Expert Panelists

Harry Snowboy and Juliana Matoush-Snowboy

Harry Snowboy - James Bay Cree - Medicine Man/Shaman and Jedi Knight

Juliana Matoush-Snowboy - James Bay Cree - Ceremonial woman/healer

Both Harry and Juliana Snowboy run Cree ceremonies focused on healing both people and the environment around us. They work with numerous spirits associated with the environment and natural world. This is the first Anime Convention for them both.

They will be on a panel discussing the environment and The Little People as understood by the Celtic people, Shinto (Japanese folk and imperial religion), and the Cree. Plaza A ballroom, 8 pm at the Intercontinental Plaza Hotel. Hope you can make it!



Master Andy Producer or M☆A☆P san as he likes to be called, is among the first Otakus in Japan who followed and actively supported Vocaloid movement since the early beginning. He knows absolutely everything about it.

As a pioneer, M☆A☆P san wants Vocaloid to keep spreading all over the world.

Unit all the otakus in the world through creativity for a better understanding of the otaku culture is now his life purpose. To make this happen, he's sharing his love for the Otaku culture through panels, workshops and his youtube channel called ANIME TORONTO FM.

His knowledge and his passion regarding Vocaloid is so amazing that he even got the attention of the team of Yamaha Canada in charge of Vocaloid and Crypton (Hatsune Miku).

Peter Chiykowski

Peter Chiykowski makes interesting stuff for a living. He’s mostly known as creator of Rock, Paper, Cynic, an online geek culture webcomic that won Best Graphic Novel from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. About 250,000 silly people read it and hardcore geeks like George Takei and Nathan Fillion have shared his comics and jokes.

His first published book of comics, The HMS Bad Idea, is due to hit bookstores on May 19. It features six years of the best Rock, Paper, Cynic material plus 40 guest illustrations from artists like Kari Maaren (West of Bathurst), Ryan North (Adventure Time, Dinosaur Comics), Rob DenBleyker (Cyanide and Happiness) and more.

When he isn't making comics, Peter is writing songs under the name Rock/Paper/Cynic. His first album of tunes, tentatively titled Telephone Broken, is launching on Kickstarter on June 25. It will feature music distribution via carrier pigeon, space laser, and fortune cookie. (Yes, seriously.)


Kari Maaren

Kari Maaren is a wandering English professor who has turned grumpiness into an art form. She has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and an active one, It Never Rains. She writes and performs geeky ukulele music about Batman, genre literature, and various types of monsters, and in 2013, she won a Prix Aurora Award for doing so. She has produced three CDs, the solo albums Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and Everybody Hates Elves and the compilation (with the band Copy Red Leader) Pirate Elves in Space; she also maintains a ridiculously active YouTube channel. She has co-written a musical, Cross Purposes, for the Calgary Fringe Festival. Otherwise, she spends her time marking papers about irony and playing bad-tempered music on the accordion.

Marie Bilodeau

"Anime-like levels of destruction" is one of Marie Bilodeau's favourite reviews for her writing. Her space fantasy series, Destiny, (Destiny’s Blood and Destiny's Fall,) was a two-time finalist in the Aurora Awards and won the Bronze Medal for Science-Fiction in the Foreword Book Awards. She is also the author of the Heirs of a Broken Land, a fantasy trilogy described as “fresh and exciting” by Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo award-winning author of WAKE. Her short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies and have also been nominated twice for the Aurora Awards. Marie is a professional storyteller, telling adaptations of fairy tales and myths, as well as original stories of her own creation. Find out more at


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