“I think coming out to a familiar environment… and having a good time can definitely make the work more accessible,” Halliday told All Points West host Jason D’Souza.
The first Canadian edition of the festival was held in 2016 in Montreal and since then it has expanded to venues in 10 different cities across the country.
For the festival’s first year on the West Coast, running May 14-16, the Moon Under Water Brewpub, the Gorge Pointe Pub and the Six Mile Pub in Victoria will host talks on different topics each night.
Each event will feature two to three speakers, trivia and activities — including a chance to see what your own brain waves look like in the lectures on human minds.
Halliday said the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with four of the eight events already fully booked.
He’s looking forward to sitting back, having a beer and listening to experts share their latest discoveries.