Ad Astra Information

July 12-14th, 2019

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: James E. Bade

Departments (Alphabetical)

Ad Astra Response Corps (AARC): Zalmen Serebryanski
Anime/Video Room: Kent Wong
Art Show: Gerry Vail, Dave Garland
Audio Visual: Michael (Taz) Labadie, Marcus Antaya
Charity Event: Doc Morgan and the TSS (Toronto Steampunk Society)
Dealers Room: Daniel Goodland
Entertainment: Michael (Taz) Labadie, Marcus Antaya
Gaming: Justin Mohareb
Guest Liaison: Neil Kilroy, Sanda Ignaciuk, Amy De Ruyte
Hospitality: Marco Marrocco, Pasi Paltanen
Hotel Liaison:  Amy De Ruyte
Info Desk: Jeff Goebel
Legal Counsel:  David Warren
Masquerade: Alex Kung
Program Book: Andrew Houston
Programming: Neil Kilroy, Amy De Ruyte

  • Book Launches: Julie Dobson
  • Music: Jane Garthson

Promotions: Daniel Goodland, Julie Dobson, Amy De Ruyte, Jared Shaprio
Registration: Karl, Mary-Ellen (Emmy) & Chris McAlonen
Tastings: Cathy Orr, Dave Potter
Volunteers (Gophers):
Web Team: Glen Hamel, Jeff Goebel, Daniel Goodland, Amy De Ruyte

Ad Astra Board

President: Paul Roberts
Vice-President: Carolyn VanHeerden
Treasurer: Marco Marrocco
Members: David Hurst,  Andrew Houston, Michael (Taz) Labadie, Zalmen Serebryanski

For general Inquiries:

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
General Information/Questions
Dealer/Fan Club Table
Art Show
Convention Promotions
Convention Programming
Convention Chairs
Web Master
Book Launches
Safety Committee

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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