Winterfest 2017 Special Guests and Local Organizations:

The 404s

The 404s are a touring group of improv performers based in the Canadian cities of Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. With their unique “geekprov” brand of improv comedy, they have been entertaining audiences all around Canada and the United States.

Incorporating their wit, charm, pop culture knowledge, and a great deal of audience participation, The 404s make sure every show is memorable, interactive, and hilarious.

Where to Find Them At the Con: Panel Rooms and Wandering About

Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba

JCAM undertakes projects that include all segments of the Japanese Canadian community, as well as reach out to other Canadians. JCAM organizes activities, programs, and services in both the English and Japanese language in order to educate and inform  the general community about Japanese and Japanese-Canadian art, music, culture, heritage and history, while also operating the Japanese Language School and the Japanese Public Schools Program (Japan PSP) a cultural program at the Centre for Manitoba’s elementary school students. JCAM hosts the Japanese Pavilion at Folklorama and administers the Community Fund

Where to Find Them At the Con: Marketplace

Winnipeg Public Library Mobile Team

The mobile pop-up library you can:
  • Get your free library card or renew your existing one
  • Browse from our book display and borrow
  • See demos of our online services including how to download eBooks and use our online learning resources
  • Get answers to any question about library services

Where to Find Them At the Con: Main Floor Convention Centre Atrium


Extra Life Winnipeg 

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24-hour gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million for local CMN Hospitals.

Our Local Winnipeg chapter work with Winnipeg's Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, and the Children's Hospital at HSC. Ai-Kon looks forward to partnering with them to fundraise together with our attendees to help them reach new heights!

Where to Find Them At the Con: Video Game Lounge


Manitoba Pokemon League

Join the Manitoba Pokemon League for a special Winterfest event! 

Where to Find Them At the Con: Panel Room Hallway

The Tomodachi Anime Club

Founded in 2013, the Tomodachi Anime Club aims to create a fun and thriving anime community in Winnipeg.  They hope to bring people together to enjoy the wonderful world of anime by having events full of fun, prizes, and other exciting stuff!

Where to Find Them At the Con: Marketplace


Jim Con

Born out of a love of games and the joy fostered from socializing, hosting and having fun.  This local convention was created to satisfy that craving. They have a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most friendly conventions in town.
They provide an avenue for avid gamers to show newcomers how much fun gaming can be, and to introduce gamers of all stripes and experience to a large, diverse and welcoming gaming community here in Winnipeg.

They look forward to sharing a table with you!
Where to Find Them At the Con: Demonstrating Games In The Marketplace
Demoing Games:
  • Tsuro/ Tsuro of the Seas
  • King of Tokyo/ King of New York
  • Takenoko
  • Tokaido
  • Tanto Cuore
  • And more!


Keycon is Manitoba’s premier Science Fiction & Fantasy Literary Convention. They focus on Sci-Fi and fantasy with a focus on the literary and related media such as visual arts, television, and film. They host a variety of panels and events that allow attendees to be up close with their guests. Their hospitality suites they take over the whole 15th floor of the Radisson and each room has a theme from refined folk music to the outrageous and anything is possible.

Where to Find Them At the Con: Marketplace


UMFM provides a diverse range of music, talk and specialty programming to the Winnipeg and University of Manitoba community. They pride themselves on their ability to offer an alternative form of media for their listeners and a providing a forum for music and voices that may otherwise go without.
Where to Find Them At the Con: Main Floor Convention Centre Atrium

Ai-Kon 2017 Special Guests

Stay tuned! We have some really exciting guest announcements coming soon!


Please note that all guest appearances are subject to change due to work-related or personal circumstances. Ai-Kon is not responsible for cancellations, missed flights, or other unforeseen circumstances. Admission refunds will NOT be given.

If you would like to be a guest at Ai-Kon 2017, please send an email to our guest relations.