Return of Orapex expected to satisfy ‘pent-up demand’

The doors will open at Orapex 2022, Canada’s first national-level exhibition in three years, on April 23 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and on April 24 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The two-day event is also expected to mark most attendees’ first major in-person show since the pandemic began.

Philatelists are set to gather in Ottawa for Orapex, which returns this April at a new venue and marks the first national-level exhibition in Canada since 2019. About 30 dealers and nearly 170 exhibit frames will fill the new venue at the Nepean Sportsplex, located at 1701 Woodroffe Ave., on April 23-24. After cancellations in 2020 and 2021, this year’s Orapex marks the 59th outing since 1961. For many attendees, it will be their first in-person show since the pandemic broke out, and organizers are “very excited to be able to put on a national show and bouse,” said show chair John Tooth. “Collectors are looking forward for the opportunity to see the offerings of some 30 dealers,” said Tooth, a former president of the Ottawa Philatelic Society (OPS), one of three main clubs whose members volunteer to run the annual show. “We are under the impression that there is a significant pent-up demand for philatelic material. As a measure of confidence, this year’s stamp show has attracted a number of important philatelic sponsors such as Sparks Auctions, which is now partnering with Orapex as well as the British North America Philatelic Society, the Canadian Aerophilatelic Society and several major dealers.” Continue reading →

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