Otafest

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Otafest
Otafest Symbol.jpg
The O-Wing, Otafest's primary logo
Status Active
Venue Telus Convention Centre
Location(s) Calgary, Alberta
Country Canada
Inaugurated 1999
Attendance 7,995 in 2016[1]
Organized by Otafest Film & Cultural Festival Planning Committee
Filing status Non-Profit Organization
Website
http://www.otafest.com/

Otafest is an annual anime convention held in early-July (previously held in June, September, and May), at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The first Otafest was held 1999 and has expanded each year, including a move in 2009 to include a mini-convention called Otafest Lite, which was replaced in 2012 with Otafest Aurora.[2] At the closing ceremonies in 2015, it was announced that Otafest would be moving to the Telus Convention Centre for Otafest 2016 with a new date, July 1-3. As of May 2015, it is the largest anime convention in Western Canada.

Mandate[edit]

Otafest is a Calgary based nonprofit organization expressing the values of charity, quality, and transparency. The body of their activity pertains to the promotion of Japanese art, culture, and media in the Canadian community, and the organization rests firmly on the spirit of community collaboration and volunteerism.[1]

History[edit]

Otafest event history[edit]

Dates[1][3] Location Atten.[1][3] Guests
July 3–4, 1999 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[4]
700[4]
June 17–18, 2000 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[5]
900 Yasuyuki Ueda.[5]
September 15–16, 2001 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[6]
700[6]
May 24–26, 2002 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[7]
May 24–25, 2003 University of Calgary Science Theaters
Calgary, Alberta[8]
May 15–16, 2004 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[9]
The 404s.[9]
May 21–22, 2005 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[10]
Jonathan Love.[10]
May 21–22, 2006 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[11]
May 19–20, 2007 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[12]
2,709 The 404s.[12]
May 16–18, 2008 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[13]
4,278 The 404s, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Dr. Antonia Levi, Jonathan Love, Midnight Taiko, Ananth Panagariya, Dave Rathnow, and Shin Ken Kai Nobara.[13]
May 15–17, 2009 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[14]
4,361 The 404s, Johnny Yong Bosch, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Bob the Chair, Dr. Antonia Levi, Midnight Taiko, Ananth Panagariya.[14]
May 21–23, 2010 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[15]
3,697 The 404s, Michelle Ruff, Todd Haberkorn, Scott Ramsoomair, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Midnight Taiko, Dave Rathnow & Shin Ken Kai Nobara, Thwomp, Pinko Polkadotsu.[15]
May 20–22, 2011 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[16]
4,135 The Fool, Midnight Taiko, Dave Rathnow & Shin Ken Kai Nobara, Sun Ergos, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Thwomp.[16]
May 18–20, 2012[17][18] University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta[19]
4,938[3] Andrea Libman, Brendan Hunter, Lix, Thwomp, Midnight Taiko, Dave Rathnow & Shin Ken Kai Nobara, Synaptic Chaos Theatre.[20][21]
May 17–19, 2013[19] University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
4,947[3] Michael Daingerfield, Carol-Anne Day, Lucas Gilbertson, Adam Hunter, Brendan Hunter, Midnight Taiko, Kirby Morrow, Dave Rathnow & Shin Ken Kai Nobara, Scott Roberts, Kieran Strange, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Umbrella.[22]
May 16–18, 2014[1] University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
7,787[1] Yuu Asakawa, Chris Cason, Brad Swaile, Yaya Han, Midnight Taiko, Dave Rathnow, Rose Noire, Chii Sakurabi, Kieran Strange, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Thwomp.[23][24][25]
May 15–17, 2015[26][1] University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
8,990 Shinichi Watanabe, UchuSentai:Noiz, Meg Turney, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Dave Rathnow, Toby Proctor, Midnight Taiko, Jessica Merizan, Yui Makino, Quinton Flynn, Randy "Birdy" Crisologo, Linda Ballantyne.[26]
July 1-3, 2016[27] Telus Convention Centre
Calgary, Alberta
7,995[1] Johnny Yong Bosch, Todd Haberkorn, J. Michael Tatum, Nogod, Kamui Cosplay, Smile.dk, Shinichi Watanabe, Drunk Gaming, Justin Currie, Yumi Akai, Yaya Han, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Brendan Hunter, Caitlynne Medrek.[27][28]

Otafest Lite/Aurora event history[edit]

Otafest Lite[edit]

Dates[1] Location Atten.[1] Guests
November 14, 2009 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
900
November 13, 2010 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
800
November 12, 2011[29] University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
700

Otafest Aurora[edit]

Dates[1] Location Atten. Guests
December 15, 2012[2][30] University of Calgary Downtown Campus
Calgary, Alberta
843[3] Samuel Vincent, Maryke Hendrikse[31]
November 30, 2013[32] University of Calgary Downtown Campus
Calgary, Alberta
1,716[33] Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, Thwomp[34]
November 29, 2014[35] SAIT Polytechnic
Calgary, Alberta[35]
2,040[1] Carol-Anne Day, Brendan Hunter, Cherami Leigh, J. Michael Tatum, Kieran Strange[35]
November 13-14, 2015[27] SAIT Polytechnic
Calgary, Alberta
2,542 Vic Mignogna, Ani-Mia[27][36]
November 4-5, 2016[37] SAIT Polytechnic
Calgary, Alberta
Eric Stuart, Stephanie Sheh, Enayla[38]

References[edit]

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  28. ^ "Guests - Otafest 2016". May 2016. Archived from the original on June 1, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Otafest Lite 2011!". July 2, 2011. Archived from the original on July 4, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
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