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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Event Information




RushCon 14: AUGUST 22-24th: TORONTO

Join fans from around the world for this amazing 3-day celebration of the World's Greatest Band, you guessed it, Rush!

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Friday August 22nd, 2014:


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Eaton Chelsea Lobby Pre-registration / Check-in opens

Come pick up your registration packet and badge. All you need to bring is a printout of your ticket. Mobile version is fine. You can also register here.

7:45 pm - 11:30 pm Chelsea Eaton Mountbatten Ballroom Welcome Party

Kick off the weekend and meet your fellow fans. Enjoy music, snacks, crazy team games, and prizes. (Cash Bar.)



Saturday August 23rd, 2014


9:45 am Eaton Chelsea Shuttle busses begin loop between hotel stop and The Great Hall.

Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Elm St Doors

10:30 am The Great Hall Doors Open

Come in, get a drink, check out the "Temple" and "Marketplace" areas and grab your seat in The Main Hall for today's events.

11:00 am The Great Hall Main Stage Guest Speaker:
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.

12:00 pm The Great Hall Main Stage Guest Speaker:
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.

1:00 pm   Break

Enjoy some snacks, watch some videos, hang out in "The Temple." Up to you! (Snacks will be served)

2:00 pm The Great Hall Main Stage Game: The Words of the Profits

“Taboo” style word guessing game.

3:00 pm The Great Hall Main Stage Game: Jeopardy

Mind bending Rush triva game based on the famous TV show.

4:00 pm The Great Hall Main Stage Guest Speaker:
Martin Popoff

Rock authority and two-time Rush biographer

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm   Dinner Break

Shuttle bus loop between to Eaton Chelsea and the Great Hall will be provided

8:00 pm The Great Hall Main Stage Tribute Band Concert, featuring Lotus Land

Come rock out with our Tribute Band Contest Winners, Lotus Land. You will think you are at an actual Rush concert! Shuttle bus provided back to hotel after concert.





SUnday August 24th, 2014


9:00 am - 10:30 am Anthem Records Anthem Tour

Shuttle busses leave Eaton Chelsea to bring the group to Anthem for a tour. Groups will be staggered, and each tour last approx. 15 mins. Bring your cameras; you will want to remember this incredible tour! (The tour is open to all 3-day Pass holders, as well as “Sunday Only” passholders. Sign-ups will be available at the registration tables all weekend)

10:30 am Eaton Chelsea Shuttle busses begin loop between hotel stop and The Great Hall.

Specific pick-up location TBA

 

11:00 am The Great Hall Doors Open

Come in, get a drink, check out the "Temple" and "Marketplace" areas and grab your seat in The Main Hall for today's events.

12:00 pm The Great Hall Main Stage Guest Speaker:
Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin shares his amazing new project, CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Graphic Novel, and other projects he may have up his sleeve! He will be available for photos and book signing all weekend.

1:00 pm The Great Hall Main Stage Game: The Singing Bu2Bee

This karaoke style game puts your Rush singalong skills to the test. Because when the music stops, there's only the sound of you singing the next line!

2:00 pm The Great Hall Main Stage Break

Enjoy some snacks, watch some videos, hang out in "The Temple." Up to you! (Snacks provided)

3:00 pm The Great Hall Main Stage Charity Auction

Get your arms warmed up for this fast paced bidding war for some amazing unique Rush items. All proceeds go to Care.ca, an organization fighting global poverty.

7:30 pm The Orbit Room Closing Party

Shuttle busses will bring attendees over to the famous Orbit Room for some drinks, tunes and fond farewells.

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, featuring Lotus Land on Saturday night. We will have trivia, games, multimedia shows, door prizes, our charity memorabilia auction, some great guest speakers, Rush Karaoke, a Sunday morning tour of Anthem Records, a closing night party and much more!

(Shuttle bus service between the official Eaton Chelsea and all official RushCon events will be provided throughout the convention.)



Guest speakerS



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


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.


Kevin J. Anderson

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 his new books and share his experiences of their creation. Books will be on sale and Kevin will do a book signing.

Tribute band concert: featuring lotus land

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 for $15.00.

RUSH JEOPARDY
A longtime fave at RushCon, Jeopardy pits three fans in a fast-paced, head-to-head quiz of Rush trivia, from commonly known to wildly obscure. Based on the popular American game show, the players are presented with Rush trivia "answers," and they must give their replies in the form of a question. The categories range from band members to lyrics to tours. We've even included RushCon as a category!

The Singing BU2Bee
Based upon the Philippine game show (but in English!), this game puts your Rush singalong skills to the test. Because when the music stops, there's only the sound of you singing the next line!

RushCon Charity Auction
Our annual RushCon charity auction features a selection of rare and collectible Rush memorabilia, courtesy of various donors.

We are still on the hunt for items for our Charity Auction. If you have any collectibles, memorabilia, home made 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.

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. (If you are arriving just in time for Sunday's events, email info@rushcon.org to reserve your slot) Bring your cameras; you will want to remember this incredible tour.

The temple and marketplace
The "Temple" is a lounge area where attendees can take a break, and hang out with their friends in a quiet space. Located upstairs, floor 3 of the Great Hall.

The "Marketplace" is our vendor area. Featuring:
Rush Backstage Club will be on hand at RushCon 14! Stock up on all your official Rush gear! RushCon 14 shirts and merch will be on sale all weekend

Also joining us on is “Sheldon the Poster Man” with his amazing collection of Rush posters for sale.

Book sales from Kevin J. Anderson and Martin Popoff. And other surprises!

Travel Information



OFFICIAL HOTEL
Our official RushCon 14 Hotel is:
Eaton Chelsea, Toronto
33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4
Phone: 416-595-1975

Centrally located within walking distance to Toronto‘s subway system, near the corner of Yonge St. and Gerrard St. W., Eaton Chelsea offers our angular mass of Rush fans contemporary and comfortable accommodations in the heart of the city.


Our group block rate is now full, but you can still stay at this hotel and pay their going current rates.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM


PORTER AIRLINES:

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 15% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from RushCon 2014.

Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.

Promotion Code: RUSH14
The promo code is valid for RushCon attendees only. Book now at: flyporter.com

Porter Airlines - Promo Code Rules & Conditions
Available travel dates
  • To Toronto (from anywhere in Canada or the US): 08/19/2014 to 08/24/2014
  • From Toronto (to anywhere in Canada or the US): 08/22/2014 to 08/27/2014

AIR CANADA:

We are proud to announce Air Canada as the official airline of RushCon (and provider of YYZ luggage tags!) If you want to fly directly into the City of Toronto Island, check out Porter Airlines.

Promotion Code: GKA49U81
This promotion code can be used for 100 passengers on aircanada.com.

Air Canada - Promo Code Rules & Conditions

• The booking is to be made to the following city: Toronto, YYZ (ON)
• The travel period begins Friday, August 15, 2014 and ends Sunday, August 31, 2014.
• No discount will apply to Tango and Executive Class lowest bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. However, all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10 passenger requirement for Meetings and Conventions events.


Crossing into Canada:
For all non-residents, you will need to show a valid passport at the border. They will usually ask you why you are going to Canada, for how long and where you are staying. They sometimes will ask to see proof of an event ticket. Make sure you are not bringing anything illegal into the country.

Getting into town:

From Pearson Airport:
There are four ways for a visitor to get from YYZ to downtown Toronto.

Each method involves a different amount of money and time, mind you.

Car Rental (available at all times)
The first method I'll mention is the worst from both a time and money standpoint. This would be renting a car at the arrivals terminal at the airport. This is a bad choice for many reasons. Do not rent a car. Although this choice may appear to be "a given" to many travelers from the United States, you should keep in mind that Toronto has evolved over the decades in such a way that our city has highways built for a city of 1.5 million inhabitants, while the city and its suburbs now have a population approaching six million. Parking is as expensive as eating sushi. The Marriott Courtyard charges $32 per day just to store your car. Everywhere else charges what they want to.

In addition to having to navigate very congested roads, you will likely never be able to use a rental car in downtown Toronto to visit any place other than the parking garage of the hotel you checked in to. Do not rent a car. You will not likely be able to park it anywhere, and even if you do find parking you will pay through the nose (up to $20 for an evening) for the privilege of walking three blocks from your parking spot to where you are going.

Taxi/Limo (available at all times)

The next option for getting from Pearson Airport to downtown is to take a taxi or limo. This option gives an air conditioned/heated ride into downtown and frees you from the ball and chain of having to park a car. The going rate for a private taxi from Pearson Airport to the Marriott Eaton Centre is about $60. The Bloomingdale limo service charges $71 for a nicer vehicle. Taxis and limos are available at the arrival level ground transportation sections of the airport terminals. (There are signs to lead the way.) This might be a good option for those arriving in groups.

Airport Express Bus

The third method would be to use the Airport Express bus service. The Airport Express service is provided by those gigantic inter-city buses that feature AC/heat, a washroom and big luggage bins and that "new car" smell. The service costs $29.95 (one way), and will deposit you at the Metropolitan Hotel / Bus Terminal stop. This is the closest of nine drop-off points downtown if you are staying at the Marriott Eaton Centre during RushCon. Tell the driver when boarding that you want to get off at the Bus Terminal / Metropolitan Hotel stop so you don't have to haul luggage for more than three blocks. These buses leave the airport every 20 minutes during the afternoon, and then become less frequent after 6 PM.

Airport Express Phone: 1-800-387-6787
Web: http://www.torontoairportexpress.com/service-info.php

The Toronto Transit Commission

In the same arrivals area served by taxis, limos and the Airport Express buses you will also find the TTC.

The TTC is Toronto's public transit service, and it serves 509 million passengers a year. Only New York City has more people using the local transit authority in North America outside Mexico. Everybody uses it. The TTC will take you from the airport to downtown for $3.

The TTC 192 Airport Rocket will get you downtown from the airport in 45 minutes for your $3. During rush hour, it is faster than a taxi or limo. You will not be the only person with luggage on the bus, so there is no reason to feel weird.

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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.