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.

Recap - Brad Swaile, V.I.P, contests, scholarships, and more!

4 Feb

It's been a busy week! All of the Otafest staff have kicked their efforts into high gear in preparation for Otafest 2014!

Here's what happened this past week:

Guest Announcement: Brad Swaile
Vancouver-born and raised, Brad has voiced TONS of characters in various anime such as Ace in My Little Pony, Light in Death Note, Rock in Black Lagoon, many characters from the Gundam series, and much much more!
Brad will be coming to Otafest 2014, so make sure to check out his guest page!

V.I.P Passes
Our Charity V.I.P Passes are on sale online!
A V.I.P Pass allows you to contribute directly to our charity and provides you with some exclusive Otafest swag as well as reserved seating, early vendor access, and more!

Contests and Scholarships
The Art Contest, Literature Contest, and Volunteer Scholarship Application are up until March 16! Get your applications in quickly!

Hotel Alma
Hotel Alma is located right on campus and is only a couple minutes' walk away from Otafest! They're giving Otafest patrons discounted rates on rooms, and there's no better option if you want to be in the action all the time!
Make sure you make your reservation before April 15, 2014 and mention that you're an Otafest 2014 patron when you call to ensure you get the group discount!
Details can be found here!

Get more involved with Otafest!
If you want to take your relationship with Otafest to the next level, there are a number of options available:

  • Cosplay Judge Application: Be a judge in Otafest's Cosplay Contest! You'll get the best seats in the house!
  • Media Pass Application: Are you part of a recognized media outlet? You can apply for a media badge here.
  • Otafest Idol Pre-Registration: Show off your amazing karaoke skills in our very own Otafest Idol!
  • Panelist Application: Have something amazing to talk about? Do you have a GREAT game idea and need participants? Host a panel at Otafest 2014 and get the audience you deserve!
  • Volunteer Application: Be a part of the family that puts Otafest together, you'll get food and some swag. We'll also sign off on volunteer hours if you need us to!

Artist Alley Information Package
Due to circumstances beyond Otafest's control, the Artist Alley Information Package will not be available on February 7 as originally scheduled. The Artist Alley staff are working diligently to get the package up as soon as possible.

V.I.P Passes on sale!

3 Feb

Our Charity V.I.P Passes are on sale online!

A V.I.P Pass allows you to contribute directly to our charity (TBA) and provides you with some exclusive Otafest swag as well as reserved seating and early vendor access!

Perks of having a V.I.P pass include:

  • A portion of your purchase will go directly to our charity,
  • Early vendor access - You will be admitted to the vendor hall before it officially opens!
  • Priority seating in Main Events - You get a reserved seat in our main events room.
  • Limited Edition Pin - Satisfy your inner collector by receiving a super limited run pin from our pin trading program.
  • Limited Edition Keychain - A very special key chain that only a very few other people will have!
  • Otafest Lanyard
  • Otafest Backpack

V.I.P passes will not be sold at the door if they sell out online, so be sure to claim yours soon!

Click here to buy tickets to Otafest 2014

Brad Swaile

1 Feb

Otafest is very pleased to announce fan favourite veteran voice actor Brad Swaile will be attending Otafest 2014 as a guest of honour! Brad has starred in such anime as Death Note, various Gundam series including Mobile Suit, 00, Wing, and many many others! Please join us in welcoming Brad!

Click on the image below for more details!

Pin Party Update!

12 Jan

The team has been working very hard to setup our first pin trading event, this upcoming Saturday January 18th. We decided to put this together for you so that you could come and get the pins that did not arrive for Otafest Aurora that you want to add to your collection. We hopefully will have our scarves back in and we will have our hoodies as well.

For those who just want to come and hang out, we will have anime and video games setup! Our party is free to attend!

We have received many questions concerning the distribution of our Snow-Wing and staff pins. Here is the info:

Snow-Wing: This pin was created for those who pre-registered for Otafest Aurora. To purchase this pin, please bring photo ID so we can confirm you pre-registered. You are allowed to purchase two Snow-Wing pins per person. Quantities for this pin are limited so if you would like to purchase a Snow-Wing, please arrive to the event as soon as you can.

Staff Pins: Each person will receive an opportunity to get one of our three staff pins from Otafest Aurora. You will be able to pull one from our grab bag at random and trade one that you purchased. We will not be trading these pins. If you want to get the rest of the set, you will have to come to Otafest 2014!

Starlight Pin: We are not expecting the Starlight Pin to arrive but if they do we will make sure we have them for our party!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!