WHAT IS RUSHCON?
RushCon 14: August 22nd - 24th, 2014 - Toronto

RushCon is the largest North American gathering of fans celebrating the music of Canadian rock band, Rush.

Once a year, fans from all over the world gather for several days of activities such as games, a charity auction featuring rare and collectible band memorabilia, a tribute band concert, important guest speakers from inside the band's inner circle and much, much more!

RushCon is a by-the-fans, for-the-fans event where folks have an opportunity to raise money for an important charity whilst having an amazing time learning more about the band, getting to know each other and connecting with other fans from around the world. Over the past 11 years, RushCon members have formed life-long friendships and bonded over their fondness of this band.

It's a tremendously fun, informative and exciting series of events where fans are able to spend a weekend experiencing all the sites and sounds of Rush and simultaneously catch up with old friends who'll make you feel like you're not the only kid in the room who can recognize an odd time signature.

See Past Events

PAST EVENTS

All though they're just a memory, some memories last forever..

RushCON 15 (Toronto Mini-Con): 2015
RushCON 15 (Los angeles): 2015
RushCON 14: 2014
RushCON 13: 2013
RushCON 12: 2012
RushCON x1: 2011
RushCon 10: 2010
RushCon 9: 2009



RUSHCON: 14 - August 22 -24, 2014 Toronto



RushCon 14 was a carnival celebrating Rush’s 40th anniversary, with a great mixture of old and new – friends, guest speakers, games, and, as always, Rush’s great music.

RushCon 14 was a carnival celebrating Rush’s 40th anniversary, with a great mixture of old and new – friends, guest speakers, games, and, as always, Rush’s great music.

FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2014


The Mixer is always a great place to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We split into groups for the trivia games. Team Presto went up against Team Roll the Bones who went up against Team Rush, etc. The lyric pictogram game, titled “Gaze at Their Feverish Pictures”, was quite a fun challenge. We ended the evening playing RushCon Against Humanity, a cheeky RushCon version of Cards Against Humanity.

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 23, 2014

We were in a new venue this year, The Great Hall. We loved the warmth and style of the place, which we put to good use in our Carnies-inspired decorations. The Rush album banners were a big hit!



Awesome Rush banners hang around the balcony.

The Rush Carnival Big Top.

We really loved this classic theatre venue!.


We were thrilled to present four Guest Speakers this year, covering Rush’s entire history and giving us a variety of viewpoints into the music industry.  Howard, Tony, Martin, and Kevin were all so approachable and fun.  

Howard Ungerleider kicked off with insights into his early years with Rush before segueing into development of the lighting design that amazes the fans at the concerts. He proceeded to surprise us with an amazing laser demonstration, set to “YYZ”.





Howard shows us a demo from actual Rush concert lasers..

Tony “Jack Secret” Geranios joined Howard during his question-and-answer session before giving a photo and story presentation of his own. It was wonderful to see pictures and hear stories about the band’s early recording sessions. .





Jack shows us some never before seen personal photos of the band from the early days.

Martin Popoff spoke of the band Max Webster, and their connections with Rush, capped off with playing a recording
of the energetic Max Webster and Rush song, Battle Scar.




Martin signs many of his cool rock encyclopedic books..

Words of the Profits is a popular game that is always good for laughs and challenging for our players!
This year, we pitted three teams against each other: Jeremy & Chris, Angela & Sean and Kane & Mindy. Long-time attendees, Jeremy and Chris, triumphed and won drum heads signed by all three members of Rush!










We were again treated a concert by the insanely talented Lotus Land. They won the most votes in the fan rated
contest yet again!





SUNDAY AUGUST 24, 2014

Sunday we continued the festivities with our friend and author Kevin J. Anderson. Here he announced his next amazing project, "Clockwork Lives!" A collaboration with Neil Peart!

We then launched into the auction, which featured a lot of singed items from the band, and some stunning handmade artwork.


We headed to the Orbit Room in RushCon tradition to cap off the weekend.

All in all, it was another magnificent convention. We take such pride in being able to put on this even each year and the continued support by the fans.

"Some days were dark
I wish that I could live it all again
Some nights were bright
I wish that I could live it all again"

We are always so grateful for the continuing support from Anthem Records.

Very special thanks to this years support staff, Nancy, Brian, Dubs and Hopie.

Max, Todd, and Rodney for their heroic efforts year after year.

The staff at Hard Rock Cafe, and Massey Hall.

Martin Popoff

Paulie Beaulieu and The Canadian Music Scene

Tim Notter, Tim Wilson and the staff at the Orbit Room.

The Dave Barrett Trio

Patrick and John at Showtech Merchandise, Rush Back Stage Club

And from the bottom of our hearts, thanks to all our attendees. We look forward to seeing you each and every year. You make doing this so special and rewarding for us.

And of course, none of this magic would be possible without the tireless effort of Team RushCon. Jillian, Eddy Maxwell, Kristy Williams, Holly Smith and Mary Jo Plews. Thank you all!

Photos: Jessica Winkworth, Eddy Maxwell, Melanie Bichener, M0b13us, Paul Beaulieu, Bruce Lee, Kristy Williams





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All Contents ©2013 Rushcon. RushCon is a by-the-fans, for-the-fans event where folks have an opportunity to raise money for an important charity whilst having an amazing time learning more about the band, getting to know each other and connecting with other fans from around the world. RushCon has no official affiliation with Rush or Anthem Entertainment. As much as we wish we could, we have no way of getting anyone concert tickets or ways to meet the band.