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Royal returns to Greater Toronto

RPSC President Ed Kroft is inviting all members to attend the society’s annual general meeting, where they can ask questions, raise concerns and voice their opinions, on June 22 at 10 a.m.

91st RPSC Convention to feature nearly 30 dealers, more than 200 exhibit frames, 200-lot auction plus several seminars over three days this June

With the annual convention of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) only weeks away, organizers are ready to welcome collectors back to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for the massive three-day show and exhibition.

Kicking off June 21 at 11 a.m., the show – organized by volunteers from the Bramalea Stamp Club, West Toronto Stamp Club (WTSC) and Canadian Stamp News (CSN) – will feature nearly 30 professional dealers from across Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain plus nearly 220 exhibition frames.

“I’m really excited about it, and I think we’ll have a great attendance,” said show chair Joe Trauzzi, of the Bramalea Stamp Club, who added it’s been 12 years since the Royal Convention was held in the GTA.

“Being back in the GTA will attract a lot of people, plus we have 219 frames of exhibits, with some exhibitors from as far away as New Zealand. You’ll have the opportunity to look at fascinating material that’s from halfway around the world and understand its philatelic story.”

There will also be about five youth exhibits – a “strong showing,” Trauzzi added – competing in this year’s exhibition.

“I’m eager and excited,” he said, adding it’s the first time he’s served as the chair of a major show like the Royal but is “lucky to have a lot of help from other experienced committee members.”

“Things are looking very good leading up to the show,” he said on May 23, “and all the committees are meeting on a regular basis to finalize every little detail.”

Day-of volunteers, however, are still needed. Anyone wishing to volunteer in any capacity can email show chair Joe Trauzzi at jtrauzzi@yahoo.ca.

Tickets for the RPSC President’s Reception and Awards Banquet, which will be held June 22 at 5 p.m., are still available for $22 and $90, respectively. The $90 banquet ticket includes a plated dinner. For more information about tickets, contact Trauzzi.

Bramalea Stamp Club member and Royal*2019*Royale show chair Joe Trauzzi said he’s ‘eager and excited’ for the three-day show this June.

POPULAR VENUE

This year’s Royal Convention – also known as Royal*2019*Royale – will be held at the prestigious four-star Hilton Mississauga located at 6750 Mississauga Rd. in Mississauga, Ont.

Only 20 minutes from Pearson International Airport, the Hilton Mississauga is close to major highways connecting with downtown Toronto and the surrounding GTA, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Canada’s Wonderland, the Toronto Zoo and much more. The hotel also offers numerous amenities, including a pool, the largest waterslide in the GTA, a fitness room, a restaurant and bar, a cafe, a business center, a snack shop, an in-room safe, laundry, valet service and a concierge desk.

The hotel is also surrounded by several delightful restaurants, including Chop steakhouse and bar, and the nearby historic Village of Streetsville, which is only about a five-minute drive from the hotel.

FREE PARKING

If you are attending this year’s Royal, parking at the Hilton Mississauga is free while at the show. The Hilton will be placing a notice on its parking meters listing the shows and events – including the Royal – that are exempt from having to pay parking. Instead of paying the meters, show-goers are asked to sign in with their license plate number on a sheet of paper at the show admission desk. Do not pay the fee at the hotel’s automated parking meters. There are no refunds from the hotel or show organizers.

DEALERS, EXHIBITS & AUCTION

Award-winning postal history exhibitor Rob Leigh will be speaking on the postal development of Upper Canada’s Western District, which includes his hometown of Chatham, Ont., at a ticketed PHSC event on June 23.

Aside from the bourse featuring the country’s top philatelic dealers and the impressive volume of exhibition frames, the popular show boasts three days of seminars, philatelic meetings and social events.

The Compass Room will also play host to a series of “must-see” seminars, Trauzzi said.

These include:

  • Garfield Portch, of the WTSC, speaking on “Forensic Philately and the Greene Foundation – A Look at Expertizing” on June 21 at 11:30 a.m.;
  • Scott Tiffney, of the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL), speaking about the APRL on June 21 at 12:30 p.m.;
  • exhibitor Dave Bartlet speaking on “The Automation of Postage Dispensing” on June 21 at 2 p.m.;
  • exhibitor Leopold Beaudet speaking on “The Admirals After Marler” on June 21 at 3:30 p.m.;
  • Michel Houde speaking on “A 29-Year Journey of Discovery of a Unique Canadian” on June 22 at 12:30 p.m.;
  • exhibitor Larry Davidson, of the American Topical Association (ATA), speaking on the ATA’s role plus resources for thematic collectors on June 22 at 2 p.m.;
  • exhibitor Jean Wang, of the North Toronto Stamp Club, speaking on “Building a Thematic Exhibit” on June 22 at 3 p.m.;
  • Portch speaking again, this time on “The Postal History of the Post Office in Toronto to January 1901,” on June 23 at 10:30 a.m.; and
  • exhibitor and American Philatelic Society (APS) life member Liz Hisey speaking on “Treatment” on June 23 at 2 p.m.

Award-winning exhibitor Robert Leigh is also set to speak on the postal development of Upper Canada’s Western District at a ticketed event on June 23.

Hosted by the Postal History Society of Canada (PHSC), the breakfast meeting and presentation will highlight the early development of postal systems in Upper Canada, with a focus on the most remote area, the Western District.

“The Districts of Upper Canada were the major politic subdivisions between the end of the 18th century and roughly 1850, and the Western District comprised the area that was until recently the counties of Essex, Kent and Lambton,” said Leigh, who recently won a Grand Award with a five-frame exhibit on this topic at Orapex.

“The population of Upper Canada grew along the great settlement roads as well as navigable waters. The development of the postal system, at least initially, followed these same patterns.”

He’s hoping the talk will be of interest to “a variety of people.”

“For those interested in early postal history, I’ll show many tasty covers and associated postal markings. For those with an interest in Canadian history and how it was intertwined with the postal system, I’ll offer a review involving historic maps and other ephemera.”

Tickets are available through PHSC President David Hobden via president@postalhistorycanada.net for $25.

Seminars times are subject to change. Refer to the show website, rpscroyal.com/seminars, for up-to-date information.

New to this year’s Royal is a live philatelic auction, which will be presented by R. Maresch & Son on Friday evening.

One of this year’s major show themes is ‘It’s Your Royal,’ which ties into The RPSC’s new strategic initiative launched at last year’s Royal Convention in St. Catharines, Ont.

IT’S YOUR ROYAL’

One of the major themes of this year’s show is “It’s Your Royal,” which ties into the scope of The RPSC’s strategic plan approved at last year’s Royal in St. Catharines, Ont.

“What the Royal wants to do is become the premier, go-to philatelic organization in Canada. It wants to be inclusive rather than being exclusive. It wants to be an organization for all to join,” said RPSC President Ed Kroft, who added “the hobby is changing, and Canada’s national philatelic organization must follow suit.”

All RPSC members are encouraged to attend the society’s annual general meeting (AGM), where they can ask questions, raise concerns and voice their opinions, on June 22 at 10 a.m., in the hotel’s Compass Room.

The RPSC board of directors is slated to meet at 11 a.m. – immediately after the AGM – in the same room.

Stay tuned to this website for further updates leading up to the show this June.

If you would like to see other items added to this website, please send your ideas to info@trajan.ca.

Day-of volunteers are still needed—anyone wishing to volunteer in any capacity can email Trauzzi at jtrauzzi@yahoo.ca.

This year’s bourse and exhibition hall will be open on June 21 from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; on June 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and on June 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 on June 21 and 22, free on June 23, or $8 for a two-day pass covering both Friday and Saturday. Registrants are not required to pay daily show admission.

We look forward to seeing you in Mississauga this June!

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