FAQ - TCAF 2018

Everything you need to know, and then some!

TCAF SOUNDS AWESOME! Can I please apply to exhibit at TCAF 2018?
Nope! Sorry. Our application process is now closed. Applications for TCAF 2019 will open on August 1st, 2018.

Wait, so what is the festival? Is it like a comic convention or anime convention?
Not really.

So what is it then?
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is a unique comics event, patterned after comics festivals like Angouleme, Harlem, and the Small Press Expo. It is a week of comics-related events, including readings, presentations, panel discussions, gallery shows, and a large exhibition area featuring publishers and comic authors and artists. We like to describe it as ‘unconventional’.

So can I still do convention-type stuff at it? Like cosplay, skits, walking around ‘in-character’, etc.?
We recommend against it.

Conventions are held in dedicated spaces, and these become ‘safe’ spaces for attendees to express themselves creatively. TCAF takes place in a public building, and TCAF exhibitors and attendees mix with members of the general public and library customers and that’s what makes it special, but it also makes for a very different vibe than a convention, and one that might not welcome your particular brand of creativity.

We put it like this: You probably wouldn’t wear your Captain America or Karakat Vantas costume to the library on the weekend before TCAF, so you probably shouldn’t wear your costume to the library on the weekend of TCAF. All of us that run the show support personal creative expression through costuming and performance, but TCAF just isn’t an appropriate venue for that.

We have the utmost respect for all of our attending publishers, authors, and their fans, and we want everyone to enjoy themselves. We’re not singling any one or any fandom out. This is about TCAF and the way we do things, and we decided from the get go that this was going to be a literary festival and not a con, and that means that some attendees are going to need to find a more appropriate venue for their cosplay, their performances, and/or their meetups.

How much does it cost to go?
The Festival is free to attend, as are most Festival-related events.

So this is in Toronto, CANADA then?
Yes! TCAF is held in the heart of Toronto, with plenty of options for entertainment including great restaurants, shopping, bars, tourist attractions, museums, movies and more. It is not being held in the ‘tourist’ district, which means everything is a bit more reasonably priced (and fun).

Won’t there be snow or something?
Probably not. Stranger things have happened, but the May weekend is usually snow-free!

Will I have to get Canadian Money then? How does that work?
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will be held in an area with three or four banks, several of which will be open on the Saturday/Sunday. In addition, many vendors and restaurants happily accept US dollars, and most debit cards will work in Bank ATM’s.

Check nearer the time to find out the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar with your currency.

I’ve never been to Canada before, how does that work?
For U.S. Citizens, a passport is required to enter Canada, and to re-enter the U.S. afterwards.

As for coming into Canada, Canadian Customs is generally staffed at the border with nice people who want you to come into the country and spend money. As long as you have a clear address for where you’ll be visiting (hotel, friend’s house, etc) and a phone number, you’ll likely have no problems coming into Canada.

As for getting to Toronto, it’s actually further south than a number of U.S. cities. Toronto is only a 3.5 hour drive from Detroit, 8.5 hours drive from Chicago, and 10 hours drive from New York City. If you’re flying into the city, we officially recommend using Air Canada, the official airline of TCAF, and flying into Lester B Pearson airport, code YYZ.

However, Porter Airlines also flies to downtown Toronto, code YTZ. If you’re flying out of select cities in the Northeast U.S. or eastern Canada, that might be more convenient to you. See our Travel & Accommodations page for more info.

How can I help? Can I volunteer or something?
Totally! Every year, TCAF needs about 200 enthusiastic volunteers to make TCAF happen and you could be one of them… We ask anyone interested in volunteering for TCAF to get information on our volunteer information page above.

Can I become a Sponsor?
Yes! TCAF is very excited to work with different types of business and partners to sponsors all aspects of the festival. If you are interested in sponsoring TCAF, or would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, please send us an email at contact@torontocomics.com.

I have more questions!
Please contact us at contact@torontocomics.com, we’ll do our best to answer your questions for you. Keep checking this page for updated information as well!