It was a very exciting moment for us to announce this month that Brandon is getting our own Comic Con!! River City Conventions, the same amazing folks that put on Central Canada Comic Con (among many others) in Winnipeg every year, are excited to announce that they are bringing the special experience of their conventions to Brandon! The process all started when the Brandon First team went to the 2017 Manitoba Comic Con as attendees. We met with the River City Conventions group, specifically CEO Michael Paille, and COO Kailyn Gregorash, with an expressed desire to bring a Comic Con to Brandon. After more than a year of liaising back and forth, building our relationships with the incredible RCC team, we were thrilled to invite them out to Brandon for a familiarization tour of our city, venues, hotels and key locations; this was then followed by a decision to move forward and host the event at the Keystone Centre. The online buzz has been incredible, and we are very much looking forward to all the cosplay, artistry and fandom enjoyment this event will bring to our city. Read more about Brandon Comic Con here

What We’ve Been Up To: 

Brandon First was off around the country promoting Brandon as the best host destination early in March once again! 
Our Executive Director, Graham, and Board Chair, Chris attended the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Sports Event Congress in Halifax. In ten 8-minute “speed dates”, they met with individual event organizers of national sporting events one-on-one and have some very exciting things lined up for future years. 

The vice chairs of the 2019 Brandon Brier: Nate Andrews, Ryan Shields and Jackie Nichol with Jason Krieser and Jennifer Weinhandl of Brandon First.

While those two represented us in Halifax, Marketing and Comminucations Assistant, Jennifer, and departing board member, Jason took in the 2018 Tim Horton’s Brier in Regina. We handed out over 1500 information cards for tickets, cowbells galore to drum up excitement and talked to many people who were so excited about Brandon 2019 they already bought tickets right at our booth! It was an amazing experience and we even got to have our picture with the Tankard which lived at the booth all day. Tickets for the Brier in Brandon are on sale now at and you can also sign up to volunteer right there. 

On this Week in Brandon: The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

For 111 years the Winter Fair has been a top notch agricultural exhibition, and is one of only TWO fairs in all of Canada to have received Royal patronage, (the other being the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto), as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended in 1970.  Complete with livestock showing, horse jumping and heavy horse competitions, a trade show, petting zoos and entertainment for the kids and more, there is truly something for people of all ages! Check it out at the Keystone Centre, on until Saturday. Ticket pricing and schedules are available on the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba’s website at


The 2018 Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships want YOU to be a part of the action! 
Jobs vary from fairly physical (raking jump pits, running results) to sit down sales type jobs (merchandise, canteen) to offsite assistance at the Athlete`s Village (Brandon University). 

Special recognition goes out this month to our Gold Level Stakeholders

Brandon First could not be what we are and do what we do without the continuing support of our incredible community stakeholders. We would like to recognize especially those at our Gold Level for their choice to support us for 2018. So THANK YOU to Brandon University and the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre for being two of our best meeting and conference space providers and fantastic hospitality providers as well. 

In case you missed it, we just did a profile article on Brandon University that you can read here. Keep your eyes peeled for one on the Victoria Inn in the very near future. 

Upcoming Events – April 2018
* Westman Gaming Expo – April 7 & 8 – Keystone Centre*
* Manitoba Adult Hockey – April 6 – 8 – Keystone Centre*
* Association of Manitoba Municipalities Seminar – April 11 & 12 – Keystone Centre*
* Manitoba Steel Hockey Tournament – April 13 – 15 – Keystone Centre*
* Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Festival – April 13 -15 – Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium*
* Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature – April 26 – 28 – Brandon University*

Remember: An AMAZING resource for a list of events in the area is the Brandon Tourism Community Events CalendarYou can add events you know about or are organizing as well as see what is going on that you may want to attend!

Stakeholder Corner

We will be sending reminder invoices to some of our stakeholders on April 1 and would absolutely love to see each and every one of our stakeholders on board for another year! 

If you have any questions about your invoice, stakeholder package, or would like to discuss a change in level, please contact us at and we will set up a meeting.  

If you’re interested in becoming a stakeholder you can get more information here.

Thank you to all of our stakeholders for your ongoing and incredible support.
We could not do what we do best without your generosity.

In Case You Missed It – Event Profile – Westman Gaming Expo: Creating Your Own Custom Event – A Q&A With Mark Lund

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