that will both help singers, performers, and cosplayers with nerves overcome some of their stage fright, whilst simultaneously allowing those with more experience and confidence to develop their own persona on-stage to a level that won’t fail to wow judges!

And the best part?: your level of participation is entirely dependent on you! if you want to volunteer, Kieran and Kit will work through parts of your walk or routine with you in front of the group. But if not, simply sit back, take notes, and absorb the tips, tricks, and techniques they want to teach you. Everyone is welcome, just don’t be a troll!


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