ConChord, a filk convention in the Los Angeles area, was first held in March 1983. It is currently on hiatus or perhaps dead. The conventions from 2010 through 2015 were held in conjunction with the general conventions Conjecture and Westercon but retained their own identity, program, and guest lists.
ConChord issued the Kazoo Awards and held the “Totally Tasteless and Tacky Revue.”
The Kazoo Awards were presented for a variety of filk-related categories at ConChord, beginning at ConChord 5. The trophy was usually a decorated kazoo. The categories as well as the winners are voted on at the convention. The categories (and the winner) can be serious, for fun, or satirical. The number of awards ranged from a half-dozen to a dozen, but have on occasion exceeded that range in both directions.
Some of the categories that were awarded:
- Anne McCaffrey Memorial
- Convention Mis-Accomodations
- Frogs & Toads
- The Fools Gold Kazoo
- Drinking Songs
- The Great Communicator
A partial list is available from Kay Shapero's website: Website
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