Panels & Events

MAIN EVENTS & SPECIAL GUEST EVENTS

The main live programming events at Otafest Aurora are those big key events you really don't want to miss!

  • AUTOGRAPHS WITH ANDREA LIBMAN & TABITHA ST. GERMAIN
    • Make sure you don't miss your chance to get a piece of paraphernalia signed by Andrea or Tabitha! A great souvenir! (Note: Charges apply; autographs are $20)

  • COSPLAY PAGEANT
    • A twist on the popular Cosplay Contest at Otafest, come see the results of people's creativity as they pay tribute to their favourite anime characters through costumes and entertain the crowd in a Cosplay Pageant!

  • MR & MISS OTAFEST AURORA
    • Did you see someone with an amazing costume and wished that they could win something? Pick your favourite male and female cosplayer and we'll tally up the votes!

  • OPENING CEREMONIES
    • Come join us as we kick off Otafest Aurora with some pomp, circumstance, and special announcements!

  • OTAFEST AURORA GALA
    • Dinner! Dancing! The Gala is the keynote highlight event of Otafest Aurora! Note: A gala pass is required to attend the gala! Buy yours here.

  • OTAFEST IDOL – KARAOKE EDITION
    • A chance to chill and sing your heart out!

  • OTAFEST PIN TRADING (GARETH L.)
    • Are you missing just one to complete the set? O_o Then come to Otafest's Pin Trading Meetups and see if you can't trade for the one that's getting away!

  • THWOMP – HOW DO YOU COVER VIDEO GAME MUSIC?
    • It's a question we get asked at every show. How do you cover video game music? Calgary's favourite video game cover band, THWOMP, would like to show you how we turn the classic soundtracks of our youth into the five piece rock show you've seen us play. We'll take a brand new section of a video game we don't already play and transform it from the familiar beeps and boops into the real world. We'll talk about the process of transcribing and the musical choices that have to be made when recreating the music from our favourites.

  • THWOMP – A 'THWIMP' JAMMING SESSION
    • Calgary based video-game music band THWOMP has played Otafest for many years, and rocked our socks off every time! While we don't have the right space to present video game music cranked at 115 decibels at Aurora, we are very pleased to present the band in "THWIMP!" – a more relaxed, and intimate acoustic session!

  • VOICE ACTING Q&A WITH ANDREA LIBMAN & TABITHA ST. GERMAIN
    • Meet Otafest Aurora's special guests, Andrea Libman & Tabitha St. Germain! These popular ladies have voiced some of your favourite characters from both anime and North American shows like My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic, and will be answering your fan questions!


AMV EVENTS

AMVs are some of the most creative artistic outputs from anime fans. Creators select scenes from various anime shows, set them to music, and edit and splice them until an amazing music video is born! We're got some of the best AMVs at Otafest Aurora, culled from the largest collection of AMVs in the world, brought to you by the one and only Vlad P!

  • AMV SHOWCASE
    • Experience a variety of videos from the dramatic to the adventurous as we present some of the best AMVs from years past.

  • OTAFEST 2013 AMV CONTEST WINNERS REPLAY
    • Missed the contest at Otafest? Or just want to see the awesome winning videos again? Well, we got them all here as we present a reshowing of all the winning videos from Otafest 2013's AMV Contest

  • WINTER THEMED AMVS
    • Since we experience all four sessions here in Alberta that includes Winter, we're presenting AMVs that are themed around the Christmas holidays or just plain old winter. Who says you can't let it snow in an AMV!

  • FUN – UPBEAT VIDEOS
    • Join the fun as we kick it up a notch and show an awesome selection of fun and upbeat AMVs

  • TRAILERS THAT WOULD MAKE THE BEST MOVIE
    • Sometimes it seems AMV trailers depict the anime in ways that might make a more "interesting" movie. Well how about the same trailer using difference anime? Which one would make the better movie? We're going to put this to the test and see which one you think it should be!

  • PARODIES AND TRAILERS
    • There seems to be no shortage of these types of AMVs, so we got some of the most recent trailers and parody AMVs to you show you here!

  • AMV MORTAL COMBAT 2.0!
    • An all new and updated version of this popular AMV interactive event is back as we present AMVs like you've never seem them before duking it out in the AMV video arena. If you've ever wondered what happens if you pit two awesome AMVs up against one another and make them go head to head Mortal Combat style, then you'll certainly don't want to miss this!


THEMED HANGOUT ROOMS

Are you looking for a spot to just chill out and hang out in until the next event? Look no further! We've got a few places you can relax for a while:

  • CHRISTMAS MAID CAFE STATION (6th Floor)
    • Come and get your hot chocolate and holiday snacks at the Maid Cafe! Feel free to hangout and decorate some holiday cookies!

  • VIDEO GAME ROOM
    • It's the gaming room! If you find yourself just wanting some time to chill, drop in, pick up a controller, and have some fun!


PANELS & LIVE PROGRAMMING

At Otafest, we know that we are only as awesome as our community is, and we like to think that you guys are pretty awesome! Panelists are the reason Otafest can provide amazing, innovative programming each and every year. These individuals who volunteer their time and knowledge to Otafest are as diverse as they are informative and fun. The majority of panels at Otafest are hosted by volunteers and attendees; we feel this is a great opportunity for patrons to get involved with Otafest in a very important way. Every otaku loves anime, manga, video games, or simply just loves Japan for different reasons. Taking this passion and turning it into a demonstrative, informative or competitive panel idea is something that Otafest embraces and welcomes from our patrons.
Here is the list of panels we've got confirmed for Otafest Aurora 2013!

  • ALL ABOUT COMPETITIVE COSPLAY CONTESTS (MARTYN B. & AMANDA L.)
    • Join Otafest's own Cosplay Director, Amanda & Cosplay Showcase Director Martyn as they talk about everything you'd ever wanted to know about entering or organizing Cosplay related competition (and then some!).

  • ANIME NAME THAT TUNE XMAS! (ERYN D.)
    • An Otafest staple bundles up with a sleighload of Christmas and winter-themed anime songs! Don't expect things to get any easier, though. There will still be plenty of BS rounds to go around for all the good little ota-girls and boys -- in Anime Name That Tune: Xtra Monstrous Advanced Songtime!

  • CARDS AGAINST OTAFEST (DAN R.)
    • What happens when you cram a group of Otafest patrons in a room and ask them to think of horrible things? Well, if you're doing it with a game you get Cards Against Otafest. A modified edition of Cards against Humanity with an Otafest twist.

  • GINGERBREAD ROBOTS (JEI W.)
    • Gingerbread. Robots. It's a match made in heaven!

  • HETALIA 101 & Q&A (Liliana C.)
    • This panel consists of the hetalia fandom itself. Basically, the contents of the show and manga as well as insight about the wonderful people who have contributed to this fandom. We shall discuss and share information with old and new comers of the fandom. Everyone is welcome.

  • HETALIA: ASK A NORDIC (QIAO CHU Z.)
    • Come ask the Nordics whatever questions you want, as long as it's appropriate! We're happy to answer all your questions. Ps. If you're familiar with the Nordic characters, you may get a prize!

  • HOW TO SURVIVE CONS (LOUIS D.)
    • Make the most of your convention! We'll go over the best way to keep yourself healthy, happy, and safe in the cheapest and most fun way.

  • IMPROV HOUR (ASHLEY J.)
    • How in character do you think you can get? Come join Gamzee and Terezi for an hour full of improv games and find out!

  • INTRO TO BALLROOM DANCING (ALLAN C.)
    • Not quite sure what to do when that slower music comes on during the gala? Then come to the intro to ballroom dancing panel! We'll show you some of the basics to the waltz (and maybe more if time permits!) No experience necessary!

  • JAPANESE MUSIC: WINTER EDITION (LAMIA B. Z.)
    • Despite them being in a different language, we all enjoy our Anime openings and endings. But wouldn't you like to pursue Japanese music even further? In this panel we will be delving into the Japanese Music Industry in the hopes of introducing you to different artists and genres, all while expanding your musical library! In synch with the season the music that will be shown will all be Winter themed.

  • JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY (LIZA K.)
    • Would you like to learn more about Japanese tea? Or to taste it? Come over to this panel for a presentation of Japanese tea ceremony and sampling of some traditional Japanese teas.

  • MYSTERY SCIENCE FANFICTION 18+ - CHRISTMAS EDITION (HEATHER S.)
    • For fans of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, our panelists will sit down and read some of the worst Christmas-themed fanfiction the Internet has to offer for their pain and your pleasure. No insult is intended - this is a parody panel.

  • OTAFEST MIXER 'N' MINGLER – (MIKE P.)
    • No need for speed dating when you can chat it up in our first ever holiday mixer-mingler event! Grab a non-boozy drink made by a professional bartender and get ready to chat it up with your fellow Ota-attendees! Bring your charm and your manners, we'll provide the drinks and a place to talk!

  • POKEMON TCG/CHALLENGE!! (NATHAN V.R.)
    • A short demonstration on the pokemon trading card game, as well as a pokemon TCG Tournament (modified/unlimited), Players are required to bring their own 60 card deck (we will provide some decks for people, however decks are limited)

  • SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOMESTUCK? (ASHLEY J.)
    • What colour are the twin moons of Alternia? What is Dave's last name? Come and test your knowledge and see how much you really know about Homestuck.

  • SUPER AWESOME FUNNY BUNNY KAWAII COSPLAY WINTER SHOWDOWN (KENDRA B.)
    • Where Cosplayers perform many winter-based challenges in order to win the grandiose SUPER AWESOME FUNNY BUNNY KAWAII WINTER SHOWDOWN GOLD METAL!

  • TOUHOU PANEL (DENNIS L.)
    • Touhou Project is a series of bullet hell shooters featuring a full cast of magical girls in a land loosely based on Japanese mythology! Find out what's so great about it in Otafest Aurora's first Touhou Panel!

  • TRAVELING TO JAPAN: WHERE TO BEGIN? (JESSICA R.)
    • Ever wonder where to begin when thinking about traveling to Japan? Wonder no more! This panel will help explain the process which makes it easy to venture to the land of the rising sun.

  • WHO DID THE THING? DANGAN RONPA TRIVIA (SHEA C.)
    • Test your Dangan Ronpa knowledge; a Jeopardy-inspired trivia panel with tons of questions and facts centered around the first DR game.

  • WHY HUSSIE WHY (ASHLEY J.)
    • What dose Dave think of orange juice? How is Rose' hangover coming along? Come join the cast of homestuck for a fun filled q and a session.

  • YUMEIRO PATISSIERE PASTRY HOUSE (CYNTHIA W.)
    • Join Aurora's own Sweet Panel! Contestants will battle out in a Anime x Christmas theme decorating contest with sugar cookies! Other participants can have a nice conversation about pastry before meeting with a trivia while waiting for the contestants to finish their wonderful Christmas treat for you to vote!

Note: All events are subject to change! Please check the latest schedule at Otafest Aurora for changes!