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Conventions

Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine

 

Convention Name

When

Where

Ad Astra

March - April

Toronto, ON, Canada

Atlanti-Con

September

Port aux Basques, NL, Canada

Avalon Expo

August

St. John’s, NL, Canada

Boréal

May

Quebec, QC, Canada

CanCon

October

Ottawa, ON, Canada

CaperCon

September

Sydney, NS, Canada

Creative Ink Festival

May

Vancouver, BC, Canada

FilkOntario

April

Mississauga, ON, Canada

Geekfest

November

Montreal QB, Canada

Generecon

February

Guelph, ON, Canada

HalCon

October

Halifax, NS, Canada

InCon

April

Courtenay, BC, Canada

KeyCon

May

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Lantasy

March

Victoria BC, Canada

MileHiCon

October

Denver, CO, USA

MosaiCon

September

Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Northern Fancon

May

Prince George, BC, Canada

Norwescon

Easter weekend

SeaTac, WA, USA

Polaris

July

Toronto, ON, Canada

Pure Speculation Festival

October

Edmonton, AB, Canada

Sci-fi on the Rock

April

Saint John’s NL, Canada

SFContario

November

Toronto, ON, Canada

ThunderCon

September

Thunder Bay, ON

Tsukino-Con

February

Victoria BC, Canada

Westercon

Early July

Moves - Western North America

When Words Collide

August

Calgary, AB, Canada

World Fantasy Convention

October - November

Moves - World

World Science Fiction Convention

August - September

Moves - World

Vancouver Comic Con

March

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vcon

October

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Victoria Comic Book Expo

Various

Victoria, BC, Canada

 

 

 

 

Explaining Science Fiction Conventions

 

Most science fiction conventions are open to the public. This means that for the cost of a membership, the average person gains access to: author readings, panel discussions, demonstrations, preview showings, the dealers’ room, the art show, dances, parties, costume shows, and more.

 

Conventions usually are two to five days long, and are held at hotels and convention centres. They range in size from very small get-togethers to very large World cons that may have up to 10,000 people attending.

 

There are conventions entirely run by volunteers, and there are conventions run to make money. The volunteer run conventions are usually less expensive to attend, yet just as much, if not more, fun. The conventions that are run to make money are often called media conventions. There are usually more actors, directors, and producers at media conventions.

 

Karl Johanson, editor of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, has this to say about science fiction conventions: “Science fiction conventions are the same as regular business conventions, except that with business conventions you go to boring meetings all day and party all night, while with science fiction conventions you go to fun meetings all day and party all night.”

 

There are many more conventions held every year. If you would like a convention

added to this list, please send an email with the inform to neoopsis@shaw.ca

 

A collection of videos of SF Convention panel discussions is posted at:

 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRKfDCNaz3Dg-78FLSX9TE8SBxrnx38pU

 

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