These 6 Shows at the Montreal Anime Convention Will Have You Awakening Your Inner Geek

The 2022 Montreal Otakuthon comes back to life at the Palais des Congrès for the first time in two years from August 5 to 7 with a full line up of activities and guests celebrating Japanese pop culture. There’s something for every anime, manga and j-pop fan, from comedy and slapstick shows to cosplay contests and even a video game live orchestra performance. Here are some highlights:

​BurlesGeek

When: August 5, 10 p.m.

Where: Room 517CD

Reason to go: Montreal’s first geek-themed burlesque troupe will bring your favorite pop culture characters to life for a comedic strip show. Bubbly hosts Uma & Selma Gahd will be joined on stage by Zyra Lee Vanity, Celesta O’Lee, DeeDee Dynasty, Sucre à la crème, Golden Thunderpants and Lulu les belles mirettes.

The Montreal Anime Orchestra

When: August 6, 4 p.m.

Where: Room 517CD

Reason to go: The Orchester d’Anime de Montréal (OAM) is an 18-piece mixed ensemble that plays tunes from your favorite anime. The band is known for their original arrangements of popular soundtracks. This year, OAM will be joined by a choir of 15 people to present their new setlist.

ice cream

When: August 6, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Room 517CD

Reason to go: This group of girls is inspired by Japanese idols and wants to bring culture to Quebec. The members of Ice Qream sing and dance “with a big ball of pure happiness”.

cosplay masquerade

When: August 6, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Room 210

Reason to go: Show off your anime, manga and game-related amateur cosplay or just cheer on others’ amazing costumes at the masquerade. A panel of experienced cosplayer judges will decide the winners and award prizes based on the quality and creativity of the outfits. Sketches (45-second theatrical performances) and extras (participants in a fashion show) are accepted. There’s also the higher-stakes World Cosplay Summit competition on Sunday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m. (Room 517CD).

Otaku Comedy Show

When: August 5, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Room 517A

Reason to go: This anime-themed comedy show is made by and for fans of manga, video games, and all things Japanese culture. No subject is off limits, so get ready to hear which live anime was the worst. There is also an 18+ hentai edition on August 6 at midnight (room 511).

The Video Games Orchestra (OJV)

When: August 6, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Room 210

Reason to go: The Video Game Orchestra (OJV) is a group of 50 musicians who produce video game music concerts. At Otakuthon, the ensemble will give a concert with songs from major video game franchises, such as Zelda, Pokémon and Mario, as well as lesser known games Ni No Kuni or Undertale.

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