Toronto’s Premiere SF & Fantasy Fan Convention

Ad Astra 2014:  April 4, 5 & 6

 Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel

Guests of Honour:

David WeberSteven EriksonAnne Groell, Patricia Briggs, and Donato Giancola (Sat and Sun only)

Welcome back to returning past Guests of Honour: Julie Czerneda, Ed Greenwood and Robert J. Sawyer

Special guest: Mark Townsend

Ad Astra is a literary fan-run convention, promoting local talent within the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Paranormal, for all media of the written word. Our weekend includes panels on a variety of topics including writing, publishing, media, creative works, comics, costuming and steampunk, as well as many events including Masquerade, writer workshops, and book launches. Complementing our programming, Ad Astra also has a dealer area, featuring many vendors, writers, exhibitors, artists and artisans as well as an Art Show and auction.

New Hotel Announcement:

Ad Astra is pleased to announce a new shiny location – The Sheraton Parkway North, which hosted many area conventions including Polaris, Reversed Polarity and World Fantasy 2012.  This location will bring fabulous convention space, great room prices and fantastic service to our convention.

Check out these Room Rates!

  • Sheraton (closest to convention space):  $129 per night
  • Best Western (connected to convention space): $99 per night

For Hotel  Reservations, please call the hotel

Mention our Group Codes to get the special room rate:

  • ADA403 – Sheraton booking code
  • 17G – Best Western booking code

Book early to ensure convention room rates and availability.

In other news…


Online Registration is now open!

Dealers and Art Show:

Art Show and Dealer Registration will be posted in the next few weeks as they change into their new spaces. Contact them at and for more information.


We would like to hear your Programming Suggestions – tell us what you want to talk about this year.

Costuming/Cosplay News:

We need your help, costumers! We have a survey for attendees who are interested in cosplay/costuming, so if you have about 5 minutes, we really appreciate you filling out the survey. It about cosplay programming and events at conventions in general. This is your chance to be heard, so help us make Ad Astra a better convention for you!

Are you a local costumer preparing for CostumeCon32 being held in Toronto on April 25-28, 2014 and want an opportunity to show off your costume and trial run it before CC32? You’re welcome to do so at the Ad Astra Masquerade! Make sure you can move in it, see how it looks under the lights, and ensure it’s holding up well, all with time to make any adjustments prior to CC32. Participation in Ad Astra’s masquerade with your CC32 costume has been cleared by the organizers of CC32, so make use of this awesome opportunity with a really appreciative crowd!