Welcome to the home page for Anime North: Canada's premier fan run Anime convention!
Anime North is an anime convention located in Toronto, Canada that celebrates anime, manga, music, games and all other forms of Japanese Culture!
Anime North will be the weekend of May 27 - 29, 2016 at the Toronto Congress Centre and International Plaza Hotel.
Anime North in the News
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 23:19
Some news articles about Anime North 2016!
The Consulate-General of Japan participated once again this year and presented the convention with Commendation, accepted on behalf of the convention by Donald Simmons.
Read more on the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto website.
Anime North staffer, KK Miller, also published an article in Rocket News about the Masquerade.
Read more on the Rocket News website.
Thank You To All Our Attendees
Friday, 03 June 2016 11:13
Thanks to everyone who came to the twentieth Anime North! Our staff at the con numbered at nearly a thousand people this year. That's more than the total attendance of the first Anime North! It's a lot of work for us but it's worth it when the con goes off well and everyone has a good time. See you all next year for Anime North 2017 (May 26-28)!
Anime North 2016 Music Video Competition Winners
Monday, 30 May 2016 21:01
Here are the winners of the 2016 Anime Music Video Competition! Congratulations to all our winners and participants!
Akiko Hasegawa and Asami Shimoda Autograph and Photo Sessions
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 03:08
If you have a ticket, you are guaranteed an autograph and/or a photo. If you do not have a ticket, you may still choose to line up (behind all the ticket holders). However, you are not guaranteed an autograph and/or a photo. We will let non-ticket holders in only if we have extra time at the end.
We will be distributing tickets at Industry Area, Table F07 between the following times at first come first serve basis.
Friday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 8:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
We only have limited number of tickets for each session and once it's gone, we will not be making new tickets. Tickets are distributed everyday for sessions happening on the same day. If you want a ticket for another day, you will have to come and get a ticket again.
2016 Online Registration Closed
Monday, 23 May 2016 15:31
Online Registration for Anime North 2016 is now closed.
Weekend and Saturday Admissions for Anime North 2016 are sold out and will not be available at the door at the convention.
Friday-only Admissions will be available at the door on Friday.
Sunday-only Admissions will be available at the door on Sunday.
Learn to Tie a Kimono Obi
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:40
This obi tying workshop will instruct participants how to tie the most common women’s obi knot for kimono, the otaiko knot, using real obi and accessories. Find out more.
Revised Autograph Policy
Monday, 16 May 2016 01:57
Beginning in 2016, all Guests at Anime North will have the option of charging for autographs. The convention does not require them to charge or set prices or sales targets. Anime North will not be taking any cut of autograph sales for itself, but we do ask that if guests sell autographs, a portion of the proceeds be donated to our charity, Sick Kids Hospital.
We cannot announce at this time which guests may choose to sell autographs, or how much they may charge. If any guest provides that info and asks us to share it with the public, we will.
There will still be guest panels and Q&As for congoers to enjoy seeing and interacting with all of our guests without paying extra.
Why Is This Happening?
This change is something the organizers of Anime North had hoped to avoid, but the nature of conventions, fandom, and the collectibles market has changed over the years since we first started. The rise of "comicons" and trade show media cons has created and fed a market for autographs. Throughout the convention world, charging for autographs has become expected.
In recent years, Anime North's reluctance to accept this change has begun to limit the selection of guests who we could attract. We have had many wonderful guests who are willing to provide free autographs, but in order to continue bringing in a wide range of popular guests that our attendees want to see, we must adapt.
On the personal front, guests are being asked to spend more and more time away from home to satisfy the fans by appearing at shows. Many guests who gave free autographs found them being resold online. Guests have the same need to make a living and pay bills that everyone else does and even when they do charge, that doesn't mean they no longer appreciate the love and support of their fans or that they are not happy to see them even when they choose not to buy an autograph.
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