The Royal Academy of Illustration & Design, or more succinctly RAID, is an artist collective and creative agency located in Toronto’s historic Parkdale neighbourhood whose primary focus is creative concepts, idea development, and visual solutions, involving illustration, design, and sequential art.
Being Canada’s premiere sequential arts studio, and long time ambassador of the Toronto comic scene, RAID felt it their honourable civic duty to step up and throw a party to bring together our expansive creative community. The RAID Social was originally created to welcome the creative guests and celebrities of FAN EXPO CANADA, the third largest pop culture expo in North America, with a total attendance of 120,000 over the course of labour day weekend. Since it’s inception attendance has quickly grown to include individuals from related creative and media industries, pushing The RAID social into become a hub networking event for Toronto’s creative industries to mingle with each other, as well as global guest writers, artists, actors, and celebrities.
2017 saw RAID celebrate it’s 15th anniversary, along with the 5th anniversary of The RAID Social. As the years move forward we are excited to better connect the local and global creative community with the growth of the Social and support of it’s partners.