Over the weekend Star Trek returned to British Columbia for an official Creation Star Trek convention in Vancouver, headlined by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, along with a number of other Trek celebrities. We have a full con report and pictures of all the celebrity guests below.
Vancouver Star Trek Convention – June 25-27
Report and photos from Corey Madsen
Creation Entertainments Vancouver Star Trek Convention 2010 was held to the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver last weekend. What else can I say but .. amazing!
Sunday: The Nimoy and Shatner Show + Li’l Spock
The highlight was the finale with appearances from Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner on their own and together on Sunday. Leonard Nimoy started it out, sharing some stories about his new photography ventures and his recent visit to Calgary and Vulcan, AB. He was even sweet enough to bring a girl on stage who had travelled all the way from New Zealand to be there.
Soon, William Shatner came out to ‘relieve’ Leonard for a time, and to have this solo time with us. He gave us a very passionate talk about salmon conservation and how much more we all need to do to help preserve the natural habitats. Not exactly Trek related, but an important issue here in Canada to be sure.
Once they were both out together, the fun really started. Bill picks on Leonard so much, such as this exchange:
Bill: I was in Calgary two weeks ago…
Leonard: I was just telling them that I was in Calgary about six weeks ago.
Bill: *I* don’t care, I’m talking about *me* here!
Bill actually harassed Leonard so much about his trip to Vulcan that Leonard eventually dragged his chair to the far side of the stage to sit alone. It was so funny to watch them bicker back and forth like an old married couple! Of course, Bill dragged his own chair over to join him and make amends.
The original Kirk and Spock had a warm-up act in the form of Jacob Kogan, the young Spock in the new Star Trek movie, and when asked if he had fully realized what it would mean to take on the mantle of being Spock said that he hadn’t expected to be doing things like conventions. It was cute when he talked about how he had a terrible hair cut that he had to go to school with each day. A fan asked him if he was jealous of Chris Pine for hogging most of the trailer time, and he responded, “I got to punch a kid. He didn’t get to do that.” Classic!
Friday: Klingons, Connor and the Rat Pack
Going back to the beginning, the con actually kicked off on Friday I missed the talk with the Duras Sisters (Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh) but I heard it was good. However, I did make it in time to hear Connor Trinneer, who was a lot of fun.
Friday night was the Rat Pack improv show and what a great time that was. It was full of wit and talent, with a moderate sprinkling of clearly didn’t rehearse. Nothing better than watching people you admire improv a show. The candidness between Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik was hilarious, Jeffrey Combs is a show unto himself with Casey Biggs providing more than a few laughs. Did you know that Vaughn Armstrong plays a mean harmonica?
Saturday: Klingons, Conner and the Rat Pack
Saturday started with Vaughn Armstrong, telling us about his time as Admiral Maxwell Forrest on Enterprise as well as many more from the other series.
Max Grodenchik was up next and was soon joined by Chase Masterson. Casey Biggs and Jeffrey Combs followed, and their banter was great. I just love watching the interactions between these guys who have spent so long on set together. Magic happens, I tell you.
Armin Shimerman ended Saturday with his talk, stating that he was “the worst bartender to ever be on TV.”. He claims that 7 out of 10 times he didn’t even pour the liquid into the glass!
A great weekend for Vancouver Trekkies
The convention itself wasn’t advertised a lot, but Creation still managed to sell out the ‘main events’ and had an overall good turn out. It was a great weekend and I am told that there will be another Star Trek convention in Vancouver in a couple years.