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Con*Cept is no more

By Petrea Mitchell| May 6, 2012 | 5 Comments

File 770 points a report in Space Cadet #19 (PDF, see page 4) that the Montréal-area sf convention Con*Cept will no longer be held due to lack of volunteers to work on it.

R. Graeme Cameron goes on to say in Space Cadet:

And most fans just want to buy stuff. They prefer FanExpo type events.

Let’s see, the annual Calgary convention died last year. Now Con*Cept. I believe that leaves just three surviving traditional general interest SF cons in Canada, namely: VCON in Vancouver, KeyCon in Winnipeg, and Halcon in the Maritimes.

This seems unduly pessimistic. A quick skim through my notes so far this year also shows Ad Astra and Sci-Fi on the Rock, with ConBravo coming up in a couple months. And that’s leaving out the numerous specialist conventions covering anime, gaming, anthropomorphic fandom and other topics which are all geared toward people who want to do a lot more than just “buy stuff”. It may be a bit soon to declare the end of participatory Canadian fandom.

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5 Responses to “Con*Cept is no more”

  1. Jo Walton
    May 6th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    Not to mention SFContario in Toronto and PureSpec in Edmonton.

  2. Diane Lacey
    May 6th, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    And I would modestly add SFContario, now in it’s third year, to that list.

  3. Rene
    May 7th, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    There’s also CanCon in Ottawa and Boréal which travels between Montréal And Québec City.

    Methinks the reports of fandom’s death are overexagerated…

  4. Lloyd Penney
    May 7th, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    I’ve sent my general list of SF cons coming up to your general e-mail address…there’s lots more than listed above, and should add greatly to you list at the right.

  5. Petrea Mitchell
    May 8th, 2012 @ 2:06 am

    Well, I did say it was a quick skim through partial notes– I just wanted to make the point that it was easy to come up with more conventions than Mr. Cameron listed. Thanks for the list of Toronto cons, Lloyd!

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