CAN*CON

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CAN•CON, or more completely "CAN•CON: The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature", is a periodic science fiction and fantasy convention in Ottawa put on by The Society for Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature. Founded in 1991 by James Botte and Farrell McGovern in response to a perception that there were no dedicated public venues that featured primarily Canadian speculative fiction writers, editors, and artists. In addition to the focus on Canadian content, it was also an attempt to bring a focus on the book back to Ottawa science fiction and fantasy events.[1] It ran from 1992 through 1997, and again in 2001 before taking a hiatus of several years due to financial constraints; it was then relaunched in 2010.

Over the years, CAN•CON has had as guests or attendees the cream of Canadian English and French speculative fiction writers and artists (with the notable exceptions of Spider Robinson, Margaret Atwood, and William Gibson). As such, it became a meeting place for Canadian writers and artists and their fans, and provided a natural venue for the national meetings of various related Canadian organizations. This caught the notice of TOR Books' senior editor David Hartwell, who came to CAN•CON and signed deals with many Canadian science fiction and fantasy writers. Of this he said, "I did more business at CAN•CON than I did at Worldcon". This informal access to large numbers of Canadian writers enabled him to spearhead TOR's Canadian publishing initiative.[2]

Convention Dates GoHs
CAN*CON '92 May 22-24, 1992 Guy Gavriel Kay, Donald Kingsbury, Jeff Green, Meghan Dunn, Jan Scott, Paul Valcour
CAN*CON '93 May 14-16, 1993 Karen Wehrstein, Shirley Meier, Bink, Robert J. Sawyer, Greg Ioannou
CAN*CON '94 May 13-15, 1994 S. M. Stirling
CAN*CON '95 / Boréal 12 (Canvention 15) May 12-14, 1995 Dave Duncan
CAN*CON '96 May 17-19, 1996 Robert Charles Wilson, Charles de Lint, Robert J. Sawyer
CAN*CON '97 May 2-4, 1997
Hiatus
CAN*CON 2001 August 17-19, 2001 Robert J. Sawyer
Hiatus
CAN*CON 2010 August 20-22, 2010 Marie Bilodeau
CAN*CON 2011 September 9-11, 2011 Julie E. Czerneda, Leonard Kirk, Liana K and Ed the Sock
CAN*CON 2012 September 21-23, 2012 Hayden Trenholm, Tom Fowler, Alan Neal
CAN*CON 2013 (Canvention 33) October 4-6, 2013 Robert J. Sawyer, Hayden Trenholm, Mark Robinson
CAN*CON 2014 October 3-5, 2014 Jo Walton, Gabrielle Harbowy, Jay Odjick
CAN*CON 2015 October 30 - November 1, 2015 Edward Willett, Trevor Quachri, Cristina Perissinotto
CAN*CON 2016 September 9-11, 2016 Tanya Huff, Sheila Williams, Sam Morgan, Eric Choi
CAN*CON 2017 October 13-15, 2017 Steven Erikson, Sheila Gilbert, Kim-Mei Kirtland
CAN*CON 2018 October 12-14, 2018 Kevin Hearne, Miriam Weinberg, Kurestin Armada
CAN*CON 2019 (Canvention 39) October 18-20, 2019 Kelly Robson, Charlie Jane Anders, Lee Harris, DongWon Song
  1. CAN•CON '95/CANVENTION 15 Winter Programming Session backgrounder, W. Paul Valcour. March 2, 1995.
  2. David Hartwell


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