Starting in 1980, Ad Astra is now the longest running not-for-profit, volunteer-run, weekend-long, science fiction, fantasy event in Ontario.

We’ve archived some web pages from previous years:

2016, 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 

Con

Year

Date

Guests

Location

Chair(s)

I

1980

June 13-15

James Hogan, Steve Simmons

Ramada Inn Downtown, Toronto

Greg Hagglund

II

1982

June 11-13

Jerry Pournelle, Ro Lutz-Nagey

Cara Inn, Mississauga

Mike Wallis

III

1983

Sept. 23-25

Ben Bova, Ken Fletcher

Cara Inn, Mississauga

Mike Wallis

IV

1984

June 8-10

Dean Ing, David C. Onley, Bob Passavoy

Howard Johnson Airport Hotel, Etobicoke

Mike Wallis

V

1985

June 7-9

David Brin, Vonda McIntyre, Mike Glyer

Howard Johnson Airport Hotel, Etobicoke

Leslie Dickson

VI

1986

June 13-15

Steven Brust, Roger Zelazny, Frank Kelly Freas

Howard Johnson Airport Hotel, Etobicoke

Mike Wallis

7 (1)

1987

June 12-14

C.J. Cherryh, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Diana Gallagher Wu

Holiday Inn Airport Hotel, Toronto

Mike Wallis

8

1988

June 10-12

Orson Scott Card, R.A. MacAvoy, Fran Skene, Taral

Holiday Inn Airport Hotel, Toronto

Mike Wallis

9

1989

June 9-11

John Varley, Kerry O’Quinn

Regal Constellation Hotel, Toronto

Ian Wilson

10

1990

June 8-10

Terry Pratchett, Frank Kelly Freas, Larry Stewart

Howard Johnson Airport Hotel, Toronto

Ian Wilson

11

1991

June 7-9

Barbara Hambly, George Alec Effinger, Bob Eggleton

Holiday Inn Airport Hotel, Toronto

Karen Wehrstein

12

1992

June 5-7

Katherine Kurtz, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jan Howard Finder

Sheraton Toronto East Hotel & Towers, Toronto

Karen Wehrstein

13

1993

June 4-6

Frederik Pohl, Dave Duncan, Robin Wood

Sheraton Toronto East Hotel & Towers, Toronto

Lloyd Penney

14

1994

June 17-19

L.Sprague deCamp, Catherine Crook deCamp, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, George Alec Effinger

Sheraton Toronto East Hotel & Towers, Toronto

Lloyd Penney

15

1995

June 16-18

Roger Zelazny, A.C. Crispin, Shawna McCarthy, Wayne Barlowe, Kim Newman, Stephen Jones, Michael Copabianco, Ellen Datlow

Holiday Inn Yorkdale, Toronto

Steve Wilson

16

1996

June 7-9

Larry Niven, James P. Hogan, Philip Pullman, Robert J. Sawyer, Kathryn Cramer

Days Inn Airport, Mississauga

Steve Wilson

XVII

1997

June 13-15

Steven Brust, Tim Powers, John Clute

Days Inn Airport, Mississauga

Steve Wilson

18 / ’98

1998

June 5-7

Josepha Sherman, Tanya Huff, Keith & Gary Arseneau

Radisson Hotel Toronto East Don Valley, Toronto

Michael Green

2000

2000

Feb. 18-20

Nancy Kress, Charles de Lint, Christopher Stasheff, Scott Edelman, Lloyd and Yvonne Penney

Best Western Primrose Hotel, Toronto

Ian Wilson, Morgan Birch

2001

2001

Feb. 23-25

Connie Willis, David G. Hartwell, Rick Green, Robert J. Sawyer, Urban Tapestry

Holiday Inn Don Valley Toronto East, Toronto

Michael Green, Mary-Ellen Casciato

2002

2002

Feb. 8-10

Guy Gavriel Kay, John Howe, Julie E. Czerneda, Ted Naismith

Colony Hotel, Toronto

Michael Green, Mary-Ellen Casciato

XXII (2)

2003

March 21-23

David Brin, Tanya Huff, Robert Gould, Brian Froud

Colony Hotel, Toronto

Michael Green, Mary-Ellen Casciato

2004 (2)

2004

April 2-4

C.J. Cherryh, Robert Charles Wilson, Don Bassingthwaite, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Mark Askwith, Gord Rose

Crown Plaza Don Valley Hotel, Toronto

Amanda Foubister

XXIV

2005

April 8-10

Nalo Hopkinson, Don Hutchinson, Tom Smith, Charles Vess, Peter Watts

Days Inn Airport East, Toronto

Doug Ward, Peter Sprokkelenburg

25

2006

March 31-April 2

Kelley Armstrong, Terry Brooks, Peter David, Ed Greenwood, Betsy Mitchell, Martin Springett, David Warren

Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel

Doug Ward, Peter Sprokkelenburg

26

2007

March 2-4

Ed Beard Jr., Cory Doctorow, Phyllis Gotlieb, Stephen Jones, Lee Knight, Chris Knight

Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel

Francois van Heerden

27

2008

March 28-30

Yvonne Gilbert, Howard Tayler, Christopher Golden, Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, Dr. Shelley Rabinovitch, Glen Loates, Wayne Brown

Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel

Francois van Heerden, Peter Sprokkelenburg, Mike McDougall

28

2009

March 27-29

Melyssa Ade, Nigel Bennett, Kent Burles, David Drake, Joanne Ellen Hansen, Tamora Pierce, Timothy Zahn

Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel

Lee Knight, Amy De Ruyte

29

2010

April 9-11

Aaron Allston, Todd McCaffrey, Robert J. Sawyer, Eric Flint, Robert Pincombe, Kate Hewlett, Cathy Palmer-Lister, Thea Munster, Heather Dale, Nerdgasm

Toronto Don Valley Hotel

Lee Knight, Amy De Ruyte

30

2011

April 8-10

Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Ben Bova, Kathryn Cramer, Julie Czerneda, Ellen Datlow, Dave Duncan, Scott Edelman, Eric Flint, Ed Greenwood, David G. Hartwell, Tanya Huff, Don Hutchison, Stephen Jones, Guy Gavriel Kay, Todd McCaffrey, Shawna McCarthy, Tamora Pierce, Howard Tayler, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Peter Watts

Toronto Don Valley Hotel

Mary-Ellen McAlonen, Doug Ward

31

2012

April 13-15

Harry Turtledove, Lesley Livingston, Shelly Shapiro, Joe Jusko, Peter Halasz

Markham Holiday Inn

Mary-Ellen McAlonen

32

2013

April 5-7

Ben Bova, Jim Butcher, Scott Caple, Stephen Hunt, Cris Macht

Markham Holiday Inn

Alana Otis-Wood, Evelyn Baker

33

2014

April 4-6

David Weber, Steven Erikson, Anne Groell, Patricia Briggs, Donato Giancola, Mark Townsend

Sheraton Parkway North

Alana Otis-Wood, Paul Roberts

34

2015

April 10-12

Anne Bishop,  Charles de Lint, MaryAnn Harris, Denis McGrath, Monica Pacheco

Sheraton Parkway North

Alana Otis-Wood, Paul Roberts

35

2016

April 29 – May 1

Catherine Asaro, Tom Doherty, Sandra Kasturi, Brett Savory, Jack Whyte

Sheraton Parkway North

Paul Roberts, Kris Webb

Notes: (1) — Ad Astra 7 was also Convention 7.
((2) — Ad Astra XXII (2003) and 2004 were combined with Orion, a gaming convention.