To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all who will be attending the upcoming Anime North, we ask that all visitors observe the following con policies. Any questions regarding these policies should be directed to the staff or office. Thank you.
The Registration Desk is located at the TTC in Hall D, just inside the main doors.
- Thursday: 5:00PM – 9:00PM* (Pre-registration Pickup Only)
- Friday: 1:00PM - 9:00PM*
- Saturday: 9:00AM - 7:00PM
- Sunday: 9:30AM - 3:00PM
*Please Note: on Thursday and Friday evening, Anime North Registration reserves the right to cap the lineup at the Registration Desk, starting at 8:00PM, to ensure the staff will have adequate time to complete processing the line by 9:00PM.
The convention badges handed out at the Registration Desk must be worn and visible at all times to guarantee admission to con events. Badges remain the property of Anime North and must be returned if membership is revoked.
Members must use real names on their badges. Proof of identity must be shown when claiming a lost badge. Lost badges with nicknames or incomplete names cannot be returned to anyone claiming them.
Attendees who lose badges should go to the Con-AID Desk in the TTC. There is a replacement fee of $20.
Costumes, Weapons and Large Props
Anime North has a strict policy about weapons, real or costume, and large props carried as part of costumes. All attendees are required to read and follow the rules if they wish to carry weapons or props at the con. Failure to do so will result in warnings, removal from the convention, and further action where appropriate.
All weapons or large props must be checked and authorized by the Weapons Masters at the Weapons Registration tables at the TCC. Upon approval, the weapon(s) will be bonded and your convention badge marked accordingly.
Live firearms, weapons prohibited by Canadian law, replicas of contemporary firearms, props made of metal and yaoi paddles are all banned at Anime North.
All weapons must be holstered, sheathed, or slung except while posing for photos. All props must be carried safely and under your control.
Horseplay, careless or unsafe use of props, drawing of weapons, or the use of props to threaten persons or disrupt the peace of the convention will not be tolerated and could result in removal from the convention and further legal action.
Operations Services and Con Staff have the right to inspect any prop or weapon on request and take action where necessary.
The complete list of rules is available on the Cosplay Events page under Weapons and Large Props Rules, Regulations, and Liability Limitations or from the Weapons Masters Registration tables at the TCC.
Violence, “horseplay”, or disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in the loss of convention membership, removal from convention space and if the problem is serious, further involvement of law enforcement.
Drugs, theft, and vandalism are illegal and will be dealt with accordingly.
A parent or guardian must accompany children 13 and under at all times. Parents and guardians are responsible for the well-being and behavior of all children in their care.
The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19. No alcohol may be consumed in convention space except that sold by the venue.
Anime North reserves the right to refuse admission to function rooms to those under 18 during videos and panels with adult content. Government issued ID is required for admission to 18+ events.
Anime North is a non-smoking convention. Smoking is prohibited except where venue policy permits. Use of e-cigarettes is not allowed in convention space.
Panhandling (begging for money, with or without performing music or other entertainment) is against local bylaws and will not be allowed in convention space.
Selling by individuals in any area controlled by the convention or its venues, including the parking areas, is strictly prohibited without the express permission of the convention.
Laser pointers are not harmless toys; they are capable of inflicting serious eye damage. Irresponsible use of a laser pointer will result in loss of membership and expulsion from the convention.
Seating is first-come, first-served. Due to fire regulations, sitting in aisles and seating beyond the room’s capacity are not allowed; we are bound by law to enforce this.
“Seat-camping” is discouraged. Audiences may be asked to leave after major events in order to free up space for those who are waiting for the next event.
Food and drink is not allowed in function rooms except where served by the venue.
Water guns and projectiles are not allowed in convention space. Any use of them in public will result in loss of membership and removal from the convention. All involved parties will be required to pay the cost of any property damages suffered by individuals, dealers, and the hotel.
Carrying of signs in convention space will not be allowed unless the sign is a clearly understood and recognizable part of a cosplay costume (i.e., Genma Panda’s signs) or has special approval from convention staff.
Signs, flyers, or posters cannot be posted in the hotels or TCC except in approved areas with approved materials. If you post signs in unauthorized places, you will be held responsible for paying any cleanup costs imposed by the venue.
Helium-filled balloons are not permitted inside the TCC.
We ask attendees to exercise good judgement about excessive use of perfumes and body fragrances due to allergies and sensitivities of their fellow congoers, and may ask anyone wearing very noticeable scents to leave any space where it is causing an issue.
“Glomping” (aggressive hugging, often without warning) can be disruptive and even cause harm to unsuspecting targets or bystanders being jostled in a crowded space. Please do not glomp anyone without asking permission first. Repeated problems may result in warnings and loss of convention membership.
Cosplayers with costumes that are bulky, difficult to maneuver, restrict vision, or otherwise present possible safety issues are advised to travel with someone not in costume or one without any restricting features when moving through high-traffic public areas of the con. If no escort is available, you may be asked to return the costume to your hotel room or car, or remove and safely carry the portions of your costume causing concern.
Service animals are welcome everywhere as required by Ontario law.
Pets, including dogs, cats, birds, small animals, and exotic animals are not allowed inside function rooms during con events or in any indoor hotel or TCC space without prior permission from the venue. Please check with hotels for their policy about pets in guest rooms.
If you choose to bring a companion animal to the convention, it is your responsibility to ensure the animal is properly cared for, not in distress, and under your direct control at all times in the public areas of the con. If these conditions are not met, you will be asked to return the animal to your hotel room or leave the convention.
For the safety and happiness of everyone, human and animal, we ask that you leave your pets at home.
Because of crowding and disruption, all photography is banned in the Dealers Hall.
Due to safety issues, Anime North will be following strict guidelines for entry to the Dealer Hall where appropriate. These include restricted admission, time limits, traffic redirection, early entry for those with Access memberships, and any other measures necessary to ensure safety.
Note that Weapons and Props with metal blades or Yaoi/Yuri Paddles may be for sale in the Dealers Hall. These items are only available under strict guidelines – once sold, they will be provided to the customer in a sealed box which is not to be opened nor the item displayed in general convention areas. Doing so may result in badge confiscation and the attendee having to leave the convention.
Sales are a matter between attendees and the merchant in question. It is highly recommended you get a receipt for each transaction.
Action will be taken in the case of attendees who violate hotel rules for use of guest rooms. Violations include, but are not limited to:
- Exceeding the maximum occupancy per hotel room. Hotel management has the right to evict anyone who is not registered with them as a guest from guest rooms.
- Charging admission to a room party.
- Serving alcohol without a liquor license.
- Serving alcohol to minors. If this is found to have happened, legal action will be taken.
- Selling merchandise out of private hotel rooms.
- Engaging in any other behavior that is illegal or disruptive. This will result in loss of convention membership and possible legal action by the hotel.
Bus and Transport between Venues
A convention shuttle service will run between the Toronto Congress Center, the International Plaza Hotel, and the Sheraton Hotel - see pocket program for hours of operation. Due to traffic and other factors, we cannot guarantee pickup times or travel times between buildings.
There will be a special shuttle Friday night only to the Marriott Hotel for use by attendees of the Moonlight Ball.
Some convention overflow hotels offer their own shuttle service between themselves and the TCC. These buses are not run by the convention and you must talk to the hotels directly about their schedules.
If it’s not allowed in the venue, it’s not allowed on the bus. Any incidents may result in being banned from riding the bus as well as all other penalties previously stated.
The hotels charge a daily rate for parking, generally between $10 - $14. There is free parking at the Toronto Congress Center, but overnight parking is NOT allowed, you must move your car once the TCC closes.
Gallery Momiji, Comic Market, Pro Plaza, Crafters Corner, Dealers Hall
Photography is not allowed in the Dealers Hall.
Cameras and camcorders are not allowed in Gallery Momiji, photography of artwork is not allowed under any circumstances.
Photography of original artwork in Comic Market, Pro Plaza or Crafters Corner is not allowed without permission of the artist.
Photography is not allowed anywhere that it blocks the flow of traffic or creates a crowding hazzard.
Friday Masquerade Skit Contest, Saturday Night Masquerade
Flash photography is strictly forbidden for safety reasons. Non-flash Photography of the Masquerade is allowed ONLY where it does not obstruct others’ view of the stage.
Those wanting special access for photography or taping of the Masquerades must inquire at the Masquerade office to find out if space is available.
Recording in panel rooms is not permitted without prior written permission from the convention and the panelists, presenters, and performers involved.
Anime North does not give permission for events in panel rooms to be recorded in their entirety for the purpose of being posted to personal websites, Youtube, or similar public web sources.
Photography and recording of guests in convention space for posting to public web sources is not permitted except with prior permission of the Media department.
Photography of all other aspects of the con is allowed, as long as it does not disrupt events or the flow of traffic and the subject does not object. Please be considerate and ask first before taking pictures of guests, con staff, other attendees or the general public.
Harassment, stalking and/or intimidation are not allowed at Anime North under any circumstance and may result in loss of membership badge without refund and removal from convention space. Venue management and/or police may take further action if they feel it warranted.
“No.” means No, “Go away.” means Go Away Now and Don’t Come Back. This applies to actions directed at anyone, by anyone.
Congoers who believe they are being harassed should immediately make it known in a clear, unmistakable way that the attention is unwelcome and as quickly as possible approach any con staff member for help in dealing with the situation.
Intentionally touching anyone without their permission can be considered assault and may result in police involvement as well as loss of membership badge without refund and removal from convention space.
“Glomping” and “Free Hugs” are still physical contact and you need to ask permission from people you don’t know first or they may be considered assault and/or harassment and dealt with as such.
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault are legal distinctions that are outside the scope of Anime North to decide and will be left to the authorities to take appropriate actions. However, incidents with blatantly sexual speech or acts, or touching of a more personal nature (ie – areas of the body that would be covered by jockey shorts or bra & panties) will be treated very seriously.
It is not appropriate to touch someone who appears to be either transgender or dressed as a member of the opposite sex to find out if their body parts are real without very clear permission. Anime North will treat such incidents with equal severity whether the body part touched was real or costume.
“Yaoi Paddles”, “Yuri Paddles”, and similar items that exist for the same reason may not be carried in convention space. If one is purchased in the Dealers Room, it will be securely wrapped and must be immediately taken off site (i.e. to hotel room, car, or home).
Using a Yaoi or Yuri Paddle in public areas will be result in loss of membership badge without refund and removal from convention space and may lead to police involvement.
Costume and Cosplay
All con goers, whether in costume or street clothes must have opaque fabric covering the areas of the body that would be covered by jockey shorts or bra & panties.
Nudity is not allowed, opaque bodysuits that simulate nudity are not allowed if they are too accurate.
Anyone wearing a costume that is too revealing will be asked to cover up or change.
Cosplayers who plan on wearing revealing costumes should bring a cover with them, for traveling between buildings, sitting in air conditioned rooms, or if they feel uncomfortable for any other reason.
Costume elements that may be disturbing or offensive to others are not allowed in convention space. Anyone wearing such items may be asked to remove or cover them up.
Con goers may be asked to remove fetish costume elements such as chains or handcuffs because of safety concerns for themselves and others.
PDAs – Public Displays of Affection
Please be considerate of others while you are in convention space. Simple PDAs like holding hands, hugging, brief kisses are fine but keep anything more intimate for your hotel room so bystanders won’t be forced to be part of your love life.
Same-sex couples are entitled to express affection the same as male-female couples without drawing attention, positive or negative.
Pressuring or bribing people to perform PDAs in public spaces, whether same-sex or male-female, is harassment and will not be allowed.
Don’t assume you can tell anything about the love life of a cosplayer based on a revealing costume and how they behave with their friends. When in doubt, it’s best to politely ask their age before anything you may regret later happens.
Accessibility and Inclusion
Anime North believes in providing equal access to the convention for all congoers. We continue to review and update our planning to remove barriers wherever reasonably possible, minimize those that remain and to provide additional help to congoers with physical, mental, sensory or other disabilities, permanent or temporary. This help is provided by Con-AID (Convention Access & Information Department)
Con-AID tables will be set up high traffic areas of each hotel and in the TCC near the Registration area.
What the Con-AID tables provide:
- General information about convention locations and events
- Schedule Updates
- Printed and digital copies of text-only programme book
- Accessibility info about venue spaces, including washrooms
- Phone numbers and directions for nearby hospitals, clinics, veterinarians (for service animals)
- accessible transport, opticians, pharmacies, etc.
- Registration for Accessibility Accommodations (TCC only)
Congoers who qualify may register at no extra cost for an Access Attendee sticker. Sticker pickup and registration will be at the TCC Con-AID table only. This applies to both Access members and their attendants. All others must go through main registration even when traveling together.
The Access sticker is used to alert Anime North Staff that the wearer is entitled to Access Accommodations such as reserved seating and line-up priority, or that they may have additional medical needs in case of an emergency or evacuation. Stickers are placed on the attendee badge, front or back.
NEW – As of 2016, we will also have an “Invisible Disability” Sticker available for those who do not use mobility assistive devices like wheelchairs or canes. Wearers of the Invisible Disability sticker are entitled to the same accommodations that the Access sticker provides.
You must have your Anime North badge or your receipt from Eventbrite with you when stickers are issued.
The Access and Invisible Disability stickers show the wearer is entitled to:
- Reserved seating in Main Room and panel rooms. Tickets or wristbands will still be required for limited capacity events.
- Front of Line, Early Entry and/or Advance Seating to events where crowds may be an issue.
- Parking voucher for the TCC Wheelchair Accessible Parking area. Voucher can be picked up at the TCC ConAID table.
- Other accommodations where appropriate.
Travel and Parking
The TCC will have a Wheelchair Accessible Drop-off area in their parking lot, follow parking attendants’ directions. Vouchers for the parking area are available at the TCC ConAID table.
An accessible shuttle bus is planned this year for the route between the TCC, International Plaza and Sheraton Hotel. Check with the TCC ConAID table or email ConAID to get up to date information about other accessible public transit options.
Deaf or Hard of Hearing attendees who require a Sign Language Interpreter must submit their request at least six weeks before the convention. Availability of interpreters have made this very difficult to arrange in the past, but we will try. We will provide an Attendant badge for a friend or family member who can serve as a personal interpreter in this situation.
If you wish to see the subtitles or closed captioning for a video, please request it at the Video Programming office in the International Lobby, next to the video rooms.
PDFs of the print version and text only version of the Programme book will be available at the ConAID tables.
New in 2016 – Anime North will have sets of icons available for those who wish to have some help with non-verbal communications. There are 3 items with clear phrases indicating whether the wearer feels comfortable talking to new people, only trusted friends, or simply does not want to engage with people at that time.
Please note –general attendees may not be familiar with this kind of system. We will not consider it harassment if someone attempts to talk to a wearer, unless it is clear they are deliberately, repeatedly ignoring a written request to be left alone.
Kids Area in the TCC is a rest and activity space for parents to take young children. Parents must accompany children while there. Private space for nursing mothers is available; please ask the Kids Area staff for directions.
Kids Area also has seating and water for those with mobility or health issues who need to rest after exiting the Dealers Hall.
Anime North supports the ability of attendees to use the names, pronouns and washrooms that are most comfortable for their gender presentation during their time at the convention.
There will be designated All Gender washrooms in the TCC and International Plaza, please see the ConAID tables in those venues for directions. In the Sheraton, please inquire at the Yaoi North info table.
How to Help
There are many ways that all attendees can help to make the convention more accessible and inclusive. Some suggestions:
- Stand back and allow those using wheelchairs or canes to be the first on and first off of elevators.
- Don’t use the wheelchair stalls in public washrooms as cosplay change rooms
- Cosmetics, personal care products, laundry soap, even paints, glues and makeup in cosplays can all give of scents or particles that trigger allergies and chemical sensitivities. Be thoughtful when deciding how much to use or wear.
Guests will be available for autographs during the weekend in the Autograph Area in the TCC, Hall E. Check the schedule for signing times for each guest. Because of the high demand and limited time available for signing, we will be enforcing the following rules to ensure as many people as possible are able to get autographs.
- No more than two (2) autographed items per person, per guest are allowed.
- You may not request the signing of body parts or other questionable items.
- Guests have the right to refuse any item that they are not comfortable autographing.
- Do not step out of line to photograph guests while waiting for autographs.
- You may photograph the guest while at the autograph table, from in front of the table only.
- You may not ask to pose with the guest or go behind the autograph table.
Lineups for any guest will not begin until 30 minutes before that guest’s scheduled signing time.
Due to time limits, autographs staff may cut off the lineup when the maximum number of people who can be accommodated in the time remaining is reached. Those trying to join the lineup after that point may be turned away.
Be courteous and respectful of the guests, the staff and fellow congoers. Anyone who is unable to follow the rules or causes other disruption will be removed from the autograph lines.
Some guests choose to autograph while at their tables in the Exhibitors Hall. It is the guest’s responsibility in that case to set their own times and rules for autographs. Anime North does not control their schedule while at their own table.
Please respect the guests’ privacy and do not approach them while they are on their way to and from their appearances or on personal breaks.
Beginning in 2016, all Guests at Anime North will have the option of charging for autographs. The convention does not require them to charge or set prices or sales targets. Anime North will not be taking any cut of autograph sales for itself, but we do ask that if guests sell autographs, a portion of the proceeds be donated to our charity, Sick Kids Hospital.
We cannot announce at this time which guests may choose to sell autographs, or how much they may charge. If any guest provides that info and asks us to share it with the public, we will.
There will still be guest panels and Q&As for congoers to enjoy seeing and interacting with all of our guests without paying extra.
Why Is This Happening?
This change is something the organizers of Anime North had hoped to avoid, but the nature of conventions, fandom, and the collectibles market has changed over the years since we first started. The rise of "comicons" and trade show media cons has created and fed a market for autographs. Throughout the convention world, charging for autographs has become expected.
In recent years, Anime North's reluctance to accept this change has begun to limit the selection of guests who we could attract. We have had many wonderful guests who are willing to provide free autographs, but in order to continue bringing in a wide range of popular guests that our attendees want to see, we must adapt.
On the personal front, guests are being asked to spend more and more time away from home to satisfy the fans by appearing at shows. Many guests who gave free autographs found them being resold online. Guests have the same need to make a living and pay bills that everyone else does and even when they do charge, that doesn't mean they no longer appreciate the love and support of their fans or that they are not happy to see them even when they choose not to buy an autograph.