Canadian Comics and Zine Festivals

Festival of Zines and Underground Culture
Currently held in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg (along with the Anarchist Bookfair) , and Calgary

TCAF: Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Every springtime at the Toronto Reference Library

VanCAF: Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

FBDM: Festival BD de Montréal (Montreal Comic Arts Festival)

Zine Dream: Small Press Art Fair

Prairie Comics Festival
Lovely comics festival that takes place at Winnipeg’s Millennium Library.

Indigenous Comic Con
Not in Canada, but looks awesome
(Abq,NM, Nov., 2018)

Toronto Queer Zine Fair
"Seeks to make space for traditionally marginalized voices in the zine community. "

Kazoo! Festival
"Supporting emerging musicians and building community by creating inclusive and diversely curated experiences that connect artists and audiences."

Panel One Comics Creators Festival
A festival that showcases Canadian cartoonists, and includes children's programming for families!

Toronto Asian Zine Fair
Created to provide Asian Artists a space to showcase their work and voice.

The Word On The Street:
Toronto Book and Magazine Festival
Not exclusively for comics, but nevertheless celebrates literature, literacy, and community, and features several Canadian comics publishers and cartoonists.

Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival
"a FREE all-ages event celebrating comics & cartooning! Come meet dozens of artists and vendors as they display and sell their wondrous wares at this annual event."

Canada Comic Con
Your key to access geeky fandom across the provinces

Fan Expo Canada
"The largest Comics, Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America."
(Not a free event)

Canadian Fan Cons
Schedule of various Canadian comic conventions and expos
(Generally, not a free event)

Quebec City Comic Con
"Over the past five years, Quebec City Comiccon has evolved into the capital’s most anticipated destination for fans of bandes dessinées, comics, video games, movies and television, anime and everything related to world of fantasy fiction."
(Not a free event)

Montreal Comic Con
"Interested in participating? Pop-culture fan convention that showcases sci-fi, horror, anime, video games, tabletop games and comic books, everything is there!"
(Not a free event)

Toronto Comicon
"Located in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the show will be boasting unique exhibitors, presentations, workshops, and many celebrity guests."
(Not a free event)

Hal Con
Since 2010, this community-focused conference has brought some of the biggest names in the sci-fi, fantasy and gaming world to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
(Not a free event)

Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo
"We are bringing in exciting North American television and movie entertainers, as well as pop culture and comic book creators to provide a cultural experience in Saskatchewan that has yet to be attempted on this scale."
(Not a free event)

Edmonton Expo
"a three-day pop-culture convention held in annually in Edmonton, Alberta at the Expo Centre. Attendees can shop hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, check out panels and workshops, meet their favourite stars and creators, and celebrate what makes them geeky with thousands of other fans in cosplay."
(Not a free event)

Calgary Expo
"a place for fans from every corner of the nerd universe to gather and celebrate what makes them geeky in a positive, safe, and elevating environment – science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation, pop culture, and so much more!"
(Not a free event)

Fan Expo Vancouver
"three day pop culture event in Vancouver, BC, running in the Fall. The event is brought to you by the same team that produces the long-running FAN EXPO Canada event in Toronto."
(Not a free event)

Festival Workers Association
"a group of artists, publishers, festival organizers/staff, and their allies. We want to make festivals better by identifying the challenges they pose for art workers. Our focus is to build solidarity, and ultimately create more transparent, inclusive systems for vending events. We believe in the future and better alternatives. We're non-hierarchical, anti-racist, and queer-friendly. We welcome your thoughts, participation, and support."

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