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. 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.
|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 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|
- CAN•CON '95/CANVENTION 15 Winter Programming Session backgrounder, W. Paul Valcour, March 2, 1995.
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