Mini Holiday Art Contest with Cake-ology!

Posted by Benson on Nov 20, 2015

Ai-Kon is excited to present our most delicious contest ever!


You could win admission, an art table, and two tickets to the Maid Café for Winterfest 2016! Simply design a birthday cake for Doug's 5th birthday.

Ai-Kon has partnered with Cake-ology to bring the winning birthday cake design to life for Winterfest! Cake-ology will be helping to choose the winner and will recreate a full scale version of the design to be served at the 2016 Winterfest Maid Café.

You can see all of Cake-ology’s amazing cakes here: www.cake-ology.ca

Contest ends Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 11:59pm.

For more details, please visit the contest page here

Mascot Contest is Now Open!

Posted by Amber on Nov 1, 2015

Hi, everyone! The Mascot Contest is now open!

Presenting Her Royal Highness of Ai-Kon: Aiko! This year’s theme is IMPERIAL/ROYAL AIKO.

What is "Imperial/Royal"? "Royal" is defined as "having the status of a king or queen or a member of their family". This year, we're looking for representations of Aiko as any type of monarch, including (but not restricted to) an empress, a queen, princess, etc. Designs are also not restricted to Japanese or British regal courts.

A cool tidbit is that this is Ai-Kon's 15th year! 15 year celebrations are often represented by a rose or a crystal. Feel free to use these elements in your designs, i.e. rose queen or crystal empress.

Contest ends Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Click here for full details.

Winterfest 2016 Announcement

Posted by Amber on Oct 28, 2015

Join us for Winterfest on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre!

Play Games and Heal Kids with Ai-Kon & Extra Life

Posted by Benson on Oct 23, 2015

Ai-Kon is proud to be participating in Extra Life again this year. Help raise money for Children’s Hospitals by doing something you love; playing games!

What is Extra Life?

Extra Life is a fundraiser for Children’s Hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network. Participants commit to playing games for 24 hours in an effort to raise funds. The official game day is November 7th, 2015 but you are free to choose your own game day.  Games can be anything from video games to board games to tag.

How can I help?

Join our team and help us raise funds or donate to a member of the team

For more details please visit their page

See You Next Year!

Posted by Paul on Jul 20, 2015

Thanks everyone for another fantastically successful Ai-Kon!! Hope to see you all next year!

Ai-Kon 2015 Schedule

Posted by Paul on Jul 10, 2015

The Ai-Kon 2015 schedule is now available in all of its 32-bit colour glory!

Attention Clubs and Non-Profits!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015


If there are any clubs or Non-Profit organizations looking to promote at Ai-Kon, please use the following form, located here.

Any clubs or Non-profit organizations that wish to have a table, will need to finalize their request by June 25th!

Announcement from our Cosplay Coordinator!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015


We have two changes to announce for cosplay at Ai-Kon! We will now have a dedicated cosplay desk for signing up for the contests and answering questions at the con. Also, to improve attendee safety we will be implementing a weapons check this year! We will now have a dedicated crew that will check and approve props for safety. Here's how it works:

Ai-Kon weapons / prop check desk

Where : The weapons check desk will be in the Pan Am room on the second floor.
When : Weapons desk hours will be announced with the release of the schedule.
If the weapon requires approval outside of room hours, proceed to the registration desk on the main floor to have a cosplay prop specialist paged.
There will be an additional weapons check session available on Thursday from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm during pre-registration.

What to do: Bring your prop(s) to the table, one of our experts will give it a quick look over and then give you a literal seal of approval! Done! Go forth and enjoy the weekend hassle free. It's suggested that you bring all your props for the weekend to be checked at one time to save you multiple trips

Ai-Kon cosplay desk

Where : The cosplay desk will be conveniently located next to the weapons check desk in the Pan Am room on the second floor.
When : Cosplay desk hours will be announced with the release of the schedule.

What to do: Any questions people have about cosplay or the contest can also be brought to our team here instead of going to reg desk. This will both ease the congestion at reg desk, and help deliver better service to cosplayers seeking help :) This would be the location to get your paperwork to enter the cosplay contest.

Come to this desk to get a form and return it before 1:00 pm on Saturday. Be sure to include music if your skit requires it. Upon submission, you'll be given your entry number and confirmation that you are entered in the contest.

The weapons policies are still the SAME; no changes there!
Read the full rules on our website here.

Happy cosplaying!
Kate, Cosplay Coordinator 2015

Guest Announcement

Posted by Lisa on Jun 1, 2015

Sailor Moon at Ai-Kon 2015!


Ai-Kon is very excited to announce that Terri Hawkes will be joining our 2015 guest lineup!

As an actor, Terri Hawkes has over twenty-five years of professional experience across Canada and the U.S.  In the worlds of anime, animation and radio drama, Terri Hawkes has had the honour to voice a number of iconic characters.  Favourites include the title voice in Sailor Moon as well as Princess Sissi. Other leads include Baby Hugs and Shreeky  in Care Bears, Franny in Quads, Lily in Flying Rhino Jr. High, and Bianca in Beverly Hills Teens.  Radio Drama lead roles include Mabel Bell as Alexander Graham Bell’s hearing impaired daughter, and her award nominated turn as Vivian in the acclaimed CBC series: VivianTest Drive, recorded with Gordon Pinsent Sept. 11, 2001, will always remain etched in her memory as a testament to the power of culture as a healing salve. She has been honoured with nominations for the Gemini Award, ACTRA Award, and American Soap Opera Award.


As a director, Ms. Hawkes voice directed the full two seasons of Flying Rhino Jr. High, occasional episodes of Sailor Moon, and a number of theatrical productions for students from kindergarten to University.  Current directing projects include the short films:  Being Fourteen (screening: London, UK, June 2015 https://motherhoodandcreativepractice.wordpress.com/); upcoming: Dr. Do.
Ms. Hawkes has taught acting and writing at UCLA, conducted workshops at numerous colleges and schools, and currently teaches a dramatic writing course for Toronto middle school students through the program, Art4You.  Art4You supports and mentors youth in accessing visual and performing arts programs; check it out at art4you.ca.


We welcome Terri to her first Ai-Kon appearance!



Ai-Kon is happy to announce 2 additions to our 2015 guest line up!

Posted by on May 24, 2015


Please welcome back Greg Ayres and for the first time, VickyBunnyAngel Cosplay!

Returning for his 7th year to Ai-Kon, Greg Ayres continues to wow his audiences with amazing industry stories, fan favourite panels and leaves everyone breathless at the Saturday night rave!

A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the opportunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.




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Vickybunnyangel is a Master level cosplayer hailing from the Great White North. Over the course of her 10+ year journey in the realm of cosplay she’s won numerous awards for her costumes, and her portfolio continues to be featured countless times in the media. She enjoys sharing her work progress on social media and also frequently teaches cosplay panels at local conventions. When it comes to cosplays, if it’s pretty, has armour, or presents a workmanship challenge, then Vicky will gravitate towards it.

When she’s not working on cosplay, Vicky also streams on Twitch.TV and mostly plays League of Legends with her fanbase.


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