Looks promising for Cornwall’s CAPE event, just six weeks away

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Here we go, for CAPE, and it’s not that far.

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The Cornwall & Area Pop Event will finally have its sixth edition, the first since mid-spring 2019, when it returns to the Benson Center on April 23-24, and with tickets currently on sale.

“We are very happy to see him back,” said Carol Sauve, organizer of the event, with her husband Randy Sauve, the founder of CAPE, who had to cancel this 2020 edition just one month before the scheduled date.

This would also be banned in 2021. But, in mid-June last year, the Sauves teased the possibility/probability of a 2022 event, simply writing “hmmm…” when posting a chart on social media with an 80s CAPE theme and with a vague date of “April 2022? ”

They grew more optimistic as the year progressed, announcing special guests and event details – but there have been plenty of ups and downs in recent months.

As Omicron raged on in late fall, the Sauves said that “due to uncertainty over provincial government mandates and protocols in April, we will not be selling any tickets in advance for the moment”.

But, they felt pretty certain that ultimately this spring CAPE would return, saying “we know the love and support this community has for these events and we remain very confident that we will finally (have the events ) after two a year break.

Randy Sauve said Wednesday “we’ve made progress (organizationally), we’re taking all our leads from the health unit and the city (which operates the Benson Center).”

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Sauve said he was very pleased with the fairly recent development that vaccine passports are no longer needed – “I don’t want to have to check vax passports (at CAPE) and now I don’t have to worry about that anymore .”

Later this month, mask mandates will be dropped, and it will be right around CAPE when the province plans to drop all remaining pandemic-related measures.

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CAPE 2022 – specifically the ‘after party’, has a Remember the 80s theme, because, well, surely everyone loves the 80s.

“(The ’80s) are fun,” Sauve said. “That whole decade was cool, (and) this store (Fantasy Realm) opened in 1985.”

And several of this year’s special guests have been involved in 80s hits; CAPE 2022 will roll out the red carpet for guests such as Amanda Bearse, who was a star of the popular TV show Married… with Children, as well as William Ragsdale (Fright Night, Fright Night Part 2), Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls, Saw IV, Saw V), Abby Hagyard (You Can’t Do That on Television), Yanic Truesdale (Gilmore Girls) and guest artist Dan Day.

More performers, cosplayers, exhibitors and attractions will be featured, with more information to be released as the weekend approaches.

Organizers announced several CAPE-related events and projects, including the 2022 CAPE After Party at the Best Western Parkway Inn and featuring the SamHill Band, performing for the first time in a dozen years.

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And, they announced that five CAPE Ambassadors will be chosen, “energetic and enthusiastic people (to) help spread the word about CAPE, post on social media, share photos or videos to build excitement and reap the benefits associated with CAPE”.

The last time CAPE took place, in the spring of 2019, over 4,000 people in two days visited the Benson Center. In previous years, it has set attendance records for the largest event ever held at the Benson Center.

Back in mid-August last year at the Fantasy Realm store on Pitt Street, there was a Cosplay Day in Cornwall, held as part of the store’s Free Comic Book Day. The combined event drew over 200 people downtown with many attendees expressing hope that CAPE would finally return in the spring.

CAPE quickly became one of the biggest events every year in Cornwall, with one of the best years being in the spring of 2018 when, over a two-day period, a record crowd of over 6,000 enjoyed all the sights, sounds and activities on Pad One at the arena.

Les Sauves hosted Cornwall’s first CAPE event in 2015.

And despite all the free time, vendor seats upstairs at the Benson Center for this year’s edition are going fast – Carol Sauve said there are only a handful left available. She said vendors who were booked for 2020 automatically got their seats, and notes that anyone who held tickets two years ago can use them to enter CAPE next month.

For more information on this year’s event, visit www.cornwallpopevent.com.

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