Anime in T.O.
(July 11, 2018 – Toronto, ON) – The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) and Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF) have announced the inaugural edition of Toronto Anime Matsuri (TAM), which is a new festival dedicated to Japanese contemporary pop culture featuring anime screenings, music concerts, cosplay fashion, panel discussions, a marketplace, game lounge and, naturally, lots of Japanese food.
TAM’s program of seven films includes new animation from the latest wave of Japanese anime directors including Masaaki Yuasa’s modern fable Yu Over The Wall, Mari Okada’s fantasy Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms, Tomoki Kyoda’s sci-fi action thriller Eureka Seven – High Evolution and Kazuhiro Furuhashi’s period romance Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern.
Part of TAM is something called JM FEST, which will showcase up and coming artists, as well as popular musicians from North America and Japan over a period of two days. Its aim is to promote a music exchange between Japan and Canada through live concerts and presentations. Visual Kei band Umbrella, Virtual Artist IA, Japanese Idol Group Pastel and a special after party where Kawaii Bass are among those making appearances at JM FEST during TAM at the JCCC.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre has a long history of screening anime films and have expanded and broadened this mandate under the umbrella of Toronto Anime Matsuri. The new initiative mirrors the Toronto Japanese Film Festival with screenings throughout the year, and now this new festival devoted specifically to contemporary culture running from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12.
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Click here for more information about JM Fest.