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
|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 event||Friday, 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.