Degrassi's Joey and Caitlin crash this weekend's SaskExpo

Pat Mastroianni and Stacie Mistysyn, who played the central lovebirds of the classic Degrassi saga, headline a convention lineup that also includes Ron "Hellboy" Perlman and Star Trek: The Next Generation commander Gates McFadden.

Pat Mastroianni and Stacie Mistysyn in Saskatoon for School's Out screening and convention appearances

Pat Mastroianni and Stacie Mistysyn, the actors behind the tortured couple at the heart of the original Degrassi Junior High series, speak to CBC News ahead of their appearances at Saskatoon's annual pop culture convention this weekend. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

Romance, superheros and Star Trek: this year's SaskExpo has something for everyone. 

Pat Mastroianni and Stacie Mistysyn, the actors who tugged at our heartstrings as Degrassi Junior High students Joey Jeremiah and Caitlin Ryan, are headlining this year's Saskatoon pop culture convention at Prairieland Park.

The pair's busy schedule starts Friday night with a 7 p.m. screening of the 1992 Degrassi send-off film School's Out, which puts Caitlin's relationship to the ultimate test. VIP ticket holders will get some personal facetime with the pair before the Roxy Theatre screening.

Mastroianni and Mistysyn are attending the Friday night screening of the Degrassi film School's Out at the Roxy Theatre. (SaskExpo)

"A lot of the fans remember it as being a very dramatic moment in their childhood, traumatic for some," said a conspicuously hat-less Mastroianni on Friday. ("I like to travel light.")

"We didn't wrap everything up in a wonderful little bow," he added. "We left a lot of characters in turmoil and a lot of people have forgotten what took place in that movie."

Mistysyn said the film was ambiguous, just like the TV show that spawned it.

"In real life, things don't get solved after a half hour," she said. 

Watch the pair's full interview with CBC Saskatoon below.

Degrassi's tortured sweethearts: Pat Mastroianni and Stacie Mistysyn in Saskatoon 14:04

Mastroianni and Mistysyn will also attend the usual photo ops and panel at the convention hall over the weekend.

Hellboy in the hiz-ouse

Ron Perlman, who starred in the quirky superhero Hellboy films, will also be on hand for photos and a panel.


Ditto Gates McFadden, Star Trek: The Next Generation's Commander Beverly Crusher, and fellow Trek repertory group member Doug Jones, who plays  Lt.-Cmdr. Saru (under a thick layer of prosthetics) on the currently-running Star Trek: Discovery.

Doors at SaskExpo open Saturday morning. 

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