What an awesome weekend! In fact, it was so awesome that it’s hard to know where to begin, so I’ll just start at the beginning. Every year I go to the Exposure Photo & Video Imaging Show in Toronto where there are reps from all the big camera and accessory companies as well as free seminars all day long. This year was extra special because Colonel Chris Hadfield was scheduled as the keynote speaker on Saturday.
Two of my friends from high school joined me this year, and we decided to make it a real girls’ weekend, so we got a hotel room in Toronto for Friday night and went out for dinner. As we were approaching the restaurant, we kept noticing strange looking things walking down the street, and I really started wondering what the heck had happened to the city of my childhood! There were bunnies, creatures with wings, a man with a mushroom on his head, and people wielding all varieties of other worldly weaponry. It started to seem like Toronto had been taken over by beings from another world.
After supper, the area around the restaurant was overflowing with these “creatures” and my curiosity overcame me, so I sparked up a conversation with a couple of them. It turns out that we had stumbled upon an annual event called Anime North, Canada’s premier fan run anime convention, with a primary focus on anime, manga, and Japanese culture which attracts over 20,000 people. Phew, my city was safe after all!! We ended up walking around to check out all of the amazing costumes, and everyone I asked was more than happy to pose for photos. It ended up as the unexpected treat of the evening, and we had a blast! Now, unfortunately it was dark out and I only had my iPhone handy, so some of these pictures are a little grainy, but you will definitely get the feel of the event.