Remember the Animals in our Charity Auction

We are pleased to have a wonderful relationship with the Mississauga Humane Society. As attendees, you have raised over $18,000 for the MHS over the last four years, and we are very eager to add to that total this year!

For those that aren't aware, a few words on our charity: for fifteen years, the Mississauga Humane Society's goal and mandate has been to find "Forever Homes" for cats and dogs regardless of their background, age, health or previous behavioural issues. Unlike many other humane societies, they have no dedicated office or overhead. All animals are cared for by volunteer foster owners, and all of their donations go towards food, veterinary bills and other expenses.

We'll be running the Charity Auction throughout the convention in support of the MHS, culminating in the voice auction on Sunday afternoon. So please consider donating an item! We particularly like artwork and costume pieces and commissions, but any other special items are welcome too. You can e-mail us at charity@furnalequinox.com with details, and drop them off in the art show room on Friday.

If you have any other fundraising ideas that you'd like to run at the convention, please let us know at the same address! Just about anything is welcome as long as you run it by us first.

And for everyone else, please consider saving a few dollars for our charity auction on Sunday afternoon and bidding on an item or two. Would you say no to those cute faces?

More information about the MHS is available on their website at www.mississaugahumanesociety.com.

January 2014 Newsletter

With less than 60 days to go until the tents go up for Furnal Equinox, the show is coming together and well on its way! Find out about all of the ways that you can contribute to it in our January 2014 newsletter.

Featured in this issue:

Get Your Tickets - If you haven't heard, supersponsors are getting exclusive mood badges from TaniDaReal! Good reason to register or upgrade before February 17!

Big Events Under the Big Top - We're planning a Masquerade and the Fursuit Dance Competition this year — stay tuned for details! And don't forget to submit panels!

Be Good To The Animals - Please consider donating items to our charity auction in support of the Mississauga Humane Society. The animals could use your support!

Circus Now Hiring - Want to experience our con in a different way? Consider volunteering with us.

Click below to read the newsletter!

Get Your Act In The Ring

We are still looking for programming, panels and events to put into the three rings of Furnal Equinox 2014! We have a three-day show to fill, and plenty of panel rooms under our big tent, the Sheraton Toronto Airport. There are plenty of ways to contribute to the circus, but one big way is to host some programming!

First of all, you can host a panel! If you're really knowledgeable about a particular topic, such as art, writing, or performance, you can share your skill and knowledge with an eager audience. Alternatively, you can also gather together with people with a common trait (maybe you're all the same species, maybe the same age, or the same gender) and share your experiences with each other!

Alternatively, you might want to host a board, tabletop, RPG or video game at the convention. Our zoo, board game and video game areas are a great place to get together with friends and over a set of dice!

Not sure what you'd like to host? Have a look at last year's schedule for examples of events.

Furnal Equinox provides lots of support to our panelists — we'll help promote your panel on social media prior to the convention, as well as putting it in our schedule and in the conbook. We can also supply laptops, projectors, whiteboards, and other items if you need them -- just ask us!

So if you have knowledge to share, a game to play, or want to arrange a gathering of like-minded people, let us know! Submit your programming proposal to us by going to our Events page and filling out the form there. Make sure to get it in by February 8, 2014 so that you can get on our schedule!

Conbook Art and Stories Wanted

Our circus program needs artwork and stories to entertain our attendees. Yes, that's right, our conbook goes to EVERYONE who passes through our doors... so artists and writers, take this opportunity to share your craft with the masses!

The Circus should inspire you with no shortage of thrilling ideas. It may be acrobats dazzling the audience with their daring moves, the sideshow acts making some marvel and some cringe, tamed animals performing astounding feats of strength, power, and courage... or clowns? Everyone likes clowns, right? (Kidding!)

To summarize the artwork and story requirements (full version is on our Conbook page):

  • All artwork and stories should be original, unpublished submissions that fit the theme.
  • We're looking for high quality JPG, PNG or TIF quality images as greyscale or line art.
  • Stories can be no longer than 1,800 words.

You can upload your submissions through the Conbook page as well. This year’s deadline for submissions is February 7, 2014, so get your pen to paper (or stylus to tablet) and get your work in to us before then!

Dealers Den and Art Show: Open for Business!

The circus is an exciting place, with crowds of all ages eagerly wandering the grounds to look at all the various acts! This means that it's also a great place for vendors to take their place as well. So we welcome all sellers — artists, fursuit makers, sculptors, writers, and other artisans — to come to our convention!

We have two primary opportunities for vendors to set up shop at the Circus! Here's how you can become a part of our show:

Dealers Den

The Dealers Den is a tremendous space for vendors of all types to show off their wares. With 7,000 square feet of space in the Ambrosia Ballroom, we have room to seat up to 70 vendors comfortably! There are plenty of tables available in the Den, from single six foot tables to corner tables with 15 feet of space (a great option for popular vendors!)

Dealers Den tables start at only $75, and include one ticket to the convention! If you'd like to apply, go to the Dealers page on our website, review the information package for dealers and fill out the provided application!

The Art Show

Art shows are mainstay events at furry and fantasy cons around the world, so we're pleased to provide an opportunity for artists and other artisans to exhibit and promote their work — and for attendees to take it home!

The art show is simple: come in, hang your artwork up and we do the hard work of selling it on your behalf while you enjoy the con or sell at your dealer table. If you can't be at the convention personally, you can also have an agent hang up your work on your behalf!

Prices for art show panels are only $15 each this year, and we charge no other fees. Simply go to the Art Show page to download the info package, and fill out the application.

If you have any questions about the Dealers Den or Art Show this year, contact the respective department heads:

Dealers: dealers@furnalequinox.com
Art Show: artshow@furnalequinox.com

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