Founded in 1987, The Beguiling has set a new standard in Canada for comics and graphic novel retail. Showcasing the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling in the country, The Beguiling has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Among the many accolades afforded the store, the most prestigious was the first-ever Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award for excellence in retailing.
Welcome to Toronto Public Library, the largest public library system in Canada, with 99 branches and 11 million items to borrow or use in the library.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
The School of Creative Arts and Animation is located at the Seneca@York campus and offers programs in Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Digital Media Arts, Music Production, Acting and Documentary Filmmaking. Its Independent Illustration diploma offers fast tracking options that combine skills development in traditional art forms combined with digital processes and the business & entrepreneurial skills that enable graduates to work as small business owners. Graduates find work in children’s and comic books, advertising illustration, concept art for TV & film, and game animation.
Little Island Comics is the world's only comic book shop just for kids! We carry the widest possible assortment of things that fall under the umbrella of comics and visual narrative for kids up to age 12. We're located right next door to our parent shop The Beguiling Books & Art, at the top of Toronto's vibrant Kensington Market, making this a one-stop-shop for the whole family's graphic novel needs!
Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals. We produce unbiased and highly relevant IT research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely and well informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.
T-Shirt Elephant is Canada’s premier custom apparel provider. Use the offer code TCAF2018 for 10% off and start designing!
The Consulate General of France supports the work of French national artists around the world. They are supporting the attendance of TCAF Featured Guests as well as exhibiting publishers.
Europe Comics began as an idea of Franco-Belgian comics agent Mediatoon Licensing. Three years (and a lot of work) later, it evolved into a 13-partner pan-European alliance, supported by the European Commission and held together by the desire to spread the European graphic novel heritage around the world.
Intended for a young adult audience, Manga Classics™ are just as likely to be enjoyed in the reader’s free time as in the classroom. The gripping and intense story and the lush artwork will place them easily alongside today’s bestselling popular manga, with strong and accurate adaptations that will please even the toughest teacher or librarian! Manga Classics are also a wonderful way for adult readers to rediscover their favorite classics, or experience them for the first time!
SPAIN arts & culture features the most cutting-edge works of international renowned Spanish artists in fields such as design, urban culture, architecture, visual arts, film, performing arts, literature and music. A series of exhibitions, conferences, showcases, and performances take place every year, bringing a taste of all the creativity, history, and talent of Spanish artists to the Canadian public. This program is organized by the Embassy of Spain’s Cultural Office in Ottawa.
The Goethe-Institut brings contemporary arts and ideas from Germany to Canada and fosters cultural dialogue and exchange between Europe, North America and the world.
The Dutch Foundation For Literature has the task of supporting writers and translators, and of promoting Dutch literature abroad. It invests in the quality and diversity of literature through grants for writers, translators, publishers and festivals, and contributes to the production and distribution of Dutch and Frisian literature at home and abroad. With the support of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, it aims to promote a thriving literary climate, embedded in literary history and attuned to the latest developments in the publishing industry.
Flanders Literature opens a window on the dynamic and diverse literary landscape in the northern part of Belgium. Our mission is to help publishers and festival organisers find that one particular title or author that is the perfect fit for their list or audience.
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Cultural Section of the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, established in 1976, is a centre for cultural and academic activities, a school of Italian language and civilization, a source of information about contemporary Italy and its cultural heritage as well as a venue for art exhibitions, lectures, films, and video screenings. In addition, the Institute gives the opportunity for cultural exchange between Italian and Canadian organizations and individuals. The Institute, presently directed by Martin Stiglio, provides information and logistical support to both Italian and foreign public and private operators; supports initiatives which favor intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is supporting the attendance of TCAF Featured Guest Gabriella Giandelli.
TCAF and Conundrum Press would like to thank The Province of Nova Scotia for their incredible support.
NORLA − Norwegian Literature Abroad, promotes the export of Norwegian literature through active profiling work and translation subsidies. The organisation disseminates knowledge about Norwegian books and authors abroad, and operations are financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. NORLA was founded in 1978 and since 2004 NORLA has contributed to translations of close to 5,500 Norwegian books into no less than 66 languages.
Midoco is your creative outlet! Delight in fine art materials and school & office supplies for any workspace. Browse through a wide variety of sketchbooks, journals, scrapbooks, notebooks and fancy stationery as well as greeting cards, ribbons and bows. Discover a wonderful product line that is consistently refreshed.
The Hand Eye Society is a Toronto not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and showcasing videogames made primarily as a form of creative expression. We aim to provide exhibition opportunities, education, creative support, mentorship, knowledge sharing and inspiration to artists, enthusiasts, and the game-curious in Toronto. Founded in 2009, it is one of the first videogame arts organizations of its kind in the world.
Since 1995, Broken Pencil have been a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Published four times a year, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.
Alliance Française was founded in Paris, France in 1883 by Louis Pasteur, Ferdinand de Lesseps and Jules Verne and established in Toronto since 1902. Alliance Française Toronto has always embodied the modern values of humanism and a respect for linguistic and cultural diversity.
Over the last 30 years, Alliance Française Toronto has demonstrated its potential and vitality and has grown to become the largest French language school in Canada, with more than 6,500 adult and youth students enrolling each year at 5 conveniently located campuses across the GTA and a dynamic cultural centre presenting more than 130 events a year: lectures, concerts, movie screenings, events for kids, exhibitions… All these events are organized in our new theatre (147 seats) located in downtown Toronto, on 24 Spadina Road. Alliance Française Toronto is a 100% Canadian non-profit and charity organization offering the GTA community a wide range of French as a Second Language classes to children, teenagers and adults from all levels.
Fondée à Paris en 1883 par Louis Pasteur, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Jules Verne et installée à Toronto depuis 1902, l’Alliance française a toujours incarné les valeurs modernes telles que l’humanisme, le respect de la linguistique et de la diversité culturelle. Au cours des 30 dernières années, l’Alliance française de Toronto aura démontré son potentiel et sa vitalité pour devenir la plus grande école de langue française au Canada, avec plus de 6 500 étudiants adultes et enfants inscrits chaque année dans ses 5 campus idéalement situés dans la région du Grand Toronto et un centre culturel dynamique proposant plus de 130 spectacles en tout genre : concerts, conférences, projections de films, évènements pour les enfants, expositions… Tous ces évènements sont organisés dans le nouveau théâtre de l’Alliance de 147 places, situé au centre-ville de Toronto : 24 Spadina Road.
L’Alliance française de Toronto est une organisation caritative et à but non lucratif 100% canadienne offrant aux communautés du Grand Toronto un large spectre de classes de français langue seconde aux enfants, adolescents et adultes de tous niveaux.
The Japan Foundation, Toronto houses a library, seminar room, and an event hall which functions as an exhibition space or auditorium. The public-lending library has approximately 20,000 Japan-related print and audio-visual materials in its collection. Events, such as art exhibitions, film screenings, and lectures, are presented year round in the event hall and/or seminar rooms, which are open to the public at no charge. The facilities are also used on occasion by Japan-related educational and cultural organisations for workshops.
The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNjcc) has welcomed over two million people to the corner of Bloor and Spadina during the building’s 60+ year history. The changing makeup of our membership is a testament not only to the vibrancy and diversity of the Annex neighbourhood but to Toronto’s own evolution. We provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be active, learn, connect and participate in a wide range of cultural experiences. Rooted in Jewish values, the MNjcc is open to all.