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.

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LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES





September 3, 2014

Hello, RushCon Attendees and Fans!

First off, let me thank all of the auction winners for your tremendous generosity in helping us raise SO much money for the auction this year! You were all so wonderful, and I couldn't ask for more! My heart is humbled and I am so very glad I could bring you all such great items! And, now for the information you all have been eagerly waiting for.

*Drumroll PLEASE!*

We raised a total of $10,035 for our charities this year! $8835 went to CARE Canada and $1200 went to Art Gives Hope. It warms my heart to know you all opened your hearts (and credit cards) for such worthy causes! (And, you got some pretty cool stuff to boot!) So, again, thank you all for your generosity and I hope you enjoy your winnings!
Take care!

Holly Smith
RushCon Auction Coordinator

AUGUST 20, 2014

RushCon Weekend: Follow along
Don't miss the fun! Follow along at: Rushcon.org/live

AUGUST 17, 2014

Your Guide to RushCon 14
Joining us in Toronto this week? Full travel and convention info posted here.



It's not to late to join us! Register now!

Enjoy this clip from Beyond The Lighted Stage, featuring RushCon from years past.

AUGUST 14, 2014

Less than 8 days until RushCon Weekend!

We can't wait and are counting down the hours until we kick off Friday night! Hope to see you soon!

RushCon 14 Checklist:
• Register! Get your tickets now
• Book your travel! Our hotel room block is almost full. Get on that soon!
• We still have discounts at AirCanada and Porter Airlines
• Check your travel documents! You need a valid passport to get into Canada!

JuLY 15, 2014

Less than 40 days until RushCon kicks off in August!

Our full schedule is announced, and posted here. We have added 2 new spaces to our event this year: The "Temple and Marketplace." The temple will be a lounge area where attendees can hang out and chat in a quieter setting. The "Marketplace" will be our room of vendors, like Rush Backstage Club, and many other goodies! Make sure to check out both these new areas at this year's convention.

RushCon 14 Checklist:
• Register! Get your tickets now
• Book your travel! Our hotel room block is almost full. Get on that soon!
• We still have discounts at AirCanada and Porter Airlines
• Check your travel documents! You need a valid passport to get into Canada!



June 9, 2014

We’re really looking forward to meeting new fans and reuniting with old friends! Are you Registered yet?

Anthem Records Tour
Rush’s record label, Anthem/SRO, has graciously opened it’s doors to RushCon once again. It’s a one of a kind experience, with a behind the scenes look at their offices and work space featuring many historic relics, awards and album artwork. The tour will take place the morning of Sunday August 24th. There will be a sign up sheet at the registration desk on Friday, but space will be limited so sign up early! The tour is open to all 3-day Pass holders, as well as “Sunday Only” passholders. Bring your cameras; you will want to remember this incredible tour.

4th Guest Speaker Announced
Rock authority and two-time Rush biographer Martin Popoff will be joining us to discuss his new book Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Tale Of Max Webster, World’s Greatest Rock Band, and that band’s many ties to Rush. Copies will be on hand for signing and sale, as well as quantities of another 30 or so of Martin’s other 45 books.

Rush Tribute Band of the Month
A new feature at RushCon.org makes its debut: Tribute Band of the Month! Every month, we’ll showcase a Rush tribute band, with a photo, songs and links so fans can learn more about the band and upcoming concerts. For our inaugural TBOTM, we are featuring not one, but TWO tribute bands: The Rush Tribute Project and kRUSH, the runners up to our RushCon 14 Tribute Band contest. From July 2014 into 2015, we’ll be drawing from the entries in our RushCon 14 Tribute Band contest. Check it out!

May 16, 2014

DRUMROLL PLEASE….

Thank you to all the bands who entered the RushCon 14 Tribute Band Contest. We had 14 fantastic bands from around the world enter for a chance to play at RushCon. We narrowed it down to 3 finalists, then called on the public to vote for our winner. With the high caliber of musicianship displayed, many fans commented on how hard it was to choose the best. After we counted the final votes, we have our winner.

AND THE WINNER IS…



RushCon is very proud to welcome back Lotus Land from Wakefield, Rhode Island! Lotus Land will be playing for you at RushCon on Saturday 23rd August 2014. The band will be asked to dig deep into their copious setlist to give us a show filled with rarities and suprises. From past experience, we know this powerhouse trio will definitely rock our audience! Don’t miss out on seeing them shake the walls of The Great Hall in Toronto. It’s included in the price of the RushCon packages, or you can buy tickets to the tribute show at the door.

May 1, 2014

To celebrate Rush’s 40th anniversary in style, we welcome
3 legendary guest speakers to our lineup.


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Howard Ungerleider


Howard is the long-time Show and Lighting Designer/Director behind the astonishing choreographed light and lasers shows you’ve seen at Rush concerts for the past 40 years.

In addition to Rush, he has also worked with musicians such as Queensryche, Rod Stewart, Van Halen,and Tool plus a number of corporate/special event clients and professional sports teams. As the co-owner of special effects company Production Design International.

Howard has a reputation for amazing lighting and visual design in this industry. He has been working with the band since 1974, starting out as their tour manager, accountant as well as lighting director. Howard will share with us his creative process and what it’s like having to create the visual show that enhances the live music. He will let us in on some of the tales of being on this crew since the beginning.

Howard’s appearance will take place on Day 2 of RushCon, Saturday August 23rd, 2014.

Tony “Jack Secret” Geranios

Tony Geranios (a.k.a. "Jack Secret") has been an integral member of the Rush road crew since the A Farewell to Kings tour in 1977.

Tony started out as guitar tech assistant to Liam Birt and filled the role of Backstage Co-ordinator for the AFTK Tour. As Rush began to embrace synthesizer technology in the late 70s and early 80s, his role expanded to include setup and synthesizer/keyboard maintenance.

During the mixing of "Exit Stage Left", an impromptu jam session between Tony, Skip Gildersleeve, Geddy, Alex and Neil resulted in the recording of "Tough Break". The song was never officially released, but found it's way onto a couple of rare bootlegs.

Tony juggled his double role throughout the Permanent Waves - Power Windows era. He moved into the role of Keyboard Technician for the Hold Your Fire tour, a position he holds to this day. He is one of the masterminds behind Geddy's keyboard rigs and controls all the samples during every live Rush show. In short, he is Geddy’s right-hand keyboard man.

As a valued road warrior, Tony is one of the core members of the road crew that has stuck with Rush for over 30 years. He has forged tight friendships with the guys and his experiences have given him many stories to tell.

Tony’s appearance will take place on Day 2 of RushCon, Saturday August 23rd, 2014.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these two amazing guys, long time friends, and kings of their industry who happen to work for the best band on earth. Get a glimpse behind the creative minds that are a part of the magnificent journey of the live Rush experience.

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April 23, 2014

Vote for the best Rush Tribute Band to play at RushCon!

The submissions are in! We’ve narrowed it down from 14, to the top 3 bands competing for the spot at the tribute show, Saturday August 23rd. And we need your help! Please have a listen and help rate the songs. Who sounds most like Rush? Who really captures the essence of our favorite trio? Who can you imagine rocking out to?

Voting will close on Sunday May 11th 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

Please note, any suspicion of vote tampering will disqualify that band. This means no multiple votes from the same person. (And we will be checking!) We need to keep this contest as fair as possible so any solicitation of votes, or comments identifying the bands will be deleted.

This will be a close contest, and every vote counts! May the best rock stars win. :)

Vote Now!


April 15, 2014

Which Rush album truly fits your personality? Find out here.



MARch 13, 2014

Happy Spring, Rush Fans! We hope you are all basking in some warm weather! We have some updates to share with you about this year’s RushCon!

Tickets On Sale Now!

Hotel and travel information can be found here.

Our convention events will take place at The Great Hall. This super cool space will hold our daytime activities on Saturday and Sunday, as well as our Tribute Band show on Saturday night. We will have trivia, games, multimedia, door prizes, our charity memorabilia auction, some great guest speakers, Rush Karaoke, a closing night party and much more!



Guest speaker

RushCon is thrilled to announce that “Clockwork Angels: The Novel” author, Kevin J. Anderson, will be a guest speaker. We invited Kevin to share his amazing new project, CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Graphic Novel, and whatever other projects he may have up his sleeve!

Kevin collaborated closely with Neil Peart in the creation of the Clockwork Angels story. This is not the first time the duo has worked together - both created a dark fantasy short story, “Drumbeats,” and Neil also wrote an introduction for Kevin’s collection “Landscapes.” Kevin will read from “Clockwork Angels” and share his experiences of the creation of the novel. Books will be on sale and Kevin will do a book signing.

RushCon 14 Tribute Band Contest

Attention all Rush tribute bands! Call for submissions is now open!

This year marks 40 years of Rush and 14 years of RushCon. Would YOU like to play live at RushCon? Are you up to playing to a crowd of discerning Rush fans having a fantastic time rocking out to your Rush cover tunes? Enter your band for a chance to win!

Questions? Email us at bandsubmissions@rushcon.org.

RUSHCON CHARITY AUCTION

We are on the hunt for items for our Charity Auction. If you have any collectibles, memorabilia, homemade art, or anything that you, as a Rush fan, would want to bid on, please send it our way. You will be helping to support an amazing cause, Care.ca, an organization fighting global poverty. Please email auction@rushcon.org.

February 24, 2014

RushCon 14: Celebrating 14 years of the greatest fans gathering and 40 years of the world’s greatest band.

We are very excited to announce that our 14th annual convention will take place in Rush’s hometown of Toronto, August 22nd - 24th, 2014.

Enjoy 3 days of Rush-filled festivities, including games, prizes, trivia, a memorabilia charity auction, special guest speakers, a tribute band concert and much, much more. Full convention details will be announced later this spring, but we wanted to make sure folks saved the date!

This is the year! Don’t be kicking yourself for missing yet another RushCon. From the friends you will make, to the music you will sing along with, RushCon 14 will be an unforgettable experience.

You belong at RushCon 14.







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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.