The Marketplace

Posted by Amber on Jul 9, 2016

Vendors, Artists and Clubs are up and listed on our Marketplace page!

Tournament Trophies

Posted by Amber on Jul 2, 2016

Here's a sneak peek at some of the custom gaming trophies that we've created special for our tournaments. Learn more about our tournaments on our Video Game page.

Ai-Kon's Rainbow Road Kickoff

Posted by Amber on Jul 2, 2016

Ai-Kon is kicking off early this year! Join us Wednesday, July 6th, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM at Speedworld for an action packed evening of go-karting, cosplay, food trucks and more!

Click here to learn more! Or join the Facebook event.

Final Guests Announced!

Posted by Benson on Jul 1, 2016

As promised, here's our final guest announcements! Light the fireworks for Bryce Papenbrook and Cherami Leigh!

Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.

Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including "Lucy" in Fairy Tail, "Asuna" in Sword Art Online, "Road" in D. Grayman, "Lizzie" in Black Butler, "Mai" in Ghost Hunt, and "Patty" in Soul Eater.

Read more about their amazing talent on our Guests page!

Cosplay Prize Packages Revealed!

Posted by Benson on Jun 29, 2016

*drum rolls* This is it, it's time to announce the full workmanship prize list for the Ai-Kon Cosplay Contest 2016! So get those drool buckets ready!


Kid's Division winner and runner up :
- Assorted kids coloring books
- Artist Emporium kid's kit (including fun items such as Cloud Clay, and Snazarroo face paints)

Runner up in Division (novice, intermediate, masters)
- Fashion design template sketch pad
- $50 Mitchell's fabric gift certificate
- Artists Emporium trial kit containing: a thermal plastic sample kit, Liquidex professional trial box and Princeton brush pack.

Best In Division (novice, intermediate, masters)
- One Kamui cosplay how-to-book
- $75 Marshall/Northwest Fabrics gift certificate
- $25 Arda Wigs Gift certificate
- Artists Emporium trial kit containing: a thermal plastic sample kit, Liquidex professional trial box and Princeton brush pack.

Runner up best in show:
- A medium roll of Worbla Black Art
- $100 Mitchell Fabrics Gift Certificate
- Brother JX1710 sewing machine

Best In Show
- Smooth On casting Kit
- $150 Marshall/Northwest Fabrics gift certificate
- $50 Arda Wigs gift certificate
- Eclipse Hobby Table
- Computerized Brother XR6060 machine

Thank you to our cosplay prize sponsors, Arda Wigs, Artists Emporium, BMO Bank of Montreal, Marshall/Northwest Fabrics, Mitchell Fabrics, and Sewing & Embroidery Warehouse!


Find out more on how to win on our Cosplay page!

 

Osborne Street Festival

Posted by Amber on Jun 28, 2016

What are you doing for Canada Day? We're going to be hanging out at the Osborne Street Festival! Stop by our tent Thursday, June 30, Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 and you can enter to win a pair of weekend passes to Ai-Kon!

Access Winnipeg Giveaway

Posted by Amber on Jun 28, 2016

Visit Access Winnipeg for your chance to win a pair of weekend passes to Ai-Kon 2016! Simply fill out the form and answer the entry question to be entered into the contest. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 5, 2016.


Ai-Kon is happy to announce our fourth round of guests! The multi-faceted superstar, Sonny Strait!

Posted by Amber on Jun 26, 2016

Sonny Strait

Most recognized as the voice of Krillin on the wildly popular, animated TV show Dragon Ball Z and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.

As a voice actor, Strait is considered to be one of the most recognized in the business. Besides Dragon Ball Z, he has worked on many popular animated series including Usopp in One Piece, Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami TOM. He has also  worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragon Ball series, Case Closed, and Lupin the Third.

As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics and he's considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history. In 2007, he wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play and Anime Insider.

Visit our guests page to read Sonny's full bio.

Free Escape Room!

Posted by Amber on Jun 25, 2016

Ai-Kon is going to have an escape room! And the best part? It's FREE with your admission to Ai-Kon!

In celebration of Ai-Kon's 15th Anniversary we've teamed up with The Escape Hatch to bring you a special pop-up escape room! Your friend Serra has gone missing and you suspect that Miki, a yandere, has something to do with it! You need to get in the room, figure out where she hid Serra and then get out before it's too late!

For full details please visit our Escape Room page.


Into the New Convention Centre Expansion

Posted by Amber on Jun 23, 2016

Ai-Kon is very excited to announce that this year we will be taking you into the new expansion of the RBC Convention Centre!

The Marketplace can now be found on the 3rd floor in Hall D! The new space is so big that we’ve combined our vendor, artist and expo rooms into one! And with the expansion conveniently attached to the convention centre via a second floor skywalk, you can get there with ease!

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