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.


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The Marriott Hotel offers Otafest patrons discounted room rates.
See our Accommodations page for details!

Community Panels

The majority of Otafest’s 100+ events are run for fans, by fans.
Apply here to host your own!

Photo Booth

Have your photo taken on themed sets by professional photographers. Instant prints available!

Vendor Hall

From plushies to body pillows, Otafest’s giant hall has vendors of all types for your shopping needs.

Artist Alley

Anything from original artwork and charms, to commissioned portraits and pins. The variety in Artist Alley is unparalleled.

Cosplay Contests

Otafest hosts multiple cosplay contests including performance pieces, craftsmanship contests, and more. Show off your hard work and win cash prizes.

Yaya Han

Yaya Han discovered cosplay in 1999, when it was still a small, quirky section of the geek-fandom. While Yaya had virtually no knowledge of sewing or crafting at that time, her childhood passion [...]

Yumi Akai

Yumi Akai is a cosplayer hailing from Spain and we had so much fun with her last year that we’ve decided to bring her back again! Yumi is a member of Onigiri Project, a Japanese [...]

Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe

Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe! The Man. The Legend. Otafest is so very, very pleased to be able to present fan favorite anime director, story board artist and voice actor, Shinichi [...]

Justin Currie – Chasing Artwork

Chasing Artwork: Me and my art. My background is rich in the time honoured tradition of doodling on every school paper that came within reach. I spent a lot of my middle school and high school [...]

Drunk Gaming

Justin and Alli Speed take two things very seriously: booze and gaming. The only thing they take more seriously than those two things individually, is those two things in combination. In 2011, [...]


Members: Dancho (Vocals), Kyrie (Guitar), Shinno (Guitar), Karin (Bass), and K (Drums). NoGoD was formed in 2005 by front man Dancho (Vo.). Soon after the band went through some member changes [...]


“FOREVER” is coming soon! The internationally successful Scandinavian recording group, SMILE.dk, now fronted by founding member, VERONICA ALMQVIST, is excited to announce the upcoming [...]

Kamui Cosplay

Svetlana Quindt aka Kamui is an acclaimed Costume and Prop Designer, Book Author, Panelist and Commissioner from Germany. With over 12 years of experience and a never ending passion for elaborate [...]

J. Michael Tatum

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al., this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to [...]

Todd Haberkorn

Todd Haberkorn has been on stage, on set, and behind a mic for many years. Not only is Todd an actor in LA, he works as a producer, writer, and director as well. And he’s even been an [...]

Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and [...]