Announcing: The Hairy Tarantula Challenge Series!

We’re proud to present our first very own weekly competitive Magic tournament series; The Hairy Tarantula Challenge Series! Consisting of twenty events in 2017, covering a range of Magic formats including Modern, Legacy, Standard and Limited, this is your opportunity to compete for over $20,000 in cash and prizes, and all roads lead to our Championship event: the Final Challenge! The season starts July 1st!

The Final Challenge will be on December 9, and features $2,000 in prizes! Invitations will be given to players who:

– Win a Challenge Series event
– Have 15 Challenge Series Points

Points are given out as based on the final standings:

– 1st: 10 points
– 2nd: 8 points
– 3rd-4th: 6 points
– 5th-8th: 4 points
– 9th-12th: 2 points
– 13th-16th: 1 point

Bonus Points for top seeds after swiss

– 1st: 3 points
– 2nd: 2 points
– 3rd-4th: 1 point

Once you’re qualified, you’ll still want to keep playing! Byes will be awarded to season point leaders.

– Top 10 in points: 1 Bye
– Points Leader: 2 Byes

 Qualifier Events:

Saturday Challenge Prerelease
Saturday Game Day
Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers Invitational Qualifiers
Other Independent Programs (Eternal Weekend Trials)
Non-Program Events with “Hairy Tarantula Challenge Series” or “HTCS” in the title


In addition to any coverage required by any particular program, we will have a weekly recap, featuring Top 8 decklists, winner photos and updated Challenge Series Standings.


July 1 – Modern
July 8 – Hour of Devastation Prerelease
July 15 – Legacy
July 29 – Modern IQ

August 5 – Game Day (Standard)
August 13 – Legacy
August 19 – Modern IQ Plus
August 26 – Standard

September 2 – Legacy
September 9 – Modern (SCG IQ)
September 17 – Masters Double Draft
September 23 – Ixalan Prerelease
September 30 – Standard

October 7 – Modern PPTQ
October 21 – Modern (SCG IQ)
October 28 – Sealed PPTQ

November 5 – Legacy
November 11 – Standard
November 18 – Iconic Masters Draft
November 25 – Legacy

December 2 – TBA (non-points event)
December 9 – Final Challenge (Formats TBA)

Help Wanted For Anime North!

Are you someone who’s looking to help out your friendly neighbourhood comic and gaming store with their annual appearance at Anime North? If so, we need your skills to make it all happen again!

Whether you have helped us before or this is your first time, we are looking for drivers, set-up and tear-down crew, salespeople, and everything in between for #animenorth at the end of May.

Send us an email to, with Anime North 2017 in the subject line. Make sure to include any relevant skill or experience (like helping us out before) in the body of your email, along with your contact information and your age. While it’s great to be young, it’s the law to keep people under 18 out of dangerous areas without proper training.

Thanks and see you there!


Stay tuned for more details about the exciting party we have planned to celebrate our 25th anniversary! More than just one of our quarterly sales, this is a quarter century we’re marking on April 7th, 8th, and 9th! #HT25


It’s been twenty-five years since we first opened our doors in downtown Toronto, and what a long strange trip it’s been! The original store is gone now, but we’re still here, hairier than ever!

To celebrate we’re having an anniversary party and sale on everything in the store, and you and your friends and family are invited!

Be amazed at the savings to be had, then hang out for a while and enjoy the events and attractions we’ve so frantically arranged all weekend long, including (but not limited to):

– Complimentary snacks and other sundry freebies
– Free facepainting and balloon animals for the younguns.
– Cosplay contest(s)
– A live podcast of Speech Bubble, with guest Chip Zdarsky on Saturday, followed by signings.
– A live podcast of Speech Bubble with another keen guest (TBA) on Sunday.
– A special Friday Night Magic Modern Masters 2017 draft.
– More to be announced later, so stay tuned, true believers!

Update #1

Join us for our biggest boldest quarterly sale ever, and enjoy the snacks and amusements we’ll be providing as thanks to you, our terrific customers!

Help us get the word out by sharing this link to the event page; 4 helpful people (randomly selected) will get 25 HairyT Rewards* points for sharing this.

25th Anniversary at Hairy T!

Rewards app:

Update #2

As part of our epic 25th anniversary celebrations we’ll be giving away a HairyT Swag Bag at random – one per hour for the entire weekend!

Each bag will contain a selection of at least $25 worth of assorted things that we sell. You just need to show up for a chance to win! Winners can claim their prizes at the event or check their ticket numbers online later. #HT25

Update #3

We hope you’re at least half as excited as we are about our 25th anniversary celebrations coming up in just over a week! If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the next news, then this will make you happy!

First we are pleased to introduce Rhiannon, a Registered Makeup Therapist, who will be painting animal and cartoon faces on the youngsters from 12-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday (free!)

Second, starting now and ending on April 9th, anyone buying a set of polyhedral dice can guess how many dice are in THIS JAR! Closest guess wins them all, and there will be an epic dice roll-off in the event of a tie! Oh, did we mention the free food and drinks? More specifics soon – but probably there will be cake (no lie!)


Finally, a great many people have been asking about the sale. Before we get to that, we’d like to ask you what YOU think the sale should be? Bonus points for quick sharp answers here… More enervating and emphatically enunciated eventualities coming tomorrow.

Update #4

Chip Zdarksy is known by many as the creative genius behind many strange comics like Prison Funnies, Sex Criminals, and Extremely Bad Advice, as well as successful successful modern relaunches like Howard the Duck, Jughead, Star-Lord, and the upcoming “Back to Basics” Spider-Man series Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. He is an Eisner Award winner, Canadian, and man with many hats but only one brain (we hope!), and he will be joining us for our 25th anniversary bash on Saturday April 8th alongside Aaron Broverman, host of Speech Bubble and a dangerous man to interview or wrestle with (Chip – you’ve been warned.) So come to the party and be a part of the “studio audience” for the live interview at 2pm, and afterwards meet Chip, and have him sign or doodle something lewd on your comics. (For the enthusiastic cadre of Sex Criminals fans, please take note that this will be an “all-ages” event, and so things inflatable or otherwise inappropriate are best left at home in the back of the closet where they belong. Thank-you.



Update #5

Pre-Con Cosplay Contest! Sunday April 9th, 2017

Didn’t get enough at Comicon? Can’t wait for Anime North? FanExpo too far away? Flex your creativity at Hairy Tarantula’s 25th Anniversary bash! Door Prizes will be awarded randomly to a lucky few participants, and a grand prize will go to the best dressed of the day! Dress up and show up at #HT25!

Cos Play Contest