RushCon: The Convention for Rush Fans RushCon: The Convention for Rush Fans
WHAT IS RUSHCON?
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 15 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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JULY 28, 2015


Welcome to RushCon week!

It’s not too late to register, and join us in what will go down as the most historic time to be a Rush fan. This will be the concert everyone will be talking about! We plan on closing this tour out in the best way possible: surrounded by amazing fellow fans and having the best party on earth.

Tickets on sale at door only.
Already registered? You are on the list!  Just show us your printed out ticket, or a mobile version and you will get your packet.
Need to pay at the door? You can do that too. Cash and Credit Card.
 

Arriving at RushCon
For anyone looking for a inexpensive alternative to get to the downtown area hotel for RushCon, other than a taxi, sedan limo or a Super Shuttle type shared van
there is commuter bus called FlyAway for about $8. It will take you nonstop to Union Station downtown (about 45 min in normal traffic in high-occupancy vehicle lanes).

Once there, you can board the Metro Rail Red Line to the 7th St/Metro station to get to your hotel. You will be about 4-8 blocks to the Luxe, Marriott, Hilton or Hotel Figueroa and few others. A super cheap and eco-friendly alternative to driving or taking a cab. More info here.

Parking at the Luxe City center is $40.00 a night, so try to avoid that!

The Belasco Theater

Driving to the Belasco? Here is where you can park.

Convention Events

Friday July 31st, 7:45 pm 
7:45 pm - Club Nokia VIP Lounge (All Ages)
Starting at quarter till 8, kick off RushCon 15 at the welcome mixer at the Club Nokia VIP Lounge. Extend a welcome hand to fellow fans, hear Rush’s passionate music, enjoy some snacks and play some team games for glittering prizes. The door to get into the club is right across the street from the hotel, under the "Target VIP" door. Can't miss it.


Saturday, August 1st (All Ages)
The Belasco Theater
9:00 am: Buses will begin a loop between the Luxe City Center Hotel to the Belasco Theater.

9:30 am: Doors open
Vendors include: Rush Backstage Club, Kevin J. Anderson and Fantoons!

10:00 am: Guest speakers Kevin J. Anderson and a live performance by Vertical Horizon's Matt Scannell. They will talk about collaborations with Neil and tales from their own personal creative ventures.

11:30 am: Watch and play along with The Words of the Profits, a taboo style game (Sign up list will be available at RushCon Merch booth)

12:30 pm: Snack and video break

1:00 pm: Warm up those vocal pipes for The Singing BeeU2B, a karaoke competition!  (Sign up list will be available at RushCon Merch booth)

2:00 pm: Get those bidding stars ready, for the annual memorabilia auction! This is super excited to watch, even if you are not bidding. (All bidders must be on site, signed up, and sitting in designated seating area to participate)

3:30 pm: Buses take us back to Luxe City Center hotel for a quick break before the show.

4:45 pm: Buses leave Luxe City Center to go to the Forum. (Don’t forget your concert ticket!)

7:30 pm: Rush Live at The Forum

After show: Buses take us back to the hotel. Festivities will continue on the rooftop bar at the Luxe City Center hotel.

Don't forget to smile and look sharp. Our event is being filmed for the Rush fan documentary... and maybe you will see yourself on the silver screen!

 

Sunday, August 2nd (All Ages)
1:00 pm: Double-decker sightseeing bus pick us up for the “Star Map of Hollywood” tour, featuring famous LA landmarks, a stop at Guitar Center's Hollywood Rockwalk to see a show of hand (prints), and a visit to the Rush star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Please note this event is sold out, but if you have already registered you are all set and your seat awaits.)

4:00 pm: The grand finale of RushCon 15 will be a closing party starting at the Grammy Museum. We have a private 4th floor gallery space, and Museum admission price is included in your RushCon ticket. Tickets are still available for this, and you can pay at the door.

Check out the new PRS SE Alex Lifeson  
In case you missed it, PRS, the makers of many of Alex’s guitars has put out a beautiful new signature acoustic model. They also have a great video series where he talks about the quality of his guitars and about the tour itself.


Carrying over unique appointments from the Private Stock Alex Lifeson acoustic, the SE features a thinner body depth than PRS’s standard Angelus model. A “Birds in Flight” inlay adorns the rosewood fretboard and pairs nicely with the unique back and sides crafted from figured Dao wood. Players will find a noticeably warm and resonant tone in the SE Alex Lifeson - even when amplified! An undersaddle pickup with both volume and tone knobs will give you all the control you need from the stage.


Oh and did we mention that one of the SE Alex Lifeson acoustic guitars has been donated to our auction? Oh yeah. There will be one!

Learn all about these stunning instruments and much more, here.

 
Not joining us this year?
We will be live tweeting and sharing photos and videos all weekend.

You can follow along or share your photos at:

Facebook.com/Rushcon

twitter.com/rushcon

instagram.com/rushcon

#RushCon

 

JULY 7, 2015


SHARE YOUR STORY!


You have probably heard that Rush, in conjunction with Fadoo Productions, is creating a feature-length documentary about the lives of Rush fans to be released with the upcoming R40 DVD. RushCon is a by-the-fans, for-the-fans event, so it is no surprise that the crew will be documenting RushCon. Come live in the limelight with us as we celebrate Rush together. You might be captured playing a game, in the crowd, or hanging out with your Rush friends. Do you have a unique Rush fan story? Has the band and music influenced your life in a significant way? The filmmakers want to hear from you! You could be chosen for a feature interview by the documentary crew during RushCon!
Share your story here.


We are excited to welcome Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon fame to our Saturday RushCon line up! Come here him speak about writing and collaborating with Neil Peart and his own personal journey as a Rock Star! He may even play us some tunes…



JuNE 24, 2015

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Toronto mini-RushCon this year! We met so many amazing people and had such a wonderful and memorable time! We saw 2 unbelievable concerts, had a fun pub crawl, had an awesome pre-party at Hard Rock Cafe, took a tour of Anthem records, saw the sites of Toronto, and finished it all at The Orbit Room!

These things go by so quickly for us, but I know that we are building the best memories of our lives. And thank you all for being a part of that.. Next stop.. Los Angeles!

Love, Eddy, Holly, Mary Jo, Cat and Jillian

JuNE 11, 2015

Only 1 week until the mini-con storms through Toronto!
It's not too late to register! And Yes, you can buy tickets at the door of each event.
Full event schedule posted here.
First time to RushCon, or maybe just need a refresher? Here is a handy guide to traveling to Toronto!



April 13, 2015

Happy Spring Rush Fans! Can you believe we will be seeing the boys again live in less than a month? We are counting down the days!

Until then, you can do all your planning to get yourselves to RushCon 15! Tickets are on sale now, and more event information is posted! Hotel rooms are booking up fast and are almost sold out. Early bird discounts rate for Los Angeles con available only until the end of April. We can’t wait to see you!

REGISTER FOR RUSHCON 15 NOW

JOIN THE RUSHCON STREET TEAM!
Going to a bunch of shows this tour? Are you out going and like to meet new people? RushCon needs you! Were looking for people to help hand out fliers and engage with fans at upcoming shows. You will get discounted entry to both RushCon’s this summer. Sound like your thing? Email: streetTeam@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 amazing causes. Please email auction@rushcon.org.

RUSHCON SEEKS SPONSORS
Rushcon is a non-profit organization run by a team of kick-ass women who contribute their time, expertise and resources on a voluntary basis. Without the support of our sponsors, donors and attendees, we wouldn't be able to hold this wonderful event. What does your donation help pay for? RushCon has several sponsorship packages available, which would allow you a direct route into the network of fans of this cult band. Please contact info@rushcon.org







March 13, 2015

Happy March, Rush Fans!  We hope everyone is staying warm, finishing House of Cards, and making your tour plans for this summer. We have some updated information about RushCon 15 in Los Angeles, and Mini-RushCon in Toronto. See our events page for travel and schedule information. Convention tickets will go on sale in April!

FEBRUARY 17, 2015

ANNOUNCING: RUSHCON 15  

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rush, and in conjunction with the 34-city R40 LIVE Tour, RushCon is excited to announce RushCon 15 will be held twice, in two locations: a Mini-Con in Toronto, and for the first time ever in Los Angeles.

We are so grateful for the fans who have made the trip up to the Great White North every year. But this year, we wanted to add something different. We want RushCon to be accessible to everyone. If this is Rush's last big tour, we want it to go out with a bang and to celebrate big. So we are having two conventions this summer.

Where better to celebrate the amazing legacy of our favorite band, than with your friends at RushCon? 

TORONTO MINI-CON, JUNE 19 - 20
Can’t make it to LA? Fear not, for we couldn’t leave out the hometown show! We will be having a “mini-RushCon” June 19 - 20 in Toronto to cheer the boys on. We will have a pre-show party before the Friday concert at the Air Canada Centre, plus a couple of additional events to be announced in the coming weeks. 

LOS ANGELES, JULY 31 - AUGUST 2
Join us for three days of Rush-related events, including transportation to and from the concert at the Forum, on Saturday, August 1. 


(Please note, concert tickets are not included in any RushCon package. Attendees are responsible for acquiring their own concert tickets.)  

Full details and travel info, including official hotel and airline discounts, will be announced over the coming weeks, but be sure to get your concert ticket on sale here. We will have much more to announce over the next couple months. But we know it's going to be an amazing summer, and we can't wait to see you all at RushCon!!




JANUARY 25, 2015

Rushcon 15 planning
We are so excited that Rush is embarking on another amazing tour this spring! We of course will be there to unite fans from around the world to celeberate! We are feverishly planning where and when we will be having this years convention. We can not confirm anything yet until we lock down contracts and vendors. We know everyone is eager to buy tickets and plan their tour expeirnce, and we will let you know as soon as possible! Rest assured it will be along the tour path, when the band is playing. Be the first to know all the convention details by sighing up for our email list.
Thanks for your patience!

Love, Team RushCon







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.