Toronto Awaits Anime Assault

Anime North 2010

Canada’s premier fan-run anime con, Anime North, is once again coming to Toronto

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Japanese pop culture continues its global assault in the land of the maple leaf. Anime North, billed as Canada’s premier fan-run anime convention, will hold its 2010 edition in Toronto from Friday, May 28 through Sunday, May 30.

A slew of guests are scheduled to appear throughout the three-day event, and Japan is well represented. Fashion designer/DJ Takuya Angel, singer Selia, voice actor Nobuyuki Hiyama, and pro wrestler Manabu Soya are among those confirmed.

Also attending will be costume designer/model/cosplay entertainer Yaya Han.

In addition to the guests, the convention will feature panel discussions, two major costume competitions, a maid café, a nominoichi (Japanese flea market), a manga library with over 700 series to peruse, and a dealer’s room with 200-plus tables of merchandise for sale.

The first Anime North was the brainchild of anime fan Donald Simmons. It began as a one-day event in 1997, but quickly grew to encompass three days, and has been held annually ever since.

Have you ever visited, or are planning to visit? Share your impressions or expectations in the comments.

Name: Anime North 2010
Locations: Toronto Congress Center, Doubletree Hotel, Sheridan Toronto Airport
Dates: May 28-30, 2010
Hours: 5/28: 6 PM to 2 AM; 5/29: 10 AM to 2 AM; 5/30: 10 AM to 6 PM


Anime North 2010 facebook page
List of Anime North 2010 photoshoots (
Photos of female cosplayers at Anime North 2009 (The Inferno Project)
Video footage of Anime North 2009

Theo Rallis About the Author

Toronto-based reporter and street fashion photographer Theo Rallis has been running his blog Style Invasion since 2007. His love of all things Japanese has fueled his desire to one day live and work in Japan, photographing the ultra-cool street looks that captivate and inspire him.

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