Convention Rules


If you aren't allowed to do it outside of Otakuthon, it isn't allowed at Otakuthon.

Otakuthon strives to create an environment that meets the needs of the cosplay, anime and video game community but would like to remind participants that it is imperative to behave responsibly and obey the law. Participants who break these rules are liable to expulsion from the festival without a refund and could be banned from future editions of the festival.


All attendees must conduct themselves with proper decorum, that is, behaving in a controlled, calm, and polite manner.

Attendees must behave respectfully towards all individuals while attending events being held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, as well as Otakuthon staff and venue representatives. Attendees acting disrespectfully or disruptively on the site of the convention or any other area of the Palais des congrès de Montréal may be expelled from the Otakuthon event by venue security or Otakuthon Staff. Physical violence will not be tolerated and will result in immediate expulsion and permanent ban from the convention.

Any activities deemed to be a nuisance to Otakuthon or the venue, including but not limited to excessive noise or behaviour considered generally disruptive, dangerous, or damaging, will result in immediate expulsion from the convention by security and may result in further civil and criminal actions.

Laser pointers, laser-aiming devices, or similar devices, may not be used unless you are officially sanctioned to lead or present an Otakuthon seminar, workshop, display, or other Otakuthon-sanctioned event in which a laser is needed.

In the interest of respecting the rights of each individual, the following behaviours are considered unacceptable without the prior consent of the recipient: hugging, glomping, back-slapping, kissing, or any unwanted physical contact. This also includes unwanted advances or other similar forms of behaviour considered to be harassment.

Any form of solicitation of goods, services, and favours without the permission of the Otakuthon convention is prohibited and may result in expulsion and a permanent ban from the event.


Badges must be worn, visible, and accessible at all times. Cosplayers may temporarily conceal them while taking photos only.

Attendees who do not have their badges properly displayed may be refused access to Otakuthon activities and/or be escorted off-site.

All participants must carry a valid government-issued picture ID at all times and must produce it when requested by Otakuthon staff or venue security. Failure to produce the requested ID may result in immediate expulsion from the convention and confiscation of the badge.

If your government-issued ID does not have a picture you may use it in combination with another picture ID. E.g. library card, School card, Costco card, etc.

Participants who have lost their badge must report it as soon as possible to the Customer Service Desk (near the registration area on the Metro level). Lost badges should be returned to the Customer Service Desk. If your lost badge is recovered, you may pick it up at the Customer Service Desk upon presentation of a valid photo ID. See our Registration Rules for more details.


The sale or solicitation of any type of goods or services on Otakuthon premises without prior permission and arrangements with Otakuthon is strictly prohibited. This rule will be strictly enforced. Violation will result in immediate expulsion from Otakuthon and the venue. This rule applies to all guests, dealers, and attendees.

The following areas are designated as the only authorized sales areas:

At all times, no food or drinks may be sold on Otakuthon premises. Maestro Culinaire is the exclusive caterer and food provider of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

No sharp or metal weapons may be sold on the premises without the express permission of the organizers. All weapons must be lawful and conform to Otakuthon's weapons policy.

Sharp or metal weapons may only be sold in the Exhibition Hall if they are immediately sealed in an appropriate carrying container. Should weapons sold not comply with our Weapons Policy, upon purchase, you will be escorted to the Weapons Check by the vendor.

Any weapons intended to be used as props must be inspected and approved without delay by Otakuthon's Weapons Check Department. Otakuthon and the Palais de Congrès de Montréal personnel reserve the right to restrict any participant from selling weapons.

Unlicensed reproductions of copyrighted works (ie: "bootlegs", "fansubs", "Hong Kong versions", etc.) may not be offered for sale. This includes but is not limited to, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, computer software, collectibles, apparel or printed artwork not produced under license by the original copyright holder, or any other unlawful reproduction of works. Rule of thumb: if it is not visibly authentic, don't bring it.

The sale and display of explicit material to minors is strictly forbidden. Sellers may have a sign indicating adult materials are available, but they must be kept out of sight at all times and be restricted from minors.

Additional lighting and sound equipment are permitted in the Exhibition Hall on the condition that they do not interfere with other participants. Any devices that produce noise or other disruption, including megaphones, sirens, strobe lights, and horns are strictly prohibited. Yelling, hawking or other aggressive solicitation of customers is also prohibited.

Sellers are responsible for the collection of taxes and the acquisition of any applicable permits and licenses.

Only original, personal fan works created by the selling artist may be sold in the Artists' Area. The sale of commercial goods such as videotapes, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, posters, scrolls, pens, etc., is prohibited unless you or the group you represent are the copyright owner or licensors of said works. The advertising of any such restricted goods or services is also forbidden. Violation will lead to expulsion from the Artists' Area.

All exhibitors must obey the policies as outlined in their respective Otakuthon Exhibitor Kit.


The Palais des congrès de Montréal is rented for use by Otakuthon. Although parts of the venue have been reserved for Otakuthon use, it is a public space and is subject to general public safety laws and regulations.


Costuming, Props and Dress Code

Cosplay is highly encouraged, but some restrictions apply:

Photography and Video

General rule: Always ask for permission before photographing or video recording anyone.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking

Otakuthon is an alcohol, drug and smoking-free event, and the venue is a smoke-free establishment. While we do not restrict what people do outside Otakuthon area, any person found intoxicated on the premises will be asked to leave immediately or escorted outside of the convention. A repetition of this offence may result in a permanent ban from the convention.

The use of electronic cigarettes or any electronic smoking devices ("vaping") is restricted in the same way as regular cigarettes and may not be used on-site.

Anyone found in possession of alcohol or cannabis will be escorted outside of the convention. Refusal to leave the convention may result in confiscation of the substances by the Palais des congrès de Montréal staff.

Food and Drinks


A bag check will be available to attendees. To improve service and efficiency, the Bag Check is operated by the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The Bag Check is located on the 2nd floor by the Viger Hall entrance of the Palais, near the Palais des congrès de Montréal Information Desk.

While the Bag Check may be monitored, Otakuthon and the Palais des congrès de Montréal are NOT responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.

Weapons and Large Props Policy

Please see our Weapons And Large Props Policy on the Otakuthon website for more details.

You are responsible for your conduct and handling of props. Otakuthon and the Palais des congrès de Montréal will not be held responsible for any damages resulting from an attendee's props, be it improper usage or mishandling, and attendees will indemnify, hold and save harmless Otakuthon and the Palais des congrès de Montréal for any such damages.


By attending our events, you grant Otakuthon permission to publish, electronically or in print, your name, a photograph or audio/video recording of you, as well as any names and logos of your company, group or other organization (e.g. cosplay circle, team, club, etc.) for promotion, documentation and/or record-keeping purposes. Any additional information gathered will only be disclosed for legal compliance, to third parties contracted to act on Otakuthon’s behalf, or anonymized in aggregate.


The liability to any attendee by Otakuthon for any damage or loss suffered at or caused by Otakuthon, its staff or assigns, shall not exceed the registration fees paid by that attendee.

Each attendee agrees to indemnify, hold and save harmless Otakuthon and its staff or assigns against any damages or losses suffered by third persons for which the attendee is responsible to any extent.