I went to UTARPA for about 2 years as a regular. Was invited to join the exec twice, but declined cause I was going to UW for school.
It's okay for hanging out, but for me, that's all I'd go there for. Even though I know just about all the execs and volunteers, I only go there to hang out with people, haven't put out the money to get a membership to watch stuff in years cause the stuff they show just doesn't appeal to me...or most people...especially after permit changes within UofT resulted in the shows ending an hour earlier than before, so even less bang for your buck. >_>
I've heard repeatedly that the Ryerson and York anime clubs were much better run. I usually stick with CTRL-A (UW's anime club) now. Well run, 2 day long shows, cosplay and karaoke contests and most of the series shown have become personal faves of mines now...and membership costs the same as UTARPA, but you get a free show at the start of every term. >_>
PEACE OUT =)
Amy the Yu
Next Convention: Youmacon
2009 Cons: Katsucon, Con-G, MacTAC, Ad Astra, Anime North, Colossalcon, Polaris, Otakuthon, Otakon, CN Anime, Youmacon, DTAC maybe more...