About ConBravo!

What Is It?

ConBravo! is a celebration of independent creators, gaming, cosplay, and so much more. We are what we say: The Annual Festival of Everything Geek.

We’re about passion, fierce fandom, hot topics, technology, creativity, and sharing in the voices of a generation. Because of who we are –- fans, nerds, geeks — we built this show for you, and it’s become amazing because of you!

We’re one of the first conventions to embrace electronic media in all its online goodness. We’re Canada’s largest gathering of gaming and indie video producers, developers, and fans. In short, we’re three jam-packed days of fun, with concerts, games, panels, live game shows, vendors, artists, and so much more.

Where Is It?

ConBravo! is held at the Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4YC. This year’s show will be convened over July 24-26th 2015, so mark your calendars!

How do I attend?

Glad you asked! You’ll need a ticket and at least the ability to move forward through space and time. Backwards is good too, though that time bit might be a little hard. We wish you luck, though.

You’ll also need to know where the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s is. After that, just show up anytime after 3:00 PM on Friday, July 24th, and before 6:00 PM Sunday, July 26th, and something awesome will be going on. 5:00 AM might be a real quiet hour though, just warning ya now. (actual programming hours will be available with the launch of the yearly schedule, sometime close to the show)

You can keep up-to-date with us online at our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, or right here on the website.

Show in costume, show up in your regular clothes, just show up and be awesome! We don’t care what you wear (as long as it covers your junk and doesn’t scare the kids and/or their parents), but we do recommend comfy shoes and a water bottle. See you at the show!

Our philosophy is this: If we invite someone as a special guest, we want them to interact with their fans as part of the festival, not stand behind a booth all day. We reach out to online video producers, indie game developers, and highly skilled costumers to share their skills with the public. We reach out to niche fandoms which cause our attendees to bristle with excitement. Our guests are chosen from amongst those who wish to educate, enlighten, and invigorate the fandom.

Music is an integral part of our lives, and what better way to celebrate it than with some awesome concerts? Chiptunes, nerdcore, metal, and more rock the house when the concerts begin.

Gaming is everywhere at ConBravo!, from the Console & Arcade section to Tabletop and Outdoor events. Wanna settle Catan? We got it. Wanna kick ass in Street Fighter? No problem. Wanna thrash your buddies with boffer swords outdoors? Right this way.

From outdoor sessions of Quidditch to the awesome mini-games at Live Action Mario Party, we’re packed to the brim with things to see and do. Take in a game of D20 Live — our celebrity roleplaying game, or test your trivia might at a game of Geek Squares. There’s never a dull moment!

Whether it’s for the love of fandom, to learn a new skill, or to discuss something on your mind, our Panels and Workshops are brimming with ideas. Learn how to refine your skills as a voice actor, rave about Chrono Trigger, or share your insights into My Little Pony fanfiction writing. It’s all here.

We have tons of vendors and artists at ConBravo! every year. With over 150 shops available, there’s no shortage of incredible crafts, DVDs, figurines, games, and artwork to browse and buy.

Costumers are one of our largest demographics and to celebrate them, we have our Saturday Night Masquerade, a showcase to demo and reward their hard work. We also have the Hall Cosplay Contest, photography booths, and meetups which support the cosplaying community.