Canvention is the Canadian national science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA). Every year Canvention is hosted by a different convention somewhere in Canada; in 2018 Canvention 38 is being held in conjunction with VCON 42.
Canvention is the event where the Aurora Awards and inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame are announced both of which recognize the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy literary works, artworks, and organizational activities.
Please see the tabbed sections below to learn more about the Canvention-specific events that will be occurring at VCON 42.
All Canvention Events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Anyone may choose to attend,
even those who are not also attending the convention.
You are cordially invited…
…to attend The Aurora Awards Dinner Theatre at VCON 42/Canvention 38. Revel in an evening of excellent food and fabulous entertainment, followed by the presentations of Aurora Awards for the best Science Fiction and Fantasy produced in Canada!
Enjoy a fine catered dinner, and an evening with Mily Mumford! Mily Mumford is a scientist who also sometimes dabbles in comedy as well as a writer and director for film and theatre, and the Artistic Director of Nebula Company. Mily will be performing her famous (or infamous!) show “Distractingly Sexy”!
Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: Doors open at 6:00 PM, Show starts at 6:30 PM
Immediately followed by the Aurora Awards Ceremony. Doors will open at 8:00 PM to allow additional audience members to be seated but anyone attending this event will be able to remain in the seats at their table for the duration of the following ceremony.
About the Show
Distractingly Sexy: A short history of women getting f%$#ed over in science
If Ms. Frizzle had real good dance moves, if Bill Nye had real nice boobs – they’d probably create something like the experiment of (controlled) chaos that is Distractingly Sexy. Join real-life scientist (and writer/performer) Mily Mumford for an interactive ultra-funny, quite-satirical, certainly-wild and pretty-darn-sexy history of women in science (and how they have been f%$#ed over for centuries).
Mily Mumford (Playwright/Performer) is a scientist who also sometimes dabbles in comedy as well as a writer and director for film and theatre, and the Artistic Director of Nebula Company which focuses on immersive theatre and new media. Recent writing/direction credits include the short film GEMINI (Crazy8’s Finalist Film, Cannes Short Film Corner, Premiere Pending), Dark Matter an immersive horror theatre event at the James Black Gallery and Distractingly Sexy: A short history of women getting f%$#ed over in science at the rEvolver Theatre Festival. She is a graduate of biotechnology and creative writing from Camosun College and Neuroscience from the University of Victoria and is currently an MSc. student at SFU in Interactive Technology researching AI/biofeedback technologies for long-term spaceflight.
“Funny, smart, and, yes, sexy, Mumford delights at every turn with wit, fast facts, and some moments of absolutely brilliant prop comedy that I won’t spoil here. This show also contains the best advice I’ve heard so far for how to deal with unwanted male advances.”
– Meghan Bell, Room Magazine (full article)
“Tracing that history with barbed wit, Mumford says she was surprised herself by the sheer number of women in science and technology through the centuries—several whose stories she relates and embodies in her reflective one-hander. At one point, for example, she becomes Hypatia, a Neoplatonic scholar in ancient Alexandria who was a powerful astronomer and mathematician. Mumford intermingles tales from the past with contemporary observations from her fields.”
– Janet Smith, Georgia Straight (full article)
“Distractingly Sexy teaches, tickles and tempts—oh, and overtly challenges the patriarchy… Distractingly Sexy does a great job of pointing out the shortcomings our society still has in relationship to women, but is fun and humorous the whole way through. Required reading for anyone who is not a woman scientist.”
– Deneh’Cho Thompson, ColinThomas.com (full article)
The Aurora Awards Ceremony
The “raison d’etre” for Canvention is to announce the winners of the year’s Aurora Awards and any inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Price: FREE – no tickets required, just show up!
Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM, Ceremony starts at 8:30 PM
Immediately preceded by the Aurora Awards Dinner Theatre. Anyone not attending the dinner theatre event will be allowed to seat themselves in chairs set aside for this reason starting at 8:00 PM.
The Aurora Awards are kind of like the Peoples Choice awards for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, except just for Canadians. They are Canada’s National Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards for professional literary works in English1, professional artists and all fan/amateur categories (There are twelve categories in total). The awards recognize the best Canadian professional and amateur (fan) achievements for the prior calendar year (January 1st through December 31st).
The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) is a federally-registered society whose role is to give out the Aurora Awards on a yearly basis. Eligible works and individuals are nominated by and winners are chosen by CSFFA members. Through the Aurora awards, CSFFA encourages Canadian fans to take an active role in selecting the best of genre fiction and related activities.
All nominees and the winners of the Awards must be Canadian, by birth or by permanent residence, as are all the members of CSFFA (annual membership is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents for a $10 annual fee).
For more information about CSFFA the Aurora Awards, please visit prixaurorawards.ca.
Aurora Nominee Pin Ceremony
At each Canvention, CSFFA holds a short ceremony prior to the Aurora Awards events where a special “Aurora Nominee” pin is presented to each nominee who has never previously been nominated for an Aurora. This is CSFFA’s opportunity to recognize the excellence behind the creative work that brings each nominee to that place and time, regardless of who eventually walks away with the final award.
Date: Friday, October 6
Time: 7:00 PM
CSSFA General Meeting
An important Canvention event, the CSFFA General Meeting is where the current CSFFA Board of Directors presents details about any conventions bidding to host Canvention two years in the future. After some discussion, a vote is held in order to select the hosting convention for that year.
Canvention host locations generally alternate between the western and eastern sides of Canada, so any bids under consideration for 2020 will most likely be, like VCON, on the western side of the country. Some other western conventions that have hosted Canvention in the recent past include: Keycon, Winnipeg, MB; and When Words Collide, Calgary, AB
Date: Sunday, October 7