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MOVIE NIGHT FEB 12 [Jan. 10th, 2011|10:08 am]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention

[Current Location |Canada, Winnipeg ]
[mood |excitedexcited]

Saturday February 12, 2011
Park Theatre and Movie Cafe
698 Osborne St
Winnipeg, MB

230-730 pm will be a FREE games Day, open to the public! Bring a game to play or join one of the ones we will have there.

8 pm, Phantom of the Paradise!

10 pm is The Rocky Horror Picture Show! (Audience Participation encouraged)

There will be door prizes, Costume Contests and a Chinese Raffle.
Each Movie is $10.00 or both for $15.00 Contact Con -Chairs (conchairs2011 at keycon dot org), or Extravaganzas (extravaganzas at keycon dot org) for tickets, they will also be available at the Park Theatre or Pendragon Games. 

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CUFF ONLINE BALLOT [Feb. 24th, 2010|08:28 am]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention

Updated link to CUFF online ballot: sfcontario.ca/cuff/  Thanks to Colin Hinz for putting it together and Alex Van Thorn creating the online version and hosting it.
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Canadian Unity Fan Fund voting open now [Feb. 21st, 2010|12:08 pm]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention

Page 1
Canadian Unity Fan Fund 2010 Ballot
Western Canada to Canvention 30/Keycon 27
What is C.U.F.F.? The Canadian Unity Fan Fund was conceived about 1981 as a means to better
acquaint Eastern and Western Canadian fans with each other. Or alternately, it's an outgrowth of a one-
shot effort devised to send Edmonton fan Mike Hall to Torque 2 in Toronto in 1981. Both of these
statements are true, actually.
C.U.F.F. exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates are voted on by interested fans
across Canada, and each vote is accompanied by a donation of not less than CDN$5.00.
Who may vote? Voting is open to any Canadian (resident or citizen) fan who was active in fandom
prior to April 2008, and who contributes at least CDN$5 to the Fund. Larger contributions will be
gratefully accepted. Voting is by secret ballot: only one vote per person, and you must sign your ballot.
You may change your vote any time prior to the deadline. Votes submitted electronically as part of a
PayPal payment of the voting fee are also acceptable.
Deadline: Votes must reach the administrator by midnight, 13 March 2010.
Voting details: As with other fan funds, C.U.F.F. uses a preferential ballot system which guarantees
automatic runoffs until a majority is obtained. You rank the candidates in the exact order of your
preference for them. If the leading first-place candidate does not get a majority, the first-place votes for
the lowest-ranking candidate are dropped, and the second-place votes on those ballots are counted as first-
place votes. This process repeats itself until one candidate has a majority. Your votes for second and third
place are important, but you may give your candidate only one ranking on your ballot.
Hold Over Funds: This choice, like "No Award" in Hugo balloting, gives you the chance to vote for
no C.U.F.F. trip this year, if none of the candidates appeal to you. Hold Over Funds may be voted for in
any position, and if it receives a majority of the votes on the final ballot, no C.U.F.F. trip will be held this
year regardless of how many votes Hold Over Funds received on the first ballot.
No Preference: For voters who prefer not to choose between candidates, but don't want the trip held
Donations: C.U.F.F. gratefully accepts your freely given money and material for auction -- give early
and often! Please contact the administrator for details.
Candidates: Each candidate has promised - barring events clearly outside their control - to travel to
CanVention 30 (also known as KeyCon 27), in Winnipeg, MB over the Victoria Day weekend, if elected;
and has provided signed nominations and a platform statement (overleaf).
Please read both sides of this ballot before voting. Send entire sheet as
your vote.
Phone number or e-mail address (we do not list or exchange this information):
Enclosed is __________ as a contribution to C.U.F.F. Please make cheques etc. payable in Canadian
currency to "LeAmber Kensley", not to "C.U.F.F." If you think your name may not be known to the
administrators, then in order to qualify your vote, please give, in the space below, the name and address of
an active fan (not a fan group, a candidate or their nominator) who is known to them and to whom you are
Electronic Voting:
Go to the KeyCon website at http://keycon.org and click on the 'C.U.F.F.' tab. Follow the instructions
provided. You will be paying the voting fee by PayPal.
Diane Lacey
I'm doing this largely because it occurs to me that while I’ve attended conventions all over the US, I’ve never
attended any in Western Canada, and this seems wrong. I’d like to meet all those fans from Western Canada that
I’ve been missing. I’m also eager to attend the one day conrunner’s convention that’s planned for the day following
Keycon. I’d like to find out what they’re doing over there and to let them know what we’ve got going on over here.
(Also, any opportunity to hear Dave Clement is a very good thing indeed.)
I believe I have the organizational skills to be a good administrator. I have some ideas for fund-raising but plan to
pick the brains of those who are much more experienced with that than I am for more and better ideas. I absolutely
intend to publish a trip report as soon as possible upon my return. I’d also very much like to see the fund promoted
more. Right now it is difficult to find very much information online. Other than the Facebook page, a Google
search brings up little information on the application procedure, membership, qualifications, expectations, etc., and
many of those hits are several years old. I’d like to address this, perhaps with its own webpage
Nominators: Fran Skene (BC), Dave Clement (MB), Tim Hogue (MB), Colin Hinz (ON), Murray Moore (ON),
Lance Sibley (ON), Rene Walling (QC).
Rob Uhrig
I was asked “How did a retired Gulf War Veteran with 13 years Reg. Force military service; a retired martial arts
Master Instructor; a Freemason, and Knight of St. George become a lifelong Sci-Fi Fan?” The short answer - by
watching early re-runs of Star Trek!
Since attending my first Sci-Fi convention in 1993 (T-Trek 7), I have been actively involved in fandom. I have
attended cons from one coast to the other and points in between; I have been chief of security for one con, on CON-
COM for two others, and worked at the dealer table for a Creation con. Above all else I am a member of the
Klingon Assault Group (KAG) Kanada. Through my participation in fandom, especially KAG Kanada, I have
actively participated in countless charity events and have helped to raise several thousand dollars for the Children’s
Wish Foundation of Canada, and several other worthy charities. Full details of my involvement can be found on
In short, I have used my costume and love of sci-fi to help promote fandom at every turn and would love to do so
again by being the CUFF representative. I would use this opportunity to promote KAG Kanada in Manitoba, and in
turn use Klingon fandom to help promote CUFF. Let’s face it a Klingon draws a certain amount of attention, a
Klingon in a kilt is a beacon for media types, now that’s an opportunity that could be put to good use for CUFF and
From the West:
The Chevalier Paul Carreau, KSTG, CD, former Senior Command Officer, KAG Kanada
Mrs. Dayna Dickens, Tourism Coordinator, Vulcan AB
The Chevalier, Reverend Dana Dean, KSTG, former Admiral, Starfleet
And from the East.
Mrs. Margie Welsh, Thought Admiral Klingon Strike Force (KSF)
Mr. David James, Fleet Commander, KAG Kanada
Ms. Lori Lightfoot, Fleet Commander, KAG Kanada
Please read and fill out both sides of this sheet. Send in entire sheet as your vote. Do not detach this
I vote for (rank with '1' being best choice, etc.):
[ __ ] Diane Lacey
[ __ ] Rob Uhrig
[ __ ] Hold Over Funds
[ __ ] No Preference
Send ballot & donation to:
LeAmber Raven Kensley, 341 Anderson Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2W 1E5.
Reproduction of this form is encouraged. It is the official voting vehicle and must be reproduced
verbatim. Anyone doing so should indicate their name here:
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Gaiman sighting in Winnipeg. [Nov. 18th, 2009|12:47 pm]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention

This has nothing directly to do with us, yet.

It appears that Neil Gaiman is scheduled for McNally Robinson on Tuesday, December 15th.

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Canadian Unity Fan Fund [Nov. 13th, 2009|02:54 pm]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention

Canada Unity Fan Fund (CUFF)

The CUFF is a fan fund that brings fans between the East and the West of Canada as defined by the Manitoba Ontario border to the Canvention, Canada’s National Science Fiction and Fantasy conference. The Canvention alternates between the East and the West. When in the west, we bring a fan from the east, and vice versa. This years Canvention 30 is Keycon 27. We are looking for fans from the east to come party with us! Its going to be a special year, as its the 30th anniversary of the Canvention. This year we were hoping to have the fan chosen, if available stay for a bit longer than just the conference, in order to meet with more fans.

In order to be nominated for the CUFF this year, you must live in the East. An application must be submitted by January 31, 2010 to leamberr at gmail dot com. The application must have a minimum of three references from people in the east and in the west. It should contain a letter describing who you are, why this would be beneficial for you and your community and what you would bring to Fandom in Winnipeg. Voting will be open February 5 and close February 25. This will allow the winning candidate time to work with Programming and schedule their visit.

Any questions please forward them to myself, this years CUFF administrator at leamberr at gmail dot com

Thank You

LeAmber Kensley
CUFF delegate 2009
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Auroa awards dinner [Nov. 13th, 2009|12:47 pm]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention

The 2010 Aurora Awards and Dinner will be held on Sunday May 23, 2010.
You need not attend the dinner to attend the awards. However to tempt you:

Dinner is $20.00 you have a choice of the following:

We will start with a fresh green salad with strawberries, and a choice of three dressing available at the table

Entrees are:
1/2 prairie chicken
Vegetable tower

The sides are:
Manitoba wild rice
Baby carrots in honey
fresh steamed broccoli with cheese sauce on the side

For dessert we will have an Apple or Saskatoon crumble.

Now to pre answer any questions, all meals except the bison(because of gravy) are guaranteed Gluten free. We are also lactose free, those who wish such things, they are available on the side. Things like soya-sauce will be available upon request. There will be flavour, as the spices will be gluten free courtesy of Epicure Spices. There will be no salt or pepper used in any of the dishes, they are available on the table. Everything is MSG free. Any allergies we had last year have been taken into account.

Dinners will be $30.00 at con. Cut off for early bird price is April 30, 2010. They will only be sold at con until Saturday.
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Update list of Guests for 2010 [Nov. 13th, 2009|10:17 am]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention

Canvantion GOH Julie Czerneda


Authot GoH S.M. Stirling

Artist GoH Kari Ann Anderson

Author Guest Nalo Hopkinson

Fan Guest: Rene Walling and Robbie Bourget
Will get more info to you later, they are the Canadian world con chairs for 2009

Media Guest of Honour Cliff Simon

Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown

288 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0B8, Canada

(204) 956-0410‎

(204) 975-6229‎

(204) 947-1129‎

Room rates: $95.00

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AAWinnipeg Writing Festival: In Thin Air [Sep. 15th, 2009|10:16 am]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention

[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]


The festival runs from September 20 -27 and features three of the world’s best science fiction authors; NICK DICHARIO, ROBERT J SAWYER and ROBERT CHARLES WILSON.

Nick DiChario will be appearing at schools across Winnipeg during the festival week. He will also be appearing with Robert J Sawyer and Robert Charles Wilson on Friday September 25 from 2:30 to 4:00 at the University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall to discuss the Future (attendance is FREE). That evening at 8:00 all three men will be at the Mainstage at the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre at the Forks to leap Into The Future (tickets are $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for students and seniors or buy festival pass at McNally Robinson or at www.thinairwinnipeg.ca).

Robert J Sawyer will be at the Big Ideas event at the Millennium Public Library in the Carol Shields Auditorium on Wednesday September 23 from 4:30 to 5:30 for a Reality Check as Robert discusses how science fiction allows us to talk about the issues of today (admission is FREE). On Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM Robert will be at the McNally Robinson Polo Park location for the premiere of the big-budget television series FLASHFORWARD from ABC (admission is FREE but seating is limited). He will also be appearing with Nick DiChario and Robert Charles Wilson on Friday, September 25 from 2:30 to 4:00 at the University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall to discuss the Future (attendance is FREE). That evening at 8:00 all three men will be at the Mainstage at the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre at the Forks to leap Into The Future (tickets are $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for students and seniors or buy festival pass at McNally Robinson or at www.thinairwinnipeg.ca).

Robert Charles Wilson will be appearing with Nick DiChario and Robert Sawyer on Friday, September 25 from 2:30 to 4:00 at the University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall to discuss the Future (attendance is FREE). That evening at 8:00 all three men will be at the Mainstage at the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre at the Forks to leap Into The Future (tickets are $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for students and seniors or buy festival pass at McNally Robinson or at www.thinairwinnipeg.ca).

These three authors have won most of the science fiction awards available and should not be missed!

Nick DiChario’s short fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and The Best Alternative History Stories of the 20th Century. He has published two novels, A Small and Remarkable Life (2006) and Valley of Day-Glo (2008), both Robert J Sawyer Books from Fitzhenry & Whiteside. He has been nominated for two Hugo Awards, two John W Campbell Memorial Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. DiChario is the fiction editor of HazMat Literary Review and has taught creative writing to university students and adults. He lives in Rochester, NY.

Robert Sawyer is one of only seven writers to win all three of science fiction’s top honours for best novel: the Hugo for Hominids, the Nebula for The Terminal Experiment, and the John W Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan. He has also won an Arthur Ellis Award and ten Auroras. As well as a prolific writer, Sawyer is the editorial force behind Robert J Sawyer Books, an SF imprint at Fitzhenry & Whiteside. A new television series based on Sawyer’s novel FlashForward will premiere during THIN AIR. This spring, Penguin released Wake, his eighteenth novel. Sawyer lives in Mississauga.

Robert Charles Wilson is one of Canada’s most respected science fiction writers, with fourteen novels, numerous short stories, and several non-fiction pieces to his credit. Among his many honours are Aurora Awards for Darwinia, Blind Lake, and “The Perseids”; the Philip K Dick award for Mysterium; the John W Campbell Memorial Award for The Chronoliths; and the Hugo Award for Spin. Stephen King identifies him as “probably the finest science-fiction author now writing.” His new novel, Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (Tor), grew out of the novella Julian: A Christmas Story, a finalist for the 2007 Hugo Award. Wilson lives in Concord ON.

More information about the festival can be found at http://www.thinairwinnipeg.ca/

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Michael Van Rooy at 927-7327 or e-mail Michael at publicist@thinairwinnipeg.ca

Saturday, 10:00 am - noon
Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street
Each year, THIN AIR includes opportunities for writers to further develop their skills. This year’s topic is writing for children and teens.

Saturday, September 26, 10:00 am – noon

Interesting and original characters, lively dialogue, a persuasive narrative voice, a well-turned story: sounds like a suitable checklist for any kind of fiction writing. But writing for younger readers does present really interesting challenges, whether you’re writing picture books, middle-grade or young adult novels. In a two-hour, craft-centered workshop, join one of the best in the business to look at what makes for wonderful in the world of writing for youth. There’ll be plenty of time for discussion.

TimWynne-Jones has written over thirty books for all ages, was the children’s book columnist for The Globe & Mail, an editor at Red Deer Press, and has been, for the last seven years, on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in writing for children and young adults. He is also affiliated with the Humber School forWriters on-line program.

Admission: $25, $20 with THIN AIR Club Card.
Admission includes a beverage and fresh baking from Aqua’s incomparable EAT! Bistro. You might plan to stay afterward to enjoy lunch…

For information and to register: info@thinairwinnipeg.ca or (204) 927-7323.

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in case you missed it before... [Dec. 3rd, 2008|09:05 pm]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention


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Keycon Halloween Social [Sep. 3rd, 2008|05:26 am]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention

[mood |quixoticquixotic]

KeyCon 26 cordially invites you to its Hallowe'en Social and Gamesday.

When: Saturday, October 25th, 2008
Time: Gaming starts at noon, Social starts at 8:00pm
Event ends at 1:00a.m on the 26th.
Where: Branch 30, West Kildonan Legion: 1748 Main Street, Winnipeg
Cost: $2.00/games day only or $10/social (includes the Gamesday)

Costumes welcome/encouraged. Silent Auction.

Music provided by Gopher the Music.
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