Immerse yourself in the world of Japanese idols during the convention thanks to Ice Qream, a local group who aim to make their passion shine through song and dance! The seven member girl group is dedicated to becoming your favourite idols by making your smile, the way that only ice cream can! This will be the one and only opportunity to see their concert, Ice Qream ~With a Cherry on Top~, which pays tribute to Coco, the black-cherry member of the group who will be graduating on this very stage. Be sure to bring your penlights to support them as they perform various songs from anime, J-pop, K-pop, as well as their original hits! It will be a memorable show, full of emotion and love!
JKC POP Summerfest is where the worlds of J-pop, K-pop, and C-pop are combined into one high-energy and entertaining concert. This event is being held for the very first time at Otakuthon!
There will be singing, dancing and instruments; this concert is going to feature some of the best amateur talents, performing covers of popular Asian pop songs. This year's excellent lineup will include: Medley Girls, 5EFOR1, Sharon Yang, Zuki Nyu, D-Krown and many more!
This is an amazing concert experience with surprises you don't want to miss!!! Come join us for our summer celebration of Asian pop music!
Laurence Manning - Video Game Pianist
Laurence received a classical education at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, then at the Université de Montréal where she completed a doctorate in piano interpretation in December 2018.
Laurence first specialized in video game music in 2016 by creating her own piano arrangements that she posted on her YouTube channel. She founded the trio Trifantasy with Karine Bouchard and Jean Despax with whom she writes original video game music arrangements for piano, violin and cello. Being passionate about Geek culture, she is also the pianist for the Ensemble Vocal Trame Sonore, the official choir for the Orchestre à Vents de Musiques de Films. Since she made her first videoclip in 2018, and after she launched her first two singles inspired by The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past, she is now working on her début solo video game music album “Game Music Piano Album”, which will be released in May 2019.
In her concerts, Laurence performs her video game arrangements, including modern and retro games: Zelda, Final Fantasy, Mario, Kirby, Shovel Knight, Golden Sun, Castlevania, among others on the program. Her arrangements are rich and unique and are a tribute to video games and their composers.
Montreal Anime Orchestra
L’OAM, short for L’Orchestre d’Anime de Montreal, is a Montreal-based mixed ensemble recently founded by Melissa Tardif. Since her humble beginnings arranging music for the choir in the Otakuthon closing ceremonies three years ago, Melissa has gone on to arrange the music for the 2018 opening ceremony’s hit performance of Tank! from Cowboy Bebop. The positive reception of the act and the general lack of musical ensembles that cater to the Montreal anime community inspired her to create this budding organization. L’OAM will have its debut performance at Otakuthon 2019.
Featuring a rock band, chamber orchestra, and vocalists, L’OAM specializes in anime music featuring your favorite OPs, EDs, and general OSTs from a variety of genres.
Come and relive some of the music from your favorite anime with us!
Also, we cosplay.
OtakuRock’s goal is to unite local bands and musicians who want to perform in front of those who want to dance, head bang or sing along! For the fourth year in a row, two bands will take the stage: Ties & Ribbons, with its set list of songs from a variety of anime or J-Rock artists, and Tortuga, with its interpretations inspired by some of your favorite video games! Who’s ready to rock? Come have a blast!
Ties & Ribbons
Ties & Ribbons is a Montreal-based Rock/J-Rock band that plays songs from new or well-known animes, as well as songs by famous J-Rock artists. Having performed at Otakuthon and similar events for the past four years, the five members, each having a key role in the group, hope to continue rocking the stage with another set of fun and energetic songs as well as potentially showing off some original material!
Tortuga is a Montreal-based rock-metal musical group dedicated to bringing back to life video game classics while giving them a new dimension. The five musicians share the same passions: music, obviously, and video games. Each musician is able to bring a unique touch and distinct sound both in writing and in interpretation thanks to their accomplished musical careers. Sometimes heavy, sometimes melodious, Tortuga will take you from one universe to another so that your inner gamer will be filled with nostalgia.