To ensure the safety
and enjoyment of all who will be attending the upcoming Anime North, we
ask that all visitors observe the following con policies. Any questions
regarding these policies should be directed to the staff or office. Thank
Weapons Please Note:
Significant Changes have been made to Anime North's Weapons policy: Please
See the complete Weapons and Large Props Policy click
here For more details. It is your responsibility to understand the
Weapons policy and abide by it. Any questions should be directed towards
the Weapons Master or his staff.
- Real weapons and
realistic copies of currently manufactured firearms are strictly prohibited.
Please note: realistic model guns and "ninja" weapons such as "nunchukas"
and "shurikens" are not only unwelcome at Anime North, but illegal under
the Criminal Code of Canada.
- All prop/model weapons
MUST be checked and authorized by the Weapons Masters.
Upon approval the weapon(s) will be peace bonded and your convention
badge marked accordingly. Convention Special Ops and ConCom members
reserve the right to inspect weapons bonds and convention badge markings.
Any signs of tampering will be referred to the Weapons Master for confirmation
- If your weapon is
deemed unacceptable, you will be asked to return it to your hotel room
or car, or voluntarily check it with Con staff. Disallowed weapons checked
with staff will be returned to owners at the end of the day or the convention
depending on which type of membership you purchased. If it is needed
and approved for the Masquerade, arrangements can be made for it to
be delivered to the Masquerade Green room at 6:00pm Saturday.
Masquerade contestants planning to use weapons onstage MUST
present their weapons for inspection and demonstrate their intended
use for the Masquerade staff when registering for the Masquerade or
Cosplay Skit Contest. Any unauthorized weapons or actions involving
weapons onstage or backstage will result in disqualification and any
further actions deemed necessary by the Masquerade staff, Special Ops,
and/or Venue Security.
- Drawing of weapons,
horseplay or careless handling of weapons in public areas are not allowed
and will result in loss of membership and expulsion from the convention.
- Large props that
present the same safety issues as prop weapons will be treated in the
- Laser pointers are
not harmless toys; they are capable of inflicting serious eye damage.
Irresponsible use of a laser pointer will result in loss of membership
and expulsion from the convention.
- Water guns and projectiles
are not allowed in convention space, any use of them in public will
result in loss of membership and removal from the convention. All involved
parties will be required to pay the cost of any property damages suffered
by individuals, dealers or the hotel.
Cosplayers with costumes
that are bulky, difficult to maneuver, restrict vision, have mascot-type
heads, projecting shoulders or otherwise present possible safety issues
for the wearer or those they come in contact with are asked to travel
with an unencumbered escort (someone in no costume or one without any
restricting features) when moving through high-traffic public areas of
the con. If no escort is available, you may be asked to return the costume
to your hotel room or car, or remove and safely carry the portions of
your costume causing concern.
Costume elements that
may be offensive or disruptive are not welcome and anyone wearing them
may be asked by Anime North staff to remove or cover up questionable items.
Carrying of signs in
convention space will not be allowed unless the sign is
- A clearly understood
and recognizable part of a cosplay costume (ie Gendo Pandas signboard,
Menchi with a list of nutritional info)
- Serves a reasonable
purpose (ie. advertising an event, showing a group where to meet) and
has been authorized by Special Ops.
- Signs that advertise
services in exchange for goods or other favours (ie Will Glomp for Pocky,
Hugs for $1) may be against local soliciting and/or panhandling bylaws
and will not be allowed.
- T-shirts with slogans
that would be unacceptable on a sign are also unacceptable and the wearer
may be asked to change or cover up the slogan if they wish to remain
in convention space
- Cameras and camcorders
are not allowed in the Art Show. Photography of original artwork in
Artists Alley is not allowed without permission of the artist.
- Flash photography
is strictly forbidden for safety reasons.
- Non-flash Photography
of the Masquerade is allowed ONLY where it does not obstruct others'
view of the stage.
- A designated filming
area will be set up for taping of the Masquerade. Numbers will be
strictly limited due to space. Media Representative will be given
preference, please contact the Media Dept for access. Any space left
over may be made available to general attendees on a first come, first
served basis at the beginning of the Masquerade. Because of the demand,
we cannot guarantee anyone a space ahead of time.
- Photo Stations
will be set up in the hall for attendees to have further opportunity
to photograph contestants as they exit after their turn on stage.
- Photography of
all other aspects of the con is allowed, as long as it does not disrupt
events or the flow of traffic and the subject does not object. Please
be considerate and ask first before taking pictures of guests, con
staff, other attendees or the general public.
- Please be aware as
an attendee of Anime North that media representatives will be present
at the con and may be filming at any time.
- Anime North is a
non-smoking convention. Smoking is prohibited except where venue policy
Children (under the
age of 13)
- A parent or guardian
must accompany children under 13 at all times. Parents and guardians
are responsible for the well-being and behavior of all children in their
Alcohol, Drugs, Theft,
- The legal drinking
age in Ontario is 19. Drugs, theft and vandalism are illegal and will
be dealt with accordingly.
Bus and Transport
- Shuttle Service
will run between the Toronto Congress Center and the Park Plaza only.
No transportation will be provided to other locations. The Park Plaza
shuttle is not affiliated with Anime North and is governed by the rules
of the Park Plaza Hotel.
- If it's not allowed
in the venue, it's not allowed on the bus. Any incidents may result
in being banned from riding the bus as well as all other penalties previously
- There will be Mobility
Access seating in the main function rooms, as well as Front of the Line
and/or Early Entrance privileges when appropriate.
- To help us better
provide this service, we ask that those with Mobility/Access needs stop
by the Access table and obtain the Special Attention sticker for their
badges. Registration for Molibity/Access is free of charge.
- You MUST be
registered with the Mobility/Access department to be eligible for Mobility/Access
transport between Toronto Congress Center and the Renaissance Hotel.
- Anime North will
not be responsible for attendant care. If you do not need an attendant,
or already have one, you are welcome to be a Volunteer.
- While we cannot anticipate
or accommodate every request, we will do everything possible to ensure
all reasonable requirements are met.
- Your name badge
is proof of your membership and must be worn at all times to guarantee
admission to con events. Lost badges should be reported promptly to
the con office.
- Convention Special
Operations staff will be wearing distinctive badges. If you need any
assistance just ask, if you see any problems, report it promptly.
Due to safety issues,
Anime North will be following strict guidelines for entry to the Dealer
Room where appropriate.
- Restricted admissions
- Time limits
- traffic redirection,
- early entry for
those with Mobility/Access memberships
- Any other measures
necessary to ensure safety.
Appropriate action will
be taken in the case of attendees who are found to be in violation of
hotel rules for use of guest rooms. Violations include, but are not limited
- Exceeding the maximum
occupancy per hotel room. Hotel management has the right to evict anyone
who is not registered with them as a guest from guest rooms.
- Charging admission
to a room party serving alcohol without a liquor license or serving
alcohol to minors. If this is found to have happened, legal action will
- Selling merchandise
out of private hotel rooms.
- Engaging in any other
behavior that is illegal or disruptive. This will result in loss of
convention membership and possible legal action by the hotel.
- Doubletree Hotel
Polices Concerning Room Parties click
(aggressive hugging, often without warning) can be disruptive and even
cause harm to unsuspecting targets or bystanders being jostled in a crowded
space. Please do not Glomp anyone without asking permission
first. Repeated problems may be considered disruptive behavior and result
in warnings and loss of convention membership.
- Food and drink
is not allowed in function rooms except those designated.
- Seating is first-come,
first-served. Due to fire regulations, sitting in aisles and seating
beyond the room's capacity are not allowed, and we are bound by law
to strictly enforce this.
- Please remember
talking during videos is disruptive to other attendees and save your
comments for outside.
- Anime North reserves
the right to refuse admission to function rooms to those under 18
during videos and panels with adult content.
- Panhandling (begging
for money, with or without performing music or other entertainment)
is against local bylaws and will not be allowed in convention space.
- Failure to follow
the rules may result in loss of membership and expulsion from the
- Have fun, enjoy
yourself, be courteous to hotel staff and fellow attendees but please
remember, the impression you make reflects on all of us.
North Weapons and Large Props Rules and Regulations
- NO live firearms,
removal of firing pin or bolt does not negate this rule!
- NO prohibited
weapons (as defined by applicable Canadian Laws)
examples include (but are not limited to):
- Bali-Song ("butterfly
knife") or switchblade/dropblade style knives.
- Nunchucks, Tonfas
or similarly restricted Martial Arts Weapons
- Law Enforcement
items such as Batons, Tazers or Mace.
- No Replicas
of Contemporary Firearms (i.e. beginning from the era of revolvers -U.S.
Civil War forward to any currently manufactured firearms)
- All weapons must
be holstered, sheathed or slung in an approved fashion.
Weapons will not be drawn or displayed outside of convention function
space, (except in the privacy of a hotel room), or in any public or
crowed area. Large props must be kept close to the body at all times.
- Due and full consideration
must be given to physical safety and peace of mind of other persons
at all times, this includes the general public and venue staff, not
just other convention attendees. Translation: The archaic and juvenile
practice of "freaking the mundanes*" will NOT be tolerated in
any form or fashion at any time!
*Mundanes: Your friends who keep asking you if you're still into that
weird cartoon stuff /normal mortals who do not understand anime or related
- All weapons or large
props must be checked and authorized by the Weapons Masters at
either of the two panels set up for this purpose (Panels will be held
Friday evening / Saturday Morning on the Second Stage, please see pocket
program for exact times).
Upon approval, the
weapon(s) will be bonded and your convention badge marked accordingly.
If you do not attend one of these panels, you will not be allowed
to carry a weapon or large prop about the convention.
- Any weapons which
fail to meet the safety criteria of the Weapons Masters must be immediately
(and discreetly), returned to storage, (e.g.: your hotel room or vehicle)
or checked into the coat check area, for the duration of the convention.
- Convention Security
and ConCom members reserve the right to inspect weapons, peace bond
and convention badge markings at any time. Any signs of tampering will
be referred to the Weapons Master for confirmation of authenticity.
- Horseplay (of any
kind, whether participants are consenting parties or not) with weapons
will not be tolerated. All persons involved may be penalized depending
upon the nature of the severity of the offense. All complaints of behavior
of this nature will be dealt with immediately by Anime North.
- Failure to adhere
to one or more of the above rules will result in any or all of the following
penalties being swiftly enforced.
- Immediate loss
of the privilege to carry weapons
- Expulsion, without
refund, from the Anime North Convention
- Any act of gross
negligence or public endangerment may result in criminal charges beyond
the control of Anime North (please remember that the general public
may have no idea that the convention is in progress and may react in
the extreme if they feel threatened).
The decision of
the Weapons Master and ConCom members are final and will be strictly
enforced to ensure a safe environment for all convention attendees.