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Table Top/Board Games/CCG Games

Calling all lovers of collectible card games, board games, and miniature table top games! Check out what Anime North has in store for this year!

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Anime North Cosplay Contest: Gaming Edition

We are bringing it back once again...

The Saturday Gaming Cosplay Event. This is ONLY for GAMING COSPLAY. Held at the Sheraton, Gaming North would like to invite you to spend some of your weekend with us and some fantastic cosplay! Show off your gaming cosplays or come to see others. Details are being finalized. Hosted this year by Dan Perri and TBA special guest!

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Archers Arena

Archers Arena

Combat Archery is a brand new sport in Toronto that has exploded in popularity. In a nutshell you can now safely shoot people with a bow and arrow. Our customers are the same crowd who like cosplay and larping. Since we have opened, we have setup Archery Tag for numerous events Taste of Asia, Bread and Butter Festival, TNT Waterfront Night Market, Miss and Mr Asia Canada, Garden Of Eden Festival, Atomic Lollipop, Goodlife Fitness City Chase, UofT Frosh, Ryerson Frosh, Craft Market, and Gentlemen Expo. We are the experts at safe and entertaining combat archery.

  • Our coaches will provide archery lessons to beginners
  • We run archery target challenges
  • We run 20 vs 20 combat archery games

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Console Gaming

Notice Niche Games, a Toronto-based community that helps raise the awareness of rare and treasured video games for all audiences through social media and gaming events will be hosting the following events:

  • Hatsune Miku Project Diva Future Tone Enjoy free play with Hatsune Miku! Feel the arcade experience in HD with Project Diva Future Tone.
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris It's an all out puzzle war! Choose your preferred style puzzle game and clear out the competition!
  • Catherine Be the first to the top or the last one standing in this competitive puzzle game. It's a sheep eat sheep world out there!
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Reach out to the truth with an ultra suplex! Atlus's Persona 4 meets its latest fighting game in the mayonaka arena!

Follow them on Facebook & visit them at NoticeNicheGames.com!

Toronto Top Tiers http://torontotoptiers.com/ will be joining us to host our fighting game tournaments. Fight through a horde of convention go'ers and be crowned Anime North Champion. Featuring Ultra Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd, Mortal Kombat X, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma Extend, and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Fighting gamer fans, join the beatdown.

EvenMatchupGaming http://www.evenmatchup.com/ will be joining us to host Super Smash Brothers WiiU and Melee.

Duck Hunt Competition

Game On Entertainment Service (http://gameonentertainmentservices.com/) will be back this year and with their convention favourite Duck Hunt Points Tournament with prizes provided by Chop Shop Goods (www.Chopshopgoods.com) and a Retron video game console provided by GOES for the winner of the Two Duck competition.


401 Games

401 Games

401 Games, www.401games.ca, will be hosting events for both Weiss Schwarz and Force of Will on Saturday as well as casual play all weekend at Anime North!


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Video Gaming

This year at Anime North, there will be an even wider variety of video game events than ever before. Come join us for some great video game competitions at the Sheraton.

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LAN Gaming Area

Anime North Gaming returns for our 8th annual BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN this year! Drop on by with your Tablet,Phone or computer for Hearthstone Fireside and Free Play Friday yet again. We'll have a whole host of different games and game modes that YOU DECIDE!!; Anything goes - within reason of course! In-house games, ARAM, Dota 2 Custom maps, CS:GO Workout, Rocket League and Overwatch are just some of the possibilities! Saturday brings about our annual League of Legends championship - will last years' victors repeat or will a new team rise triumphant in the end? We'll have the later stage matches up on the big screen and streamed online even by our own Anime North Team. Come on by and join us! Whether it's to spectate, chill out, or partake in the free play festivities, we're sure you'll have a great time!

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Live Action Role Playing (LARP)

Live Action Role Playing (LARP) is a form of role-playing where the participants physically act out their character's actions. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character.

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Other Cosplay Events

You should also check out the events run by the Cosplay Department, such as the Saturday Masquerade and Friday Skit Contest.

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The Art of Gaming on Twitch

The Art of Gaming on Twitch

Retro Room

Miss the bleeps and bloops of the games from past generations? The Retro Room gives you the opportunity to play all the video games you don't have at home or wish you could play right now in a safe environment!

Request a game from our list and we will set it up for you! We will also be having retro video game challenges throughout the weekend and competitive retro tournaments with medals! We'll be having all our tournaments and challenges in the Golden Delicious Room at the Sheraton Hotel!

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Wood for Sheep

Wood for Sheep

WoodForSheep Hobbies Ltd. is headed back to Anime North. This year, on top of our great demo library that we bring for participants to try, we are also running "Play to Win" demo sessions, and raffling off a few more games. This year, we also have several tables available for Role Playing Games.


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Anime North Gaming has our own brand of costuming events.

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Featured Programming

Check out all the other neat gaming stuff we have for you!

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VR Room

Ctrl V

Ctrl V is Canada’s first virtual reality arcade, offering experiences in the newest frontier of entertainment and gaming. With custom-designed VR stations featuring the HTC Vive, each Ctrl V location offers high-end commercial VR experiences and a variety of different games. Visit us at our website www.ctrlv.ca for more information.




Warhammer is back at Anime North 2017 — Sunday ONLY!


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Rock Band Idol

Rock Band Idol

It's time to Rock out! So let’s start with the fun! Rock Band Idol 2017 qualifiers start on Saturday at 6:00 PM in the Collingwood Room (New for 2017!) of the Sheraton Hotel (if you’re participating, you’ll need to show up then), and runs until 9:00 PM (this may change depending on the number of bands that sign up). Finals will be held the next day on Sunday at 3:00 PM with the top contestants battling it out in front of our panel of judges. Award ceremonies to follow! All bands will play at least two songs in qualifiers, but only one in the finals, so make it your best! Your band can range in size from two to four people. However, if you're in a band of two, you will lose a few points, unless you can play multiple parts at once!


Our Sponsors

  • Super 1Up Games
  • Nerd Block
  • Chop Shop Goods
  • Game On Entertainment Services
  • Roany's
  • Japanime Games
  • Geek Glass
  • A&C Games


BeyBlade North

Beyblade North 2017 brings a full weekend’s worth of giveaways and high-speed battles, with new activities every single day! Compete in up to 4 tournaments or play free battles just for fun. Even if you’re new to the game, our expert bladers will give you hands-on training and equipment to battle with. Hosted by worldbeyblade.org.


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Rhythm Games Room

Do you find it necessary to tap out the music you listen to? Tired of jamming out by yourself in your own room? Join us in the Anime North Rhythm Games Room! If you fancy yourself a frequent arcade-dweller, our collection of dance cabinets are ready for you to show off your moves. We also have the latest and greatest in interactive musical expression, featuring a wide variety of games straight out of Japan. Favorites like Beatmania IIDX, Pop’n Music, and K-Shoot Mania are making a grand return if you want to try something new!


Participating Organizations

  • Even Matchup Gaming
  • EGE
  • Toronto Top Tiers
  • Ontario Smash

Steve Jackson Games - Men in Black

Wood for Sheep

Members of the Steve Jackson Games volunteer Men in Black program will once again be joining us in our gaming area. There will be a selection of SJ Games' product available that will be free to play during open gaming hours, as well as hosting game demonstrations to teach new players interested in learning. As a great way to change things up for those already familiar with Munchkin, a Tournament, complete with Steve Jackson Games prizes and other blended theme games will be scheduled.


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Smash Bros

Can't get enough Smash? Tired of beating your friends over and over again? Or do you just want to make new friends who love the chaos as much as you do? Whatever way you like to play, join the action in the Ambrosia Room all weekend for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U!

There will be single elimination 1-vs-1 tournaments on Saturday, free to enter with fabulous prizes! Who will emerge as 2017's Smash champions?

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Just Dance

The Just Dance Competition will be back again this year. The prize for the highest score is a pair (2) weekend passes to Yeti Con http://www.yeticon.org/. The Just Dance points competition goes all weekend long in the Sheraton's hallway.


Halo 5: Guardians 2v2 Tournament

Let us know if you're going on our Facebook Event Page


Rocket League 2v2 Tournament

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Pokemon Gym Leader Squad

A live-action Pokemon event! The Pokemon Gym Leader Squad is a group of Pokemon fans who cosplay as Pokemon Gym Leaders, Elite 4, and other strong trainers, and we're back for another year of epic battles! Look for us at the Sheraton Hotel or the gaming area of the TCC. Bring your 3DS and Pokemon Sun, or Moon version, win badges, and see if you have what it takes to be the very best! Visit http://ctrl-a.org/gymleaders/about-us/rules/ for more details.


Japanime Games

Japanime Games

Japanime Games will be on hand to teach demos and run FREE tournaments for our games! Come learn to play Tanto Cuore, Barbarossa, Heart of Crown, God's Gambit, and the NEW Naruto Shippuden Board Game! Tanto Cuore tournaments scheduled on Saturday at noon and 4:00PM, and Sunday at noon. Come join us to play games and win promo cards and playmats!


Hairy Tarantula: Magic the Gathering

Hairy Tarantula returns to Anime North with more Magic: the Gathering events than ever before. We're bringing both scheduled and on-demand events, including TWO of the last Grand Prix Trials there will ever be!


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Puyo Puyo Tetris PS3 Tournament

It's an all out puzzle war! Choose your preferred style puzzle game and clear out the competition!

Ambrosia Room - Sunday 11AM-1PM



Go board

Go is an ancient Chinese board game of surrounding territory. Representatives from the Toronto go playing community will be at hand to teach and play against. Everyone attending Anime North is welcome to visit the Go tables all weekend. The Go tables are located at the table top gaming venue in the Toronto Congress Centre, Hall B. (Check torontogoclub.org for places to play in Toronto and go-canada.org for places to play in Canada)


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Catherine PS3 Tournament

Be the first to the top or the last one standing in this competitive puzzle game. It's a sheep eat sheep world out there!

Ambrosia Room - Sunday 1PM-3PM


Persona 4 Arena Ultimax PS3 Tournament

Reach out to the truth with an ultra suplex! Atlus's Persona 4 meets its latest fighting game in the mayonaka arena!

Ambrosia Room - Sunday 3PM-5PM


Yu-Gi-Oh! and Cardfight Vanguard


Untouchables is happy to bring you all a fun weekend full of Vanguard and Yu-Gi-Oh! Join us as we will be hosting tournaments all weekend where you can get cool promos and win some of the newest packs.

All three days of Anime North, Untouchables will be hosting four intermediate tournaments for Cardfight and Yu-Gi-Oh. Players pay $10.00 to play and receive two booster packs for play and top cut will receive store credit to spend at the booth.

On Saturday we will also be having non-stop $10 box tourneys for both games between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Everyone gets a pack and the top four split the box. Whenever we have eight players signed up, we will start a new one.


Palladium Books® – Rifts® – Robotech®


Palladium founder Kevin Siembieda and others will run FREE role-playing games in the gaming area, while others demo Robotech® RPG Tactics all weekend. Meet and get books signed by Palladium creators: Kevin Siembieda, Charles Walton (artist, concepts), Greg Diaczyk (writer), Braden Campbell (writer), Wayne Smith (editor), Apollo Okamura (artist), Brett Caron (writer/editor) and maybe a few others.

The main Robotech® RPG Tactics gaming takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and depending on Kevin Siembieda’s schedule, he hopes to run his infamous Lord DeSilca Fantasy RPG tournament game (2½ hours; 8-10 players, character sheets provided) twice over the weekend, and maybe a Beyond the Supernatural game as well. Times and sign-up sheets will be located at the Palladium booth in the Gaming Hall. A selection of Palladium products will be available for purchase.


Skyfox Games

Pokemon CCG Tournaments from Skyfox Games

Pokemon CCG Tournaments brought to you by Skyfox Games.


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See-Scape is a Sci-Fi cafe/bar in Toronto, Ontario. It's an event space that has board games, video games, local art and more. Hang out with friends in a relaxed space that celebrates creativity and imagination across the genres!


Sproutli Games


Sproutli Games will be hosting their games for attendees to play or buy over the duration of the Anime North 2017! Their games consist of tabletop RPG's, and their titles include Trials of the Magi, King of Slimes, and their latest game, Planet Crashers. Stop by the booth for more information, or to enjoy one of our games. All those who stop by and play any of their games or purchase a game will have their name entered into a raffle to win one of their fantastic prizes!


Casual Gaming on behalf of "Cambridge Cards and Games"

Anime North 2017 Casual Gaming on behalf of Cambridge Cards and Games is proud to confirm the following game from both Canada and Japan

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A & C Games

401 Games

Located in the heart of downtown and offering the largest selection of video games in Toronto, A&C Games is your number one stop for retro classics, rare collectables, and hot new titles. We buy, sell and trade nearly all games and consoles, new or old!

A&C Games will be running a series of events for Anime North 2017.


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