Montreal's very own Otakuthon will be back again this year. The three-day event will take place at Palais des Congres this August and they have a huge line-up of guests and attractions.
Otakuthon is Quebec's largest bilingual anime convention promoting Japanese animation, graphic novels, manga, video games, and cosplay.
Even if you can't make it to this year's event, if you're near the convention centre, you'll definitely get a glimpse of some of the coolest cosplay outfits.
Otakuthon isn't only about anime and manga, it's a celebration of Japanese pop culture. They have concerts by Japanese stars T.M Revolution (TNNK) and MIYAVI (to name a few), and competitions like the popular Masquerade (costume skit show) and video game contests.
Otakuthon started back in 2006 and was originally initiated by Concordia University's anime club.
Last year nearly 25,000 people attended Otakuthon and it's expected to be even larger this year as popularity grows.
Tickets are on sale now and if you preregister between July 22 and Aug 9 they are $60 for all three days, and $65 if you buy them at the door. Keep in mind some events do cost extra like the concerts!
The 2019 World Cosplay Summit (WCS) Canada Competition is also being held Sunday, August 18th. This is a huge event and a fan favourite! Teams of two square off in a two and half minute performance that includes self-made costumes and props.
The winners will go on to represent Canada in the WCS Championship in Japan.
There will be a ton of live events and the biggest industry guests from around the world. It's a great time for not only diehard anime fans but also for newbies interested in the growing phenomenon. You can buy your tickets here.
Otakuthon Anime Convention
WHEN: August 16 - 18
WHERE: Palais Des Congrès
COST: Order in advance: from $60