Fans of Japanese contemporary film, music and pop culture will want to catch this epic event.

The second weekend in August is bound to be an exciting one as the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) and the Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF) join forces to present the city’s inaugural Toronto Anime Matsuri (TAM). Bringing together a wide range of hip Japanese speakers, entertainers, fashion icons and vendors as well as exciting games, anime screenings and a live concert lineup, TAM is set to be a one-of-a-kind event.

Oh, and you know there will be food—lots and lots of delicious Japanese food!

At TAM, you can expect a fully immersive sensory experience with no less than seven anime films to choose from. With genres spanning sci-fi, action, romance and fantasy from some of Japan’s hottest anime directors, there’s film fun to be had by everyone. Don’t miss your chance to catch cinematic experiences brought to you by directors like Masaaki Yuasa, Mari Okada, Tomoki Kyoda and Kazuhiro Furuhashi.

And if you’d rather rock out and leave it all on the dance floor, you’re in luck: JM FEST at TAM will feature both hugely popular and up-and-coming artists from across Japan and Canada with the aim of promoting a friendly musical exchange between the two countries. Be sure to stock up on sleep leading up to the weekend because you’ll want to catch Japanese girl group Pastel on Friday night, followed by the epic after-party with Toronto DJ collective Kawaii Bass late into the night on Saturday.

As the first event of its kind, TAM is in good hands with the JCCC as its host. The Toronto-based cultural centre has long had an affinity for supporting anime films, and presenting TAM together with the TJFF is a natural next step in sharing contemporary Japanese culture with Canadians. While you can find great films being screened at the JCCC year-round, one thing’s for sure: you won’t want to miss this action-packed weekend.


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or in person at the JCCC | $10 each ($5 for Shima- jiro and the Rainbow Oasis)

Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Ct., Toronto