National, international exhibitions kick off soon

As spring nears, Canadian philatelists are preparing for this year’s planned national- and international-level shows.

In 2023, Canada will host three national exhibitions compared to four such events plus an international show – CAPEX 22 – in 2022. This year’s trio of national-level shows begin with the Edmonton Spring National on March 25-26 in Edmonton, Alta. It will be followed by Orapex on May 6-7 in Ottawa and then the combined “Royal Canpex,” the annual convention of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) held in conjunction with Canpex, on Oct. 13-15 in London, Ont.

“I am pleased to see the Edmonton Spring National show returning this year,” said RPSC director David McLaughlin, of Pickering, Ont., the chair of the society’s international liaison committee. “It is good to have a national-level show in the west again.”

The exhibit entry deadline for both the Edmonton show and Orapex is Feb. 28. The Royal deadline is Sept. 15, a month before that show.

On Feb. 6, Canadian officials received an invitation for the country’s exhibitors to compete at the annual one-frame South African Virtual Philatelic Exhibition (Savpex).

“This is a great opportunity for exhibitors both novice and experienced to exhibit and get feedback from a panel of international judges with minimal cost,” said McLaughlin, who became involved in international exhibiting in 2015.

The Savpex entry deadline is May 31, and exhibitors must send scans for evaluation by June 15.

“Judging will take place and be completed during July,” reads the invitation from the Philatelic Federation of South Africa, which hosts the yearly competition.

Exhibitors can also choose to display their exhibits on the show website,, after July 1.

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