Anime North 2017 Pre-Show Coverage

Summary of Event

Anime North is a 20-year-old, fan-run anime convention held every year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The convention is one of the largest conventions in North America and the largest in Canada. You can find a variety of activities to keep you busy like the masquerade, panels on anime, pop culture and gaming, AVMs, discussions and meet-and-greets with actors, industry professionals and voice actors, and of course the dealers room.

The convention takes place around Toronto Pearson International Airport in six venues: at the Toronto Congress Centre, the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel (formerly called the Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre), the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Radisson Suites Hotel and the Airport Holiday Inn Hotel (for the Friday Moonlight Ball). All of the locations are within walking distance of one another. Convention-run shuttle buses are available during daytime and the evening to connect the venues.

Anime North 2017 Official Website: animenorth.com

Events / Panels

Friday night is the Moonlight Ball, where semi-formal attire (no jeans or sneakers) is encouraged. The dance party is at the Holiday Inn Toronto International airport. You can also watch or participate in the masquerade, a skit contest, and costume workmanship contest during the convention. The convention is also holding a fashion show with popular and diverse styles from Japan. The Pop Idol Dance Showcase (or PIDS for short), aims to give people who share an interest in Asian pop songs the opportunity to perform their favorite songs together on stage. Convention-going gamers will also find a table-top gaming room, video gaming room and a Live Action Role Playing (LARP) area to look forward to. Yaoi/Yuri North is the annual yaoi and yuri-centric programming track that runs as part of Anime North. Anime North of course has the classic AVM competition. You should also check out the Anime North Idol competition; it’s a showcase of anime fans who can rock their favorite J-Pop hits with fluency.

Special Guests

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, whose credits include Hashi from Kubo and the Two Strings, Krull in Planet of the Apes and Shang Tsung in the movie adaption of Mortal Kombat.

Lex Lang
A voice actor whose credits include Kuzuki in Fate Stay Night; Maxie in Pokemon Generations; Galen in Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2; Pluton King of the Underworld and Flash in One Punch Man and Goku in Dragonball Super.

Monica Rial
A voice actor who has lent her talents to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), FMA Brotherhood (May Chang) and Hetalia (Belarus).

Tomoyo Kurosawa
Tomoyo Kurosawa is a Japanese voice actress. Some of her recent work includes Otome Arisugawa from Aikatsu!, Itsuki Inubozaki from Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Miria Akagi from The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, Mirai Kmizuki from Seraph of the End, Liko from Active Raid and Ayano Anemori from Ragnastrike Angels.

Derek Stephen Prince
Derek Stephen Prince, a.k.a. Steve, has been in the voiceover industry for 23 years. Some of his voice acting credits include Love, Hina where he played Keitaro; Bleach, where he played Uryu Ishida; and Nartuto, where he STILL plays Shino Aburame.

Basic Information

Place / location The location of the convention is spread out over six venues: The Toronto Congress Center (Convention Center), the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Radisson Suites Hotel and the Holiday Inn Airport Hotel.
Length of eventFriday, May 26th through Sunday, May 28th
How much does it cost? The adult weekend single admission price is $60 USD or CDN, children are half price. You can buy single-day passes for Friday $35 USD or CDN, Saturday $45 USD or CDN and Sunday $35 USD or CDN. If you plan on attending more than one day it absolutely makes sense to get the whole weekend pass.
Hotels & Transportation The following hotels did have rooms that were discounted for the conventions. The recommended hotels are sold out at this time. We recommend you consider them if you are going to attend next year. The International Plaza, Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport, Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport and Sheraton Toronto Airport all have free shuttle serves to the convention. The Marriott Toronto Airport, Quality Suites Toronto Airport, Westin Bristol Palace Hotel Toronto Airport, Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport, Fairfield Inn and Suites Toronto Airport, Hampton Inn and suites by Hilton Toronto Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel, Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport, and the Quality Hotel & Suites Airport East are within approximately a mile and a half of the convention hotels and many offer shuttle service to the other hotels.

What to Expect

Anime North is a big convention. The attendance is well over 20,000 on any given day. The convention is also spread out at multiple venues, so you will need to take time to figure out the logistics of getting from point A to point B. You will have to plan in some travel time in order to get the most out of your convention.

To Enjoy Oneself

You first need comfortable shoes. The convention center is big and spread out. Water is freely available at water fountains and water stations. The hotels each have restaurants, so if you need a quick bite to eat while waiting for a shuttle you should be able to find it. We as always suggest having a bag of snacks to keep you going without spending a fortune. You don’t want to over book yourself or run yourself ragged, so go in knowing you won’t be seeing everything the convention has to offer. You’ll want to look at the schedule, make a highlight list for yourself and go from there.

Zeke Changuris

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Author: Zeke Changuris

I’m a journalist, writer, photographer, video producer, social media manager and above all a storyteller. I’m located on the east coast of the United States but travel the world with the love of my life. I’ve been a nerd since birth with a love of history and science. I fell in love with anime, watching ROBOTECH and Venus Wars in the 80s when our only source was secondhand VHS dubs. A crazy new thing called the internet changed that, giving me access to new and amazing anime every day. I love to write for work and pleasure. I’m living the dream of every kid, getting paid to watch anime and loving every subtitled line.

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