SFSF Boréal inc.
Mission and short chronology of the Société de Fantastique et de Science-Fiction Boréal Inc.
As is stipulated in its rules and regulations, the main purpose of SFSF Boréal Inc. is to plan and operate conventions, collective book release events, cultural evenings, and any other activities with the potential to promote literature and other artistic creations related to science-fiction and fantastique. It includes administrating the Boréal Awards, which are annual awards in literature.
The conventions mentioned have allowed writers to: get to know each other and be known, read and talk over their works, take part in writing workshops, and meet their readers. Also, scholars have had the opportunity to analyse the writers’ works, artists from the visual arts have displayed their artworks, plays have been presented and roleplayers have organized epic tournaments. Other activities have also occurred, like: screenings of movies and videos, exhibitions of scale models of space ships and cosplaying contests. Besides all those, there are always an area where books, comics, magazines and fanzines can be bought and sold.
Incorporated as a non-profit organization on January 15th 1981, and following the founding convention of 1979 in Chicoutimi (Boréal 1) and its second edition in Québec (1980 – Boréal 2), SFSF Boréal Inc. has headed the organization of the 1981 Boréal Convention of French-Canadian science-fiction and fantastique in Montréal (in association with the Université du Québec à Montréal / Boréal 3), and the following conventions : 1982 in Chicoutimi (Boréal 4), 1983 in Montréal, during the Salon du Livre (Book Fair) (Boréal 5), 1984 and 1985 in Québec (Boréal 6, Boréal 7), 1986 in Longueuil (Boréal 8), 1987 in Montréal (in association with the Université du Québec à Montréal / Boréal 9), 1988 in Chicoutimi (in association with the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi / Boréal 10) and in Montréal from 2000 to 2009 (Boréal 17 to 26). In 2009, the conventions started to rotate between Montréal on uneven years (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) and Québec on even ones (2010, 2012, 2014).
In 1989, SFSF Boréal Inc. allowed another non-profit organization – Science-Fiction et Fantastique du Septentrion – to hold Boréal 11, at the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa. Smaller conventions were also held. First in Ottawa, in 1995 (Boréal 12), as part of the exhibition “Views of Other Worlds” that was shown at the National Library of Canada during the Can-Con convention; then in Montréal, from 1996 to 1999 (Boréal 13 to 16), there as part of the Con*Cept conventions.
SFSF Boréal Inc. also supported a commemorative seminar and convention – aptly named Boréal-20 years – that were held at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
One-day or –evening events were also organized, as in 1990 and 1991, at La Maison des Arts de Laval, or – also in 1991 – at the Rimouski Book Fair. There were also some of them held in Montréal, in 1992 (in the offices of Publications Ianus), 1993 (as part of the Con*Cept convention), 1994 (again, in the offices of Publication Ianus), 2000 and 2001 (both at the Atwater Library of Montréal).
The upcoming convention will be happening in Mont-Laurier, in May 2016.