Jinnie McManus

Jinnie McManus

Jinnie McManus Industry Guest A. “Jinnie” McManus was born in S. Korea and raised in Aurora, CO. An admitted anime newbie, she fell in love with anime conventions at first sight and never looked back. This is her sixteenth year as a high-level convention volunteer staffer, spanning both coasts of the US and some states […]

Griffin Burns

Griffin Burns

Griffin Burns Voice Actor Guest Griffin Burns is an LA-based voice actor and musician most known for his work as Childe in Genshin Impact, Doppio in “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure,” Akira in “Devilman Crybaby,” Tadano in “Aggretsuko,” Muichiro in “Demon Slayer,” Colt Grice in “Attack on Titan,” Shalnark in “Hunter x Hunter,” Ryota Suzui in “Kakegurui,” […]

Yama no Oto

Yama no Oto

Yama no Oto Performance Guest Yama no Oto is a small ensemble of taiko performers who love drumming and playing music together. Yama no Oto is excited to be returning to live performances in 2022, with Taiko, Shinobue, and Shamisen. Home Back to All Guests

Yosakoi Soran Calgary

Yosoca

Yosakoi Soran Calgary Performance Guest Yosoca is a dance group that performs the Japanese traditional yet modern and authentic dance called Yosakoi Soran! Our team formed in 2017 to perform the dance especially at the Stampede parade to represent Calgary’s Japanese Community Association in collaboration with Midnight Taiko. We have performed in various events over […]

The 404s

The 404s

The 404s Performance Guest They’re back, and now they’re LIVE at Otafest!  Since 2003, The 404s have entertained anime otaku (and fans of all kinds) at events across Canada and in the United States. Combining their anime nerdiness with audience participation, every show is completely different and always results in hilarious comedy with a very […]

Larissa Crawford

Larissa Crawford

Photo Credit: Rose and Range Photography Larissa Crawford Future Ancestors Industry Guest Larissa Crawford proudly passes on Métis and Jamaican ancestry to her daughter, Zyra, and is a published Indigenous and anti-racism researcher, policy advisor, and restorative circle keeper with over 13 years of experience. Larissa is the Founder of Future Ancestors Services, a youth-led […]

Keith Silverstein

Keith Silverstein

Keith Silverstein Voice Actor Guest Keith Silverstein is a veteran voice actor with a diverse list of credits. He’s the voice of Zhongli in the worldwide sensation, Genshin Impact, Torbjörn in Overwatch, Hisoka on Hunter x Hunter, Hawk Moth on the fan favorite Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Speedwagon in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Gouhin […]

NEET

NΣΣT

NEET Music Guest A music producer, fighting gamer, and a self-proclaimed “real-life anime protagonist”, NΣΣT (pronounced “NEET”) is a Filipino-Canadian music producer and live performance DJ from Calgary, Alberta. Since 2012, NΣΣT has emerged as an ever-evolving artist with a discography ranging from gentle piano ballads to synth-heavy sample-driven indietronica bangers. NΣΣT infuses his love […]

Fighting Dreamers Productions

FDP

Fighting Dreamers Productions Cosplay Guest Fighting Dreamers Productions (FDP) is a cosplay group from Vancouver, British Columbia. For the past 12 years they have been cosplaying a wide range of genres including anime, manga, video games, comics, film, and cartoons. Fighting Dreamers Productions are known for their cosplay YouTube channel, which has over 190,000 subscribers […]

Puglie Pug

Puglie Pug

Puglie Pug Artist Guest Puglie is the creation of Vancouver, Canada, based graphic designer Euge Leung who hopes to make people go “Awww” and bring a smile to their faces one Puglie adventure at a time! Beginning as a getaway from a debilitating art block in 2014, Puglie gained momentum with every illustration and laugh […]