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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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


As Rush fans bask in the afterglow of the R40 DVD release, we pause for our own retrospective. To relive the memories of a summer of two RushCons and our fifteenth anniversary of celebrating our beloved Canadian band.

RushCon 15: Toronto Mini-Con - June 19th & 20th, 2015

With Rush playing two concerts in their hometown during the R40 Tour, PLUS filming the live DVD show?  We knew throwing 2 conventions this year would be tough. We were stretched pretty thin already. But if this was the last tour, there was no way we could miss that, could we?

Club Nokia
Badges for the Toronto Mini-Con

Wednesday June 17th

We kicked off the week with a meet up and then onto the first concert at the AAC. (You know, the one they were taping for the DVD!

Club Nokia

Club Nokia

Club Nokia

The crowd goes NUTS as Ben Mink takes the stage to join the band as they play "Losing It" live for the first time ever.

Thursday June 18th

We had a day off between shows, so Eddy organized a really cool pub crawl, exploring local Toronto watering holes.

Club Nokia

Rush fans doing what they do best!

Friday June 19th

Today was our big day! We had a huge pre-party planned at the Hard Rock Cafe. So many people showed up! It was the place TO BE before the show that night.

Club Nokia
Hundreds of Rush fans gather for the pre-show meet up! You can feel the excitement

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At this point, the Fadoo documentary crew was filming the event and interviewing fans and staff.

Club Nokia

Club Nokia

Club Nokia

Club Nokia

Club Nokia
Drooling over all the Rush Backstage Club Swag

Club Nokia

The highlight of our gathering was announcing the winner of our game, and telling her the prize she was about to get.

Club Nokia
Jocelene and her awesome nephew Joe get the surprise and the prize of a lifetime!

Club Nokia

Club Nokia
Like a boss.

Saturday June 20th

With the concerts over, we had a nice easy day to tour Anthem Records and take a bus tour of Toronto. Stopping at all the Rush landmarks. The day ended with an awesome party at The Orbit Room, with a private show featuring David Barrett Trio.

Club Nokia
Rush fans head over to Anthem.

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A wild pack of Rush fans on the loose! Hide your kids! Hide your wife!

Club Nokia
Checking out all the amazing awards and Rush stuff!

Club Nokia
"Have I died and gone to Rush heaven?"

Club Nokia

Club Nokia

Club Nokia
Holly and Mary Jo lead the tours through the Anthem office.

Club Nokia

Club Nokia

Club Nokia

We jumped onto the double decker buses and away we went!

Club Nokia

Club Nokia

Club Nokia
Posing with the Canadian Walk of Fame Star.

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Club Nokia
Group photo on the steps of the Parliament Building..

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Chilling on the Orbit Room back patio.

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David Barrett Trio blows us away again!


RushCon 15: Los Angeles - July 31st - August 2nd, 2015

On a balmy summer night in July, RushCon made it's inaugural debut in the City of Angels. Once we learned that the show at the Forum was the final gig of the R40 tour, no force on earth was going to stop us from being there!

Rush flags

Thursday July 30th

Let the prep work begin! We had so many ideas and visions for this convention. We wanted it to be the most memorable experience for our attendees. But we also wanted to show the band how much they mean to us. We had a really amazing opportunity to do so. Thus, the Star Men were born. We had to hand assemble 300 of these in the span of 2 days, in a tiny hotel room. Hands, hearts, bottles of glue, and lots of Diet Cokes later, things were starting to shape up. We knew we just had to get these into the hands of the fans.. HOW we were going to do that? We just crossed our fingers.

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Hand assembling 350 star men. Woof! Club Nokia
The master plan takes shape!

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Some cool stuff for the auction!

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World travelers gather in Los Angeles

Friday July 31st

The weekend kicked off with our customary Friday Night Mixer at the Club Nokia VIP lounge. An exclusive private venue awash with purple light, decorated with flags featuring imagery spanning Rush's entire career, Rush videos playing on the monitors, Rush tunes blasting through the speakers.

What better way to spend a Friday night?

Club Nokia
Setting up at Club Nokia VIP Lounge

Rush flags
Rush flags!

Rush flags
Rush flags!

Mixer centerpieces featuring Starmen and team flags
Mixer centerpieces featuring Starmen and team flags

Lineup outside Club Nokia
The line-up outside Club Nokia

Seiji & Steve at Friday night mixer

Catching up with old friends: Seiji & Steve

Seiji & Steve at Friday night mixer

Catching up with old friends: Mark & Paul

Perusing the RushCon merchandise
Attendees perusing the RushCon merch table

Perusing the RushCon merchandise
Our new "Blah" shirts debut! (and sell out!)

Once folks had a chance to mingle with new friends, catch up with old buddies, and peruse the RushCon merch stand, everyone was divided up into teams to play Holly's Evil Lyric Paper Game™. Team names were based on opposing lyrical references. As in Oaks versus Maples, Didacts versus Narpets and so on.

Group having a laugh
Each attendee was assigned a team, and got a corresponding team button!

Group having a laugh
Having a laugh at the Mixer. Kevin J. Anderson even joined us for the festivities.

Part of The Oaks proudly hold their flag high.

Minimal Expressionists

More fun was had with drinks, conversation, perusing RushCon merch and the RushCon Photo Booth was a massive hit with all.

Rush Fans: The Next Generation

Rush Fans: The Next Generation!

Robert at RushCon Photo Booth

Very true!

Family of Rush fans

A family of Rush fans

Kristy & Darren, RushCon Photo Booth

Ex-pat Australian/incipient Canadian would beg to differ!

25th Rush concert, RushCon Photo Booth

United Nations of RushCon

The United Nations of RushCon: (L-R) Argentina, USA, Japan, Scotland & Australia!

Gilbert surrounded by women Rush fans, RushCon Photo Booth

Told you there were plenty of female Rush fans...

Team RushCon Salute, RushCon Photo Booth
Team RushCon demonstrates the RushCon Salute!

The whole batch! (Photos by Kristy Williams)

Saturday August 1st

Our Saturday events took place in the Belasco Theater, a beautifully detailed venue with a history dating back to 1904.

Belasco Theater front entrance

Belasco Theater front entrance

Rush flag decorations at Belasco Theater

The day kicked off with our first guest speaker, author Kevin J. Anderson in his third RushCon appearance. He started off with a slide-show presentation (anyone for sauerkraut?), some anecdotes and insights into working with Neil & his own career as an author.

Kevin J Anderson with sauerkraut slideshow image

Kevin J Anderson tells the sauerkraut story

Making his RushCon debut, Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon took to the stage for beautiful acoustic performances of "Save Me From Myself" and "Instamatic" before teaming up with Kevin to answer questions from the fans.

Matt Scannell's acoustic performance at RushCon
Matt Scannell performing live at RushCon

Matt Scannell playing "Save Me From Myself".

Kevin J Anderson & Matt Scannell answer questions from the audience

Kevin J Anderson & Matt Scannell answer questions from the audience

After their appearance, Kevin & Matt repaired to their respective vendor tables to sell their wares, sign autographs and take photos with the fans. We can definitively state for the record that both these gentlemen are absolute sweethearts!

Kevin J Anderson signs autographs for the fans

Kevin J Anderson signs autographs for the fans

Meanwhile, back in the theater, our first game of the day was underway: Our ever popular Words of the Profits.

Two teams, two players to a team, one has to guess the Word whilst the other proffers clues. The trick is NOT to use one of the five forbidden clues. Sounds simple, but it's far more challenging in practice, with often hilarious results.

Gilbert & Teresa (Team #2) put in an awesome effort, but Beverley & Jill (Team #1) won the day!

Tracey proffers clues during Words of the Profits

Teresa proffers a clue or two during Words of the Profits

Words of the Profits onstage at RushCon

Words of the Profits - The Game

WOTP winners Bev & Jill with autographed Rush photos

Words of the Profits winners Bev & Jill with their awesome autographed Rush photos!

WOTP runners-up Tracey & Gilbert with Rush drumheads

Words of the Profits runners-up Teresa & Gilbert did not leave empty handed.

On the heels of Words of the Profits came our unique twist on Rush karaoke - Singing BU2B. Our contestants were Vicki, Lisa, Jose & Ken. Each contestant had to complete enough Rush lyrics correctly in round one to proceed to round two. The first catch was that they had to sing the missing lyrics a capella. The second catch was round two was karaoke with lyric lines removed from the display.

We've played this game once before, at RushCon 14. This time, one of those beautiful moments that make RushCon memorable occurred: When one of the players tripped up on the words, the whole audience joined in and sang along to fill in the gaps.


All four players sang beautifully, but Vicki was our ultimate winner!

Jose sings during Singing BU2B

Jose sings during Singing BU2B

Lisa performing during Singing BU2B

Lisa searches for inspiration during Singing BU2B

Singing BU2B contestants Jose, Lisa & Vicki with their prizes

Singing BU2B winner Vicki jumps for joy upon receiving her prize - an autographed photo of Alex Lifeson!

Singing BU2B contestants Jose, Lisa & Vicki with their prizes

Singing BU2B contestants Jose, Lisa & Vicki with their prizes

Throughout the day, the lobby and front bar areas showcased the wares of Rush Backstage Club, Fantoons, Kevin J. Anderson and Matt Scannell. Our Charity Auction items were also on display, for folks to marvel at as they planned their attack for the auction later that afternoon!

Rush Backstage Club merch table

How to avoid the line-ups at Rush concerts: get your merch beforehand from Rush Backstage Club at RushCon!

Fantoons merch table
Featuring the art of Dave Calcano, the Fantoons merch table was popular with many attendees.

Fantoons merch table
Judy, Seiji, Bev and Cathy

Our final event of the day was our annual RushCon Charity Auction. As always, the bids came fast & furious, with big ticket items going for amounts that made the audience gasp.

In previous years, we have focused on a single charity. This year, we gave folks the option of choosing from a selection of charities for auction proceeds.

The final tally:
ASPCA - $10,370
American Red Cross - $1,710
Human Rights Watch - $655
Kidney Foundation of Canada - $430

All up, we raised a total of $13,165, thanks to the generosity of our bidders!

Fantoons merch table
Getting ready for the RushCon Charity Auction

Fantoons merch table
Getting ready for the RushCon Charity Auction

Everyone returned to the hotel to freshen up before jumping back on the school buses and heading to the Forum.

There was a strange energy in the air. The anticipation and excitement of an impending Rush concert, tinged with the bittersweetness of this being the last show of the tour...and for good.

As everyone exited the buses, the team & helpers handed out plastic Star men with lights, to be held up during "Closer to the Heart". We were nervous that they would get confiscated by venue security, but with a little "help from our friends" we smuggled a giant box load in.

Fantoons merch table
Outside the venue we ran into this guy, who got in on the Star Man Action. We asked if he would hold up the wand during Closer to the Heart, he responded 'absolutely I fucking will!'

What followed can only be described as one of the most emotional Rush gigs this chronicler has ever experienced. Fans of all stripes, of many years or relative newcomers, all joined to sing along with the band that has been an integral part of our lives.

We journeyed back through time with them with cheers, laughs and tears.

We laughed at the hilarious celebrity rap during "Roll the Bones".

We cried to Jonathan Dinklage's blazing violin during "Losing It".

We were frantically handing out Star Men to everyone in the front section, and showing them how to turn on the lights. It was a lot to ask of fans to participate in our little show, but the when those first guitar sounds of CTTH came on, we turned on our light, held our wand up high, and looked behind us. It was a galaxy of lights. Waving back and forth. It was a sight we will never forget.

There are no more words, just this:

Starmen during "Closer to the Heart", The Forum, Los Angeles

Our Star men at the Forum, Los Angeles, Saturday 1st August 2015

Starmen during "Closer to the Heart", The Forum, Los Angeles
After concert festivities

Sunday August 2nd

After an overwhelming Saturday night, we had a much-needed early afternoon start for Sunday's events. Our "Star Map of Hollywood" double-decker bus tour of Los Angeles was just what the Professor ordered!

We took in the sights of LA, passing famous landmarks such as the Sunset Strip and the Capitol Records Building. We even caught a brief glance of the Hollywood sign in the hills.

Starline City Sightseeing tour bus

Our Star Map of Hollywood Tour Bus, courtesy of StarLine City Sightseeing.

Excited for the tour

Excited about the tour!

Tour group on upper deck of bus

Lisa & Gilbert on upper deck of bus

Tour guide with microphone

Our tour guide expounds on the history of our various destinations

Mary Jo with Star Map of Hollywood

Mary Jo with the all-important Star Map of Hollywood!

Man with reflection in glasses on bus upper deck

Seiji with camera on bus upper deck

Capturing the sights of Los Angeles!

Passengers on upper deck of bus

On the highways & by-ways of LA - it's a good view from the upper deck!

We made a couple of stops along the way, namely the Rush star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Guitar Center Hollywood Rock Walk. The former had us lining up on the sidewalk as we took turns taking photos at Rush's star (much to the bemusement of passers-by). The latter was hand print comparison time!

Woman & Rush Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame
Paying homage to the Rush Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame

Woman & Rush Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame

Team RushCon & Rush star, Hollywood Walk of Fame

Team RushCon & Rush star, Hollywood Walk of Fame

Comparing handprints at Guitar Center #1 - Terri & Kim

Comparing hand-prints at Guitar Center #1 - Terri & Kim

Comparing handprints at Guitar Center #1 - Robert

Comparing hand-prints at Guitar Center #2 - Jeremy

Rush handprints at Guitar Center

Rush hand-prints at Guitar Center

After pausing for a group photo outside Guitar Center, we hopped back on the bus and made our way back to the hotel to rest and shower before the final event.

RushCon group at Guitar Center

Rocking out at Guitar Center's Rockwalk

RushCon 15 came to an end with our exclusive closing party at the Grammy Museum.

Some folks became absorbed in the interactive exhibits showcasing various artists & genres in musical history. Others gathered around bar tables to mingle with friends, old & new alike.

We had a few final prize giveaways before taking our last photos, giving goodbye hugs and saying our last farewells, as everyone scattered into the Los Angeles night.

RushCon banner on Grammy Museum podium

Interacting with a tabletop exhibit, Grammy Museum

Folks were fascinated by the interactive exhibits at the Grammy Museum.

Holly perusing exhibit at Grammy Musem

Happy Sunday attendees

Group at table, Grammy Museum

Passing the evening with drinks and friends

Kim & Mary Jo, Grammy Museum

Final RushCon 15 prize giveaways

Final prize giveaways

Attendees applauding

Smiling faces of Fantoons & friends


Our beloved band has now left the road, most likely for good. But their music will live on in our hearts & minds for many years to come and will pass on through the generations.

Smiling faces of Fantoons & friends

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart - we honor you and we thank you for forty years of amazing music and live performances. Your music has changed our lives forever.

What does the future hold for RushCon? Gears are turning, minds are wandering. Stay tuned.

"A measure of a life is a measure of love and respect."


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

Very special thanks to this years support staff: Brian, Nancy, Judy, Dubs and Jesse.

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

Kevin J. Anderson and Matt Scannell.

The staff at Club Nokia, The Great Hall and the Grammy Museum.

Paulie Beaulieu and The Canadian Music Scene.

Patrick and John at Showtech Merchandise, Rush Back Stage Club.

Dave Calcano at Fantoons

Tim Notter and Tim Wilson at The Orbit Room

David Barrett Trio

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. Without you, there is no RushCon.

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!

Smiling faces of Fantoons & friends

Photos:Eddy Maxwell, Geony Ayyad (Toronto), Kristy Williams

A nice video recap of the main event..


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.