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SSAC hosts first Kids Comic-Con, aims to make the event an annual occasion

October 11, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The South Simcoe Arts Council (SSAC) held its first ever Kids Comic-Con event at the Adjala–Tosorontio Municipal Office on Saturday, September 28.

Organized by SSAC board members and the Fundraising Team, Jessie Mead, Isolde Ryan, Michelle Dinnick, and SSAC staff, the purpose of the event was to create new fundraising opportunities for the not-for-profit organization, while bringing arts-related events to communities in South Simcoe.

“The idea for SSAC’s Comic-Con was Jessie Mead’s, a volunteer board member, and mom of three super hero-loving young boys. She is also a member of our fundraising team, who, along with Isolde Ryan and myself, were tasked with fundraising for the South Simcoe Arts Council,” said Comic-Con event co-organizer Michelle Dinnick. “We wanted to bring a new and fun-filled event for the kids in South Simcoe, Comic-Cons are becoming more popular, and Alliston has never had a notable one.”

Comic–Con activities included face painting, wand making, anime drawing, bouncy castle (after the rain stopped outside) photo opportunities with cosplayers, guess the number of jelly beans and win the jar and a barbecue hosted by M&M Meats Alliston.

Superheroes in attendance were Batman, Spiderman, Venom, Captain America, Black Panther, Ghost Busters along side volunteers, also in costume, from Crazy Pants Theatre.

Vendors for the day included:

• Nobletoyz – toys and collectables, Derrick Noble,  Bolton,

• Adj–Tos Fire Department – education theme this year is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape – Know your escape!” came out to support the event – Chief Ralph Snyder arranged for volunteer firefighters to be part of the event, and hand out colouring books and other fun stuff, also donated items to our 100 swag bags

• Hilary West Photography

• Kristen Kiomall-Evans – 3D Generalist & Comic Creator – “Magic Muses”

• Comic Jock – Brian Gaudet from Whitby

• Colin Oake, M&M Meats

• New Acadia Toy Co. – toys and video games

Contributors to the swag bags:

• Tecumseth Peaceful Warriors – 24 Church Street South, Alliston – contributed 100 free one-month certificates for Tae Kwon Do Classes

• Rory and Marlene MacKinnon – MacDonald’s Alliston and other locations, contributed 100 free ice cream cone coupons.

• Safari Kids – Laura Sarracini – 124 Young Street Alliston, contributed a coupon for four free tokens

The SSAC is a not-for-profit organization that relies heavily on member–volunteers and its volunteer board. They are known for its “Arts for All” goal, and vision to continually enhance collaborations with community partners, which in turn will enrich and enhance arts and cultural events all over South Simcoe.

Other initiatives of the SSAC include: Creative Works Writing Contest, Youth Arts Exhibitions, and the always well-attended annual Music Festival. 

“Our artistic vision is to inspire all artists to develop creatively, to enable them to feel encouraged to express themselves with new and fresh approaches, and to provide forums for all artists to share their work and talent in our communities,” said Dinnick. “Our specific artistic goal is to increase our series of educational workshops to strengthen skills, share knowledge, and to educate all artists.”

For more information about the South Simcoe Arts Council, its members and volunteers, or for a list of upcoming SSAC events visit


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