Winnipeg Bids for the 15th North American Science Fiction Convention

The Winnipeg in 2023 Committee is pleased to announce it will bid for the right to host the 15th North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). In March 2022, the bid filed the required papers in accordance with the World Science Fiction Society Constitution, with the Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention (September 1-4, 2002). The vote to determine the 2023 NASFiC Site will be held by Chicon 8, (https://chicon.org) and voted on by its membership.

The Winnipeg in 2023 Committee is bidding to host the 2023 NASFiC in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, witrh the Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg and RBC Convention Centre as its main facilities. Bid documents are here: https://main.winnipegin2023.ca/filing-documents/

The bid committee boasts a number of experienced convention organisers, including former Worldcon and World Fantasy Convention chairs and enthusiastic local convention runners. The committee is headed jointly by Linda Ross-Mansfield and Robbie Bourget. Linda is active in Winnipeg fandom, and Robbie has wide experience with running conventions of various sizes and subgenres. Both are familiar with Worldcon culture and fandom, having served at the Division head and executive levels.

The Winnipeg in 2023 bid is a committee of Cansmof, a Canadian not-for-profit corporation that focuses on running and sponsoring fannish events in Canada.

The bid is endorsed by WINSFA Inc., which oversees KeyCon, an annual science fiction convention held in Winnipeg. Keycon has been held annually since 1984 over the Victoria Day weekend. Although the 2020 and 2021 events were virtual for safety reasons, the 2022 KeyCon is being planned as an in-person event. More information about KeyCon is available at https://keycon.org.

Should Winnipeg win the right to host, this will be the first NASFiC to be held in Canada.

Direct all queries for additional information to info@winnipegIn2023.ca.

The bid chairs may be directly contacted at bidchairs@winnipegIn2023.ca.

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