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The Korean wave heads north this year with the introduction of KPOP North, a new convention bringing together all things K-pop.
The one-day festival announced its complete lineup—which consists of co-ed group KARD, rookie group VERIVERY, rapper Zion.T, and rock band The Rose— earlier this month. All four acts will headline the convention, taking place on December 21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Calling itself the “K-pop convention the north deserves,” KPOP North will also include showcases, workshops, and a marketplace of vendors. In addition to the musical performances and fan events expected at K-pop events (like photo-ops and hi-touches), the convention will host Canadian YouTube creators as well. Comedy trio CantoMando and beauty and lifestyle creator NamiiCho are set to appear.
The past year saw an influx of high-profile Korean artists bringing their tours to Canada, including BLACKPINK, Red Velvet, Sunmi, NCT 127, and Pentagon. But while North American interest in K-pop has increased exponentially, there still isn’t a definitive convention that celebrates Korean media in Canada. Contrarily, KCON USA (currently the largest North American hallyu festival), has been operating since 2012 and has since expanded to include both Los Angeles and New York editions, drawing hundreds of thousands of fans to the event each year.
Passes for KPOP North are on sale now and start at $99. Get yours here.