Annual Ai-Kon Convention Returns to City in July

Annual Ai-Kon Convention Returns to City in July

Ai-Kon Convention
The annual Ai-Kon Convention in 2010. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba’s largest Japanese anime convention is returning July 17-19 to the RBC Convention Centre.

Ai-Kon will celebrate its 14th year this summer, bringing more than a decade of such Asian culture and anime conventions to Winnipeg.

This year’s guests include voice actor Eric Vale, The 404s (Canadian Geek improv team), voice actor and DJ Greg Ayres, professional Canadian cosplayer VickyBunnyAngel Cosplay, voice actress Terri Hawkes and voice actor Ian Sinclair.

The convention attracts upwards of 3,000 people annually now — up from just 500 in its infancy. Those in attendance take part in the weekend’s various festivities such as costume contests, video games, anime showings and various panels relating to anime and Japanese culture. Attendees also get a chance to meet special guests working in the industry and ask them questions about their experiences.


Tickets for Ai-Kon 2015 are available through Ticketmaster and are $50 for the weekend, day passes are also available on the individual days of the convention and are $24 for Friday, $34 for Saturday and $22 for Sunday.