Ad Astra (convention)

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Ad Astra
Ad Astra Convention Logo.png
Status Active
Genre Science fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Venue Sheraton Parkway North
Location(s) Richmond Hill, Ontario
Country Canada
Inaugurated 1980[1]
Website
http://www.ad-astra.org/

Ad Astra is an annual science fiction fantasy and horror convention in Ontario. Major events of the convention include the Masquerade, Guest of Honour presentations, panel discussions, Art Show, and Dealer's Room, as well as a wide variety of privately run room parties. Other events on the convention program include a games room, book launches, and the Saturday evening dance.

Programming[edit]

Ad Astra's programming features a wide variety of discussion panels on various topics of interest to science fiction and fantasy fans. Writing, art, and costuming workshops are also often seen each year at the convention.

History[edit]

Ad Astra first ran in 1980, and has run every year since, excepting 1981 and 1999.[1] The convention occasionally serves as host for other conventions; for example, Canvention 7 was held as part of Ad Astra 7, in 1987, and the convention hosted the Toronto games convention Orion for the years 2003 and 2004.

In previous years, guests have included prominent Canadian writers including Robert J. Sawyer, Nalo Hopkinson, Tanya Huff, Guy Gavriel Kay, Robert Charles Wilson, Phyllis Gotlieb, etc., as well as internationally renowned authors including C. J. Cherryh, David Brin, Connie Willis, Stephen Hunt, Larry Niven, Lois McMaster Bujold, Frederik Pohl, Katherine Kurtz, Orson Scott Card, James P. Hogan and others. Ad Astra has continued to evolve past its focus on literature to include programming dedicated to costuming, art, filking, and media. In some years, Jason Taniguchi has performed popular one-man parody shows at the convention.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Guests of Honour
June 13, 1980 (1980-06-13) - June 15, 1980 (1980-06-15) Ramada Inn Downtown
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
James Hogan, Steve Simmons[1]
June 11, 1982 (1982-06-11) - June 13, 1982 (1982-06-13) Cara Inn
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Jerry Pournelle, Ro Lutz-Nagey[1]
September 23, 1983 (1983-09-23) - September 25, 1983 (1983-09-25) Cara Inn
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Ben Bova, Ken Fletcher[1]
June 8, 1984 (1984-06-08) - June 10, 1984 (1984-06-10) Howard Johnson Airport Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dean Ing, David C. Onley, Bob Passavoy[1]
June 7, 1985 (1985-06-07) - June 9, 1985 (1985-06-09) Holiday Inn Airport Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
David Brin, Vonda McIntyre, Mike Glyer[1]
June 13, 1986 (1986-06-13) - June 15, 1986 (1986-06-15) Regal Constellation Hotel
900 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Steven Brust, Roger Zelazny, Frank Kelly Freas[1]
June 12, 1987 (1987-06-12) - June 14, 1987 (1987-06-14) Holiday Inn Airport Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
C. J. Cherryh, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Diana Gallagher Wu[1]
June 10, 1988 (1988-06-10) - June 12, 1988 (1988-06-12) Holiday Inn Airport Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Orson Scott Card, R.A. MacAvoy, Fran Skene, Taral Wayne[1]
June 9, 1989 (1989-06-09) - June 11, 1989 (1989-06-11) Regal Constellation Hotel
900 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
John Varley, Kerry O'Quinn[1]
June 8, 1990 (1990-06-08) - June 10, 1990 (1990-06-10) Howard Johnson Airport Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Terry Pratchett, Frank Kelly Freas, Larry Stewart[1]
June 7, 1991 (1991-06-07) - June 9, 1991 (1991-06-09) Holiday Inn Airport Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Barbara Hambly, George Alec Effinger, Bob Eggleton[1]
June 5, 1992 (1992-06-05) - June 7, 1992 (1992-06-07) Sheraton Toronto East Hotel & Towers
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Katherine Kurtz, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jan Howard Finder[1]
June 4, 1993 (1993-06-04) - June 6, 1993 (1993-06-06) Sheraton Toronto East Hotel & Towers
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Frederik Pohl, Dave Duncan, Robin Wood[1]
June 17, 1994 (1994-06-17) - June 19, 1994 (1994-06-19) Sheraton Toronto East Hotel & Towers
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine Crook de Camp, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, George Alec Effinger[1]
June 16, 1995 (1995-06-16) - June 18, 1995 (1995-06-18) Holiday Inn Yorkdale
3450 Dufferin St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Roger Zelazny, A.C. Crispin, Shawna McCarthy, Wayne Barlowe, Kim Newman, Stephen Jones, Michael Copabianco, Ellen Datlow[1]
June 7, 1996 (1996-06-07) - June 9, 1996 (1996-06-09) Days Inn Airport
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Larry Niven, James P. Hogan, Philip Pullman, Robert J. Sawyer, Kathryn Cramer[1]
June 13, 1997 (1997-06-13) - June 15, 1997 (1997-06-15) Days Inn Airport
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Steven Brust, Tim Powers, John Clute[1]
June 5, 1998 (1998-06-05) - June 7, 1998 (1998-06-07) Radisson Hotel Toronto East Don Valley
55 Hallcrown Pl, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Josepha Sherman, Tanya Huff, Keith & Gary Arseneau[1]
February 18, 2000 (2000-02-18) - February 20, 2000 (2000-02-20) Best Western Primrose Hotel
111 Carlton St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nancy Kress, Charles de Lint, Christopher Stasheff, Scott Edelman, Lloyd and Yvonne Penney[1]
February 23, 2001 (2001-02-23) - February 25, 2001 (2001-02-25) Holiday Inn Don Valley Toronto East
1100 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Connie Willis, David G. Hartwell, Rick Green, Robert J. Sawyer, Urban Tapestry[1]
February 8, 2002 (2002-02-08) - February 10, 2002 (2002-02-10) Colony Hotel
89 Chestnut St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Guy Gavriel Kay, John Howe, Julie E. Czerneda, Ted Nasmith[1]
March 21, 2003 (2003-03-21) - March 23, 2003 (2003-03-23) Colony Hotel
89 Chestnut St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada[2]
David Brin, Tanya Huff, Robert Gould, Brian Froud[3]
April 2, 2004 (2004-04-02) - April 4, 2004 (2004-04-04) Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel
1250 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
C. J. Cherryh, Robert Charles Wilson, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Mark Askwith, Don Bassingthwaite, Gord Rose[4]
April 8, 2005 (2005-04-08) - April 10, 2005 (2005-04-10) Days Hotel & Conference Centre - Toronto Airport East
1677 Wilson Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nalo Hopkinson, Dan Hutchinson, Tom Smith, Charles Vess, Peter Watts[5]
March 31, 2006 (2006-03-31) - April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02) Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel
1250 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kelley Armstrong, Terry Brooks, Peter David, Ed Greenwood, Betsy Mitchell, Martin Springett, David Warren[6]
March 2, 2007 (2007-03-02) - March 4, 2007 (2007-03-04) Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel
1250 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cory Doctorow, Ed Beard Jr., Phyllis Gotlieb, Stephen Jones, Lee Knight & Chris Knight
March 28, 2008 (2008-03-28) - March 30, 2008 (2008-03-30) Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel
1250 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Yvonne Gilbert, Howard Tayler, Christopher Golden, Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, Dr. Shelley Rabinovitch, Glen Loates, Wayne Brown
March 27, 2009 (2009-03-27) - March 29, 2009 (2009-03-29) Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel
1250 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Melyssa Ade, Nigel Bennett, Kent Burles, David Drake, Michael Green, Joanne Ellen Hansen, Liana & Steven Kerzner, Mary-Ellen McAlonen, Tamora Pierce, Timothy Zahn[7]
April 9, 2010 (2010-04-09) - April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11) Toronto Don Valley Hotel
1250 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aaron Allston, Eric Flint, Todd McCaffrey, Nerdgasm, Cathy Palmer-Lister, Robert J. Sawyer
April 8, 2011 (2011-04-08) - April 10, 2011 (2011-04-10) Toronto Don Valley Hotel
1250 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ben Bova, Kathryn Cramer, Julie Czerneda, Ellen Datlow, Larry Dixon, Dave Duncan, Scott Edelman, Eric Flint, Ed Greenwood, David G. Hartwell, Tanya Huff, Don Hutchison, Stephen Jones, Guy Gavriel Kay, Mercedes Lackey, Todd McCaffrey, Shawna McCarthy, Tamora Pierce, Howard Tayler, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Peter Watts
April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13) - April 15, 2012 (2012-04-15) Markham Holiday Inn
10 East Pearce Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Harry Turtledove, Lesley Livingston, Shelly Shapiro, Joe Jusko, Peter Halasz
April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05) - April 7, 2013 (2013-04-07) Markham Holiday Inn
10 East Pearce Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Ben Bova, Jim Butcher, Scott Caple, Stephen Hunt, Cris Macht
April 4, 2014 (2014-04-04) - April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) Sheraton Parkway North
600 HWY-7 E, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Ontario, Canada
David Weber, Steven Erikson, Anne Groell, Patricia Briggs, Donato Giancola, Mark Townsend[1]
April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10) - April 12, 2015 (2015-04-12) Sheraton Parkway North
600 HWY-7 E, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, MaryAnn Harris, Denis McGrath, Monica Pacheco[1]
April 29, 2016 (2016-04-29) - May 1, 2016 (2016-05-01) Sheraton Parkway North
600 HWY-7 E, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Catherine Asaro, Tom Doherty, Sandra Kasturi, Brett Savory, Jack Whyte[1]
May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05) - May 7, 2017 (2017-05-07) Sheraton Parkway North
600 HWY-7 E, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Ontario, Canada

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "Histories". Ad Astra official website. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Canadian SF Event Calendar". 2002-12-09. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  3. ^ Ad Astra XXII Programme Book. Ad Astra Science Fiction Society. 2003-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Ad Astra 2004 Progress Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  5. ^ Ad Astra 2005 Programme Book. Ad Astra Science Fiction Society. 2005-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Ad Astra 2006 website (archive)". Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  7. ^ Ad Astra Programme Book 2009. Ad Astra Science Fiction Society. 2009-03-27. 

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