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Convention Policies

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.

General Policies

Registration

The Registration Desk is located at the TTC in Hall D, just inside the main doors.

Hours are:

  • 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 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.

Legal Issues

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.

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.

Convention Space

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.

Dealers Hall

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.

Hotel Rooms

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.

Parking

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.

 

Photography Policy

Exhibit Halls

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.

Cosplay Events

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.

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 Policy

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

“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.

 

Access Policy

Anime North will do everything possible within reason to ensure that all congoers can enjoy the convention to the best of their abilities. Con-AID (Convention Access and Information Department) will be set up in the hotels and in the TCC to help.

What the Con-AID tables provide:

  • Information about convention locations and events
  • Schedule Updates
  • Registration for Access Services (TCC only)
  • Assistance with general inquiries

Access Stickers

Congoers who use assistive devices or face other barriers in taking part fully in the events at Anime North due to health, age, temporary disability or illness, or other issues, may register at no extra cost at the Con-AID desk for an Access Attendee sticker. Sticker pickup and registration will be at 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 in addition to the standard badge issued at registration and is used to alert Anime North Staff that you are eligible for Access Services such as seating and line-up priority.

You must provide proof that you have paid for an Anime North membership either through pre-registration or at the door before you will be issued an Access sticker. Attendant memberships will be available for free to access attendees who bring an officially recognized attendant (CNIB staff, private service staff, ASL interpreters, etc) or a family member who serves in the same capacity.

Only one attendant allowed per Access membership and only available to those with long term needs. Exceptions may be made for those who require a second attendant or other special requirements, requests for exceptions to the policy must be made in writing before the convention.

Attendant must accompany the Access member at pickup. Access member may be asked to show a government approved access card.

The Access Sticker provides:

  • Reserved seating in Main Room. Tickets or wristbands will still be required for limited capacity events.
  • Front of Line, Early Entry and Advance Seating to events where crowds may be an issue.
  • Wristband pickup at the Con-AID desk at the International Plaza Hotel. Wristbands for Access will be issued at the same time they are issued for general attendees.
  • Phone numbers and directions for nearby hospitals, clinics, veterinarians (for service animals) accessible transport, opticians, pharmacies, etc.

We cannot provide:

  • Lifting, carrying or other physical contact beyond what is necessary in emergency situations.
  • Wheelchairs, crutches, canes or other needed devices
  • Drugs, prescription or over the counter, herbal treatments
  • Dietetic foods

Access privileges do not extend to members of your party who do not otherwise qualify for them.

If you do not need an attendant, or already have one, you are welcome to be a volunteer.

 

Autograph Policy

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.

 
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