For the sake of this list we’ve concentrated on events where comics are advertised as being a significant element of the convention. Omitted are the many literary and science fiction/fantasy conventions that do not actively/promote comics as an element of their event.
But first, a note about Canadian regions and geography.
Most of Canada’s 34+ Million population clusters in cities close to the US/Canada border like Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax. 21 Million people live in Central Canada (Ontario and Quebec). 10 Million people live in the Western Provinces and the other 3 million in the Maritime Provinces. Under 100,000 people live in the northern territories.
JULY 1, 2017
UNFORTUNATELY, due to an explosion of events across the country, we are unable to keep up with the checking of dates and verification of whether events are ongoing or cancelled. So we are taking down the list and the links until such time that the CCBCAA can maintain this page more accurately.
MARCH 14, 2018
At this time we are still unable to remain committed to updating this page on a regular basis. We thought there were a lot of related events back in July 2017 but it’s exploded even further in 2018 from coast to coast.
Your best bet to find out what’s local for you is to google comic con (city or town name). Almost every major city or town has at least some kind of event, with large urban centres all having a national or large regional conventions such as: Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, London, Windsor, Timmins, Sudbury, Quebec City, Montreal, Halifax, Dartmouth and more.
Cons are divided up into the following types:
Pop Culture Expos – these run the gamut from big national conventions to smaller regional shows. They have celebrities and appeal to a wide number of different fandoms under the same roof.
Comic Arts Festivals – generally national level but some are smaller regional arts festivals that generally take place in places like libraries or public spaces, these do not have a large vendor presence and focus primarily on creators.
Comic Book Shows – where people primarily buy back issues
Other genre shows with comics in the mix.
Many are listed here: