GEAR Con 2015: "Secrets & Lies"

Pre-register for July 3-5, 2015 when GEAR Con explores the sinister side of steampunk!

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Fine Art Salon Application | Programming Application

Online Hotel Reservation | Email the Con Director

GEAR Con 2015 will take place next July 3-5 at DoubleTree by Hilton Portland with opening day events at offsite locations around Portland, OR. Passes may be purchased below; to reserve your hotel room at a discount, call the DoubleTree at 503-281-6111 and ask for the GEAR Con 2015 group rate.

GEAR Con’s 2015 theme is “Secrets & Lies”, exploring Victorian esotericism, secret society skullduggery, and paranormal steampunk; our musical headliner is the delightfully dastardly Aurelio Voltaire! If you’d like to present workshops or other programming next year, pitch us your ideas using this handy web form. Marketplace applications have closed, but artists working in 2D, 3D, functional, and wearable media should apply to our Fine Art Salon here. All other inquiries: as always, please email me directly. -S.

Use discount code “advancereg” for $45 weekend registration!

Ticket Type Ticket Price Quantity Total Price
Weekend Pass USD 50 USD 50.00

GEAR Con is using the Tickera registration & ticketing system in 2015. The purchaser will use their Tickera ticket (what you download after paying the above widget) to claim badges for their entire party upon arrival at GEAR Con. If members of your party are absent, you may receive and allocate those badges yourself or leave them for your friends to claim at will call.

Team GEAR Con extends our gratitude to these partners and supporters:

Academia Duellatoria | Columbia River Brewing Co. | Geahk Burchill Designs | Guardian Games

Taken by the Sky Costumes & Corsets | Wells & Verne NeoVictorian Shoppe


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Aurelio Voltaire

Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.

An internationally touring musician, he is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy”.

Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.

Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 15 years.  He’s released 11 full length CDs.

The Nathaniel Johnstone Band

The Nathaniel Johnstone Band hails from Seattle, WA, lead by multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Johnstone. Their vibrant sound crosses boundaries and borders, resulting in a blend of European, Middle Eastern, and South American music with Jazz, Rock, Surf, Folk, Gothic, and Steampunk influences.

Nathaniel Johnstone loves music of all shapes and sizes. He is perpetually tinkering with tunes on a multitude of instruments: guitar, violin, viola, mandolin, and banjo. Surrounding himself with an ever-changing roster of like-minded souls, he creates music for his many friends in the dancing world. Every song in the band’s repertoire was inspired by and created with a particular dancer/troupe in mind. From 2006-2011, Johnstone recorded and toured with the steampunk band Abney Park, but has moved on to focusing on his solo work and other projects. He has also sat in with a number of other ensembles: The Ghosts Project, Jill Tracy’s Malcontent Orchestra, Ego Likeness, The Last Dance, Hellblinki, and others. To hear more of his work, check out his website at


Faeraballa is a Salem, Oregon based Dark Cabaret/Jazz ensemble founded in 2010 that takes musical influence from free form jazz and blues of the WWII era as well as modern gothic, steampunk, and dark cabaret music. Comprised of Dana McCarty and Julie McGowan on vocals and harmonies, Mac McGowan on horns, Tom Shipley on upright bass, and Andrew Teem on drums, and performing primarily original music, Faerabella’s songs are about mystery, sinister characters, crime, vices and romance… or romances gone sour.
Faerabella regularly appears in the event and festival circuit between Portland and Eugene, and is currently working on recording their latest album. Visit or check out their facebook page for regular updates!


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GEAR Con 2015’s venue is

1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR
(503) 281-6111

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Discounted Stay

The DoubleTree is extending a generous discount to GEAR Con attendees & guests. Please click here to reserve lodging at our special rate.