Ad Astra Information

July 13-15th, 2018

About Ad Astra

Ad Astra is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run, weekend-long, science fiction, fantasy and horror event with a focus on authors and other creative professionals.

The weekend includes discussion panels and presentations on a variety of topics including writing, publishing, TV and movies, science and costuming, as well as many events including book signings, a meet and greet with our Guests, writing workshops, our Masquerade costume competition, book launches, a Saturday night dance, live music, and this year will feature The Tesla Tea Service, our charity event hosted by the Toronto Steampunk Society.

As well, enjoy Sunday Brunch with our Guests of Honour and Returning Guests of Honour – tickets sold separately, in advance, for reserved seating with one of the Guests.

In addition to our programming and events, Ad Astra also has a Vendors area, Art Show, Tabletop Gaming, Anime Room, Hospitality Suite, and a Cosplay Repair Lounge.

The Ad Astra convention is an annual event presented by the Ad Astra Science Fiction Society.  The society is comprised of the Corporate Board, elected each year at the AGM (Annual General Meeting), and the membership (badge holders from the annual convention).  The board is responsible for arranging the location for the annual convention, and choosing the convention chair(s).  The Convention Chair(s) then organizes the con, assisted by the ConCom (committee).  We are all volunteers and fans, and greatly appreciate the support, hard work and commitment of our team, our panelists, our sponsors and our members!  

Ad Astra Committee List

Chair: Mary-Ellen (Emmy) McAlonen

Departments (Alphabetical)

Ad Astra Response Corps (AARC): Zalmen Serebryanski
Anime/Video Room: Kent Wong
Art Show: empty role - click here.
Audio Visual: Michael (Taz) Labadie, Andrew Byers
Charity Event: Todd Clark and the TSS (Toronto Steampunk Society)
Dealers Room: Daniel Goodland, Julie D
Entertainment: Michael (Taz) Labadie, Andrew Byers
Gaming: Justin Mohareb
Guest Liaison: Neil Kilroy, Sanda Ignaciuk, Amy De Ruyte
Hospitality: Marco Marrocco, Pasi Paltanen
Hotel Liaison:  Mary-Ellen (Emmy) McAlonen,  Amy De Ruyte
Info Desk: Jeff Goebel
Legal Counsel:  David Warren
Masquerade: Alex Kung
Program Book: Andrew Houston
Programming: Amy De Ruyte, Julie Dobson
Promotions: Daniel Goodland, Amy De Ruyte, Jared Shaprio
Registration: Karl, Mary-Ellen (Emmy) & Chris McAlonen
Volunteers (Gophers): Doug Ward
Web Team: Jeff Goebel, Daniel Goodland, Amy De Ruyte, Glen Hamel,

Ad Astra Board

President: Karl McAlonen
Vice-President: Carolyn VanHeerden
Treasurer: Marco Marrocco
Members: Andrew Houston, David Hurst,  Michael (Taz) Labadie, Shirley Meier

For general Inquiries: info@ad-astra.org

Email Contact List

Please note these contact emails will not always be checked actively during the convention weekend. If you have questions, concerns or confusion while in attendance, find the eager people at the info desk who will try their best to tend to your needs.

Registration Questions registration@ad-astra.org
General Information/Questions info@ad-astra.org
Dealer/Fan Club Table dealers@ad-astra.org
Art Show artshow@ad-astra.org
Gaming gaming@ad-astra.org
Convention Promotions promotions@ad-astra.org
Convention Programming programming@ad-astra.org
Convention Chairs chairs@ad-astra.org
Web Master webmaster@ad-astra.org
Book Launches booklaunches@ad-astra.org
Safety Committee safety@ad-astra.org

The Term Ad Astra is a Latin phrase meaning “to the stars”. The phrase has origins with Virgil, who wrote sic itur ad astra (“thus one journeys to the stars”, from Aeneid book IX, line 641, spoken by Apollo to Aeneas’s young son Iulus) and opta ardua pennis astra sequi, (“desire to pursue the high (or hard to reach) stars on wings” book XII, lines 892–893, spoken by Aeneas to his foe Turnus in their combat). Another origin is Seneca the Younger, who wrote non est ad astra mollis e terris via (“there is no easy way from the earth to the stars”, Hercules Furens, line 437, spoken by Megara, Hercules’ wife).

Reference: Wikipedia

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