Conventions, shows and social gatherings are back on the Manitoban menu, and there is something for everyone.
About 600 visitors attended Winnipeg’s first annual collectibles exhibit at the Holiday Inn (1740 Ellice Ave.) on November 14. Guests lined up around the building for the 10 a.m. opening.
Inside, visitors floated between 45 tables of vendors selling comics, art, vinyl, jewelry, toys and a menagerie of memorabilia. But not before workers have checked vaccination cards and IDs.
Participation was a welcome sight for organizers Wally Dorvault and Shelley Ostrove.
“It has been nonstop all morning,” said Dorvault The Subway. “Our staff have been phenomenal. All of our guests have been phenomenal.”
The show’s proximity to the holidays also helped.
âA lot of the people we have here are buying Christmas gifts for the family,â Ostrove said.
Dorvault ran the Winnipeg Comic Show at the Holiday Inn for many years and hosted a list of comic book vendors at this new show.
âWe have a huge amount of comics in this city,â Dorvault said. “There are always collections here – people don’t realize it.”
The most recent Winnipeg Comic Show was scheduled for March 29, 2020 – just two weeks after pandemic closures swept through the city. With those comic book fans in mind, the 52-year-old partnered with Ostrove to create a show that would appeal to a wider audience.
âWe’re happy with the show; it was really a success,â Ostrove said. “It’s a family affair.”
Ostrove’s favorite item on sale that day was American football legend Joe Montana’s rookie card. The seller was looking to part with her late husband’s collection, Ostrove said, so Dorvault put her in touch with a buyer who could give her a fair price.
Ostrove, a trader by training, is active in the entertainment scene in Winnipeg. The 70-year-old helped organize the Winnipeg Tattoo Show, Central Canada Comic Con, Cottage Country’s Lake and Cabin Show and World of Wheels – the latter returns on Friday March 25, 2022 at the RBC Convention Center.
Adam Hannibal and Norman Brinks were among the vendors at the Winnipeg Collectibles Show. The pair had exhibited nearly 1,000 discs wrapped in crates and milk cans.
âThis is my first opportunity to make a sale in person since pretty much the pandemic,â Brinks said. “It’s good to see people face to face and interact again.”
Brinks sells records via Instagram @skip_the_records.
Hannibal was out to help Brinks sell his music, including a few rare Van Halen and Led Zeppelin presses. Hannibal is known, in part, for Quadrafunk, CKUW 95.9 FM’s longest-running radio DJ mix, which airs Fridays from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. He also runs Balanced Records, a producer and DJ collective based in Winnipeg.
Following the success of the first Winnipeg Collectibles Show, Dorvault and Ostrove hope to host another next fall.
Katlyn Streilein is the journalist / photographer for The Subway.
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