ASAPA Presents

A Taste of Animethon 2018

January 19 and 20, 2018
Shaw Conference Centre
A Taste of Animethon, our winter event A Taste of Animethon is our winter event which takes place at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton city centreWebsite Animethon, our summer event Animethon is our summer event, held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton city centreWebsite Our parent society, the Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts ASAPA is our parent society ensuring our events are safegaurded for current and future generations to enjoyWebsite
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The Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA) is a not-for-profit group originally formed with the goal of ensuring the continued success of Animethon. Formed under the Societies Act of Alberta in April of 2004, it operates with seven representatives elected from the core membership body. Our mandate is to promote Asian popular arts with our main focus on Japanese pop culture. Annual General Meetings are held every April.


ASAPA Board and Officers

Position Name Email
President Vlad Pohnert
Vice President Bryan Kennedy
Treasurer Patrick Law
Secretary Ann-Marie Przyslupski
Director at Large Michael Ali
Director at Large Brad Crawford
Director at Large Martyn Bampton
Safety and Compliance Officer Brendan Hood

Animethon History

Animethon started back in 1994 by the Banzai Anime Klub of Alberta (BAKA), with the intent of promoting Japanese anime. It became a success by presenting well-known and more obscure anime to audiences, and has since grown to what it is now. Today, Animethon is presented by the not-for-profit Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA).

In the beginning, Animethon was a one-day event that allowed people to view different Japanese Anime movies and television shows within two classrooms at Grant MacEwan. Since Animethon 2, the festival has grown to utilize the entirety of the University campus for events, artist alley, education panels, and a large vendor hall. As such, the steady increase of numbers in attendees to Animethon has allowed for various vendors to expose themselves to a unique group of people both young and old.

A Taste of Animethon was first created in 2010. While nowhere near the size of Animethon itself it's been a successful event in it's own right with a steadily growing attendance.