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Anime, Manga and Games Come Alive at Otakuthon

Anime fans – many brightly and elaborately dressed as their favourite characters – come out to play at Otakuthon at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, August 7-9. The second-biggest convention of its kind in Canada, Otakuthon celebrates the storytelling and artistry of classic and brand-new Japanese anime, manga and games. Similar to July’s Montréal Comiccon, Otakuthon’s 10th edition features an exhibition space full of colourful merchandise and artwork, a roster of talent ready to meet fans, and a series of panels and workshops by artists and other experts. Yet Otakuthon’s abundance of upbeat energy really comes from the fans: thousands arrive in costumes far more detailed than you’ll see at any Halloween party. Known as cosplay (costume + playing), it’s an essential part of the weekend – a way to try on anime life, make new friends, participate in activities and show off all the work that goes into making a costume. See the best costumes all in one place on stage at the evening Masquerade event, August 8. Along with all the incredible costumes, based on everything from mainstream Sailor Moon to much lesser-known anime, Otakuthon adds live performances: this year see Japanese rock bands Angela and Flow,… / Read More →

Dance the winter away at Bal en Blanc 20

The 20th edition of Montreal’s massive Bal en Blanc is just around the corner, so DJ and dancing fans have likely already selected their signature white outfits that dominate this particular dancefloor…

Things to Do in Montreal: January 24-30

The days may be chilly, but Montreal’s penchant for entertainment and lively activities never freezes: celebrate snowy sports with the family, settle in at the opera, see the light in new art at the museums and outside, and rock ‘n’ roll or dance late into the night…

VIDEO: Mondial de la bière 2013

2013 was the 20th edition of the Mondial de la Biere, Montreal’s premier event for beer lovers, held at the Palais des Congres. As the video proves, there’s clearly something about sampling beer from around the world that puts people in a good mood (it’s probably the beer). See you there in 2014!