All Speakers will be giving 30-minute individual presentations, throughout the day in the Auditorium (lower level). Select Speakers will join the Speakers Panel from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Auditorium; all conference attendees are welcome to participate in this question period with panel members.
SEIKA GROVES – Your Hostess Who Talks To Ghostess … well, something like that, aka Missus Mooney, the Mistress of Macabre is a Paranormal Investigator (Host of The Paranormal Podcast) and an award-winning Psychic Medium, who also holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology & Battlefield Archaeology. As an historical expert of the Victorian Macabre, her insight is valued by many media outlets (History, OLN, Space, Discovery T&E, A&E, CTV, CHCH, etc..) In her persona as Missus Mooney, (Missus Mooney’s HalfpennyDreadfuls.com) she is the presenter of Victorian Mummy Unwrappings, A Cabinet of Curiosities, Haunted History Tours and numerous other forays into the world of strange facts and unusual truths. Ms. Groves is sought after as an educator, offering her array of talents to schools, museums, and the general public. Her new book The Dead Do Speak will be available this fall. PANEL SPEAKER
10:15 am – Welcome and Conference Outline
11:35 am – Is That A Ghost In The Window?
While there is no shortage of the unexplained when it comes to the paranormal, sometimes the things we think we see do have an explanation. Pareidolia can manifest itself in many ways, involving any of our senses, but it’s the simple human face that is the poster child for this phenomenon. Pareidolia is the mind’s ability to render shapes from nothing more than light and shadow. Seika will speak about this strange yet plausible trick the brain plays on us and what leads some people to see a ghost while others do not. She will also touch on her experience as a Psychic Medium and Paranormal Investigator.
AMY TAYLOR- has been a Tea Enthusiast, Tea Leaf Reader for over 30 yrs. She is also a Lenormand Tea Card Reader and Certified THAC Tea Sommelier. As the sole owner of The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy and Mystic Tearoom she has been teaching Tasseomancy (Cup Tossing or Tea Leaf Reading) for 19 years and has been speaking about tea for 12+ years. She has been featured in media, blog posts, and on social outlets as an authority on Tasseomancy. Amy also owns an extensive collection of Tasseomancy related advertising materials, cups, and saucers, books, postcards, novelties, etc, some of which may be found at her Tasseomancy Museum at the Mystic Tearoom in Hamilton. She is also in the process of writing a book about the mystical side of Tea. For more info, visit www.taotat.ca PANEL SPEAKER
10:15 am – The Mystical Side of Tea
As one of a handful of plants that have shaped the world, the superstitions, rituals and ceremonies, the myths and legends built around it have been endlessly adapted and reinvented across countries and cultures for centuries. Even now, people the world over have their rituals around it, or maybe they had someone in their lineage who had at one time or other dabbled with reading the tea leaves, or they themselves have made tea to soothe a family member or friend in a time of need. Join Amy Taylor as she takes you for a taste of what she has been writing about in her upcoming book discussing the mystical side of Tea
KATE DEJONGE (formerly Kingston) has been a professional Psychic and Paranormal Investigator in the Hamilton, ON area since 1999. She was the Resident Psychic for a local tourism company and has been featured on (Creepy Canada, The X-Zone, CBC, CBC Radio, CHCH Morning Show Live, C14, Shaw, and more). Kate currently operates an energy healing practice Deosil Energy Healing in Hamilton, On and is a Spectator Reader’s Choice Top 10 Award Winner. She recently launched a new blog called Ghost Story Girl, talking about her true ghostly experiences, with an added fictional flare. Watch for Kate’s new children’s book series, The Elementals, coming this fall! Visit her Website and Facebook. PANEL SPEAKER
10:55 am – Personal Ghost Stories
Kate will be speaking about her personal experiences as a psychic and what she does when entering haunted places, the importance of energetic protection, and how to block/ground/discharge energy. She will also tell a story or two based on her true ghostly encounters, and experiences since childhood.
REVEREND TIM SHAW is a lifelong esoteric researcher, medium, paranormal investigator, and author. He has a large collection of unusual and haunted items. Tim also collects and teaches how to use Ouija Boards safely. He has been featured on no less than 7 network shows as well as consulted on others. Growing up in Western New York State and having relatives in the Lily Dale Spiritualist Assembly ~ A Spiritualist Community ~ it was only natural for him to develop an interest in these mystical fields. Tim has great insights into the miraculous as well as the phenomena of the worlds around us. He is also a successful author, lecturer, and photographer. Some of his books include Ghosts of Buffalo, Mysteries, Murder, and Mayhem in the Nickel City, The Dogma of…ME, The C2D1 Haunting, and Rev. Zombie’s Book of Divination. He has co-written Haunted Rochester and has contributed to Marla Brooks, Animal Spells, and Magick, Dark Moon Press titles Lost Whispers, A Collective Allegory of Haunted America, and photographs to Haunted Prisons, and “Haunted Asylums. Visit Tim’s website PANEL SPEAKER
12:15 pm – What to do with Haunted Objects
So how does an object become “Haunted?” What to do with something that you suspect might be problematic? Most interesting hear the stories behind my personal collection. This is my traveling collection of the strange including items removed from haunted locations both in the US and in the UK, Effigies designed to release Spirits, Holy and Blessed objects exhibited to show that everything that is considered “haunted” is not evil, paperwork from closed Insane Asylums, and much more.
LISA IRIS is an Artist, Illustrator, and Scryer whose wonderful works of Art and Fantasy have reached millions of people worldwide. Lisa’s studio (The Iris Art Boutique) and Oracle Art Gallery are located in Fort Erie, ON. Lisa’s paintings were used for the Crystal Wind Oracle Myth & Magic Card Deck and the accompanying mobile app. To see more of her beautiful artwork or request a commission visit her Website. PANEL SPEAKER
12:55 pm – Scrying: Messages in the Water
Scrying or divination from reflective surfaces – is a practice dating back to Ancient Egypt, to seers such as Nostradamus and John Dee, and is enjoying a revival today. Scrying is associated with gazing into a crystal ball, but water is also a means of accessing other realities. Lisa will speak on her experience with water scrying and share thought-provoking photographs or “captures” that may be messages and memories from beyond.
EDD SCORPIO is a Professional Photographer and Indigenous Healer. Some years ago he was dragged down the rabbit hole into the realm of the paranormal by his wife Seika. During investigations, he is the one working the FLIR camera, taking photos and temperature readings, analyzing photographic evidence and listening to auditory results. While he enjoys being behind the lens Edd has also spent many years in front of it appearing in commercials, tv shows, and film. His expertise in photography and video editing is sought out by the paranormal community and tv show producers who have asked him to assist in analyzing hundreds of photos and videos over the years. PANEL SPEAKER
5:15 pm – Orb Theories: Normal or Paranormal?
Orbs are considered a photographic phenomenon, providing much-heated debate in many paranormal circles. These little balls often appear in pictures or on video, most often where nothing is visible to the naked eye. Their colours range across the spectrum, but they always appear to give off some degree of light. Skeptics say they’re nothing more than dust, insects, camera malfunctions or light anomalies, while believers say they’re something else entirely. Edd will discuss his experiences and the two very different sides; the metaphysical possibility of spirits and the scientifically plausible causes for these little balls of light.
MELANIE PIERCE & MARLI MEDIEROS Through the House of Gnosis, they offer a space to deepen the knowledge and practice of witchcraft through products, services, ongoing workshops, and sacred circle gatherings. They welcome all, no matter if they are new or advanced practitioners and believe that a strong community builds and lifts one another. To find out more about their workshops and information on everything they offer please visit their website.
3:15 pm – What is Magick and how does it work?
Magick and the Paranormal go hand in hand. Have you ever wondered what magick is? How to ensure spells are effective or what to do if they are not. Melanie & Marli will focus on the teachings of the Hermetic philosophy and their own traditional craft practices. If you have ever wanted to learn more about Witchcraft but were afraid to ask this is a great place to start.
WITCHDOCTOR UTU is an author, founder of the Dragon Ritual Drummers, curator of the Niagara Voodoo Shrine and a member of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple. Utu is a sought after presenter at top tier spiritual, pagan and paranormal events in both Canada and the United States. His new book “Conjuring Harriet ‘Mama Moses’ Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad”, is a culmination of nearly 20 years enveloped in the conjure and lore of the Underground Railroad. His book is filled with both rare history and hands-on formula to invite the U.G.R.R. spirits into one’s life to help with achieving freedom, justice, and empowerment. Utu lives in St. Catharines where Harriet Tubman brought her historic track of freedom to its end. Follow Witchdoctor Utu on his D.R.D FB page. PANEL SPEAKER
3:55 pm – Voodoo, Rootwork, and Conjure of the Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad’s most famous tracks end in the Niagara region of Ontario, with a major gateway between Buffalo and Fort Erie. Few people realize how much the freedom train was immersed in voodoo, spiritualism, and witchcraft. Much of modern hoodoo formula was birthed by necessity on the trails of the U.G.R.R. ranging from invisibility spells to invoking elevated African spirits for the freedom seekers cause. Many of the U.G.R.R. most celebrated figures were practitioners of forbidden traditions including the venerated Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Captain John Brown. Utu will discuss magical secrets and spirits that may have been conjured along the way.
CAT THAGARD is the founder and CEO of Cat and Monkey Events as well as the founder and resident Witch of Niagara Witches and Pagans and Teacher at Black Cat Witchcraft. A lover of People, nature, spirit and a patron of the Arts I am also a Reiki Master, dancer, Drummer, artist and self-esteem and positivity coach. PANEL SPEAKER
4:35 pm – Thinning the veil and communing with Spirit.
Have you ever wondered how to prepare yourself for communication with the Spirit World?
With some guidance and understanding, you may be able to communicate with those who have passed on. Cat will discuss her methods on thinning the veil between this world and how to properly work with the spirits.
IAN RUSSELL & TRUDY SHEARING have been working in the field of Paranormal Research and Investigation for the last 5 years. Together, they co-founded Ghost Hunt Paranormal, a Hamilton-based Paranormal Team which has conducted and participated in many Investigations to date. Ian has a Diploma in Paranormal Studies, while Trudy has a natural sensitivity to spirit energy. They have appeared on the television series “Ghost Stories” and their work has been featured in the book “Ghosts of Niagara-on-the-Lake.” They have also been guest speakers on various Paranormal Radio and Internet Podcast programs, and work in association with The Ghost Walks when their services are needed. Join Ian & Trudy on their FaceBook Group. PANEL SPEAKER
5:55 pm – Paranormal Investigation
Ian & Trudy will discuss some of their experiences working in the paranormal, many of which focus on Hamilton’s Old Customs House as well as Pioneer locations in Northern Ontario and sites from the War of 1812 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.