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Annual Show

Information about "On Parade" the Annual Show and Competition put on by the OMSS.

ON PARADE 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017                    10 am to 4 pm
Humber College Lakeshore Campus
3199 Lakeshore Boulevard West,  Toronto Ontario

A New Date and a New Venue

After many years we are moving our Annual Show back to our traditional date of June.

This year's show is moving to a new venue.  While we enjoyed the historical ambience of Fort York for the past few years, there were just too many problems of physical access, uncertain scheduling and downtown  traffic.

Humber College has welcomed us with open arms and we are excited about our new venue.  The show will be in one large space with excellent lighting and we will be able to accomodate more vendors and displays.   Access and parking will be easier and we will have accommodations and food services on site.

"On Parade" is the Ontario Model Soldier Society's annual public show and celebration of the hobby of model soldiers.  Thousands of model soldiers from many historical eras and countries will be on display - everything from small wargames figures to 1/6 scale figures and vehicles.

For full details on the show including directions and parking information please download the Show Edition of our Newsletter.

Humber College

Humber College Lakeshore Campus Main Building

Admission

Show admission is $5 per adult.  Children under 12 are admitted free.

Early floor access (between 9 am and 10am) will cost you an additional $5.

Accomodations

The college is offering accomodations in their student residence wing which is in the same building as the show.  The price is extremely reasonable compared to GTA hotel rates and members who stayed there last year had very favourable comments.

Here is a review from one of our members who stayed at the college last year:

The rooms are spartan but they are clean and comfortable . There are two separate bedrooms with a double bed in each with a small desk and bedside lamp. There is a kitchen with a full size fridge, standard size kitchen sink , a fair amount of cupboard space, an adequate micro wave oven, and a small table with two chairs. The bathroom has a large shower stall but no bathtub,a small sink and standard toilet. There is no TV or radio and no phone so you would need a cell phone.
We found the area to be rather quiet and relatively sound proof with one opening window placed very high on the wall.
Beds aren't remade in the morning and the rooms not cleaned daily but again everything is very clean when checking in. There is a small food court but I am not aware of the hours that it is open. The parking is free on the weekends and I believe the cost for parking at other times is a reasonable $7.00 per day, the cost for staying there at that  time ( June) were around $80.00 plus tax but no extra room taxes so prevalent in the Toronto area. We highly recommend these accommodations and we will  definitely be staying  there for the  show next June. A real plus is that students are NOT in residence at this time and that may explain why it is rather quiet.

You may still book a room by phoning Humber College Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 4 pm at 1-888-548-6327. Tell them you would like to be placed in the OMSS Show room area.

Show Chairman

For all show inquiries please contact Norm White at 416-285-5600 or email omss@bell.net

Vendor tables

As of April 7 our vendor area is fully booked.  

Our show includes a lively vendor area with over 30 tables of hobby related merchandise.  Table rental is only $50 if you book before the end of April ($60 thereafter).  If you are interested in selling at our show please download our vendor information package.

Vendor area

Vendor area at the show

For a list of the vendors who will be at the show see our Show Newsletter.

Open Competition

The show is also the venue for the Society's Annual Competition.  This modelling competition is open to all and encompasses single painted figures, dioramas, military vehicles and ordnance in all scales and periods.  And entry is free!

Download our Competition info package.

You can download the entry card form if you wish to fill out cards for your entries ahead of time.

Figures in competition

Figures in competition

OMSS trophies

 Annual competition trophies

Annual Compettion Results for 2016

Annual Competition Results for 2015

Annual Competition Results for 2014

Annual Competition Results for 2013

"Name That Soldier"

We've added a new feature this year.  Two of our most knowledgeable members, Guy Elliot and Jim Matresky have volunteered to host an identification service they're calling "Name That Soldier".  Got some figures in your collection but don't know who made  them or when?  Bring them down for a free consultation.  They won't be doing price appraisals but you're welcome to consult any of our vendors on that score.

Displays

Thousands of model soldiers on display from many periods and armies.  Pageantry across the ages.  Military parades, bands, vehicles and artillery.  Large scale (1/6) figures and vehicles.

Toy soldier bands

Toy soldier bands on display

Toy soldier displays

Massed toy soldiers on display

1/6 scale figures and vehicles

1/6 scale figures and vehicles