Rushcon 9 - "Elevate from the Norm" Ninth Annual Rush Fan Convention Toronto July 24-26, 2009

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Join hundreds of Rush fans from all over the world at the 9th annual Rush fan convention - "RushCon" - to be held in downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada July 24-26, 2009!

Open Sea and City Lights

This year, the festivities begin on Friday night with an optional* fan BBQ and bonfire welcome party held on the Toronto Islands! The "Open Sea and City Lights" Bonfire BBQ begins at the Days Hotel, where fans will be transported by bus to the lakeside docks, ferried over to Centre Island and treated to an afternoon and evening of beach, bonfires and BBQ with plenty of music, games and fun! *]

Saturday morning kicks off RushCon's International Fan Convention in the Wellesley Room at the Days Hotel and Conference Centre - 30 Carlton St. Here you'll have a chance to meet and mingle with fans from all over the world, shop for rare and collectible merchandise, or test your knowledge against fellow fans by getting involved in a variety of games, contests and events.

This year, fans be treated to two fantastic guest speakers:

Michael Mosbach - Michael has been the Security Director for the band Rush for over 11 years, and through four extensive tours. Also known as "PRAETORIAN," Michael has been Neil Peart's riding partner since 2002- logging thousands of miles and adventures across the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe. Through his many years as Rush's director of security, his close friendship with Neil, and his seemingly endless miles of motorcycle travel with the elusive Mr. Peart, Michael will no doubt have many illuminating tales to tell.

Martin Popoff - Canadian-born music journalist and critic who covers the genre of heavy metal music, Martin is the senior editor and co-founder of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (BW&BK) magazine. He has written over twenty books that both critically evaluate heavy metal and document its history. One such book is 2004's "CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away", an authorized biography of the band and it's longstanding career. Martin will discuss his experiences writing his extensive Rush biography and his most recent involvement working closely with director Sam Dunn on the soon-to-be-released Rush documentary and full-length film.

The fun continues Saturday Night, where busses will transport you to an exclusive private party featuring a carefully selected Rush tribute band. (Bands will be selected by a panel of hard-core fans and the winner of this contest will be announced on or before May 21, 2009.) Visit our website for the official announcement of the winning band. http://www.rushcon.org

Sunday, we continue with more games, events, speakers, a private tour of Anthem Records and finally our annual charity auction featuring Rush memorabilia. Rare and autographed items are sold to the highest bidder with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank. Over the years, Rush fans have raised over $47,500 for the Daily Bread Food Bank of Toronto!

Please note: Donations of auction items needed. If you have any autographed, rare or collectible "Rush" memorabilia you would like to donate to our charity auction, please contact Holly Smith at auction @ rushcon.org All items donated will be auctioned to the highest bidder with 100% of the proceeds going to the Daily Bread Food Bank of Toronto.

RushCon is hosted by Force 10 Enterprises, a non-profit organization formed entirely by Rush fans for Rush fans . Force 10 was formed exclusively to host RushCon and ensure that each year the proceeds are donated to our designated charity, the Daily Bread Food Bank of Toronto (http://www.dailybread.ca)

*](priced separately, includes transportation, dinner, and entertainment.)

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