I am what some have jokingly called "an extrovert trapped in an introvert's body." Around strangers, I am incredibly shy and retiring, often painfully so. Consequently, I've never been a big conventioneer, though I have attended both Origins and GenCon in the past, as well as smaller local conventions. But I also think conventions are a good thing, perhaps even a vital thing, if we want to ensure that RPGs are actually played rather than just talked about (you're sensing a theme lately, aren't you?).
Recently I was reading about an upcoming old school "mini-con," which is to say, a gathering of a couple dozen individuals who'll spend a weekend playing RPGs together. Something like that strikes me as a really great idea. I suspect I'd enjoy a smaller gathering of likeminded gamers much more than I would a big one filled with hundreds or thousands of people. So, naturally, my mind started thinking about the possibility of a Toronto-area old school mini-con and then I realized that, as poor of a conventioneer as I am, I am an even poorer planner of such gatherings. That's too bad, because I'd enjoy the chance to run some levels of Dwimmermount for new people somewhere other than my dining room or, better yet, get a chance to play an old school RPG instead of referee one.
Anyway, I am most emphatically not advocating that anyone try and put together a Toronto mini-con. More importantly, I'm not stating any intention of my putting one together. However, if someone with better organizational skills than I decided they did want to do this, I'd lend a hand as best I could. I'd certainly attend and offer my services as a referee of some games (OD&D/Labyrinth Lord for sure and maybe some Stormbringer or Traveller). I know there are some old school gamers in the area or not far away; I've just never had the chance to meet many of them. This would be a good way to get to do so.
Not that I am advocating anything. Really.