Otafest is a Calgary based non-profit organization expressing the values of charity, quality, and transparency. The body of our activity pertains to the promotion of Japanese art, culture, and media in the Canadian community, and our organization rests firmly on the spirit of community collaboration and volunteerism.

Otafest is a three-day festival held at the University of Calgary.

Hitbox - Kieran Strange & Sarah Adams at Otafest 2014!

17 Mar

Join us in welcoming Hitbox to Otafest 2014!
Hitbox consists of quirky pink-haired British nerd rocker Kieran Strange, and blonde bombshell pop artist Sarah Adams. Professional musicians in their own rights, as well as cosplayers, gamers, and models, the girls - who are true quadruple-threats in the industry - have paved the way for many other teens and young adults worldwide who want to follow their creative passions and dreams as far as they will take them.

The duo will perform a concert on Friday night, host panels on Saturday, and judge Otafest Idol on Sunday!
If you want to see them, make sure to get your tickets now!

Special Guest Yaya Han at Otafest 2014

10 Mar

Professional cosplayer Yaya Han has been invited to appear as a guest, panelist, judge, performer, and host to over 100 conventions and other events all over the world, and she is now adding Otafest to that list! Yaya has also appeared on television's King of the Nerds, Cosplay - Crafting a Secret Identity, and Heroes of Cosplay.

Yaya has also made a special greeting for you, please view it below!

Feb 23 - Mar 3 Recap: Guests, Artist Alley, Smash Bros., Panels!

4 Mar

73 days until Otafest and the planning is going strong.

Here's what we have for you:

So far we've announced 2 musical guests and 3 voice actors, click on their names for more information.

Yuu Asakawa - Known for her roles as Megurine Luka (Vocaloid), Sakaki(Azumanga Dai-Oh), Rider (Fate/stay Night), and more, Yuu is coming to Otafest straight from Japan!

Brad Swaile - Brad has starred in such anime as Death Note, various Gundam series including Mobile Suit, 00, Wing, and many many others!

Chris Cason - Chris is known for his roles in Dragonball Z, Full Metal Alchemist, Hetalia, and more!

Rose Noire - Formed by members Louie (Vocalist) and Jill (Violin) when they were students. Their music is free from predefined genres and concepts.

Chii Sakurabi - An international J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan. Her concerts are known for their high-energy as well as her passionate voice, kawaii dances, and lolita fashion!

Artist Alley
The Artist Alley Information Package and contract are now live. Please give them a read. Registration opens March 15 at 7:00 PM

Super Smash Bros. Tournaments
There will be six Super Smash Bros. tournaments at Otafest 2014.
3 Tournament Entries are included with a weekend wristband and extra entries cost $10/tournament.

There is also a $600 prize pool for each tournament! That's $3600 total to be split among winners!

Panels and Events
A list of approved panels (up until Feb 15) is now up! This list is not exhaustive and there will be more events added as time goes on!

Chris Cason at Otafest 2014

3 Mar

Chris Cason's roles include Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in "Dragonball Z", Holy Roman Empire in "Hetalia", Gluttony in "Fullmetal Alchemist", and more. Check out his profile by clicking the image below!

If you want to see Chris this year be sure to buy your tickets to Otafest 2014!

Chris Cason is appearing at Otafest in association with J-Rock North Promotions Inc. (www.j-rocknorth.com)

Announcing Chii Sakurabi - Coming to Otafest 2014!

24 Feb

Chii Sakurabi is an international J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan. Chii originally performed live throughout Tokyo, and in 2010 moved to the U.S. to expand her music internationally.

Chii has performed live at various anime and pop culture conventions in many countries around the world and her concerts are known for their high-energy as well as her passionate voice, kawaii dances, and lolita fashion!

Chii is excited to perform for the first time in Calgary at Otafest 2014. Admission to her concert is free for convention attendees so buy your tickets now!

Click the poster below for more details.