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KAWAII LAND

by mowgen's Kawaii Events
$5 – $15

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Design Exchange

234 Bay Street

Toronto, ON M5K 1B2

Canada

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FREE ADMISSION

After the success of the Kawaii Cafe; mowgen has decided to expand from it's previous event theme pertaining to all things cute with Kawaii Land. Kawaii Land will be another community gathering and meet up event for cute fashion and cute artwork enthusiasts in Toronto!

Kawaii Land will take place in Toronto's historic Design Exchange

Design Exchange, a not-for-profit museum funded by its members and donors, is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At the crossroads of multiple disciplines, from furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, our exhibitions, talks, workshops, and youth education programs are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life. We are committed to delivering accessible design experiences and education and we aim to provide the tools necessary to connect design learning to the ordinary and extraordinary.

Things to do at Kawaii Land

Kawaii Tea Party


From 10am to 11am we will be hosting a kawaii tea party for our guests. Come have tea and cookies and talk about kawaii fashion! This is a great way to meet and greet at Kawaii Land! Tickets for tea and cookies must be pre-purchased.

Kawaii Lunch Box

Event is free admission, if it reaches full capacity you can skip the line up by ordering a ticket. Pre-order a kawaii lunch box with your skip the lineup ticket and have an adorable meal at Kawaii Land; each lunch box comes with vegetarian onigiri, ramune, and a Kracie Popin' Cookin DIY kit.

Special Cosplay Guests from Toronto, Ontario!

Baeged Cosplays
22 year old Canadian cosplayer, desperately sewing her way through her obsessions, one by one.
All costumes made by me unless otherwise indicated.
Baeged Cosplays has been cosplaying since 2011! - http://ko-fi.com/baeged

Xgouki Cosplay
Xgouki Cosplay is a genderfluid/transgender cosplayer from Toronto. After a long, hard struggle with her family, she started cosplaying in 2016 and hasn't let up since. Xgouki loves to cosplay beautiful, badass iconic heroines and always goes all out to capture their look and personality, especially with makeup. On her spare time, Xgouki is a gamer, fledgling streamer, toy collector, and foodie.

Toronto Cosplay Medic
Chances are you have heard about the Cosplay Medic at various conventions and cosplay gathering in the GTA, but who is he?
Well, so you know your cosplays break at conventions and you have no way to fix them? Well that's where the Cosplay Medic comes in.

Some say he flies from above and answer prayers of heartbroken cosplayers, some say he just appears from thin air whenever you need him most. But whatever the situation, as long as you need to fix your costumes or props in a pinch, the Cosplay Medic will come to your rescue.

Walking the path of cosplay repairing, he is the man who will help you whenever you need.

Special guest Emily Gonsalves of Pretty Heroes returns!

Pretty Heroes is a convention dedicated to showcasing strong female characters and it's the first "girl power" convention in Toronto! It started as the Toronto Sailor Moon Celebration and grew with fan demand to expand into a convention with a new name (but the same heart) featuring a variety of anime, cute items, "girly" items, and plenty of intriguing female characters. The founder and con chair, Emily Gonsalves, is a professional graphic designer and a marketing professional by day, but she also used to "moonlight" as a regular reporter for the Sailor Moon focused blog "Moon Chase." You can also find Emily at other conventions running panels about Sailor Moon, art, fandom, and social media marketing. To follow her Sailor Moon related content on social media, check out Moon Chase on Facebook and Twitter and SailorMoonCelebration on Instagram. For general female character and convention fun, check out Pretty Heroes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Anime Shogatsu Ramen Eating Contest!

Anime Shogatsu's Ramen Eating Contest is taking stage at Kawaii Land. To sign up for the contest, please visit the Anime Shogatsu booth at Kawaii land!

1,2,SHINE Performance!

Hello!! We are 1,2,SHINE!! We are a Toronto, Ontario (Canada) based dance group. Idols hold a special space in our hearts, so we are here to spread the love!

MEIDOroids Performance!

MEIDOroids is a Toronto-based dance group inspired by Japanese Vocaloid singers.

DJ Tenshin Performance!

My mixing and musical tastes take great influence from 90's happy dance music & Japanese Media.

Special Lego Installations by ToroLUG

ToroLUG shares a love of building by meeting up, showcasing public displays, and meeting others who like to build just like we do.

Like most LUGs (LEGO User Group), ToroLUG represents a group of like-minded individuals that have at least 30% of their psyche still lingering on to the precious moments around their 12th birthday.

We have monthly meetings to discuss upcoming displays, events, hobby shows, domestic and international conventions, and LEGO. Meeting locations vary and are usually rotated around various venues in Toronto.

ToroLUG was conceived with the intention of complementing the existing specialized LUGs in the region. We welcome all genres and aspire to attend large LEGO conventions and collaborate for great displays.

It’s all about building, conversing, and getting together to display stuff. We enjoy sharing our passion for the hobby and creative medium.

Celebrating Japanese Fashion and Culture!

Salon de Tea + Kimono サロン・ド・ティー・プラス・キモノ will be returning as a special guest! Genuine kimono, dressing accessories and Japanese design crops will be sold. There will also be a Kimono dressing work shop. Come meet the owner of Salon de Tea + Kimono サロン・ド・ティー・プラス・キモノ and learn about authentic Japanese culture, and fashion.

縁日- ennichi ~Japanese Arcade
Our booth "縁日(ennichi)~Japanese Arcade" is inspired by traditional Japanese arcade. A group of Japanese highschool students have gathered popular Masturi games for all ages such as japanese water balloon fishing, super ball scooping, shooting game and some goods & toys all the way from Japan. Please come if you are interested!

Speed Friending and LGBT + Asian resources by ACAS (Asian Community AIDS Services)

"We at ACAS are committed to provide HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support services to the East and Southeast Asian Canadian communities. Our programs are based on a pro-active and holistic approach to HIV/AIDS and are provided in a collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory manner."

Raffle and Charity to the Hong Fook Mental Health Association

We have chosen Hong Fook Mental Health Association as a charity that we will donate the proceeds of a mowgen gift basket raffle too. The gift basket will contain adorable decoden artwork, ramune, and imported candy and snacks from Japan. The funds raised by the raffle will be announced at Kawaii Land.

The Hong Fook Mental Health Association currently works with the Cambodian, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities, helping people with linguistic and cultural barriers to gain access to mental health services. The Hong Fook Mental Health Association provides counseling, case management, assessment, consultation, advocacy, psycho-educational workshops and self help & mutual support groups.

Raffle Tickets: $3CAN

Industry Sponsors

IcyJewelry
I have been designing and creating jewelry pieces for over 18 years. I love to create unique and fresh pieces. I am very passionate about my work and I strive to use the best materials to ensure the durability of the piece. I currently enjoy making pieces that have multiple uses: for example a two strand necklace that can be worn together, separably, or one of the necklaces can be used a multi-strand bracelet.

Sparkle Collective
Sparkle Collective is owned and operated by Britt Saunders, a Toronto-based illustrator and designer. She is inspired by cats, and fueled by donuts.

The Littlest Gift Boutique

We are a Canadian-based company that sells a wide range of gift-ware online and at conventions! Items ranging from plushies to collectibles. Some of our customer favourites are San X Jinbei San, Alpacasso, Pusheen, Japan-inspired accessories and more!

Unraku

Puppetry for stage and screen made in Toronto, Canada.

Exhibiting Cute Artwork and Designs

Our mandate: to curate and exhibit cute artwork and fashion that is inspired by the root word "“可愛”.

Exhibitors

Keitai Deco
Come see one of a kind decoden phone cases, key chains, jewelry, and pins. 100% handmade and made in Canada!

inomnom
Peddles deliciously silly things in the forms of enamel pins, pouches, stickers, prints and more. We're excited to share our quirky designs of iconic foods, video games and pop culture that make you smile and laugh!

Makohouse
Makohouse is a watercolour artist from Toronto who is always seeking to inject a little floral and whimsy in all of her pieces. The core of her work is to feel at ease. As though one were to walk through her garden of illustrations as one would walk through a greenhouse; enjoying the ebb and ow.

Vivian Lo
Vivian has been participating in conventions over the years, including but not limited to, the Sailormoon Celebration, Anime Shogatsu, Anime North, and Fan Expo. She has also presented a panel at Anime North called "Colour in Japanese Animation and Manga", which highlighted the significance of colour in animation and manga.

Dylan Ricci
Dylan currently runs an Etsy shop where he sells pins based on his favourite videos games and animated characters. His art style derives from doodles that he would draw in his school notebooks as well as his love for 90's/00's Western animation and Anime. Nintendo, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network are some of his main inspirations.

Curoie
I am a freelance illustrator and cosplay photographer based in Toronto, I sell shirts and enamel pins inspired by Japanese culture and fashion.

whitefrosty
I love working with all kinds of media, but for some reason I am particularly drawn to making things in miniature forms. I find inspiration in video games, tv shows, geek culture, Japanese animation & comic books, Harajuku fashion trends, art movements, everyday household objects, and personal life experiences.

KittenBomb
I draw mainly cute/chibi art . I plan on having enamel pins, button pins, small printed accessories and small prints available for purchase as well as some handmade crafts such as collars, bows, and cute soaps.

EmmaLilyArt
Emmalily is a freelance illustrator and animation graduate who enjoys drawing kawaii chibis and pretty girls. Her love of anime and Japanese culture inspired her to pursue her career in art in which she began selling her work at local anime conventions. Her works include art prints, stickers and buttons, and she is working to include custom stationary within the near future.

Red Ribbon Shoppe
I am an illustrator and artist that specializes in cute, unique apparel and enamel pin designs! My brand, Red Ribbon Shoppe was born out of my love of art, and all things geeky and cute. Drawing inspiration from nature, cartoons, and every day knick knacks, I hope my designs inspire people to sparkle and never forget the little things in life.

PlumLi
I sell cutely morbid accessories like enamel pins in the shape of body parts and glow in the dark key chains of deep sea fish. I also write comics about sad Chinese people and anime junk.

Paluumin
Min is a high school student who has a dying passion for drawing. She has participated in many fanzines and has sold her art in small conventions and at Gallery Momiji at Anime North 2017 after coming runner up for the cover contest. People often describe her work as bright and cute, so stop by and take a look at some of her prints, stickers, buttons, charms and many more!

Cune's Art and Donuts
A freelance illustrator eating food by day and drawing cute by night. Making adorable merchandise is my passion and wish to expand on that overtime!

Katie Lu
I am a Taiwanese artist based in Toronto who is interested in themes of Taiwanese cuisine and culture. Growing up in Taiwan, a lot of my works reflect my childhood and experiences in Taiwan. I especially enjoy drawing my favourite Taiwanese foods and snacks, along with small characters/mascots that represent the food I am drawing.

Veetasoy
I am a digital artist who enjoys drawing cute characters and other fandoms from anime and video games. I specialize in 2D paper media, such as bookmarks, postcards, and prints.

Janet Ho
I am an illustrator interested in story telling and narratives, often depicting imagery of females and flowers. Often using traditional mediums such as watercolour, gouache paint, ink and screen-printing, I'm interested in the visual language of craft.

Nelson Wu
I am an illustrator currently studying at OCAD. The work I produce consists of food, environments, and comics often from a Chinese-Canadian background. My work is done in a digital painting or pixel art format.

Heather Q. Agoncillo
In a nutshell, I'm an Illustrator, a Comic Artist and a total geek. My work is highly inspired by my love for pop culture and surrealism. I'll be selling prints, buttons and zines at my table, so feel free to stop by to say hello!

Art of Wendy Euphoria
I am a freelance artist who writes and draws comics and fan art. I'm into anime, manga and graphic novels. I also have my own web-comic called Promise List!

Miss H's Workshop
Miss H (of Miss H's Workshop) creates one-of-a-kind accessories inspired by Harajuku and Victorian influences. For Kawaii Land she will be focusing on the cute side of her work, such as big floral bows, frilly chokers, and magical-girl style jewelry).

Kathryn Henzler Costumes and Designs
Apparel, accessories, and trinkets inspired by your favorite TV shows, films, manga, art, and anime! Throw in some cultural influences for good measure, and you have Ryn & Twin, a shop by Kathryn Henzler Music and Design!

Elkartes
Emily loves to draw cute things. She works traditionally with copic markers, watercolors, and acrylics.

Taromelodyy
I have a strong passion for art and fashion! I enjoy using a variety of mediums such as markers, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache. I also enjoy crafting and designing adorable outfits.

Eggumu
Hello! I'm Peggy and I'm a freelance illustrator that loves everything cute and pastel. My favorite things to draw are animals, food... and sometimes both!

dewy_melo
Hieee! Call me Dewy or by my name, Mel! I love character designing and digital art! I take pride in my Hong Kong culture and am a fan of anime, K pop and drag queens! I'm also super obsessed with Pusheen!

Shibarnu
Heyo! I am a passionate artist and dog petting enthusiast. My work consists of cute art, adorable art, and entirely aww-inducing art. I do a mix of fan art and original characters, as well as commissions!! So take a look at my work (please I'm starving here), and thank you.

Ceephor Studios
Hello! I am Charly, the artist behind Ceephor Studios.
I draw mostly fan art currently. I am also the artist behind Panda Shorts (Panda Days), and hope to begin drawing my own comic stories in the future.

Lilfuncakez
I have been making cute little clay food and charms since I was 8 years old! I have a strong passion for art and design. My name is inspired by my creations. I hope to spread my charms around the world to bring love and joy to all who see them!

Kawaii Land Schedule 10-7

Full Day Programming Events

Special Lego Installations by the Toronto Lego Users Group

10- 7 all day display; second level bridge

Like most LUGs (LEGO User Group), ToroLUG represents a group of like-minded individuals that have at least 30% of their psyche still lingering on to the precious moments around their 12th birthday.

縁日(ennichi)~Japanese Arcade

10 -7 all day games; by mowgen lounge

Our booth "縁日(ennichi)Japanese Arcade" is inspired by traditional Japanese arcade. A group of Japanese highschool students have gathered popular Masturi games for all ages such as japanese water balloon fishing, super ball scooping, shooting game and some goods & toys all the way from Japan. Please come if you are interested!

Salon de Tea Plus Kimono Casual Kimono Experience

10-7 all day at Salon de Tea Plus Kimono booth

Salon de Tea + Kimono サロン・ド・ティー・プラス・キモノ will be returning as a special guest! Genuine kimono, dressing accessories and Japanese design crops will be sold. There will also be a Kimono dressing workshop. Come meet the owner of Salon de Tea + Kimono サロン・ド・ティー・プラス・キモノ and learn about authentic Japanese culture, and fashion.

Pre-Purchased Ticketed Events

Kawaii Tea Party

10 - 11 by mowgen lounge

Come to this kawaii fashion meetup! Cookies and tea will be served. Kawaii fashion is not mandatory for this tea party but is highly encouraged. Tickets must be pre-purchased.

Kawaii Lunch Box

10-7 all day; collect at mowgen booth

Event is free admission, if it reaches full capacity you can skip the line up by ordering a ticket. Pre-order a kawaii lunch box with your skip the lineup ticket and have an adorable meal at Kawaii Land; each lunch box comes with vegetarian onigiri, ramune, and a Kracie Popin' Cookin DIY kit. Click here to purchase.

Main Stage Programming

Morning Cosplay and Fandom Talks

Xgouki Cosplay Interview

10-10:30

Xgouki Cosplay is a genderfluid/transgender cosplayer from Toronto. After a long, hard struggle with her family, she started cosplaying in 2016 and hasn't let up since. Xgouki loves to cosplay beautiful, badass iconic heroines and always goes all out to capture their look and personality, especially with makeup. On her spare time, Xgouki is a gamer, fledgling streamer, toy collector, and foodie.

Toronto Cosplay Medic Interview

10:30-11

Chances are you have heard about the Cosplay Medic at various conventions and cosplay gathering in the GTA, but who is he? Well, so you know your cosplays break at conventions and you have no way to fix them? Well that's where the Cosplay Medic comes in. Some say he flies from above and answer prayers of heartbroken cosplayers, some say he just appears from thin air whenever you need him most. But whatever the situation, as long as you need to fix your costumes or props in a pinch, the Cosplay Medic will come to your rescue. Walking the path of cosplay repairing, he is the man who will help you whenever you need.

Baeged Cosplays Interview

11-11:30

Baeged's love of dressing up was apparent even as a baby, but her passion for creating and crafting cosplays flourished when she was tasked with designing a clothing line for a high school fashion show. Now, with nearly a decade of crafting experience under her pistol belt, her bizarrely intense love for the Metroid series, and a few shots of "liquid luck", Baeged has branched out from creating costumes just for herself to taking commissions from around the world. Focusing most of her attention on pattern drafting, wig styling, and mastering her glue gun skills, Baeged has devoted all of her spare time to honing her craft. Baeged Cosplays is excited to share her knowledge with everyone who will listen.

The Rise of the "Pretty Hero" - Female Heroes in Fandom by Emily Gonsalves of Pretty Heroes

11:30 -12

There always seem to be less female heroes that are common household names, but what is it about the likes of She-Ra, Wonder Woman, and Sailor Moon that makes them have staying power? This discussion will analyze various female heroes in fandom and the growing fandom demand for more.

Community Building

Asian Community AIDS Services Speed Friending

12-1

We at ACAS are committed to provide HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support services to the East and Southeast Asian Canadian communities. Our programs are based on a pro-active and holistic approach to HIV/AIDS and are provided in a collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory manner.

Ramune Eating Contest by Anime Shogatsu

1-2

Anime Shogatsu's Ramen Eating Contest is taking stage at Kawaii Land. To sign up for the contest, please visit the Anime Shogatsu booth at Kawaii land!

Salon de Tea Plus Kimono Dressing Workshop

2-3

Salon de Tea + Kimono サロン・ド・ティー・プラス・キモノ will be returning as a special guest! Genuine kimono, dressing accessories and Japanese design crops will be sold. There will also be a Kimono dressing workshop. Come meet the owner of Salon de Tea + Kimono サロン・ド・ティー・プラス・キモノ and learn about authentic Japanese culture, and fashion.

Performances

MEIDOroids Performance

3-4

MEIDOroids is a Toronto-based dance group inspired by Japanese Vocaloid singers.

Hong Fook Raffle prize winner announcement

4-4:30

We have chosen the Hong Fook Mental Health Association as a charity that we will donate the proceeds of a mowgen gift basket raffle too. The gift basket will contain adorable decoden artwork, ramune, as well as imported candy and snacks. The funds raised by the raffle will be announced at Kawaii Land. The Hong Fook Mental Health Association currently works with the Cambodian, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities, helping people with linguistic and cultural barriers to gain access to mental health services. The Hong Fook Mental Health Association provides counseling, case management, assessment, consultation, advocacy, psycho-educational workshops and self-help & mutual support groups.

Raffle Tickets: $3CAN

DJ Tenshin Performance
5-6
My mixing and musical tastes take great influence from 90's happy dance music & Japanese Media.

1,2 Shine Performance

6-7

Hello!! We are 1,2,SHINE!! We are a Toronto, Ontario (Canada) based dance group. Idols hold a special space in our hearts, so we are here to spread the love!

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mowgen's Kawaii Events

Our mandate is to create a community space influenced by art, illustration, and fashion, inspired by the root word “可愛”. Our kawaii events differ from regular comic conventions and anime conventions because of our passion of curating cute artwork and fashion from Asia. We strive to create an accessible market and mini con that is free to the public. Our kawaii events cater to those who cannot afford to attend an expensive convention, for those who want to hang out with their friends at a convention, for people who love to cosplay, for those who love photography, and for people who want to do holiday shopping at an adorable market.

Kawaii Land at Design Exchange

234 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5K 1B2, Canada