Canadian Comics and Zine Festivals

Ontario

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

Hamilton Comic Con
"features exhibitors, comic books, movie cars, cosplay contests, celebrity autographs and photo-ops, so much more!"
(Not a free event)

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

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

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

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)

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

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.

Zine Dream: Small Press Art Fair
Takes place in Toronto, Ontario

British Columbia

VanCAF: Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

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)

Alberta

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)

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)

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

Saskatchewan

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)

Manitoba

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

Winnipeg Comic Con
"Winnipeg Comiccon was launched in the fall of 2019. While this will be our first venture in Central Canada, over the last 15 years, our organization has hosted over 40 pop culture conventions in Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City. This annual event dedicated to pop culture takes the form of a fan convention with multi-genre content: comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime, video games and the entertainment world."
(Not a Free Event)

Quebec

Expozine
"Montreal’s annual small press fair, is Canada’s largest and one of North America’s largest too! Over the course of one weekend each fall, some 270+ different vendors and creators of all kinds of publications (in both English and French) present and sell their works to some 15 000 visitors."

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

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)

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)

Nova Scotia

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."

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)

New Brunswick

East Coast Comic Expo
"East Coast Comic Expo is an all-ages convention organized by dedicated Fanboys and Fangirls to celebrate comic books and comic book culture. We'll have industry professional writers & artists joining us to celebrate, along with local vendors and many talented local creators and artisans as well." (Moncton, NB)

More resources for comics festivals across Canada and elsewhere!

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

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

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)

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

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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