I’ve been invited to receive a Prix Aurora Award Nominee’s pin at a presentation ceremony to be held at SFContario, the new Toronto SF convention. I’m thrilled to be getting a pin!
Nominee pins are a long-standing tradition for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards (you can see the little rocket ship-shaped Hugo pin attached to this WorldCon badge, and you can see one of the Nebula pins about halfway down this post by nominee Sarah Beth Durst), but they’re a new thing for the Auroras.
At the Prix Aurora Awards ceremony at the 2010 KeyCon, special pins for the winners and nominees were awarded for the first time, an initiative sponsored by Conadian A. The Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA, sponsor of the Aurora Awards) Board of Directors has decided to award these mementos to all past winners and nominees at conventions across Canada this year.
The new pins take as their shape the primary element of the Aurora Awards, from the design by Frank Johnson. The gentle curve is intended to evoke the waves of the Aurora Borealis, for which the award is named.
The presentation of Nominee pins will continue in future years, as well, starting with next year’s nominees during the Awards Ceremony at Canvention 31, when it is hosted by SFContario in November of 2011.
For people who are not a member of SFContario and weren’t planning to attend (but you know you want to), a membership in SFContario is not required to attend the Presentation Ceremony. In other words, if you are in Toronto that weekend and would like to come see yours truly along with many of the bright lights of the Toronto SF community recieve the pin but don’t want to attend the con, you should be able to get in for the ceremony.
There are 30 years of short-listed Aurora Nominees that are being honoured at five Conventions across the country this fall. The Nominees’ Pin Ceremony at SFCONTARIO will be held Friday, 19th of November at 9:00 PM in Ballroom BC, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto ON.
See you there!