To Our Friends at What The Fur

Posted June 9, 2017 by Ronnie




It’s never “goodbye”, but “see you later.”

Furnal Equinox is deeply saddened to hear that What The Fur will be closing after its 2017 convention.

What The Fur and Furnal Equinox both started in 2010 and have been intertwined in many ways, including several shared staff between our respective events. We have always considered them to be treasured partners and collaborators, with the common goal of providing fun experiences to furries in Eastern Canada. What The Fur’s closure not only leaves an absence in our community fabric, but also speaks to the challenges and difficulties of running a convention.

The FE Community would like to give our thanks to convention chairman Feli, along with his team of dedicated staff, for their perseverance and service over the past eight years. We also thank the attendees who have contributed to What The Fur’s success through their attendance and participation, whether as dealers, panelists, attendees, or sponsors.

In keeping with making this “the biggest and best year of the convention” yet, many of FE’s staff are looking forward to attending What The Fur 2017 at the end of July to help make that a reality. We sincerely hope that you’ll be able to join us in Montreal next month.

Merci.

The Furnal Equinox Community

More information can be found regarding What The Fur’s closure on their website, by clicking here.


FE 2017 – Photobooth!

Posted March 28, 2017 by Ronnie





Group Photo

Dragonscales has posted all of their rock stars online!

You can find all the photos listed on their website (link below). Feel free to share them around, and re-post them on your own pages – but show our photographers some love and give them credit where possible!

Click here to view the Dragonscales FE 2017 Photobooth!


Attendee Survey!

Posted March 27, 2017 by Ronnie





Group Photo

Help us make your convention experience even better.

The most legendary rock stars never became great by staying stale – and after the tremendously-successful concert that was Furnal Equinox 2017, we’re continuing in that spirit by hosting our annual Attendee Survey once again!

This survey will allow your voice and opinions on some of the convention’s most key events and functions – from our venue to programming, hospitality to catering and more. All information from the survey is completely anonymous and won’t be used for anything other than our review and improvements for next year. And if you have any feedback for areas or events that aren’t specifically listed in our survey, we welcome you to submit your feedback to info@furnalequinox.com. Our community is what keeps us going, and what inspires us to improve each year – we implore you to keep helping us help you!

If your feedback requires more detailed follow-up, or you would like to speak in detail to a specific department, you can also reach us at the e-mail listed above. Don’t wait to get your input into Furnal Equinox 2018, as our survey will conclude on April 16th, 2017 so we can collect and analyze the data with our highly-trained canines.

Click here to fill out our FE 2017 Attendee Survey!


FE 2017 – Fursuit Parade Photo!

Posted March 23, 2017 by Ronnie





Group Photo

Toronto’s biggest furry mosh pit is now available for viewing.

Our photographers for the convention, Dragonscales photography, work painstakingly hard to make sure our fur-covered rock stars and fans look their best on-camera. Before our Fursuit Parade, we packed in a grand total of 373 fursuiters for a giant mosh pit that couldn’t stop howling (we hope they paid their fines). This, along with so many other rockin’ photos at the Dragonscales photobooth in the Lounge, is now being uploaded slowly but surely. While the parade photo is currently up, you’ll also be seeing Furnal Equinox 2017 Photobooth photos on their website as they continue to process them. To our friends at Dragonscales: thank you for making our rock stars even more glamorous in camera!

Click here to visit the full-resolution image on the Dragonscales website!


FE 2017 – That’s A Wrap!

Posted March 21, 2017 by Ronnie





Harbourfront Furs

The last encore’s been sung by the roaring crowd, but the joyful howls of Rock The Fandom still ring out in our memories.

The greatest rock concert in the fandom brought together individuals from all over the world to the vibrant city of Toronto for a magical weekend. Furnal Equinox rocked the fandom through lights, sounds, smiles, and hugs from friends all over. And when the dust finally settles (if it ever does), we created memories and friendships that will last as long as the most legendary songs in Rock ‘N Roll.

What were the numbers for this year?

Total Attendance: 1587
Fursuit Parade: 373
Awoo Fines Paid: $1432.75
Charity Donation to After The Track Greyhound Adoption: $10,678.55
Memories, Smiles, Laughs & Friends Gained: too many to count!

All of this was made a reality because of our community – the inspiration that brought Furnal Equinox to life. This community continues to grow and spread its positive influences all over: from partnering with our Charity After The Track Greyhound Adoption and providing heartfelt support for them, to supercharging our night-time dances and audio/visual levels into a new league, and so much more that our attendees reveled in.

Without the support and dedication of our volunteers, our Staff and organizing committee, our fantastic venue at The Westin Harbour Castle and consulting partners Andromeda Consultants, we could not have rocked this convention as much as it did. But most importantly, our fans and community are what give us the strength and motivation to keep making Furnal Equinox bigger, better, and more exciting every year. So from all of us here at Furnal Equinox: THANK YOU!

I’M TOTALLY COMING (BACK) NEXT YEAR!! When will it be!?

You’ll be pleased to know we’ll be back at the Westin Harbour Castle for “Furnal Equinox 2018: Livin’ Large” from March 16th-18th, 2018. You can expect our Registration and Room Reservations to begin in the summer, and we’ll also be updating our pages and online presence to reflect as much. Our channels are always open for questions and/or feedback at info@furnalequinox.com, and we’ll also be releasing our Attendee Feedback Survey in the next week!

We rocked the fandom. We rocked it hard. Now it’s time to shed the stage lights, and step into the spotlight in our most extravagant and flamboyant. It’s the biggest and hottest party in the Canadian furry scene, and we want you to show off your best looks. In 2018….we’re LIVIN’ LARGE!


FE 2017 – FINAL REMINDERS!

Posted March 15, 2017 by Ronnie





Harbourfront Furs

It’s here. The concert we’ve all been waiting for. The last thing we’re missing is you.

Our band is tuned up. The lights are glaring. The sound system is blasting. The opening chords of Furnal Equinox: Rock The Fandom are starting to thrash out over Lake Ontario. All this, and so much more awaits our loyal rock fans in just a mere two days – and as always, we want to make sure you’re well-prepared for an unforgettable weekend.

What To Bring

  • Government-issued photo ID to pick up your badge! Minors, please don’t forget your additional documentation.
  • Your travel documents and currency, especially ours – you might need it to buy things here!
  • Warm clothes, in case you’re not accustomed to the Canadian chill!
  • Your cameras, your essentials, and a pawsitively-excited attitude!
  • Where To Find Info

    Information is abound on our website, and our social media! To get a good overview of what to expect from our new Venue, click here to read our Beginner’s Guide to our amazing city and hosts.

    Our Sched also has a few links alongside the actual Programming itself, such as our Livestream link for Main Events, Convention Map so you can find your way around, and more. Click here to check out our Useful Information page on Sched!

    Travel & Parking

    For all your Travel & Parking information needs, click here to read all about Traveling & Parking for Furnal Equinox 2017!

    What To Do

  • Haven’t caught up on our schedule yet for 2017? Click here to view our Sched, and make sure to sign-up to let your friends know what you’ll be doing!
  • Guest of Honours – Our GoH’s Beetlecat, Likeshine, and Pepper Coyote all have rockin’ panels to share with you at the convention – our Sched link above has all the information you need!
  • Our Charity, After The Track, would love to meet our attendees – and their lovable greyhounds would love to meet you too! You’ll have that opportunity on Saturday, March 18th at 9 AM during their Meet ‘n Greet – more details can be found in Sched (linked above). Don’t forget to visit our Charity page to learn more about them by clicking here!
  • Volunteering – interesting in helping out our convention to make sure it’s constantly fine-tuned? We’ll be looking for volunteers all weekend long – sign-up at our Volunteers table in the Lower Foyer of the Conference Centre. You’ll even earn some great rewards for your hours!
  • Follow Us Online

    We’ll be keeping you up to date as the convention goes through our Facebook, Twitter, and our Telegram Announcement group!

    With countless hours, volunteers, and passion poured into making this year’s concert the loudest and best the fandom’s ever heard, we hope to see you with us this weekend in Toronto for Furnal Equinox 2017: Rock The Fandom! Rock on!


    FE 2017 – Venue Map!

    Posted March 12, 2017 by Ronnie




    Furnal Equinox

    So many sights! So many sounds! Where can you find them all?

    We’re just a few days away from the celebration that will rock Toronto’s Harbourfront. Our new Venue is looking primed to host Canada’s largest furry convention, and our attendees are sure to be ready to give it a good show. To help you find your way around, we’ve got our official Map available for you to discover our new Venue with!
    FE 2017 Map


    Furnal Equinox – Travel Guide!

    Posted March 7, 2017 by Ronnie




    Westin Harbour Castle

    Traveling to a rock concert can sometimes be confusing (and crowded). Here are some tips to help.

    For many of our die-hard rock fans, it’ll be the first time traveling into the breathtakingly city of Toronto, Ontario. Whether you’re arriving by transit, by air, by car, or by sled dogs (we don’t encourage this in March), we want to make sure you’re arriving safe and sound – and with a place to leave your transportation, if you need it!

    (Note: All prices below are quoted in CAD.)

    Getting There

  • By Car – The address of the hotel is at 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1A6. The hotel is relatively easy to find – as you’re traveling towards it, you can’t miss the massive “Westin” logo on the side of the Skybridge that crosses over Queens Quay W! From there you can either pull up into the jaw-dropping rockstar-level driveway that the Westin Harbour Castle boasts, or make your way to one of the public parking lots in the area (more details on parking below). CAUTION: If you approach the hotel from the southwest direction, such as Lower Simcoe or York street, please follow traffic lines to ensure you do NOT turn into the TTC streetcar tunnel. It’s not fun trying to get out. Click here to access Google Maps and the Westin Harbour Castle’s location!
  • By Air – Getting downtown has never been easier with the addition of the Union-Pearson Express Train from Toronto Pearson International (YYZ) to downtown, and the transport services from Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ) to our Venue. You can reach our Venue from both airports by taking taxis or public transit. If you’re arriving by air to Toronto Pearson International, you can find the Union-Pearson Express train in Terminal 1, and tickets are $24 for round-trip. Click here to buy tickets for the Union-Pearson Express!
    If you’re arriving through Billy Bishop Airport and flying with Porter Airlines, there is a complimentary ferry service between the airport and Downtown Toronto. Otherwise, it’s only a short 10-minute transit by car or shuttle to the city.
  • By Transit (TTC/GO Transit/VIA Rail) – As we’ve mentioned in the past, one of our Venue’s most convenient perks is that it’s within walking distance of Toronto’s transit hub – Union Station! If you’re arriving by transit to Union Station, it’s an easy 10-minute walk down to our Venue. If that’s a bit much, you can take both 509 and 510 TTC streetcars from Union Station to Queen’s Quay, which is *right* outside our Venue. Fares on the TTC start at $3.25 one-way.
  • Parking

  • Valet Parking – As many of our attendees have asked, we DO have discounted parking at the Westin! Their valet service will be discounted at $25 per night, valid between Thursday to Monday. The valet lot offers a secure and convenient location to park your car for the weekend, AND there are unlimited in/out privileges with it in case you need to make a trip or two! For oversized vehicles, the maximum clearance for the valet lot is 6’1″ – the hotel driveway is more than that, so you are still able to pull up and drop your luggage off. If you are staying at the Westin, please submit your valet ticket to the concierge when you check in – all others, please talk to the Valet kiosk on the Westin’s driveway. Please note that the Valet lot is first-come first-served basis, with a priority on guests staying at the Westin. In case the lot is full, there is plenty of other parking in the area – see below!
  • Self-Parking – The Westin Harbour Castle also has a self-parking facility located at 16 Harbour Street, The Pinnacle Centre, starting at $40 per night. The building is one street up from The Westin, and easily accessible – please reference the map linked ahead for instructions on how to find it. If you wish to self-park, you MUST obtain a self-park pass at the hotel by asking a Valet or Parking cashier, who will provide you a self-park pass. Click here to view instructions on how to find the self-park!
  • Public Lots – There are many public parking options around, each with varying rates. You can find a map of the available parking by clicking here!
  • If you’d like to read on more information and features regarding parking, click here!

    If you have any questions about getting to Furnal Equinox, don’t hesitate to ask us at info@furnalequinox.com – or reach out to us on our social media, found in the buttons below! Stay tuned for more leading up to the con!


    Spotlight: After The Track!

    Posted March 6, 2017 by Ronnie




    After The Track Greyhounds
     

    We’ve got a bunch of VIPs headed to our convention – they’ll be strutting down the red carpet on four paws.

    While we may not actually have red carpets laying down, our VIPs are just as important and even more special: our Charity for 2017, After The Track!

    We love helping out our four-legged friends, especially when they’re so eager to be a part of our community! Let’s not forget that they’re rockstars themselves, having been racing dogs that know how to put on a show. We’ve got a few of these amazing greyhounds joining us over the weekend – why not get to know them a little better beforehand? (And yes, they are all good dogs. Every one of them!)

    Phoenix

    1. Phoenix

    Racing name: P’s Nip N Tuck
    Her Story: Retired racer from Ebro, Florida, she’s truly one of the “Rock Stars” of the After the Track entourage. Going on 6 years being our #1 “ambassa-dog”, Phoenix draws crowds everywhere with her ability to chill out in literally any situation. Diva level: Rhianna (or maybe Mariah Carey at the gym).
    Favorite Pastimes: Thievery. Everything is hers – from hoarding mom’s boots, to stress-testing all the donated foster toys. She also enjoys sleeping up to 22 hours a day. She also enjoys nibbling the tummy of her kitty brother, Beeker.
    Personality: Pretty on the outside. Cartoon theme songs running 24/7 on the inside.
    Charity Work: Phoenix is a certified St. John’s Therapy Dog and a Canine Blood Donor.
    “Fur”sona: When taking over her mom’s bed, her legs make her like an octopus learning to use chopsticks.

    Benz

    2. Benz

    Racing name: Backwood Valdez (Although he technically never raced. But please, don’t bring this up to him in conversation. He is very sensitive about his career that never was.)
    Favourite Toy: He’s not big on toys. He’s more inclined to read a good book. If he had to choose though, it would probably be his “bobo”, which is a little stuffed rabbit that he has had since retirement.
    Favourite Pastimes: Eating, thinking about the next meal, going on walks (the sole function of these walks is to search for food), having his ears and neck “scritched”, stealing food from his mommy, disobeying mommy, scheming on the downfall of the feline species, dreaming of eating, being the object of any and all human attention whenever possible, and reading creative non-fiction. Did we mention eating?
    Personality: A deep thinker and gentle soul. Benz is a deity trapped in a dog’s body. He’s beautiful guy with a huge heart and a curious spirit.
    “Fur”sona: A wise owl (hunting for his dinner).

    Magnum

    3. Magnum

    Racing Name: CTW Arch Bishop
    M.O.: Magnum is a big, goofy boy who loves head scratches, car rides and his giant bed. Coming out of Texas and then Alabama, he raced 9 times only before retiring in May 2015 at the age of 2.
    Favourite Things: He loves all other animals and people. He pulls the classic greyhound “chatter”, which means that he clicks his teeth when he’s happy. He’s constantly looking for attention (or a nice crunchy duck foot), but the rest of the time, he’s napping the day away.
    Personality: Laid back, friendly and easy going – Magnum is truly the “Boy Next Door” of ATT. He is one of our favourite meet-n-greet dogs (mainly because he’s so tall, you don’t need to stoop to pet him!).
    Fun Fact: Magnum’s mom is a member of the paparazzi — and uploads several photos of him to his own Facebook account daily!
    “Fur”sona: A majestic reindeer in a Hawaiian shirt.

    Cricket

    4. Cricket

    Racing Name: Flying Curate
    Fun Fact: Cricket got her name because from the day she entered her forever home, she hopped up and down like a cricket to greet people. She is always jumping and excited to meet new friends!
    Favourite Things: Hands down, she loves to go for walks. She likes nothing more than getting out and exploring the world. Every time her mom makes a move to the door, Cricket assumes that it’s walk time and the bouncing starts again! This said, she also loves snuggling on the couch with her head in mom or dad’s lap.
    What Motivates Her: She loves meal times! She gets so excited when her bowl is being filled that she chatters her teeth in excitement. As a good sister, she always checks to make sure her brother, Gee, hasn’t missed anything from his. Sharing is caring, after all.
    Personal Struggles: Since retirement she has tried very hard to master the roach (where greyhounds sleep stretched out on their back). She’s almost there! She studies Gee intently, and she believes one day she will master the technique!
    “Fur”sona: A cricket of course! Or maybe a kangaroo.

    Wyonna

    5. Wynonna

    Racing Name: PD Dark Winonah
    Aliases: Wynonna from Daytona. Track Legend.
    Record: Retired after winning her last race in Sept 2012, Wynonna raced a total of 144 times, and was quite the competitor. Even now, when she hangs out with her greyhound friends at the park, she has been known to let everyone else to run a few laps around the park first, before cutting in for the win.
    Bio: Wynonna found a forever couch once she made her way to Canada. Despite loving to chase “Lucky” (Daytona Beach Track’s lure bunny), she lives in harmony with a sassy, furry kitty brother named Boa.
    Favourite Toy: She has a lot of toys to choose from, so it’s hard to pick a favourite, but if she had to choose, it would be the little squeaky chicken her foster sister (Phoenix!) gave to her when she brought Wynonna to her “fur”ever home.
    More About Wynonna: She is cool and calm, and has even helped to save other dogs by being a canine blood donor. She is a “Danger Magnet” since where ever there is trouble, she seems to find it! Spends more time in the vet’s office than any other dog.
    “Fur”sona: The elusive “Wynicorn” … a rare sight indeed! Come on by, if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse!

    Tux

    6. Tux


    Racing Name: AMF Open Arms
    About: They say “nice guys finish last”, but that’s not the case with Tux. Retired from racing in 2015 at the age of 4, Tux had a successful career, having raced almost 180 races at Daytona Beach Kennel Club. It’s in his genes, as his dad is famous greyhound hall-of-fame legend, Flying Penske.
    Challenges: Tux is unable to walk down the street without stopping to greet everyone he sees. He’s the ultimate outgoing hound. He also suffers from multiple personality disorder – he thinks he’s a cow! His mom is always catching him grazing in the backyard eating grass.
    Career Path: After retirement, Tux wanted to share his talents with the world (other than racing, that is). Most notably, his uncanny ability to brighten a room with his sweet face. He is an active St. John Ambulance Therapy dog, and regularly brings comfort and support to people in his community.
    Favourite Things: As his racing name suggests (AMF Open Arms), he absolutely loves hugs.
    “Fur-sona”: A Holstein Cow. Mooooooo-ve along, little doggies!

    Click here to visit our Charity page, dedicated to After The Track!

    That’s it for our Spotlights heading into Furnal Equinox 2017: Rock The Fandom! With so many more rockstars and special guests that’ll be in Toronto, you’ll just have to find them all in under two weeks’ time. Stay tuned for our final updates leading up to our convention’s start!


    Furnal Equinox – A Beginner’s Guide!

    Posted March 3, 2017 by Ronnie





    Harbourfront Furs

    Excited? Scared? Nervous? We’ve got something to help with all of those.

    Whether the buzz of thrashing guitar chords or Tweets is making your fur jump, we want to help you settle into our new space and enjoy a weekend of the best in Canada’s furry community.

    OMG! It’s my first furry convention! What should I bring with me?

    In the buzz of excitement and anticipation, you want to make sure you’ve got the following with you:

  • Government-issued ID for Registration – please see our Registration page for more info!
  • Minors: please bring your completed Parental Consent form, and/or bring your legal guardian if you are under 15!
  • Payment method, if you are registering at-the-door. Or, if you’re planning to bring some furry goodness back home!
  • Essentials you might want for a day at the convention – water bottle, sketchbook, a mini-fan, and of course: a camera!
  • A pawsitively ROCKIN’ attitude, ready to have fun and make some friends!
  • What perks come with our new Venue?

    We’ve had numerous changes following our move to our breathtakingly-beautiful new downtown location, and we know you’ve all got questions on how Furnal Equinox can help make that transition sweeter.

  • Parking at the Westin Harbour Castle is 50% for all Furnal Equinox-booked attendees, at $25/night. The Westin provides only valet-service parking with full in/out privileges, and there are many public lots around the vicinity to leave your vehicles over the weekend.
  • Wi-Fi is free for all attendees in the Westin Harbour Castle’s lobby, and also in hotel rooms booked using our convention block.
  • Tuck Shop/ATM located inside the hotel, so you don’t have to embrace the Canadian weather (but it ain’t that bad, eh!)
  • A cash-and-carry Cafe specifically for our convention, found everyday in the Lounge from 12 PM – 4 PM
  • Stunningly-beautiful space with enough room for everyone to enjoy – we hope! Surrounded by all sorts of amenities within a 5-minute walk.
  • How does parking at this new Venue work?

    Fear not, rockstars – parking won’t be out of tune for any of our attendees. For those that are staying at the Westin and opt for the valet parking, it is discounted to $25/night and will be taken into account when you check-in at the front desk (make sure you get your valet ticket!) – make sure you mention you’re with Furnal Equinox. For all those that are not staying at the Westin, simply speak with the valet kiosk (located next the hotel entrance) and they will provide you the discount. PLEASE NOTE: Parking is first-come, first-served – if the lot is full, you may need to park at one of the many available public lots in the surrounding area.

    Where’s the Board/Video Gaming Room? Artists Alley? The Zoo?

    We’ve been asked by many of our attentive attendees these questions – simply put, we’ve consolidated all of these spaces into one massive Lounge! To better utilize the space in our massive Ballroom at the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre, we’ve packed a lot of our major attractions and rooms into one giant Ballroom (Metro Centre) that’ll help you find things easier – and provide a more friendly, open-area social environment to engage with. We’ve also worked out an FE-exclusive cash-and-carry Cafe that will be in the Lounge from 12 PM to 4 PM each day for your munching convenience. Same great features you’ve loved in the past – new and improved space!

    It’s my first time at a convention. What can I expect?

    We strive to create a space for everyone to enjoy, and appropriately – that’s why there’s a little bit of everything for everyone! We encourage you to socialize, participate in panels, and soak in the sights of Toronto’s annual furry convention – if you want more information on what to enjoy, join the “Your First Con, Eh?” panel happening on Friday at 5 PM.

    Where can we grab food? Supplies?

    As mentioned above, our new location is in close proximity to many conveniences around. There’s a pharmacy, several grocery markets & convenience stores, banks and ATMs, affordable eateries, and more all around within a five-minute walk. We’ll have more information in our Convention Book (Conbook, for short). Oh, and did we mention there’s a Beaver Tails shop only a minute away, with POUTINE?

    I still need more info! Where can I get it?

    We always keep open eyes and ears out for our attendees and guests. Our website will be constantly updated with the latest news and reminders that you’ll need, along with key events and features such as our Charity, our Dealers, Programming, and more. You can always send us an e-mail at info@furnalequinox.com and have us respond to you, or send us a message on social media to our Facebook and/or Twitter (links found at bottom of page). We’ll do our best to respond to your questions, and make your convention experience as best as it can be!

    With two weeks to go until Canada’s biggest and best furry convention, we hope you’ll be ready to rock out with our amazing community. Get yourselves tuned up for the show, and we’ll see you in Toronto!