[avatar user=”Danielle de la Torre” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By:Danielle de la Torre[/avatar]
Unity Days is a convention by Unity Events that is solely dedicated to the television show The 100. The convention takes place at the Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver, Canada right where the show is filmed! If those two sentences weren’t enough to get you interested in this event then something has gone terribly wrong in your fun meter.
The convention launched in January and gave me a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). When it was over and I saw all the pictures and stories on my phone I tried not to feel left out (spoiler alert: it didn’t work). I sat around and twiddled my thumbs waiting in anticipation that maybe they would announce a second Unity Days for the following year. I followed closely on twitter and would have a mini freak out whenever hint bombs would drop about Unity Days possibly returning. When it was finally announced that Unity Days would be returning in 2018 I knew I needed to put this at the top of my must attend conventions list.
This convention is in CANADA. I am a traveler and have always wanted to visit Canada so this is killing two birds with one stone. Not only does the country look incredibly beautiful but the people seem just as beautiful. Plus this convention gives you the opportunity to not only enjoy your favorite show but also explore some of the spots the show has actually filmed at. Will I be visiting some of these spots and re-enacting some of the moments from the show? The answer is yes. Vancouver is the Hollywood of the north so you may even recognize some other filming spots of other shows that film up there. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.
Jo Garfein, the marvelous moderator for this convention and the co-founder of the charity Cancer Get’s Lost is once again hosting a silent auction at the convention this year. It’s incredible that you can attend the convention and find some really cool items to bid on. If you win, you walk away with one of a kind memorabilia to cherish forever, but your money also donates to help fight cancer. Most of us have been affected by cancer in some shape or another, my grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer in 2006, so this charity auction is a big win for me. CANCER GET LOST!
The fans that I’ve come across on social media that attended this years Unity Days have been nothing but gracious and positive. If you know anything about the fandom that comes along with The 100, some of them can get a bit scary on social media. Fans just want to be a fan of the show they love and be able to share that with other fans without being attacked or criticized. Unity Days is a safe zone. You are free to let your inner grounder flag fly and gush with others over Bellamy Blakes biceps. If you are going alone, never fear! I have already seen others reaching out to each other on social media for roomies or just buddies to experience the con with. If you need help finding these please feel free to reach out to me and I will find you some rad buddies worthy enough to join your kru.
This is an insanely important part for me when it comes to attending conventions. Most conventions I go to attendees are nice but the staff is awful. Volunteers are moody and could care less about how your experience goes. Not with this convention. Just the brief interactions I have had with the staff of Unity Days I am blown away. They are so welcoming and positive and have a great presence on social media to help out with any issues or just to root you on in your own excitement. They actually care about their attendees and work super hard to ensure their happiness. It warms my heart every time I see staff members interacting with attendees because you just don’t see it very often and it makes the experience just more special. I don’t have enough good things to say about this staff.
Talk about a line up of cast members that are coming to Unity Days. You can check them out below. Eliza Taylor, Bob Morely, Lindsey Morgan, AND THEY EVEN GOT MARIE AVGEROPOULOS!!! I’m sorry, I’m just a little excited to see my favorite badass in person and hug her. From what I heard from the last Unity Days the cast is just a marvel to be around. From Bob running through the crowd giving high fives and hugs, to Jessica Harmon crashing Eliza Taylors panel. There seems to be no worry about the convention being low energy. How exciting is it to know that you would be seeing the cast members you love in person but also the opportunity to have a meet and greet with them. Not very many conventions offer the chance to actually sit right next to your favorite person and ask them a few questions without being hurried away so the line moves. Unity Days gets it right on so many levels.
If you are still on the fence about going to Unity Days let me help you ease onto the side where the grass is much greener. This is the first time I am going to a convention where being apart of something special made me feel special. It is also the first convention I will be attending outside of the U.S. and I could not be more excited to experience that with these people. Confirming my attendance made me feel like I stepped into a world of pure imagination filled with joy, laughter, and love. Now, how many other pop culture references can I throw at you before you realize what an amazing idea it is for you to purchase your pass to Unity Days 2018? If you love The 100 go! Come hang out with me, make new friends in the fandom, choose kindness with Jo Garfein and celebrate The 100 and it’s upcoming 5th season!
I also offer free hugs so I mean that should be a winner right there. I’ll see you at Unity Days 2018!
If you have any questions don’t forget to visit the Unity Days website by clicking here or follow Unity Days on their twitter profile @UnityEventsCA.