Main Room A
Main Room A
Opening Ceremonies

Meidoroids
10:00 am - 11:00 am

MEIDOroids is a Toronto-based dance group inspired by Japanese Vocaloid singers

Cosplay Positivity
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Let's share our stories about what makes cosplay so special to us, and how cosplay can be a vehicle to help change lives.

Pastel Toronto
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

we are a group of 4 girls who are doing J-pop styled dancing and singing. We performed at JCCC Natsu Matsuri, JCCC & Anime North Halloween event, several events held by Toronto Harajuku Style, and we also have our weekly regular performance at Uncle Tetsu Japanese Angel cafe. If you want to know more about us, you can check our Facebook or Instagram: Pastel_Toronto.

Michaela Murphy
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Michaela Jill Murphy (aka Jessie Flower) is known for her voice work in various animation and live action films, primarily as Chaca in The Emperor's New School and Toph BeiFong in Avatar: The Last Airbender. She began voice and commercial work at the age of 6 in Los Angeles after performing in musicals, then focused on school and recently graduated with a Theater and Film Studies double major from Yale University. She now lives in New York, pursuing performing arts through multiple mediums and can’t wait to see what comes next! Follow Michaela: Facebook: Michaela Jill Murphy (or Jessie Flower) Instagram: @michaelajillmurphy

Vocaloid Sing-Along with Chantabille Project!
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chantabille invites all to an interactive sing-along to Vocaloid songs that will make you laugh and cry! Armed with a strong voice, open heart and a little guitar, her goal is to encourage self-love and positive self-image at the end of the panel. Songs will be provided with backstory trivia and summary of meaning behind the lyrics.

1,2, Shine
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hello!! We are 1,2,SHINE!! We are a Toronto, Ontario (Canada) based dance group that mainly does Love Live covers! School idols hold a special space in our hearts, so we are here to spread the love!

Soleil Stars
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

It is truly the year of the idol! Singing and Dancing are a great part of the new year, and we are happy to welcome yet another Idol Dance group the Soleil Stars! See the Soleil Stars perform Live January 20th 2018 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for Anime Shogatsu 2018! Soleil Stars is a GTA based Love Live! Sunshine!! cover group. We may appear as Aqours but you can also expect Jpop and Kpop in our setlists! Let's Burn Bright Together!

Masquerade
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Don't feed the wildlife: Bear Sailor Moon

Join Bear Sailor Moon for an intimate performance of jazz standards and songs from the TV show at this years anime shogatsu.

Room B
Room B
Arsenal Arrangement
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Posing with your weapons

I would like to demonstrate how to wield various weapons properly when posing for photos. Over the years, I've seen people misunderstand how to wield their convention weapons, as well as some photographers that do not showcase the weapon as a centerpiece. I would like to demonstrate various ways to achieve a realistic stance while looking photogenic.

LEDs for Cosplayers
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This panel will show you how to implement lights into any one of your costumes. Basics on how to create animated lights, learning about power sources, best places to buy your materials, and more!

Intro to Armour Building
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

From the moment she stepped foot on the grounds of anime north way back in 2007, she knew this community was something special that she would love to be a part of. Seeing all those smiling faces in costumes is what got her hooked and she has never looked back. Over the course of her cosplay career she has found a love and passion for amour and prop making. The intricate accuracy in designs and details is something she strives to achieve with each of her costumes. Bamzy has a wide love for video games, anime, and might have an obsession with over sized weapons/ props and armor as shown in some of her work. Be sure to come see her at Anime Shogatsu! She can not wait to interact with you all and geek out!

Female Heroes in Fandom
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

There always seem to be less female heroes that are common household names, but what is it about the likes of She-Ra, Wonder Woman, and Sailor Moon that makes them have staying power? This discussion will analyze various female heroes in fandom and the growing fandom demand for more. Brought to you by Pretty Heroes Events.

Michaela Murphy autograph session
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Michaela Jill Murphy (aka Jessie Flower) is known for her voice work in various animation and live action films, primarily as Chaca in The Emperor's New School and Toph BeiFong in Avatar: The Last Airbender. She began voice and commercial work at the age of 6 in Los Angeles after performing in musicals, then focused on school and recently graduated with a Theater and Film Studies double major from Yale University. She now lives in New York, pursuing performing arts through multiple mediums and can’t wait to see what comes next! Follow Michaela: Facebook: Michaela Jill Murphy (or Jessie Flower) Instagram: @michaelajillmurphy

1,2, Shine
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hello!! We are 1,2,SHINE!! We are a Toronto, Ontario (Canada) based dance group that mainly does Love Live covers! School idols hold a special space in our hearts, so we are here to spread the love!

Soleil Stars
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

It is truly the year of the idol! Singing and Dancing are a great part of the new year, and we are happy to welcome yet another Idol Dance group the Soleil Stars! See the Soleil Stars perform Live January 20th 2018 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for Anime Shogatsu 2018! Soleil Stars is a GTA based Love Live! Sunshine!! cover group. We may appear as Aqours but you can also expect Jpop and Kpop in our setlists! Let's Burn Bright Together!

Masquerade
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wynford Room
Wynford Room
Little Tokyo
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Slideshow presentation exploring Japanese culture through shops, restaurants, events and festivals within the GTA.

Discovering the art of Kawaii Denwa (Deocoden) Presentation and panel by www.mowgen.com
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explanation of the craft of decorating cell phone cases, trinket boxes, flair, and fashion in Japan called "denwa" (decorated phone cases). what is a cabochon? What do people use? How do you do this? Where do I buy the supplies? Exploring large Japanese brands who sell resin molds and support this popular craft and hobby in Japan.

Maid Cafe
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SFX Q&A & Demo
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Daniella Pluchino is a Toronto based Special Makeup Effects Artist, she will be answering questions and giving tips and tricks to achieve your makeup for your cosplay needs while doing a live demo on stage. Come watch!

Anime Speedtune
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

this won't be an ordinary Speedtune. This will be a 1-hour TEAM EDITION! Read on for the full details: With the retirement of Name That Tune at Anime North, Speedtune is being considered to replace it in its timeslot. However, the biggest issue is that there's simply too many people who wish to play. Currently, even with 30 game tickets for the 2.5h Sunday event, there are people who can't play. Moving Speedtune to Saturday in its current format would be inadvisable. NTT called up 25 players, and that definitely wasn't enough. Changing Speedtune to a 2-player team format doubles the player pool to 60. However, this is not a decision to be taken lightly. We're testing the waters at Anime Shogatsu first. TEAMS: - Teams are made up of 2 players. At Anime Shogatsu, there will be 12 teams for a total of 24 players. - At least one player in each team cannot have ever appeared in a Speedtune grand final. - If there are not enough players, solo Speedtune will be played. TEAM FORMAT: (This assumes you know already how Speedtune works.) - Teams in turn will have control of the board. - Once a topic is selected, each team must decide which player controls the buzzer. These are ACTIVE players. The other players are BENCH players. - Both players on a team must be active 3 times, and benched 3 times. Choose your positioning wisely! - While a tune is playing, only active players may buzz in. The bench sits away from the active players and may not provide them with the answer. - Bench players have a whiteboard in which they write down their guesses. - If timeout happens, all bench players immediately raise their whiteboards. Those with correct guesses will get the point value of the tune, plus any applicable bonuses (including control bonus). So if you're up and don't get the tune, your teammate still can! However, other teams may get points, too! - Speedtune is not a spelling contest. For the whiteboard, guesses in English script don't need correct spelling, but they must be phonetically correct. However, if you try to be cute and write in Japanese script, we'll only accept exact characters!

Ramen Eating
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Japan on a Budget
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We've been to Japan 10 times between the two of us, and despite being broke students we've learned all the ways to have a great time, try lots of new things, and still not break the bank. How to get there, when to go, where to stay, what to see, food, culture, off the beaten path, and anime-specific sites.

let's talk Gijinkas

Hello fellow gijinka fans! today we are going to talk about Gijinkas and the designs/ideas that go into them, as one cosplayer (with a few gijinka cosplays/designs under her belt) will try to do her first ever panel. Yes there will be talks of Pokemon, Sonic the hedgehog and more! Come one come all as we talk Gijinkas!!!

Karaoke
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Heritage Lounge
Heritage Lounge
Steel Town Gaming
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Steel Town Gaming is a mockumentary web-series set in Hamilton, Ontario, following two high school friends who reunite after college to start a web show about retro video games. This panel will be a Q&A with the cast and crew, and will have lots of references to Evangelion.

Kimono Panel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

We are Honoured to welcome very special guest Hiroko Puopolo Certified #Kimono specialist, Certified #tea sommelier, & Historical researcher of modern history of Japan. Hiroko will be presenting a Kimono dressing (#Kitsuke) demonstration. As well as a lecture regarding a brief history of kimono and different types of kimonos and obis. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and learn from Hiroko Puopolo this January 20th 2018 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for Anime Shogatsu 2018! About Hiroko: Certified kimono specialist, Certified tea sommelier, Historical researcher of modern history of Japan. Established Salon de Tea + Kimono サロン・ド・ティー・プラス・キモノ in Toronto, Canada in 2014 and providing a complete service of all aspects of Japanese kimono including rentals, dressing services, classes, sales, photo shoots and cultural events. Check our website http://salondeteapluskimo.wix.com/teapluskimono Like us on Facebook Page www.facebook.com/salondeteapluskimono Follow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/salondeteapluskimono/

Wingnut Cosplay Panel
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

I have made many different kinds of cosplay wings including fully movable feather wings, bat wings, and steampunk wings. I have been developing and improving my wing designs since 2013.

Wig Heat Styling
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Heat is a staple in wig styling and can be harnessed in a way that makes your wigs look professional and top notch! However, it can also be daunting. Which is why Ali Mahou (from Arda Wigs Canada) is here to teach you how to properly use blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, and garment steamers to style synthetic wigs. See techniques for curling, straightening, spiking, adding volume, changing parts and more! It’s going to be a hot topic!

Coping with Convention Creeps
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
How to Take Power Back + Recognizing Habits

I would like to assist cosplayers who recieve unwanted attention from other congoers, but are too afraid/nice to say anything against anyone despite feeling uncomfortable. Additionally, I would like to demonstrate various signals that are being sent by said "creeps" and how to recognize them and work to to assert their feelings and help provide a safe convention environment for everyone. As well, a small guide for anyone not realizing they are being "creepy", so they can recognize their own bad habits and alter their behaviour while attending conventions.

Wig Rescue W/ Ali Mahou (Sponsored by Arda Wigs Canada)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Arda-kedabra! Are you in search of the resurrection spell to revive your wig from the grave? Looking to cast it back to the state of whence it came? Join Ali Mahou (Sponsored by Arda Wigs Canada) for the wig master’s guide on wig repair and revival! Learn about her favourite tools, and behold the various techniques, tips and tricks for turning tangled messes back into magnificent, wearable wigs! Watch her wave her wand and reset curly and straight wigs in minutes. Let her teach you the Arda ways of wig care, washing, and maintenance to keep your wigs at their most fantastical! Trust us, it’s just like magic!

Posing for cosplayers/photographers
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This panel is not just for cosplayers it's for photographers too! I'm going to give my tips and tricks on posing in front and behind the camera! Also Otome Junkie and DiGi Rin Cosplay will be joining me to show more of the cosplayer side of things! There will also be live demonstrations!

Plushie Workshop
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

It's plushie snack-time! Join Baeged Cosplays in making some yummy plush food for you to take home. Please do not eat it!

Heritage Hall
Heritage Hall
WBO Beyblade Tournament
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Beyblade Shogatsu 2018 brings a whole day of high-speed bey battles! Compete in the Shogatsu tournament to have a chance of making it to the very top to win some awesome prizes. Even if you're new to the game, our expert bladers will give you helpful advice and beyblade equipment to battle with. Hosted by www.worldbeyblade.org, the largest online community for blader and Beyblade fans and the only organization that hosts worldwide Beyblade tournaments.

Robot Battle
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Anime Shogatsu welcomes MayDay Fundraising once again this year to host an amazing Robot Battle. Registration for the event is free with your admission to the event. Teams will be working with Lego EV3 Kits in order to build a robot to perform a variety of competitive tasks, with the final being the ultimate sumo battle! Register once you arrive and bring along your competitive enthusiasm! https://www.facebook.com/maydayfund Instagram @maydayfundraising Twitter @maydayfund Email MayDayFundraising@gmail.com

Heritage Court
Heritage Court
Go Gaming
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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 is welcome to visit the Go tables. (Check torontogoclub.org for places to play in Toronto and canadiango.org for places to play in Canada.)