Ontario Miniature Gaming Conventions

I absolutely love wargaming conventions. Getting miniatures games out into the public’s eye is essential in my opinion to growing the hobby. To help encourage local gaming, we dedicate this page to list all of the upcoming miniature game conventions that we know of in Ontario (Canada). These conventions can focus mainly on Miniature Wargames, Board Games with Miniatures and even RPGs. My main concern is that your convention will feature miniatures games in some capacity.

This page is part of my attempt to help get the games we love out in front of new people.

If you have an upcoming event that you want listed here, please email us the details.

Ontario Miniature Gaming Conventions

2019

KEGSCon VII – Chatham, Ontario
Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, September 22

2019 – Dates to be Determined

Council Fires – Cancelled

To Keep an Eye On for 2020…

Spring 2020

Breakout – Toronto, Ontario
March 20, 21 and 22
Breakout is a large gaming convention that looks to cover Board Games and RPGs. It also looks like it covers a number of Fantasy Flight Games’ miniatures games.

Hotlead – Stratford, Ontario

March 20, 21 and 22
Hotlead wins its place in my mind as the best gaming convention in South Western Ontario. I absolutely love going to this event.

Gryphcon – Guelph, Ontario
April 5, 6 and 7
This is an event that seems mostly focused on RPGs, but there is usually some miniatures games there too. Looks like they have a Malifaux Tournament there this year.

Ragnarok – Waterloo, Ontario
April?
This events strives to be the biggest gaming event in the Waterloo Region. They cover games of all sorts from LARPs and RPGs to Miniatures Games and Board Games. This event is brought to you by half of the team from SkyCon.

Canadian Tabletop Championships – Ottawa, Ontario
May 1, 2 and 3
This event looks to be a very large and ambitious Tabletop Gaming Tournament Event for many different games. Games listed include Bolt Action, Flames of War, 40K, Age of Sigmar, X-Wing, Armada, Legion, Infinity, Team Yankee, Malifaux and more. They also advertise casual gaming experiences as well. If they pull off everything they are planning, this will be a very impressive event.

SOO: Southern Ontario Open
May?
Canada’s largest Warmachine Convention.

CanGames – Ottawa, Ontario
May 15, 16 and 17

Broadsword 10 – Hamilton Ontario
May 29, 30 and 31
One of the best things about this event is the wide variety of games that they usually attract to their events. The organizer is also a pretty good guy to talk too.  🙂

Summer 2020

INCOMING – Lake St. Armoury, St. Catharines Ontario
June?
A one day Bolt Action Tournament. Not sure if I can make it, but this one is very interesting to me.

ON PARADE – Toronto, Ontario
June?
A toy soldier and model show that also includes miniatures from wargames put on by the Ontario Model Soldier Society.

Tabletop Gaming Expo – Mississauga, Ontario
July 17, 18 and 19
An event with a number of more popular miniatures games. Warhammer, Warmachine, Infinity, The Hobbit, Guildball and Shadespire all have representation at this event.

Sword and Brush – Toronto, Ontario
September?

Hopes for this Page

My hopes for this page is that it will act as a resource for Event Organizers and Potential Attendees alike. Personally, I always found it difficult to find information about upcoming game conventions unless I somehow already knew about them. There are plenty of events going on that I don’t know about. Having this list adds another way to give more awareness to these awesome events.

Creating this page is part of the fulfillment in trying to make miniature wargaming a less obscure hobby. Remember to email me if I missed an Ontario based Miniatures Convention on the list.

Finally, I want to end by informing people that I will provide free ad space to anyone running a Miniature Wargaming Convention in Ontario that focuses on games outside of GW, Privateer Press, or Wyrd Miniatures. If an organizer (or someone connected to the event) sends me a 300 pixels by 250 pixels image for the ad stating the city and dates of the event, I will post it on my sidebar with a link to the event website for free. The reason for this because I want to promote “non-mainstream” gaming in our area.

That said, the list on this page focuses on all Ontario miniature gaming conventions on my radar – no matter the focus of the games.

Convention Reports…

The following are links to all of the Conventions for which I wrote up a report. If you haven’t been to a certain convention before and want to get a feel for what the show is like, hopefully these links can help you out.

2018

Hotlead 2018 Convention Report - Must Contain Minis
In March of 2018, I attended all three days of Hotlead (in Stratford). What an awesome weekend I had there! Convention Report.
Broadsword 5 Convention Report - Hamilton Gaming Convention 2018 Ontario Canada
Broadsword takes place in Hamilton (Ontario) a few times a year. It is a smaller convention but has a great crowd that turns out along with some great vendors. Convention Report.
SkyCon 2018 Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Ontario Gaming Convention
This report advertises SkyCon 2018, but it also quickly summarizes SkyCon Light 2018 (in Kitchener) and provides two links to some excellent posts coming from the event. I really recommend that you check out the miniatures of the Hobbit Tournament Post. Convention Report.

2017

Broadsword 4 in Hamilton. Convention Report.
Hotlead 2017. Convention Report.

2016

Council Fires 2016. Convention Report.
Broadsword 3 in Hamilton. Convention Report.
Broadsword 2. Convention Report.
Over the Top Brantford. Convention Report.
Lords of War Gaming Day – Frostgrave Campaign. Report.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!