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Popular Canadian Fan Convention Drops ‘Star Trek’ Name

Toronto con will broaden its focus for its 21st year

If Star Trek fans were already fearing whether the genre’s most popular franchise of all time had a place in the 21st century, they’re about to get another blow to the gut.

Toronto Trek, which was welcomed Star Trek and science-fiction fans in Canada for more than two decades, will start its 21st annual event with a new name and a new mission.

Now dubbed “Polaris 21,” organizers said in a press release that they did not intend to turn their back on Star Trek fans, but instead welcome a much larger community that has become attracted to the genre in recent years.

“While the name has changed, the tradition of bringing in guests from the most popular sci-fi shows continues,” organizers said in a release, before announcing just one Star Trek actress — Marina Sirtis from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — attending the event. Joining Counselor Troi will be a host of other guests from a number of different shows including NBC’s “Heroes,” the now-cancelled Fox series “Firefly” and two actors from SciFi Channel shows including Katee Sackhoff from “Battlestar Galactica” and Teryl Rothery from “Stargate SG-1.”

But not everything is being chucked out the door with the Star Trek name, however. Polaris will continue to have Klingon Karaoke and the masquerade and charity auction to support the Ronald McDonald House.

New to the convention is something that Space Channel (and hey, Airlock Alpha before that) has already made popular over the years, with the introduction of the convention’s “Constellation Awards” which honor Canadian fans’ favorites in television and film.

The convention, which runs July 6-8, costs $28 (Canadian) for adults and $10 for children, with more information available by clicking here.

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