North America’s First YouTube FanFest to Debut in Canada in May

YouTube FanFest is coming Saturday, May 2, to Toronto.

The free event, a first for North America, will welcome some of the biggest Canadian and international YouTube stars for a live showcase in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Previous FanFests have been held in India, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Australia and Japan.

“Canadians are among the world’s most dedicated and passionate YouTube fans,” said Laura Lee, Global Head of Top Creators, YouTube. “YouTube FanFest is a one of a kind experience and we can’t wait to share the excitement with fans in Toronto.”

“We are thrilled that the first YouTube FanFest to land in North America is going to be in Toronto, which is a hotbed of creativity on YouTube,” said Sam Sebastian, General Manager of Google Canada. “For nearly a decade, Canadians have embraced the creative power of YouTube to share their music, their comedy, their stories and their ideas. As a result, they have found new audiences for their work, both at home and around the world.”

The combined reach of the participating YouTube creators is 60 million subscribers, with a cumulative 6.8 billion views. These include Jenna Marbles, Bethany Mota , and Epic Meal Time.