Comic Book Conventions across Canada

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.

If you see an event is missing from this list please let us know kevin@joeshusterawards.com

Recent updates made:

APRIL 4, 2016

It’s been a while (previous update Sept. 2015) and so I’ve
Added and updated a bunch of different events in places like:

AB – Red Deer
BC – Vancouver, Victoria
MB – Winnipeg
NS – Halifax, Dartmouth
NF – St. John’s
ON- Cambridge, Cornwall, Kingston, Kitchener, Lindsey, Newmarket, Oakville, Oshawa, Pickering, Sudbury, Toronto, Timmins, Windsor
QC – Montreal, Quebec City

APRIL 5, 2016
BC – Courtenay, Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria
ON – Cambridge, Cornwall, Guelph, Hamilton, Mississauga, Quinte

More to come as the emails are flying and social media buzzing

I’m sure we’re forgetting some. With the number of new shows popping up we often fall behind. Also, comic focused (or with a comics element) are listed. Anime, cosplay, science fiction, etc. cons are excluded unless there is a mention of comics.

Even then, check the site for info. Not all have guests, and not all have comic artists. Some just have dealers at them selling comics, while others may only have comic creators.

Newfoundland
CORNER BROOK
Atlanti-Con – September
ST. JOHN’S
Avalon Expo – August
Sci-Fi on the Rock – April

Nova Scotia
DARTMOUTH
Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival – August
HALIFAX
Geequinox – April
Hal-Con – October/November

New Brunswick
FREDERICTON
Animaritime – June
MONCTON
East Coast Comic Expo – May

Prince Edward Island

Quebec
GATINEAU
Le Rendez-vous de la bande dessinée de Gatineau – Novembre
MONTREAL
Expozine – November
FantastiCon Montreal – April
Montreal Comic-Con – July
Montreal Mini Comic-Con – December
Festival de bande dessinée de Montréal – Mai.
QUEBEC CITY
Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec – Avril
Quebec City Comic Con – October

Ontario
CAMBRIDGE
Cambridge Comic Arts Festival – August
Waterloo Comic Book Show – On hiatus
CORNWALL
CAPE/Cornwall & Area Pop Event – April
CoTiCon (Cornwall’s Tiny Con) – August
GUELPH
Con-G – Defunct
GenreCon – appears to be on hiatus
Kazoo! Zine and Comic Expo – April (while the festival continues, the comic and zine expo is no longer a specific element)
HAMILTON
ConBravo – July
Hamilton Comic Con – Early October
KINGSTON
Hero Fest Kingston – April
King Con – March
– Zine Fair – Defunct
KITCHENER
Kitchener Comic Con – April
LINDSAY
Hero Fest Lindsay – March
LONDON
Forest City Comicon – November
London Comic Con – Late September
Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival – Late April
MISSISSAUGA
Ontario Collectors Con – January
80s Toy Expo – May
Mississauga Fandom Fest – June
TFCon (Transformers Con) – July
Action Figure Expo – September
MCX: Mississauga Comic Expo – September
NEWMARKET
Newmarket Card and Comic Show – Monthly
NIAGARA FALLS
Niagara Falls Comic-Con – June
OAKVILLE
GTA Comic Con – April
OSHAWA
Hero Fest Oshawa – August
Oshawa Comic Con – Every two months
OTTAWA
Ottawa Comic Con – May
Ottawa Geek Market – April, October
Ottawa Pop Culture Expo – Early December
PICKERING
Hero Fest Pickering – June
QUINTE
Quinte Mini-Con – November
Quinte Toy Con – June
SARNIA
Sarnia Pop Culture Show – Late March/Early April
SUDBURY
Graphic-Con – June
TIMMINS
Northern Ontario Expo – May
TORONTO
Canzine – Fall
Fan Expo Canada – Labour Day (September)
Anime North – Late May
Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) – Early May
Toronto Comic Con presented by Wizard – On Indefinite Hiatus
Toronto ComiCON Fan Days – December
Toronto ComiCON presented by FanExpo Canada – March
Zine Dream – August
SuperFan ComicCon – On Hiatus, website says it will return in 2017
Toronto Comic Book Show – approximately every 6 weeks
Toronto Comics Show – On Hiatus

WINDSOR
Comic Book Syndicon – February
Super Summer Comic Con / Christmas Comic Con – August and December
Windsor Comicon – August (no 2016 dates announced)

Manitoba
WINNIPEG
Central Canada Comic-Con – November
Prairie Comics Festival – July
Winnipeg Pop Culture Expo – April

Saskatchewan
REGINA
– Regina Comic Fair – September
Fan Expo Regina – April
SASKATOON
Saskatchewan Blitz – June
Saskatchewan Expo – September

Alberta
CALGARY
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo – April
Red & White Calgary Comic & Toy Expo – Fall
EDMONTON
Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo – September
Edmonton Pop Culture Fair – March
RED DEER
Red Deer Expo – June

British Columbia
COURTENAY
InCon – April
KELOWNA
Kelowna Collectibles Show – May
VANCOUVER
Fan Expo Vancouver – November
Canzine West
VanCAF – Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – May
Vancouver Comic and Entertainment Expo – August
Vancouver Comic Show – February, June, October
Vancouver Comicon – every 2 months
Vancouver Comix & Stories
VICTORIA
Camosun Comic Arts Festival (CCAF) – April
Victoria Comic Book Expo – May, August, November
Vancouver Island Comic Con – Unknown

Territories

Northwest Territories
YELLOWKNIFE
Ptarmicon – October

Yukon
WHITEHORSE
Yukomicon – Postponed until 2017

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  5. Thanks for this list! I’ve been trying to find one of these for Vancouver! There’s another comic convention in Kelowna now, http://kelownafx.com/ it’ll be going a 3rd year this upcoming March (anounced on their facebook page, but not their webpage yet).

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