CelticSakura and Mathi Cosplay, Team Canada for the 2018 WCS, will be at Nadeshicon!

Known together as Voodoo Cherry, the two cosplayers only started teaming up back in 2016. Quite the alliance, the team would go on to win the Canadian preliminaries for World Cosplay Summit the next year, and will be flying over to Nagoya, Japan, this summer for the big event! Come cheer them on before they leave to compete with other amazing cosplayers from around the world!
 
You may find CelticSakura and Mathi’s bio in the Guests section.

HOSHI★FURU unable to attend the event; Tortuga to offer a performance instead!

We are sorry to inform you that HOSHI★FURU will be unable to perform this coming weekend. The news of the band disbanding came as a blow to us, as fans ourselves, and we sincerely wish the best to all the members in the future. The group also sent us a letter for you all, their fans, which you may read here.
 
With that being said, we did not have much time to mourn, for the gods of metal required a tribute. Rock and metal fans rejoice, for the Montreal-based band Tortuga will present you, on stage, their interpretation of some of the greatest classic video game themes including Megaman II, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Undertale, F-Zero and more! You definitely won’t want to miss it, so gather all your friends, and come let yourself rock to the nostalgia!
 
You may find more information concerning Tortuga in the Guests page.

Benjamin Anderson and mpi as guests of honor for Nadeshicon 2017!

Lyricist and vocalist, mpi has worked alongside such figures as Legendoor and Hiroyuki Sawano to breathe life into anime soundtracks such as Attack On Titan, Guilty Crown and Kill la Kill. Very talented artist, mpi does not only work in the music industry; fluid English speaker, he also writes English poetry.

Benjamin Anderson, singer and songwriter born in England but currently living in Japan, has also been working side-by-side with other artists such as Legendoor and Hiroyuki Sawano. Not only does he work on anime soundtracks, he has also started two bands: Actual Proof, an R ‘n’ B unit, and Midnight Snakes, a shout along rock band.

Good friends, they will be performing as a duo next spring to bring you a wonderful show during which you are sure to recognize several tracks from your favorite animes!

Be sure to check out the Guests section for more information on these two amazing artists.

L’Orchestre portable de jeux vidéo is back again for Nadeshicon 2017!

The famous ensemble will once again be performing in salle Hydro-Québec come spring. Reaching out to the hearts of retro and modern gamers alike, the orchestra is a must-hear every year!
 
Also, if you just cannot wait until our event to assist to their performance, L’Orchestre de jeux vidéo will be playing at Québec City’s Palais Montcalm on March 4th. You may find more information regarding that on their event page.
 
You may also find more about the Orchestre in the Guests section.

Ryoko Itabashi, musicienne traditionnelle japonaise, sera à Nadeshicon!

Il nous fait plaisir d’annoncer la présence de Ryoko Itabashi à Nadeshicon 2016, où elle fera quelques spectacles!

DSC_4993_edited-1 high resolutionRyoko Itabashi est née au Japon et a été en contact avec la musique depuis l’enfance. Très jeune, elle commence le piano et le violon, mais découvre sa voie dans les instruments traditionnels japonais. Le premier d’entre eux fût la batterie japonaise, ou «Taiko», qui se joue en ensemble dans un style vigoureux et dynamique qui requiert une grande force physique. Peu de temps après ses débuts au Taiko, elle commence à jouer de la flûte de bambou, qui accompagne souvent le Taiko. Par la suite, Ryoko débute l’apprentissage du Tsugaru Shamisen en 2001 sous la tutelle de feu Rinshoji Kida, un Shamiseniste de grand renom. Depuis qu’elle a déménagé au Canada en 2009, Ryoko a joué de tous les instruments traditionnels dans différents endroits à travers le Canada. Le but de Ryoko est de continuer à remplir son grand rêve de partager la musique japonaise, ainsi que sa culture, avec le monde.

Plusieurs autres invités seront annoncés sous peu! Rester à l’affût!

La chanteuse HIMEKA sera présente à Nadeshicon 2016 comme invitée!

Nous sommes fiers d’annoncer que HIMEKA sera l’une des invitées de l’édition 2016 de Nadeshicon!

HIMEKAHIMEKA est une chanteuse d’origine Canadienne francophone/Québécoise qui a débuté une carrière dans l’industrie de la musique d’animé et de jeux vidéos au Japon suite à une victoire à la deuxième édition du concours national “Anison Grandprix” en 2008. Depuis, elle a interprété des chansons de génériques pour des séries d’animation telles que “Valkyria Chronicles”, “Tegami Bachi : Letter Bee”, “Night Raid 1931”, ainsi que pour des jeux de type ‘visual novel’. En 2010, elle eut la chance d’être désignée en tant qu’artiste pour la chanson thème des finales du “World Cosplay Summit” qui ont lieu annuellement à Nagoya. HIMEKA a aussi eu l’opportunité de participer à de nombreux évènements de musique reliés à l’industrie de l’animation au Japon, tel qu’ “ANIMAX MUSIX” et fait plusieurs apparitions télévisées pour des performances musicales ainsi que des émissions de variété.

Voici l’une de ses chansons:

Et un générique de Visual Novel qu’elle a interprétée:

Review of the convention

Hello everyone!

We hope you had a great time at the 5th edition of our convention! It was our biggest edition so far; you exceeded even our most generous estimates in terms of attendance, with 1832 festival-goers, around fifty panelists, over sixty volunteers including the teams for the masquerade and the fashion show, as well as over 140 merchants, artists and exhibitors. Add the organisation team, the security team and the hundred guests to that, and we were over 2200 in pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins during the week-end! It was a huge success for us, and we have you to thank for that.

Of course, the success of our festival isn’t only based on math. We had the talented and famous Mika Kobayashi give not only one, but two shows. We hope you were able to attend atleast one of them, as her voice and stage presence were incredible! We will have a hard time finding a guest as amazing as her for next year’s convention, but we will do our best!

Arashi Daiko’s show was another must-see of the week-end. Through the unrivaled power of their taikos, they were able to recreate the history of Japan, be it its wars or its traditions. They even had the people attending try playing their intimidating drums!

Christopher Macdonald’s panels were another event we did not want to miss! It is no easy task to find a greater fan of Japan’s culture and animation than mister Macdonald, and, with his insight on the industry, his panels are a must for anyone even remotely interested in japanese culture!

Last but not least, while several other events and activities would have deserved to be in this list, we want to save this last spot for the amazing cosplayers who attended our convention. We witnessed it during the week-end and keep witnessing it through photos: your cosplays were astounding! We can’t help but be in awe before the passion that burns in you and all the work you put in it! The masquerade was a resounding success, and we have you to thank for that!

Speaking of thanks, we would like to give a special shoutout to a person very important to us. For two years straight, Laurent Fleury has acted as a volunteer interpreter and translator for our japanese guests. He traveled from Montreal and even took days off his job to give us his help, without ever asking for anything in return. We wouldn’t hope to find a kinder and more energetic interpreter, and, as such, would like to give him the gratitude he deserves. Thank you so very much Laurent, and we hope to keep working with you for many years to come!

As a last note, Le Site du Japon has published an article about us! You can read it here (French).

Also note that the Facebook event for the 2016 edition of our festival should be created soon! Also, a post-mortem meeting will be held in the near future to get your feedback on our convention. Please keep an eye out, as the date and location will soon be announced!

Again, thank you very much for your support everyone!

Registration is open!

Come as soon as you can so you don’t miss out on the martial arts display in Le Cercle (on the 4th floor) at 10am! You wouldn’t want to miss it!

We would also like to inform you that, due to the resounding success of yesterday’s show, Mika Kobayashi is all out of CDs to sell, and therefore won’t be able to sell any after her show this afternoon or in the Dealers Room throughout the day.

Speaking of miss Kobayashi’s show, bracelets for both this show and the masquerade will be available starting at 10am at a table in front of Salle Hydro-Québec. Small reminded that Mika Kobayashi’s show will be at 3:30pm, and the masquerade at 6pm. Both of them will also be streamed live in Le Cercle, again on the fourth floor. Also note that registration to the masquerade will be from 11am to noon, at another table in front of Salle Hydro-Québec.

As for all the other activities today, you may find the full schedule either in your programme or online.

Lastly, we invite you to follow on Twitter to keep in touch with our posts throughout the convention!

Enjoy the con!

Otakuthon has announced their guests of honour, and has opened pre-registration for their convention!

Last night, Otakuthon revealed their second guest of honour: angela, a japanese group formed of vocalist atsuko and guitarist KATSU! Known for the theme songs of animes such as Knights of Sidonia, K and Coppelion, they will be holding a concert during the convention. Make sure to reserve your seat soon!

Otakuthon has also already revealed the presence of FLOW, famous japanese rock band who have performed for animes such as Naruto and Code Geass, amongst others. Since they will also be holding a show, don’t be late and reserve your spot now! You may also find more information on their guests on their page!

We can’t wait for August 7th, and hope you are as excited as we are!

If that’s the case, the pre-registration for Otakuthon is now open!

See you in 10 days!