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
Sadly, many events have had to cancel or postpone due to concerns of COVID-19. I will keep this up to date as much as possible. Hopefully we can get some gaming in again sometime in the future!
To Keep an Eye On for 2020…
Breakout – Toronto, Ontario
Postponed (was 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
Cancelled (was 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
Postponed (was April 3, 4 and 5)
This is an event that mostly focused on RPGs and board games, but there is usually some miniatures games there too. This year, it looks like they have a Malifaux Tournament and Les Mandeville is running a demo game of Mortal Gods. He is the same guy that did such an awesome job on the Dracula’s America tables that I covered earlier.
Ragnarok – Waterloo, Ontario
Postponed to October (was April 25 and 26)
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
Cancelled (was 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
Cancelled (was May 8, 9 and 10?)
Canada’s largest Warmachine Convention.
CanGames – Ottawa, Ontario
Postponed to 2021 (was May 15, 16 and 17)
Broadsword 10 – Hamilton Ontario
Postponed to August 28 and 29th (was 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. 🙂
INCOMING – Lake St. Armoury, St. Catharines Ontario
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
Cancelled (was June 13)
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
Cancelled (was July 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.
KEGSCon – Chatham, Ontario
September 12 and 13
Sword and Brush – Toronto, Ontario
September 11 to 13
A gaming event focusing on a painting competition for miniatures and busts plus tournaments of various systems.
Hotlead – Stratford, Ontario
March 19, 20 and 21
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.
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.
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.
Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!