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Miranda Tempest and JD Spark

Miranda Tempest and JD Spark are professional aerial artists with Toronto-based Illuminair Entertainment. Both are internationally acclaimed performers and instructors and have been featured in everything from stage shows, cabarets, television shows, and corporate events. They are thrilled to be back at Anime North and look forward to showcasing the best in cosplay circus!



Nagata Shachu

Nagata Shachu (formerly Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble), based in Toronto, Canada, has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances of the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. The ensemble has toured widely throughout Canada, the US and Italy performing in theatres, concert halls, and major music festivals.

While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, the group's principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music that seeks to create a new voice for the taiko. Taking its name from founder Kiyoshi Nagata, and shachu (an old term for a performing troupe), Nagata Shachu has become renowned for its exacting, straightforward yet physically demanding performances as well as for its diverse repertoire. Their playing is the combination of unbounded spirit with the highest levels of musicianship and discipline. The result is an unforgettable experience that is both powerful in expression and heartfelt in its sincerity.

Nagata Shachu has the unique distinction of having sponsorship from four major Japanese drum manufacturers. Since 1999, the ensemble has rehearsed in its own fully equipped and dedicated taiko studio.

In addition to having recorded five CDs of original music, Nagata Shachu produces its own annual concert where it premieres new works and often collaborates with guest artists.

Combining thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms, the ensemble is able to produce a wide spectrum of sound. Featuring a vast array of Japanese taiko (including the massive O-Daiko), gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes, Nagata Shachu will take you on a musical journey beyond all borders.

Visit http://www.kiyoshinagata.com/index.html for more!


Rena Kaneta (兼田玲菜)

Rena Kaneta is a 21-year-old Japanese actress/performer from Chiba Japan.

Her performances contain unique and distinct Japanese cultural elements, which create exotic and one of a kind experience for her audience. She plans her own production, creates costumes, dance routines, as well as tools, which received praises around the world. Her performance is done with her tiny body but a big brave heart.

Rena loves Japanese comic and anime very much. She would love to share Japanese pop culture with Canadians. She has performed in many countries, but this is her first performance in Canada. She is very honoured to be able to perform at Anime North.


Read more: Rena Kaneta (兼田玲菜)


The 404s

We’re back with our biggest shows every for the Anime North-eversary! Operating since 2003, The 404s are Canada’s experts in fandom-based improv comedy, and this year we’ll be improvising a series of performances sure to tickle you silly all weekend long!

In celebration of Anime North’s landmark year, we’re bringing together the best anime improvisers from around Canada together for a mega-show mashup of epic proportions! From sea to sea, we’ll be there making stuff up with that anime twist you know and love. Each performance is unique, and we’ll be using YOUR ideas and help to power the show! www.the404s.com

Read more: The 404s


Treazure Preshus

Treazure Preshus is a Toronto-based rap artist & IRL moeblob. Heavily influenced by Japanese culture and a Sailor Moon fanboy-father, it was only a matter of time before she became a true mahou shoujo, reppin' all the other anime babes & QTs in the GTA and female rap kingdom.


Uncle Tetsu's Angel Cafe

Uncle Tetsu's Angle Cafe

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Angel Café is the third of Uncle Tetsu's stores in Toronto and the first of its kind in the world featuring Canada's only permanent maid-like experience combined with regular live JPop performances by the maids themselves hosted on an in-house stage. The Angel Café is also the only place you can enjoy Uncle Tetsu's full repertoire of desserts—much until now, unreleased—in a dine-in style alongside a full café drink menu.

This Angel Café is just the beginning of what is to come; With a vision to be an incubator for JPop-style performance in Toronto, Uncle Tetsu aspires to open another venue with a full-size stage as well as to host a J-Pop Idol Festival in the future. We hope to spread the love of JPop across Toronto and beyond and be an influence for others to perform.

The Angel Café is so delighted to be a part of this year's exciting Anime North convention with full stage performances on Friday& Saturday and a booth where you can meet and take photos with our maids in person.

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