The Week in Shows (Oct. 15-21)

There are six major shows on the Canadian philatelic calendar this week.

Things kick off today with the closing day of Canpex 2017, one of Canada’s only annual national-level philatelic exhibitions. Held at the Hellenic Community Centre on 133 Southdale Rd. W. in London, Ont., the two-day show is sanctioned by The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) and part of the American Philatelic Society (APS) “World Series of Philately.”

Hosted by the Middlesex Stamp Club and managed by volunteers from various clubs and organizations across Southern Ontario, Canpex is open today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Today’s schedule can be found below.

10 a.m. Exhibtion and bourse open Hellenic Community Centre
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Judges’ critique Main Boardroom
4 p.m. Exhibition and bourse close Hellenic Community Centre
4:15 p.m. Exhibition take-down


As part of the competitive exhibition, there will be 150 frames of exhibits, a full list of which can be found by clicking here.

In addition to the competitive exhibition, the show will feature a bourse filled with about 20 dealers from across Canada.

Canadian Stamp News and Coin & Stamp Supplies will be manning tables #1-2 at the show. A full list of dealers can be found here.


Each year, Canpex recognizes a significant event or milestone in the history of the area. In 1927, Carling Brewery sponsored a trans-Atlantic flight from London, Ont. to London, England. The plane was named the Sir John Carling, but both it and its pilots—Terence Tully and James Medcalf—disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean. This year marks 90 years since the ill-fated flight.

Two covers, each franked with a specially-produced, limited-edition commemorative stamp, will be available for $5 each.

A third Canpex 2017 commemorative cover franked with one of the 10 Canada 150 stamps issued by Canada Post earlier this year, will also be available for $5.


Also taking place today is the Mississauga Coin and Stamp Show, which will be held at the John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre on 4300 Cawthra Rd. in Mississauga, Ont. Sponsored by the Troyak Club, the show will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and feature more than 30 dealers and 60 dealer tables.


On Oct. 21, the monthly Burloak Stamp Fair will return to Burlington, Ont.’s Seniors’ Centre on 2285 New St. A regular monthly gathering for the past two decades, the show is slated to feature about nine dealers buying and selling a range of philatelic material from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Also on Oct. 21, the 56th Annual Barrie Stamp Exhibition and Dealer’s Bourse will return to the Allandale Recreation Centre on 190 Bayview Dr. in Barrie, Ont. Hosted by the Barrie District Stamp Club, the show will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and feature upwards of 12 dealers as well as a children’s table and club sales circuit books. Admission and parking are free.


The Kingston Stamp Festival will also be held on Oct. 21 at the Christ Church Parish on 990 Sydenham Rd. in Kingston, Ont. Hosted by the Kingston Stamp Club, the show will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and feature eight dealers, floor prizes, a youth booth and a club consignment table. Admission and parking are free.


Rounding out the week in shows is the Ottawa Fall Stamp Fair, which is coming to the RA Centre on 2451 Riverside Dr. in Ottawa on Oct. 21-22. The show will be open on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and feature eight national dealers. Admission and parking are free.

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