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March 10th, 2007
04:33 pm
[avt_tor]

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Montreal fandom looking for help
I have an email from Cathy Palmer-Lister, chair of Con*Cept. She's looking for someone to help find donations for their auction, and books for their giveaways. If anybody is interested or knows someone to recommend, please contact conceptsff@conceptsff.ca.


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November 6th, 2006
05:22 pm
[drhaggis]

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Here are some of the SF&F Fandom things happening this month in Calgary:

Friday, November 17
Harry Potter Meetup
7:30 p.m.
Second Cup 10th St at 4th Ave, NW Kensington
http://harrypotter.meetup.com/83


Saturday, November 18
CSFFS Meeting: Con-Version/Nexus Meeting
1:00 p.m.
Bonavista Room, Best Western Hospitality Inn
http://www.csffs.org/?p=12


Monday, November 20
Calgary Star Wars FanForce Meeting
7:00 p.m.
Boomtown lounge, Best Western Hospitality Inn
http://boards.theforce.net/calgary_ab/b10615/25493395/p1/?9

*Source CSFFS.org (http://www.csffs.org/forum/index.php?topic=913.msg4470#msg4470)

Rock on!

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March 31st, 2006
05:20 pm
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“Ship of Fools” Dance tomorrow, Sat Apr 1st!
Tomorrow, Saturday, Apr 1st (Yes on April Fools day! No joke!)

The Calgary Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society and Con-Version 22 (Calgary’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention) will be hosting a dance!

Costumes are encouraged, but not required; Prizes for those in costume!

Details and map available at: www.con-version.org

When: Saturday, April 1, 2006 – 7:00PM to 2:00AM
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre (1320 - 5th Ave NW, Calgary)
Tickets: $10 ($5 for CSFFS members, you can purchase a membership there if desired!)
Refreshment tickets (food and drink): $3 ea, 2 for $5, 10 for $20

ALSO FEATURING THE 404s!!!

The 404s Improv Comedy Troup - At the "Ship of Fools" Dance
When: Saturday, April 1 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre
Tickets: $2 (FREE if you purchase a dance ticket!)

The 404s Improv Comedy Group is pleased to announce its latest venture - a public show in the heart of Calgary! Join us for an afternoon show of improv comedy the likes of which you've never seen... An afternoon of hilarity, audience participation, and with any luck, some partial nudity!

The 404s are putting their show on in cooperation with the Calgary Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society (CSFFS), who are holding the "Ship of Fools" dance after the performance. So, when you come for The 404s, stay for the main event - or if you've already got your dance ticket, come a little early for some great improv comedy theatre!

The theme for this performance is pretty cool: They're doing sci-fi, fantasy, and comics, on the occasion of the SF&F themed dance that comes after the show. So, expect the games and the audience suggestions to come along those lines... If you like making fun of Kirk, Frodo or Batman, this show is for you.

Hope to see you there!

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December 31st, 2005
02:09 pm
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Calgary Science Fiction and Fantasy convention seeking artist submissions
Are you an artist who enjoys creating science fiction, fantasy, comic or otherwise 'fannish' related works?

Calgary's annual science fiction and fantasy convention, Con-Version is holding its twenty-second iteration August 11-13, 2006 and is now actively seeking artistic submissions for the Art Show.

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September 14th, 2005
08:59 am
[foxmanfx]

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Con-Version AGM + BBQ/Dance Fundraiser
Greetings and Salutations,

We are holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) & a BBQ/Dance Fundraiser this Saturday September 24th, 2005. The AGM is where the members get to choose the direction that Con-Version takes in the future. It's also where members who have purchased their membership to Con-Version 22 can be nominated and elected for positions on the Board of Directors.

The AGM & BBQ/Dance will be held at the, located at 2405 Glenmount Dr. SW ( www.glendalecommunity.ca ). The AGM will begin at 2:00pm; the BBQ will start about 4:30pm with the Dance to follow (~7:00pm). All proceeds from this event go towards supporting Con-Version 22.

Admission prices for the BBQ/Dance $15 ($10 with a CV 21 or CV 22 membership). Admission to the AGM is free!

There will also be door prizes such as V-Con 30 memberships and Con-Version 22 memberships and more. So, please come out, we hope to see all of you there!

We also have a Membership Special at this event; $5 off the current price of $35. This is a great savings from the $50 price at the door to Con-Version 22!

Other information:

Con-Version is Calgary’s annual Science-Fiction/Fantasy Convention held in August. This year’s guests include Larry Niven and David Weber.

There is a new website being designed and updated with all the new information, hopefully it will be finished by September 30th 2005, once we’ve finalized the location details. www.con-version.org

Have you checked out the Con-Version Forum? ( www.con-version.org/forum ) Come login and see what’s going on. We’ve gotten lots of ideas from the forum, and it’s a great place to ask about information and find out more of what’s going on.

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August 9th, 2005
08:32 pm
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Canadian Content
Hi Everyone ::

Just here promoting a television show that's on Bite TV called My Show with Matt Chin. Check out http://www.myshowscrazy.com & feel free to add myshowscrazy to your friends list for the latest updates on what's going on & join myshowcommunity too! Pass the word around :)

Cheers!

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July 24th, 2005
03:50 pm
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Abe/Kroenen is Our Fandom...
Hello Fellow Canadians!

We're two girls from Montreal who started a webcomic, and we would like to spread the word on a somewhat...local level.

The comic has a lot of hidden political content and stuff aimed mostly at Canadians so we really hope that you enjoy it.

It is also just...pretty funny. We used action figures from the Hellboy movie to create a love story.


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Life. Love. Action Figures.

Click the link!

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November 8th, 2004
12:58 pm
[avt_tor]

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Ad Astra 2005 guests
The following guests have been confirmed for Ad Astra 2005:

Nalo Hopkinson
Spider and Jeanne Robinson
Don Hutchison


April 8-10, Days Inn Toronto Airport, 1677 Wilson Road, Toronto
http://www.ad-astra.org/

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April 8th, 2004
03:07 pm
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GenreCon 2004
At the Sarnia Library
124 Christina Street,
Sarnia, ON N7T 2M6
Telephone: (519) 337-3291
Fax: (519) 337-3041
www.lambtononline.ca

“The Sarnia Library Presents: An Afternoon of Authors GenreCon 2004”

Sarnia, ON – GenreCon, a free literary convention featuring a dozen notable editors and authors, is returning to Sarnia Library on May 1st.
GenreCon provides fans and local writers with the opportunity to talk with other genre fans and writers. A wide range of panels like how to get published, how genre fiction fits into literature as a whole, whether authors should go for style or just try to tell a good story, and how to create good stories, setting and characters, will be presented, in addition to readings by authors, book signings and sales and short films.
“It’s a friendly, intimate convention,” said Jeffrey Beeler, Reference Librarian. “Our past participants speak highly of their experiences.”
Other activities will include a seminar on book collecting for fun and profit and a book discussion where participants are encouraged to talk about their favourite genre book.
GenreCon starts on Saturday, May 1st at 11 a.m. with a meet and greet reception and runs until library closing at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited, please contact the Reference Department at (519) 337-3291 to reserve your seat.
The Sarnia Branch of the Lambton County Library is located at 124 Christina Street South, Sarnia, Ontario, one hour northeast of Detroit, Michigan on I-94 and one hour west of London, Ontario on Highway 402.
The following authors will be in attendance at GenreCon 2004:

Lou Allin was born June 5, 1945, in Toronto, Canada, but relocated to Cleveland in 1948 so that her father could work as a booker in the American film industry. After receiving a Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature, she became a Professor at Cambrian College in Sudbury in 1977, where she teaches Presentations and Report Writing to Criminal Justice students. The books in the Belle Palmer mystery series by RendezVous Press are: Northern Winters are Murder, Black Flies are Murder, an Arthur Ellis award nominee, and Bush Poodles are Murder.

R. Scott Bakker writes philosophy and fantasy and often has difficulty distinguishing between the two. Every morning he teaches Truth at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, and then he writes falsehoods all afternoon. His first book, an epic fantasy entitled The Darkness That Comes Before, has found its way onto the 'Best of 2003' lists of SF Site, Locus, and Amazon.ca. The sequel, The Warrior Prophet, will be released by Penguin Canada this May.

Rick Blechta is a musician who also makes his living writing crime fiction. It isn’t much of a stretch to understand this when you read his most recent thriller, Shooting Straight in the Dark, since the protagonist is a songwriter/guitarist. He’s also written about violinists, trumpeters and the odd baritone sax player. All his crime novels feature music of some sort or another. He currently resides in Toronto and is married to a musician.

Eric Choi is a science fiction writer and aerospace engineer at MD Robotics in Brampton, where he is currently working on robotic systems for future missions to Mars and other destinations in the Solar system. His latest short story, “A Man’s Place”, will appear the upcoming anthology Space Inc. from DAW.

Dennis Collins on himself: “Growing up as a 50's teenager in Detroit, my interests leaned toward anything with wheels and loud exhaust pipes. I naturally migrated toward the automobile industry where I experienced a fulfilling career in engineering. It has always been my dream to be an author and with my retirement came the opportunity to write.” His first mystery novel The Unreal McCoy is available through Independence Books. The second installment in that series, Turn Left at September, is complete and ready to publish although he is currently seeking representation for this work. Book number three, For Thine is the Power, has recently been finished and is off to the editor for a little housekeeping.

Peter Halasz is an expert in Canadian science fiction and fantasy who has written extensively on the subject. Peter will be a guest of honour at A Commonwealth of Science Fiction in Liverpool, England. He is an Aurora Award winner and is one of the administrators of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

Marcy Italiano lives in Waterloo, Ontario. Her first novel, Pain Machine was released in the summer of 2003. While she still writes short fiction, her second novel is on its way. For more information about Marcy and her writing, go to www.marcyitaliano.com.

Sandra Kasturi is the editor of the speculative poetry anthology, The Stars as Seen from this Particular Angle of Night, from The Bakka Collection/Red Deer Press. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, and she has a cultural essay, “Divine Secrets of the Yaga Sisterhood” appearing in the new anthology, Girls Who Bite Back, from Sumach Press. Sandra runs her own imprint, Kelp Queen Press, and has won a Bram Stoker Award for her editorial work at the online magazine, ChiZine.

Gord Rollo was born in St. Andrews, Scotland and now lives in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada, where he has many small press and professional credits under his belt. His first full-length horror/suspense novel, Crimson, was released by Prime Books Inc. and his follow up is Jigsaw. Gord is an assistant editor with Cosmos Books, House of Dominion, and Prime Books Inc., and edited the critically acclaimed evolutionary horror anthology, Unnatural Selection A Collection of Darwinian Nightmares. He also co-edited Dreaming of Angels, a horror/fantasy anthology to raise money and awareness for the Downs Syndrome Society.

Brett Alexander Savory is a Bram Stoker Award-winning editor. His day job is also as an editor, at Harcourt Canada in Toronto. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Chiaroscuro/ChiZine, has had nearly 40 stories published in numerous print and online publications, and has written two novels, In and Down and The Distance Travelled both of which are currently with his agent. In the works are a third novel, The Falcon's Necktie, a dark comic book series with artist Homeros Gilani, and a benefit anthology called The Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three, which will surface in October 2004 through Arsenal Pulp Press. Brett is a graduate of Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, St. Clair Secondary School and Lambton College.

Mark Terry is the author of two books, Catfish Guru, a collection of two mystery novellas featuring forensic toxicologist Dr. Theo MacGreggor; and Dirty Deeds, featuring computer troubleshooter Megan Malloy. In addition to these two books he has published two mystery short stories, one in the online mystery magazine Orchard Press Mysteries featuring Dr. MacGreggor ("Just as Dead") and one in the upcoming anthology Show Business Is Murder. ("Murder at the Heartbreak Hotel.") A freelance writer and editor, Mark Terry's nonfiction work has appeared in Drug Discovery & Development, The Detroit News, Prime Time News, Mystery Scene Magazine, The Armchair Detective and many others. He reviews mysteries for The Oakland Press.

Sarah Zettel has been writing science fiction and fantasy full time since 1998. She is the author of five science fiction novels, four fantasy novels and numerous short stories of both types with a little horror thrown in for good measure. She currently lives in Michigan with her husband Tim, their son Alexander and their cat Buffy the Vermin Slayer.

For more information, log onto www.lambtononline.ca

Contact:

Jeff Beeler or Ellen Dark,
Reference Librarians, Sarnia Branch Library
Lambton County
Telephone: (519) 337-3291
Fax: (519) 337-3041
email: genreconca@yahoo.ca

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March 7th, 2004
11:59 pm
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party of the season
We went to Rob Sawyer's party last night. marahsk drove me there. We saw thespian and met her friend epi_lj. zero_gravity showed up in the early evening.

The lobbycam was a focal point of the party for a while. We could see each person as they arrived at the party. There were a few interesting moments. When Peter Halasz came to the lobby, a chorus of "No, don't let him in!" arose around the room. When Larry Hancock got there, we heard, "Is he alone?" When Cliff Goldstein arrived, it was "Is that a woman with him?" Rob was in the room and made none of these comments; he invited everybody and people are welcome in his home. But he's also a regular at First Thursday, so he knows what people say.

Edo van Belkom left as we arrived. Scott Mackay, Doug Smith, and Marcel Gagne were also seen at the party. Some people who had formed a writing group from among those who submitted manuscripts to Rob at the Merril Collection were there. Doubtless many writers I didn't know were also in attendance.

There were a lot of fans around, not so many conrunners. Janet Jones was there for a while. Irwin, Lisa, and Ian Tan were there early, and they left early. Lloyd and Yvonne were there through the evening. Donald and David Simmons were usually at the other end of the party. Jan Finder was up from the US (or actually New Zealand, apparently he had some tourist gig out there for a while). Herb and Al from Buffalo, Eeriecon regulars, were also in attendance. Hope Leibowitz was around; she's still enjoying unemployment. Of course, Lynda, Vivian, and Lillian Ciaschini were around, with Brian Upward, representing the USS Hudson Bay. Lynda is concerned about how privacy legislation affects non-profit organizations which hold personal information about individuals, such as what convention registration collects. She has the real case of a person who was a member of the club who asked for the club mailing list to be used for Amway; the club refused, but that person was seen the next year doing registration at Toronto Trek. And she has the hypothetical case of a stalker trying to track down an ex-wife using convention info, so cons have to be careful about who they allow to do registration.

The nice thing about Rob's parties is the number of aspiring writers. Rebecca Simkin and her friend Tanya were there and we were recommending techniques and books. I should probably introduce Rebecca to Mici Gold, as they deal with similar challenges with their writing (the distractions of suburban Jewish family life). Tanya, who comes from a West Indian background, was talking about issues with dialog. I recommended Walter Mosely, who she hadn't heard of; I felt very erudite. We spoke to Patricia (I didn't get her last name, red hair>, who I recognize but hadn't really talked to much before. Sabrina Fried is employed now; she is much more relaxed than she was last year.

Early in the evening, zero_gravity said something about not wanting to be seen staying too late, and I told her that when Rob's parties ended, it was kind of like opening a hole in a spacecraft; everybody would just seem to get sucked out of the room all at once. And around eleven, she came to me and said that's exactly what happened; most of the rooms just emptied right out. But the far room still had a nexus of conversation and we stayed a while longer. We didn't actually leave until 1 AM, when we discovered that Rob had half a dozen people staying overnight, so the end of the party wasn't actually as I had thought. Anyway, we (that is, marahsk drove zero_gravity home, as she only lives about a mile from me.

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