The Week in Shows (April 30-May 6)

There are five major stamp shows on the docket this week.

First up is the Expo Multi-Collections de Rimouski, which is hosting its final day today at Hôtel Rimouski on 225 René Lepage Est. in Rimouski, Que. The show features more than 50 tables of merchants and exhibitors of stamps, postcards, sports cards, coins and other material. The bourse will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and admission is free.


Today is also the final day of the Calgary Spring Bourse, which is being hosted by the Calgary Philatelic Society at the Kerby Centre on 1133-7 Ave. SW. in Calgary, Alta. The bourse features about 10 dealers, a number of club tables and an auction area. Admission and parking are free.

The Calgary Spring Bourse is open today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Confirmed dealers include:

  • Clyde Vincent Ltd;
  • Don Kaye;
  • Ihor Rudyk;
  • Les Garvey and Sons;
  • MJR Postcards and Covers;
  • Rail Side Philatelic Services;
  • The Stamp Collection Connection;
  • Royal William Ltd; and
  • Zatka Philately.


Today is also the Ajax Pickering Stamp and Coin Show, Apex 2017, which is being held at the Pickering Recreation Complex on 1867 Valley Farm Rd., Pickering, Ont. Hosted by the Ajax-Pickering Stamp Club, the show will be open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.


Later this week, from May 5-7, StampShow ’17 will be held at the Sunova Centre on 48 Holland Rd. in West St. Paul, Man. This year’s show is space-themed and will include 50 frames of competitive and non-competitive exhibits, upwards of eight stamp and coin dealers, a youth table and concessions. Admission and parking are free.

Hosted by the Winnipeg Philatelic Society, the show will be open to the public on Friday from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


On May 6, the Annual Saugeen Stamp Club Show and Exhibition will be held at the Hanover Knights of Columbus Hall on 963 Bruce Rd. in Hanover, Ont. The show will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and include a dozen dealers as well as judged exhibits. Admission and parking are free.


Rounding out the week in shows is the 56th edition of Orapex, which is being held May 6-7 at the RA Centre on 2451 Riverside Dr. in Ottawa, Ont. This year’s show theme is “Ships and Ship Mail – Building a Nation.” Admission and parking are free.

10 a.m. Show opens Curling rink
11 a.m.-noon BNAPS Christmas Study Group meeting
Group discussion: Santa letters and Canada Post Executive Staff Christmas Greeting Cards
Courtside A
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Canadian Aerophilatelic Society meeting Courtside B
3 p.m.-4 p.m. BNAPS St. Lawrence Seaway Regional Group Meeting
Presentation: The Colonization Roads of Eastern Ontario
Courtside A
4 p.m.-5 p.m. Presentation by Earle Covert: The Beginnings and evolution of Canada’s Illustrated Permit Mail Courtside B
6 p.m. Show closes
6:30 p.m. Awards Reception
Wine and Cheese (tickets $15)
Confederation Lounge
Sunday, May 7
8 a.m.-10 a.m. Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada
PSSC Members’ breakfast
Outaouais Room
10 a.m. Show opens Curling rink
10 a.m.-noon Judges’ Feedback Session Courtside A
Noon-1:30 p.m. RPSC exhibiting/judging seminar Courtside A
1 p.m.-2 p.m. BNAPS Squared Circles Study Group meeting
Host: Bruce Kalbfleisch
Courtside B
2 p.m.-3 p.m. American Topical Association meeting Courtside A
3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Meet the exhibitors at their exhibits Curling rink
4 p.m. Show closes

Each year, Orapex is organized by volunteers from the RA Stamp Club, the Amicale des philatélistes de l’Outaouais and the Ottawa Philatelic Society. Its exhibition is also part of the American Philatelic Society’s (APS) World Series of Philately since the APS granted approval to Canadian national-level shows in 2010.

“The World Series of Philately is an agreement the RPSC has with the APS where – just like other World Series shows in the U.S. – the person who receives the Grand Award wins the chance to enter their exhibit in the World Series of Philately show hosted by the APS every summer in August,” explained John Sheffield, a former director with the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association.

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