Maple Gel Guild
FOUNDED IN 2015. LEVELING UP EACH YEAR.
In the year 2015 four people were brought together by one quest...to make a Tales of Series Convention in Canada. With no experience in planning a convention each party member fought through the tutorial to gain experience and put on the convention in 2016. Through word of mouth, both in person and online, they grew their community. One they called Maple Gel Guild, as an homage to their Canadian roots, the word was spread and started reaching the people. The more they grew the more the community leveled up, it was no longer just a community, it became a family. With principles founded in love, respect and kindness the party was able to have a successful first year. The demand was there and they were willing to answer the call each year. As they leveled up so did the convention, and the people. More people learned of who Maple Gel Guild are and were determined to attend.
As the convention grew the party realized they needed some help, and thus brought on new party members to fill in roles they hadn't known needed filling. The community welcomed these new additions and were happy to see their beloved Maple Gel Con grow and adapt.
Armed with their mascot Fenni, the party seeks to continue leveling up and continuing to create the best experience for their attendees that they possible can. They grew to not just be a party....but Guild Leaders, guiding this community and being the pillar of Maple Gel Con.
Meet the Guild Leaders!
Tales of Symphonia was Eric's first 'Tales of' game all the way back in 2005. He introduced it to his best friend Kate, who in turn, introduced Eric to Tales of Xillia and so much more. In 2018, Eric spearheaded the Maple Gel Booster, a cosplay photography fundraiser to help raise money for Maple Gel Con in 2019. As a freelance Producer, Production Manager and Post-Production Supervisor, leading teams in the world of independent film in Toronto for the past 7 years, Eric brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Maple Gel Con as the con's new Coordinator.
Photo by Cassie Cassibo
Cassie- Public Relations/Social Media
Cassie started her journey into the Tales of series with Tales of Symphonia in 2005 after spending her birthday money to buy both the Nintendo GameCube and the game. After spending 72 hours straight in the summer to complete it she went on to play 3 more times completing it each time. Afterwards she found Tales of the Abyss in a used game store and beat that game. It becoming her all time favourite game in both the series and general. After beating Tales of the Abyss she went on to beat Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. She has dabbled in Tales of Legendia, Tales of Graces, Tales of Xilla, Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 1, and is close to finishing Tales of Zesteria and started Tales of Berseria. Her cosplay credits include Natalia from Tales of the Abyss, standard outfit and a WIP Yukata outfit, Legretta the Quick and Sheena from Tales of Symphonia.
Photo by Eric Metzloff
Kayla - Merchandise/Hotel Liaison
Arte's first Tales of game was Symphonia back in 2009, and immediately feel in love with the series. Their favourite title being Tales of the Abyss, Arte shows love towards the series through cosplay and fanart, their most prominent cosplay being Asch the Bloody.
Photo by Kayla
Nikki - Finances/Volunteer Coordinator
Nikki started playing Tales games in 2010, when a friend handed her a copy of Tales of Symphonia, saying she had to play it because she would love it. He was absolutely right. As soon as she beat that game she quickly started on Tales of the Abyss. In less than a year she had started teaching herself to sew, Nikki and her sister attended Anime North for the first time cosplaying Presea Combatir and Raine Sage respectively. The next year she cosplayed Dist the Rose (ROSE DAMMIT), and has since been seen at MGC as Gnome, Leia, and a Katz!
Photo by Nikki
In winter 2004 Kira's sister purchased Tales of Symphonia and since then Kira has been playing non-stop. While her sister played it once, Kira beat it nine times. This started a quest to beat all of the games. Kira has played Tales of Destiny, Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Tales of Legendia, Tales of the Abyss, Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Graces, Tales of Xillia 1 & 2, Tales of Zestiria, Tales of Berseria, Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 1, 2 & 3, Tales of VS, Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave and has dabbled in Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Eternia. She is most well known for cosplaying Dark Enforcer Yuri, First Strike Yuri, Volt and Dezel and hopes to do more in the future!
Photo by Eric Metzloff
M.R. Leach- Panels/Scheduling
Leach has been playing Tales games since the North American release of Tales of Symphonia in 2004, and got hooked on the series for good when they played Tales of Phantasia for the GameBoy Advance. Their favourite ways to pay homage to the series, aside from naming their cat after Marta from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, as well as owning at least one copy of each mothership title so far, is by drawing plenty of fanart and cosplaying at least a dozen Tales characters and variations. They are best known for their Dhaos, Jude, and Julius cosplays (although Maple Gel veterans remember Aska the most).
Photo by M.R. Leach