HumbleBrag: Show Off Your Game to Humble Bundle!
Sep
30
9:00pm 9:00pm

HumbleBrag: Show Off Your Game to Humble Bundle!

Straight from their FaceBook event:

Check out the latest games and games-in-progress by Toronto indies at this free event!

Massive player Humble Bundle announced at the last GDC that it's getting into publishing games, and funding lead John Polson is coming to town and wants to see what developers here have made.

The event is happening at studio-gallery-lounge gamespace Electric Perfume and will consist of one minute peeks at games, either completed or in progress, projected on the wall. 

Who gets to show off their game to John and the community? YOU DO!

Submit Your Clip by Thursday Sept 28th!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5DKlhEzgD_qCfuygamXXlQnBkyJ1EXXdv04S7z9nHWbMSUA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Due to the 1 minute format we figure we can accommodate ALL games submitted. We've never done this before -- it's a unique opportunity to get your game in front of John from Humble, but also a bunch of your peers and potential collaborators.

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Bonus Stage: September
Sep
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bonus Stage: September

Bonus Stage is an event put on by Eat Play Mingle that is a get together for game developers/students/etc to discuss all things game development. If you're interested in doing a talk, you can sign up as well. All details can be found on the FaceBook page.

Back To School September!

Bonus Stage returns for another night of talks, drinks and gaming. 

Don't know what to talk about?? Try our **NEW** monthly topic:

What are three things you wish you'd known in your VERY FIRST MONTH of game dev/art/programming school, and why?

Sign Up To Be A Speaker Here: https://goo.gl/forms/YM8b5bNJ8dDtek602

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Fan Expo Canada
Aug
31
to Sep 3

Fan Expo Canada

  • Metro Toronto Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Toronto's biggest tech and geek event, Fan Expo will be August 31st to September 3rd this year, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. You can check out all the details on the guest list here.

FAN EXPO CANADA™ is the largest Comics, Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America.

Celebrating its 22nd year, FAN EXPO CANADA™ has grown from a small comic book convention attracting 1,500 fans into a multi-faceted, 4-day citywide event that attracts over 129,000 people from around the world. The event provides a substantial multi-million dollar economic impact to the City of Toronto, filling up hotels and restaurants throughout the duration of the Expo.

Every year FAN EXPO CANADA™ offers exciting family-friendly attractions, events, and world renowned celebrities! Previous guests include: Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart, Buzz Aldrin,William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Elijah Wood, Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Gillian Anderson, and stars from hit television shows: The Walking Dead, Star Trek, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Teen Wolf, Doctor Who, Gotham, Criminal Minds, Castle and many, many more.

Everyone is a fan of something, and FAN EXPO CANADA™ is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite guest and get the inside scoop about your favourite movies & TV shows at our celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with over 400,000 square feet of shopping madness.

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8th Bit Bazaar - CNE - August 25th - 27th
Aug
25
to Aug 27

8th Bit Bazaar - CNE - August 25th - 27th

This years CNE will actually have some gaming events going on, including the 8th Bit Bazaar.  Bit Bazaar brings locally developed games to showcase, amongst other things. At this time, applications are open, but we'll have to wait a bit to find out more!

A videogame arts & crafts market + zine fair

Play minty-fresh games! Buy one-of-a-kind, limited-edition and handmade/DIY items—pins, zines, boxed games, card decks, art prints, posters, comics, t-shirts, game soundtracks on vinyl, mixtapes, papercraft and toys—direct from 50+ independent game makers!

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GameDev Drinks - Creative Bytes Studios
Aug
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

GameDev Drinks - Creative Bytes Studios

The monthly GameDev Drinks is happening August 23rd this month - and will feature Creative Bytes Studios. They recently released Embers of Mirrim and will talk about releasing the game on three systems. It's a free event, and can check out everything on Eventbrite.

Hey GDDers,
We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, August 23 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speakers will be Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson of Creative Bytes the studio behind Embers of Mirrim.
From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson speak about the trials and tribulations of simultaneously launching Embers of Mirrim on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. Afterwards you can chat with Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone - student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike - who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.
We look forward to seeing you on the 23th!
Regards,
— https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/game-dev-drinks-creative-bytes-studios-tickets-36982518709
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Manimal Sanctuary Launch
Aug
19
to Aug 20

Manimal Sanctuary Launch

Friend of the site Brett King let me know about the Manimal Sanctuary Launch - and interesting VR game taking place on Toronto Island, but in a post-apocalyptic world. They'll be having a release party at the Camp Wavelength Music Festival on August 19th, and 20th.

On August 19th and 20th at Camp Wavelength Music Festival, Postopian Games will be revealing Manimal Sanctuary, a unique new VR game that brings Toronto Island to life – dystopian-style.

Manimal Sanctuary is a lurking simulator. It leverages low-end VR to transport the player into a world in which gibbering monstrosities have fallen from the sky and laid waste to Toronto’s mainland. For now, the inhabitants of Toronto Island live in relative safety thanks to the waters that separate them from the enemy. Yet, unbeknownst to them, a creature resides beneath these waters: part coral reef, part Cthulhu, it thrives by consuming the residents’ emotional energy. You are this creature, eavesdropping on the conversations of Toronto Island’s inhabitants. By collecting the emotions they elicit through revelations of their petty dramas and devastating secrets, you may survive to see another season, all the while unfolding the mystery that shrouds the island and its citizens. 

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PTBO GameJam #3
Aug
4
to Aug 6

PTBO GameJam #3

  • Kawartha Trades & Technology Centre Fleming College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Registration for the the third Peterborough Game Jam is on right now. You can head to the official site to check out all the details on it - or head over the Eventbrite to register for the event.

Below are the results of PTBO Jam #2

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Project Play - London, Ontario
Jul
31
8:30pm 8:30pm

Project Play - London, Ontario

Project Play is an award-winning organization. Full of interactive gaming and family friendly fun, Project Play is Southwestern Ontario’s biggest hands-on gaming event. Proceeds go to sharing the fun through donations of board and video games to local community organizations. In its fifth year, the event has helped 15 organizations and raised over $25,000.
— https://www.facebook.com/pg/ProjectPlayLondon/about/?ref=page_internal

They are also looking for more developers, so check it out. It's a one day event and can get tickets here.

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Twitch Community Meetup - Summer Edition
Jul
29
to Jul 30

Twitch Community Meetup - Summer Edition

Did you know there is a meet up for Twitch streamers? You can check out all the details for the meet up right here. Or hit up the Organizer MDee14 on Twitter.  RSVP'ing is free, and there will be raffle tickets going towards Extra Life Toronto.

More details to come.

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ConBravo!
Jul
28
to Jul 30

ConBravo!

  • Hamilton Convention Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ConBravo, Canada's Youtube and Gaming Festival will be held in Hamilton at the end of the month. Single Day tickets range from 25 dollars, or 25 dollars and can be purchased at the door. Check out the official website for all the details.

ConBravo! is a three-day festival celebrating the very best in independent creators. Whether you enjoy video, graphic novels, webcomics, gaming, or cosplay, ConBravo! is where you can celebrate your passion.

LEARN
We bring creators and fans together with hundreds of panels and workshops. Learn how Worbla works for your costumes, how to up your audio game in video recording, or take in a talk from industry professionals about animation and illustration, all weekend long.

PLAY
We’ve got games from wall to wall. Are you the physical type? Come out to the Arena and participate in epic NERF-gun battles, kart racing, and battle tag games. Love throwbacks to your childhood? We’ve got retro games on tap, from the 2600 to the GameCube and beyond. Got a hankering to lead a horde or settle a nation? Our tabletop section has the game for you. Don’t miss out on our great charity games or our celebrity events as well, with dozens of attractions across all three days.

REJOICE
When the lights go down, we turn it up to 11. Join us for Friday concerts and our Saturday rave. Hear amazing VGM covers and original, gaming-inspired music at our Main Stage from performers like Adriana Figuroa, Jonathan Young, and Epic Game Music. Then break out the glowsticks and facepaint, ‘cause Tiny Waves is going to drop the bass with Ben Briggs, Living Tombstone, and Yoav joining DJ Janos for our epic DanceBravo!

FOR NERDS, BY NERDS
For eight years, we’ve been delivering amazing content. We were the first convention to celebrate YouTube and gaming in Ontario, possibly even Canada, and we’re proud of that legacy. But we didn’t stop there. Our cosplay scene has grown to epic proportions, featuring some of the best in-depth workshops and panel content any costumer could want. Our Tabletop gaming has an outstanding selection with MTG draughts, free play gaming, original RPG scenarios, and LARP breakouts all weekend long. You want it, it’s yours my friend, all you gotta do is grab a ticket and be part of the fun.
— http://2017.conbravo.com/about/what-is-conbravo/
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Workshop - Grant Writing For Game Artists
Jul
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Workshop - Grant Writing For Game Artists

Our friends over at the Hand Eye Society will be hosting a work shop centered around grant writing. You can check out details on the event here, and purchase tickets right here. Hit up Hand Eye Society, or Sagan Yee on Twitter if you have questions.

Have you ever wanted funding for a video game project, but are concerned your proposal is too weird, non-commercial, artsy, personal or political for the mainstream market? Interested in applying for an arts grant, but feeling overwhelmed or inexperienced when faced with the application process? We’re here to help!

During this 3-hour workshop, we will discuss the following:

-Media Arts and Emerging Artists overview: Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts
-Why apply? Preconceptions vs reality
-In-depth look at the application process, from jury selection to final funding
-OAC 2017 application overview and the latest changes
-Framing your project: Art vs Industry
-Gathering and presenting your support material
-De-mystifying the budget

We will mainly be looking at the OAC Media Arts project grant as an example, but many of the framing and writing tips should be of good use in any scenario where you need to present your work or ideas to a broader audience. Bring your questions and project ideas for feedback!

PRICE: $30 general admission, $20 for Hand Eye Society members (look for the discount code in your inbox!) Not a member? Learn about becoming one here: www.handeyesociety.com/join-the-society

If you are in need of financial support in order to attend, please contact info@handeyesociety.com to make arrangements.

ABOUT THE COORDINATORS

Sagan Yee is an animator, organizer, and occasional videogame perpetrator. She is executive director of the Hand Eye Society, a non-profit dedicated to the support of games as an art form and means of creative expression. She served on the Media Arts: Emerging Artists jury of the Ontario Arts Council in 2014, and has received arts council grants for Welcome to New Lux Plaza, a computer game set in a dystopic shopping mall inspired by early vaporwave aesthetics.

Tina Hahn is a producer, director and editor of documentaries that incorporate creativity, health and the environment with a multi-cultural perspective. She was nominated for two Gemini awards for producing and editing Life’s A Twitch which won the coveted Golden Sheaf at the Yorkton Film Festival. Most recently, she was picture editor on Patron Saint which premiered at the Reel Artists Film Festival 2015.
— https://www.facebook.com/events/1896617657256519/
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VRTO: Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo
Jun
24
to Jun 26

VRTO: Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo

  • ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The second annual Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo will be held June 25 and 26th at Rogers Communications Center at Ryerson University here in Toronto. You can find out all the details on the official site, and pick up your tickets over on Eventbrite here.

VRTO aims to empower people to share their world, culture, knowledge and dreams with the assistance of emergent immersive technologies.

Recognized internationally for its high caliber, high-quality discussions, in-depth training, world-class presentations and top level speakers, VRTO brings together compelling discourse and bleeding-edge prototypes, demonstrations and innovative companies in carefully crafted schedules and environments.

VRTO is always an opportunity to build powerful and long-lasting business and personal relationships, with a very open-minded and inclusive community, unafraid to ask the big questions. Furthermore, the show provides many different tools to ensure attendees find their best matches towards meeting their goals at the show.

In 2016, VRTO hosted a town hall and summit to ratify a Code of Ethics for Human Augmentation led by inventor and Meta Chief Scientist Steve Mann. Read more about the Scientific paper and code that was written at Kurzweil AI

The VRTO conference is not a Toronto VR conference – it is an international conference that takes place in and leverages the tremendous R&D community of Toronto.

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Video Game Law
Jun
9
9:00am 9:00am

Video Game Law

Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8

According to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, there are 472 active video game studios in Canada, and the industry contributes $3 billion to Canada’s GDP annually. Ensure you are up to speed on the key legal issues for clients in this growing industry, as you “power-up” on your video game law knowledge at this unique program.

This meeting will also serve as the Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law Section's, and the Entertainment, Media & Communications Law Section's, Annual General Meeting.

VideoGameLaw
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Different Games Toronto
May
31
to Jun 3

Different Games Toronto

Join us for Different Games Toronto May 31 to June 3rd at OCAD University!
Opening Arcade Party: May 31 8:00p 10$ 
Conference (Speaker) June 3rd 10:00a - 3:00m 20$ (includes medium snacks) 
Closing party June 3 (Gama Space) 8:00p (Free! at Gamma Space)

Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/different-games-toronto-tickets-34304786540

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1908594509353576/

For four years, the Brooklyn based Different Games conference has presented a diverse and interdisciplinary venue known for featuring emerging voices and perspectives not typically supported by the commercial industry. Created by the Different Games Collective, a grassroots organization aimed at fostering diversity and inclusivity in games, the event seeks to amplify the creative and critical voices of marginalized participants in games culture. Geared towards accessibility and radical inclusivity, each annual volunteer-led conference features presenters of all professional backgrounds, from indie devs, and DIY creators to students, critics and scholars.


This year we’re joining forces with members of Toronto’s indie games scene to bring a brand new program to OCAD University’s 49 McCaul Street gallery, which will include an arcade exhibition featuring the best of alternative games, VR, and performances from local and international developers, and a one day conference featuring local developers and creators
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Game Demo's @ THEMUSEUM! (Kitchener)
May
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Game Demo's @ THEMUSEUM! (Kitchener)

On May 30th in Kitchener there will be a Game Demo night, which you can check out all the details here.

"On May 30 we're having a Game Demo Night at THEMUSEUM in their Underground Studio MakerSpace! This will be a really fun evening, where you can demo your game, hangout with devs, play locally developed games and provide some feedback. "

Dan Currie over email let me know some of the gamedevs that will be there: "I've already lined up 8 devs (including myself) to show their games. To name a few, Owen Goss is showing Future Grind, Rich Bettridge is showing ManaStorm VR, John Rockefeller is showing Potioneer."

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Drink n Draw -TCAF 2017 hosted by BOPU Squad
May
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Drink n Draw -TCAF 2017 hosted by BOPU Squad

At The Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland St
Free to attend

The Drink ‘n’ Draw is a fantastic chance to meet other cartoonists before things at the festival get too wild! We’ll be providing plenty of drawing supplies, so all you have to do is show up and socialize and drink (I guess???). MAKE FRIENDS!

Speaking of which, this year’s DnD is being hosted by the wonderful artists in Toronto’s very own BOPU Squad!

Come on out and help them celebrate all of their debuting books!!!

*The Pilot Tavern is not an accessible space, but the event space will have inclusive washrooms.
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12th Annual Toronto Game Jam
May
5
to May 7

12th Annual Toronto Game Jam

The 12th Annual Toronto Game Jam is in the planning stages right now, and will take place between May 5th and May 7th. Registration will take place March 22nd. All details can be seen on Twitter, or their website.

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Dames Making Games: May VR Social: Social VR and Virtual Theatre
May
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dames Making Games: May VR Social: Social VR and Virtual Theatre

Dames Making Games here in Toronto will be having their May VR Social May 2nd. You can check out all the details here.

Our monthly VR meetup for dames ‘n’ friends working on weird and wild works in virtual and augmented reality.

Try out games and experiences on the HTC Vive, Samsung Gear, Oculus and Google Cardboard, chat with dames working on new ways of storytelling in virtual reality, learn about production pipeline hurdles and unique challenges and opportunities for media artists looking for new forms and platforms for their work.

Kick off May with special guest speaker Bernie Roehl as he presents “Social VR and Virtual Theatre” to DMG! Bernie is a Senior Software Developer for VR and also has a background in theater. His presentation will give great advice on implementing theater principles to aid in creating immersive social VR experiences!