The Origin Story of Atlanti-Con 2.0

Atlanti-Con 1.0 was conceptualized in 2010 after Jeff Keeping had a chance encounter with Sci-Fi on the Rock founder Darren Hann while attending Hal-Con in Halifax. The two struck up a friendship and Darren suggested Jeff meet with Matthew Connolly when he returned to Corner Brook to investigate the possibility of starting a new event.

In the summer of 2011, Jeff and Matthew met at a local Tim Horton’s (the true think-tank) and discussed the options and the logistics of starting a new science fiction event. That winter the two sci-fi geeks starting putting together a plan and a dedicated team of volunteers with a target launch date of September 2012.

Atlanti-Con 1.0 (2012-2019)

In September of 2012, the first Atlanti-Con (originally called North Atlanti-Con, coined by Dean Simms-Anderson) was held at the Greenwood Inn and Suites and proved to be very well received. At the end of the weekend, the volunteer team knew they would need a “bigger boat” if they were to continue hosting the event.

Atlanti-Con 2 and 3 (2013 and 2014) were both held at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland in the beautiful atrium of the campus and using several lecture halls to host events and panels. However, while this provided more space for growth, the popularity of the event was underestimated and once again Atlanti-Con would have to move.

Atlanti-Con 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) were all held at the Corner Brook Civic Centre Annex which allowed for the event to grow to approximately 1500 visitors annually. The event had found its footing and was proving to be a success that fans from all over Newfoundland (and parts of Canada) were looking forward to every year.

COVID-19 (2020-2021)

The global COVID-19 swept through North America and booking guests was proving to be difficult, if not impossible. Travel restrictions plus fear of catching the disease meant many guests were not able or willing to travel long distances. It was decided to wait and bring the event back in 2021.

Unfortunately, 2021 didn’t fare much better with the lock-downs and quarantine taking place all over the world. Travel restrictions and fear of public events prevented the event from being held in 2021. A smaller, local event was considered but the organizing team decided that it was too risky given what was happening.

2021 and beyond…

In the summer of 2021, and after much consideration, Jeff Keeping (Chairperson and Executive Director) decided that it was time to pursue other events happening in his life. So after some insight, he decided to sell all assets and rights to the event to the person who had put the convention bug in his ear, Darren Hann.

With that, Darren took the reigns of the event and has started planning for a target re-launch date of September 2022 returning to the original location, the Greenwood Inn and Suites. Atlanti-Con 2.0 is off and running with guests being booked, the venue secured and soon more news to come about events and volunteer opportunities!

See you all in September 2022!