Psychics are seen on TV shows such as Charmed or Vampire Diaries, but this weekend Winnipeg was their setting.
The first Winnipeg Paracon conference brought mediums and psychics from across North America to the Marlborough Hotel to speak, perform readings and hold seances.
Heather Laramee-Klatt found out about the conference through Facebook.
"I knew I had to be here. My husband’s father came through, and I knew the family wanted to have a connection with him," said the Winnipeg resident. "It was very emotional for him to come and talk to me and welcome me into the family."
Among the conference speakers was Derrick Whiteskycloud, who was born in Brandon but now lives in Surrey, B.C. He performed a seance Saturday night.
"The dead started talking to me when I was born here," he said. "Winnipeg is considered the highest active paranormal place in Canada because the land itself is so old."
Whiteskycloud’s full seance lasted a couple of hours. In a typical seance, a group of people sit in a circle and spirits will come to speak to them through a medium.
Whiteskycloud explained a light will appear in the middle of the dark floor like a haze and eventually the room will become very hot. In this particular seance, different spirits came to give messages and words of advice.
"I had no idea what I said. It’s like you’re in the back seat and someone is driving for you. I have my own chauffeur," said Whiteskycloud. "I’m there, but I can’t participate. But I trust it."
Whiteskycloud is a psychic, medium, paranormal investigator and traditional aboriginal healer. He said he has also done work with the RCMP trying to find missing people in B.C.
"I help people deal with personal healing and give them messages of hope and faith," he said.
The conference was put together by Sharon Granger from Winnipeg, who came up with the idea in 2011 after both her parents died and she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I had a need to keep busy. I didn’t want to think about the cancer or my parents passing away," said Granger. "The paranormal community is part of my life."
Granger has attended paranormal conferences since 2007 and was inspired to hold one of her own at the downtown Marlborough.
"I’m a big admirer for architectural history," she said. "This hotel is a huge part of Winnipeg history, which is why I decided to have the conference here."
This weekend, the mediums claimed they were able to contact Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, who also performed a seance in the basement of the Marlborough in the early 1900s.