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FREE ADMISSION
Kawaii Land will be another community gathering and meet up event for cute fashion and cute artwork enthusiasts in Toronto!
Our mandate: to curate and exhibit cute artwork and fashion that is inspired by the root word "“可愛”. Kawaii Land will be held on Saturday November 17, 2018 from 10-6pm at the Design Exchange.

Kawaii Land will take place at the Toronto 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.

DESIGN EXCHANGE
234 BAY STREET, TORONTO

PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC)
From the Yonge Street Subway Line
Exit at King Station and walk west one block to Bay St.

From the University Avenue Subway Line
Exit at St. Andrew Station and walk east two blocks to Bay St.

From Union Station
Walk north on Bay St.

From the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line
Exit at Bay Station and take the Bay St. South bus to King St.

DRIVING
From the Gardiner Expressway, Don Valley Parkway, or QEW
Take Gardiner Expressway to Bay Street exit. Go north on Bay to Wellington and turn left.
Take Wellington to the TDC Underground Parking entrance.

From within the city
Go south on Bay Street to Wellington and turn right. Take Wellington to the TDC Underground Parking entrance.

Parking
Proceed to the Ernst & Young Tower, following signs for DX.

Bike racks are available in the TD Centre Courtyard, south of King and west of Bay.

ACCESSIBILITY
The accessible entrance is off Wellington Street, just west of the Bay/Wellington intersection. There is a ramp with handrails that proceeds to the entrance of the Ernst and Young tower. Once in the main lobby of the E & Y tower, turn left toward the DX entrance. Proceed through the glass doors into DX.

A support person accompanying a visitor with disabilities will be allowed to stay with the visitor at all times and will be provided with free admission to DX.

MAILING ADDRESS
234 Bay Street
PO Box 18, TD Centre
Toronto, Canada
M5K 1B2


Programming



Full Day Programming Events 10-6

Special Lego Installations by the Toronto Lego Users Group
all day display; ToroLUG booth
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
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 and some goods & toys all the way from Japan. Please come if you are interested!

Salon de Tea Plus Kimono Casual Kimono Experience
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.

Main Stage Programming

Morning Cosplay and Fandom Talks



Toronto Cosplay Medic Interview
10-10:30
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.

Xgouki Cosplay Performance
10:30-11
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.

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
11:30-12:30
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
12:30-1:30
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.

Salon de Tea Plus Kimono Dressing Workshop
1:30-2:30
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
2:30-3:30
MEIDOroids is a Toronto-based dance group inspired by Japanese Vocaloid singers.

Hong Fook Raffle prize winner announcement
3:30-3:45
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
4-5
My mixing and musical tastes take great influence from 90's happy dance music & Japanese Media.

1,2 Shine Performance
5-5:30
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!

Clara Venice Performance
5:30-6
Clara ♥ Venice is a classically trained violinist, a songwriter with pop sensibility, and one of the only people in the world who can play the theremin - the worlds first electronic instrument, often cited as the most challenging to play.