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A Taste of Animethon 2018

Jan 19 & 20 / 2018 Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton Alberta Canada
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Frequently Asked Questions

The A Taste of Animethon 2018 FAQ

A Taste of Animethon (ATOA) 2018 takes place on January 19-20, 2018.
Animethon 25 (A25) takes place on August 10-12, 2018.
Both events now take place at the Shaw Conference Centre in Downtown Edmonton.

Further questions or feedback should be sent to and we will address them here when possible. Please note that not all plans have been finalised, and not all details can be shared.

Which events will be held at the Shaw, or is this just for Animethon 25?

Animethon 25 and A Taste of Animethon 2018 will both be held at the Shaw Conference Centre.

How is parking in the area?

There’s plenty of parking in the area, both from several surface parking lots within close proximity of the Shaw, as well as plenty of underground parking that connects via underground pedways.

What about LRT access?

The closest station, Central Station, is three blocks from the Shaw. If we do have inclement weather, you can walk between them completely underground.

Where do I send comments / feedback / complaints / ideas about this move (or anything else)?

Please send any feedback to Our staff are also fans of our convention, and we want to know how to make this a better experience for everyone.

Will there be enough places to eat?

Plans so far include concessions in Hall A as well as some potential familiar opportunities. Some of the restaurants in Canada Place should be open as well.

How will you facilitate access for people with disabilities (visible and otherwise)?

The Shaw does feature a slow, but accessible elevator. Due to its’ limited capacity, however, it is important that it be used only by those with mobility issues. If required, Shaw staff will escort those in need to the staff service elevators.

The escalators were out of service during ATOA. Will that happen again?

It was a stroke of unfortunate timing for us that the escalators were under complete replacement during the last two ATOA events. Those renovations are now complete and we have been assured that they will be in working order.

How will you ensure your patrons’ safety?

We always have our patrons’ safety in the forefront of our mind. We will be offering Safe Walks to nearby parking lots, LRT stations, and event partnered hotels. Our Safety and First Aid Teams will be maintaining a constant presence around the Shaw. Shaw’s own security team is well-equipped to handle the demands we’ll place upon them.

What is being done for people want more affordable and closer accommodations?

We’ve already arranged for blocks of rooms with a nearby hotel, so check the event website under accommodations.

Are there plans for more/better panels?

We continue to hear feedback on panels. It should be noted that most panels are community-driven. Applications are sent to us and our programming team tries to accommodate as many quality panels as possible. If you have an idea for a panel, it may only come to fruition if you host it. Feel free to use our Panel Submission Form once it is available on the website. Contact our programming team at if you require more information.

How can I help?

We’re always on the lookout for more staff and volunteers. Check the Volunteer section of the event website for more details. There are some great perks to being staff like working long hours, being sore and tired, not getting enough sleep… wait…

Working our events will give you an insider's view into the organization and operation of a major festival. There are plenty of perks to being staff like the chance to pre-order our merchandise, early (X-Pass level) access to vendor hall (assuming your duties allow for it), and many others! You’ll learn new skills which are transferable to your current or future professional plans, and volunteering looks great on a resume!

As for the staff, we’re a fun, friendly bunch. Joining us is like being part of a massive, if weird, family. You’ll instantly have a huge network of friends always open to hearing from you and encouraging you to bring your own talents and skills into the community. You don’t even need to be the world’s biggest Anime or gaming fan.