The Week in Shows (Nov. 12-18)

There are six shows on the docket this week.

Today is the final day of Postalia Fall 2017, which is being held at the SFPQ banquet hall on 5100 Boul. des Gradins in Québec City, Qué. The exhibition and show includes 25 dealers of various material. The bourse will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and admission and parking are free. The event is co-ordinated by five regional hobby organizations, including:


Chicagopex 2017, the annual convention of the Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS), will be held later this week in Illinois.

The convention will be held Nov. 17-19 at the Westin Chicago Northwest on 400 Park Blvd. in Itasca, which is less than five hours from the Detroit-Windsor tunnel near Windsor, Ont. The show will feature three book signings among its special events.

There is one book signing and presentation each day of the show. They include:

Copies of the books will also be available for sale.

In addition to the three book signings, there will be 290 frames of material on display with something of interest for all attendees. This year also marks the 51st anniversary of the philatelic literature competition. Chicagopex judges also evaluate electronic literature such as websites, blogs and online articles.

The bourse will include 75 dealers from the U.S. and Europe offering a vast array of material to interest everyone. The U.S. Postal Service and the U.N. Postal Administration will also be in attendance, and the show will include a youth booth with free stamps and supplies for children.

The annual philatelic exhibition, celebrating 131 years of the CPS, features two convening societies—the Society of Israel Philatelists and the British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group. These groups will present special exhibits of stamps and postal history as well as hold meetings open to the public.

For more information about the three-day show, click here.


On Nov. 18, the North Toronto Stamp Club (NTSC) will host its Winter Postage Stamp Bourse at Yorkminster Park Baptist in Toronto from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. With easy subway access via the St. Clair Subway Station, the show also boasts 22 dealers, more than 100 sales circuit books including recent issues, more than 100 “10 cents” books, a members table, door prizes, snack bar, wheelchair access, parking at the church and on nearby streets and free admission.


The monthly Burloak Stamp Fair, held at Burlington, Ont.’s Seniors’ Centre on 2285 New St., will also be held on Nov. 18. The show—a regular monthly gathering for the past two decades—is slated to feature upwards of nine dealers buying and selling a range of philatelic material from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


The Grand River Valley Philatelic Association (GRVPA) is also slated to host its 23rd Annual Club Fair at the United Kingdom Club on 35 International Dr. in Cambridge, Ont. on what will be a busy Saturday, Nov. 18. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 15 Clubs, 450+ circuit Books, 2 silents auctions, free parking, snack bar.


The GRVPA has 15 clubs and Youth Stampex as charter members. As an organization, it offers stamp collectors and clubs a variety of services, some of which include:

  • the Grand News, which offers an events listing and news for member clubs;
  • insurance for all sanctioned events held by charter clubs;
  • a forum for member clubs to share ideas and resources; and
  • a list of guest speakers for club meetings.

The association also offers assistance with special events like the annual Club Fair while using and sharing resources among its 15 member clubs, which sponsor 15 bourses annuals. The GRVPA also awards the Howard Bryce Memorial Trophy annually.


Rounding out the week in shows is the Trenton Stamp Club Show, which will also be held on Nov. 18. Hosted at Seniors Club 105 on 61 Bay St. in Trenton, Ont., the show will run from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and include up to 10 dealers, a table auction, door prizes and show covers. Free parking is available on site.

For more information about upcoming shows, visit our “Events” page.

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