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CAN•CON, or more formally "CAN•CON: The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature", is a periodic science fiction and fantasy convention in Ottawa, ON, 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.

The convention has had a fairly spotty history with two large gaps. In some years, it also doesn't seem to have had Guests of Honor, though it designated up to a dozen or so people as "guests". "Special Guest" here is almost certainly not a GoH.


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
CAN*CON 2001 August 17-19, 2001 Robert J. Sawyer
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
CAN*CON 2020 October 16-18, 2020 Sara Megibow Cancelled due to Covid-19
CAN*CON 2021 October 14-16, 2021 Sara Megibow, Fonda Lee. Held online due to Covid-19
CAN*CON 2022 October 14-16, 2022 Nathan Caro Fréchette, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, E. D. E. Bell, C. L. Clark, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
Can*Con 2023 October 13-15, 2023 Nivia Evans, Fonda Lee, Annalee Newitz, Sara Megibow
  1. CAN•CON '95/CANVENTION 15 Winter Programming Session backgrounder, W. Paul Valcour, March 2, 1995.

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