Get Ready!

Hello, Spectacles! With Pure Speculation 2019 a few scant weeks away, I wanted to thank everyone who is taking part in the festival this year! We have an amazing day-and-a-half planned for you all, and I think you’re going to have a great time.

First, a big thank-you to our three Guests of Honour for 2019: Rhonda Parrish, Mike Perschon, and S.G. Wong.  I could gush for paragraphs about how amazing a trio of creativity they are. But I don’t have to because you’ll have a chance to see for yourself at the festival! Their panels are up on the 2019 Panels & Demos page. In addition, you’ll have a chance to play some role-playing games with Mike (and other area GMs) in our tabletop area in the Merchant Hall.

In addition to panels and events with our GoH, we have a line-up of other excellent panels, demos, and special events from community members. You can see some of them on the 2019 Panels & Demos page, with more coming. And we have room for a few more, so if you’d still like to present something at Pure Spec this year, please fill out the Panel/Event Proposal Form. Space is filling fast, though, so please don’t wait too much longer.

We also still have some tables available in our Merchant Hall! This has always been a popular part of the festival, getting nerdy artists, merchants, and social groups from around Edmonton in touch with all of you. You can check our current line-up on the webpage, and if you’d like to book a table of your own, please fill out the Vendor Registration Form. We’d love to have you!

Last but not least, a huge shout-out to our volunteers, all of whom help us run the festival smoothly and safely. This is a great option if you’d like to get a bit more hands on with your festival experience, and you can volunteer for as little as two hours. We have some excellent perks for our volunteers as well, which you can check out on the Volunteering page. There you’ll also find the form you need to fill out to volunteer for this year’s festival.

I’d also like to give a big thank-you to the Alberta Avenue Community League for hosting us again this year. They are a wonderful and accommodating community hall, and have been a great home for the festival for the last three years.

Check back on Friday, when I’ll talk about more about some special events we have going on at the festival this year! And as always, if you have any questions please contact us at

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