Special Guest: Fox Amoore!

Posted October 5, 2017 by Ronnie





Furnal Equinox

One of the furry fandom’s most celebrated musicians is Livin’ Large with us!

As many of our attendees remember, we had a paw-stompin’ time at Rock The Fandom with Pepper Coyote joining us as our Special “Musical” Guest and bringing his unique personality and talents to our convention (and he loved our poutine!). At Furnal Equinox 2018, we’re pleased to be announcing that we’ve got another Special Guest lined up for your musical needs: Fox Amoore!

We can’t wait to have the melodic maestro of maw-dropping music join us in 2018, and we hope you’ll be just as excited to show him how Canadian conventions are Livin’ Large. He’ll be attending the convention for all three days – you’ll be able to find him serenading audiences on the stage, promoting his merchandise in the Dealers Den, or wherever they serve Guinness.

Click here to learn more about Fox Amoore!

Furnal Solstice 2017!

Posted October 2, 2017 by Ronnie





Furnal Equinox

Furnal Solstice is returning once again!

That’s right, furries – we’re continuing our tradition to help bring in the Canadian winter with some fuzzy cheer and warm friends! ….or is it warm cheer and fuzzy friends?

When and where will Furnal Solstice 2017 take place?

We’ll be hosting our annual winter event on December 16th, 2017 from 12 PM to 8 PM for an afternoon and evening of fun. We will be moving the event to McGregor Park Community Centre for this year, located on the southwest corner of Lawrence Avenue and Kennedy Road in Scarborough.

What will the admission be for Furnal Solstice?

We’re still finalizing the door price for admission – it won’t be vastly different than last year ($15), so fear not!

How do I get there?

The community centre is easily accessible by driving or transit.

  • The address for McGregor Park Community Centre is 2231 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P 2P5.
  • Parking on-site is free for those travelling by vehicle or carpool.
  • TTC Bus Routes 54 and 17 make stops close to the centre.
  • For those taking transit, you can travel by subway to the community centre by getting off at Warden or Lawrence East station and hopping onto one of the bus routes mentioned above. The centre is a few minutes’ walk away from there.
  • Will there be holiday food & refreshments served like last year?

    You bet! We’ll have a variety of light snacks and drink refreshments available throughout the event, as well as a holiday dinner towards the evening. We are continuing the pot-luck style of buffet that we’ve had in the past, and welcome everyone to bring a dish to contribute to this annual furry feast. More information to come soon on what we’d like to see for pot-luck!

    What’s there to do?

    We’ll be releasing information about programming and things to do closer to the event. Last year, we had many things going on from musical performances to video games – and much more!o

    Why is Furnal Solstice moving to a new location?

    We’ve decided to move to McGregor Park’s facilities as Earl Bales is undergoing renovations for 2017. We hope to return to their new-and-improved facility for Furnal Solstice 2018.

    Stay tuned to our social media channels for more updates on our holiday event – and remember to tell your friends!

    Panel & DJ Submissions Open!

    Posted October 1, 2017 by Ronnie





    Furnal Equinox

    Got something extravagant you want to host? Livin’ Large on the bass from our speakers? We want you!

    We know many of you have been excited for our Programming, and now we’re excited to see your contributions to our convention.

    Panel Applications

    We’re looking for panelists to bring their expertise and their energy to our biggest convention yet! Are you an expert at therian discussion? Do you have tips and tricks you want to share about building fursuits? We welcome all panelists to apply and show us what you’ve got – and this year, we’re even offering some perks for those that put in more time and effort into hosting panels and events. Want to find out more? Check out the link below.

    Click here to apply to be a panelist at Furnal Equinox 2018!

    DJ Submissions

    Many of our attendees got to experience the electrifying (not literally), jaw-dropping set-up of our dances last year – from the interactive LED dance floor assembled by our amazing A/V team, to the lasers spinning and swirling into the night. What brings it all together is a bangin’ soundtrack that makes our attendees jump and dance around, and now, we’re looking for DJs that can bring that magic back to FE 2018. From paw-stomping Hardstyle to a melodious journey through Trance, we want your sound to grace our stage.

    Click here to submit an application to DJ at Furnal Equinox 2018!


    Autumn Updates & Reminders!

    Posted September 15, 2017 by Ronnie





    Furnal Equinox

    We’re closing in on the six-month mark to Livin’ Large – here’s what’s happened so far.

    It’s been a overwhelming but exciting transition into our 2018 convention cycle, and we’ve got no plans of stopping anytime soon. There’s plenty of action left to reveal and open, but all good things come in time – especially when it comes to Canada’s largest furry convention.

    Registration

    Our Registration is still open, and will remain open for pre-registering all the way until February 23rd. If you haven’t registered yet, don’t miss out on your chance to save money and guarantee Furnal Equinox’s continued growth. You can find all our membership levels and prices on our Registration page. Our Early Bird prices start from $45 for regular Attending membership, with more swag increasing with each level. Early Bird prices will run until November 26th (at 11:59 PM EST), at which time they’ll increase by $5 for each level. Don’t forget to tell your friends to pre-register as well!

    Hotel

    We’ve answered many calls and questions regarding our hotel block at the Westin, and we’re working hard on finding our attendees more rooms to help improve your convention experience. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way – stay tuned to our website and all of our social media channels for announcements regarding hotel room additions! If you’d like to find out more information about our Main Venue, visit our Venue page here.

    Travel & Rental discounts have yet to be determined from last year, as we continue to work with our wonderful partners at Andromeda Consultants to get you here at an affordable cost. Keep your eyes and ears out for news regarding deals as we move into the Fall!

    Dealers & Artists

    Dealers Den applications are full to the brim, with any further applications going to our waitlist. For Dealers that have not heard back regarding their application/payments, please send an e-mail to dealers@furnalequinox.com

    Artists Alley applications will be opening starting in January 2018. More information on the Artists Alley can be found through the link below.

    Click here to find out about Vendors & Artists!

    Programming & Dances

    Programming submissions are expected to be opening in late September, and we’ve changed a few things around regarding panelists – as our way of saying “thanks” for helping to put on Furnal Equinox’s entertainment, we’re introducing panelist rewards for Furnal Equinox 2018! Basically, you’ll get some nifty rewards for the number of hours you spend putting on panels for us.

    DJ Applications for our Dances will also be announced towards the end of the month, and we’re aiming to top the muzzle-dropping show our A/V and Dance team put on last year. Got some sick tracks you want to blast into the night? Furnal Equinox’s stage is the perfect place to do so.

    Staff & Volunteering

    We’re ALWAYS looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented individuals to help out before and during the convention – and you’ll get some great perks as our thank-you! If you’d like to be a part of our team, keep an eye out for all of our Staff and Volunteer call-outs in the near future.

    Don’t forget to follow us on social media (Twitter here, and Facebook here) and get yourselves ready to join us for #FE2018!


    An Important Announcement

    Posted August 18, 2017 by Aaeden

    We don’t need any introduction to recent local and world events playing out around us – anybody can watch the news or look at their social media feeds to determine that. Many of these events have had a more personal impact on the furry community over the past several months, and as Canada’s foremost furry event, it’s our duty and obligation to speak to some of these issues.

    As you deserve to know where we stand, Furnal Equinox’s position is best summed up in three points:

    • We believe that the strength of the furry community, and the entire global community of which we are a part, is based upon the diversity of backgrounds and experiences we share with one another. We are a creative fandom, and diversity helps encourage creativity.
    • We oppose ideologies and groups that are against this diversity. These groups have historically engaged in aggressive persecution of ethnic and religious groups, and LGBT people, in the name of nationalism. Their ideologies were defeated, discredited, and degraded, at the cost of millions of lives in war. They don’t deserve attention in neither our space, nor the public space.
    • Attendees to our event enjoy the protection of our Code of Conduct, specifically section 8d: We are committed to inclusivity in our events and providing a welcoming environment to all… Any harassment or discrimination to any individual or group is unwelcome at our event.

      Attendees also enjoy the protection of Canadian laws such as the Ontario Human Rights Code and Criminal Code of Canada (in particular, the sections around “public incitement of hatred”).

      If you use our event to deny others these protections, you are not only in violation of Furnal Equinox’s Code of Conduct, but also in violation of the law. You can expect the matter will be handled by not only our Security team, but by local and federal law enforcement. Citizens of other countries should note that this may impact your future admissibility to Canada.

    Furnal Equinox has always been proud to welcome all attendees, regardless of race, colour, national origin or ancestry, creed or religion, sex or gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or age – and we further commit ourselves to this.

    We invite all of you to help us do this by calling instances of harassment and intimidation that take place — at our event or in our social media presences — to our attention. For events outside these spaces, the most appropriate avenue is law enforcement.

    We deeply appreciate the love and care you all demonstrate for the furry community – and look forward to keeping it going!

    Registration, Hotel, and Dealers Opening Tomorrow!

    Posted August 4, 2017 by Ronnie





    Furnal Equinox

    Getting you one (or several) steps closer to Livin’ Large with your furry friends!

    With many of you tossing wallets at your screens, we know that the excitement is almost ready to burst. Here’s some important information you’ll need before furiously clicking at those links!

    Registration

    We’ll be launching our pre-registration online starting on August 5th, 2017 at 12 PM Eastern Time. You can find all our membership levels and prices on our Registration page. Our Early Bird prices start from $45 for regular Attending membership, with more swag with each level. Early Bird prices will run until November 26th (at 11:59 PM EST), at which time they’ll increase by $5 for each level. Don’t forget to pre-register and tell your friends to do the same!

    Hotel

    For all our attendees vying for those sparkling lake-side rooms at the Westin Harbour Castle, we’ll also be opening Hotel bookings starting on August 5th starting at 12 PM Eastern Time. Rates for the Westin Harbour Castle will be starting at $144.99 CAD per night for a Traditional King / Two Double bed room. This year, in conjunction with our theme, our room block also includes Deluxe Corner King Suites, starting at $444.99 CAD per night – perfect for celebrating a weekend of furry extravagance!

    Check out our Venue page for more information on the Westin and room rates!

    We’re also working on establishing an overflow hotel for 2018, for those that don’t mind a short walk – we’re expecting many bookings for the Westin hotel, but don’t give up hope if you’re not able to grab a room right away. We’ll always be working on getting more!

    Travel & Rental discounts have yet to be determined from last year, as we continue to work with our wonderful partners at Andromeda Consultants to get you here at an affordable cost. Keep your eyes and ears out for news regarding deals as we move into the Fall!

    Dealers

    We’ll be opening up applications for Dealers Den tables starting on….you guessed it, August 5th at 12 PM Eastern Time! Make sure you get your application in early, along with payment – it’s a first-pay, first-serve system with many Dealers hungry for their opportunity to equip our flashy furries with even more bling. If you would like to apply for a Dealers table as well as upgrade your membership, you can do so when you are filling out your information. Remember, all Dealers assistants MUST register for a badge separately, and inform our Dealers team with which dealer you are assisting (along with your badge information).

    Click here to find out about Vendors & Artists!

    We’ve got lots more coming your way for 2018, including information on key areas such as Programming, Charity, and events like Furnal Solstice which will be happening in December once again. Don’t forget to follow us on social media (Twitter here, and Facebook here) and get yourselves ready to join us for #FE2018!


    FE 2018 – Pre-Reg, Hotel, Dealers, Oh My!

    Posted July 24, 2017 by Ronnie





    Furnal Equinox

    In a season of unpredictable weather and Canada’s biggest celebration, we’ve got something for you to be excited about!

    We hope you’ve been enjoying your travels and vacations so far this season as many of our team have been. But in the summer season, things always start heating up – and Furnal Equinox’s goal of a star-struck, stylish convention in March is doing just that.

    Website

    Our website will be going through some changes as we head into August – namely, we’ll be updating how our menu looks and adding new splashes of colour here and there to keep our looks fresh and stylin’ for 2018. We aim to make information as accessible and convenient as possible – keep an eye out for our website refresh!

    Registration

    This year, we’ll be launching our pre-registration online starting on August 5th, 2017. You can find all our membership levels and prices on our Registration page. Our Early Bird prices start from $45 for regular Attending membership, with more swag with each level. Early Bird prices will run until November 26th (at 11:59 PM EST), at which time they’ll increase by $5 for each level. Don’t forget to pre-register and tell your friends to do the same!

    Hotel

    For all our attendees vying for those sparkling lake-side rooms at the Westin Harbour Castle, we’ll also be opening Hotel bookings starting on August 5th. Rates for the Westin Harbour Castle will be starting at $144.99 CAD per night for a standard King / Two Queen room. Check out our Hotel page for more information on the Westin!

    We’re also working on establishing an overflow hotel for 2018, for those that don’t mind a short walk – we’ll have more information heading forward!

    Travel & Rental discounts have yet to be determined from last year, as we continue to work with our wonderful partners at Andromeda Consultants to get you here at an affordable cost. Keep your eyes and ears out for news regarding deals as we move into the Fall!

    Dealers

    There’s no Livin’ Large without a room full of glitzy, maw-dropping goodies just waiting to be taken home. For our prospective Dealers, we’ll be opening up applications for Dealers Den tables starting on….you guessed it, August 5th! Make sure you get your application in early, along with payment – it’s a first-pay, first-serve system with many Dealers hungry for their opportunity to equip our flashy furries with even more bling.

    Click here to find out about Vendors & Artists!

    We’ve got lots more coming your way for 2018, including information on key areas such as Programming, Charity, and events like Furnal Solstice which will be happening in December once again. Don’t forget to follow us on social media (Twitter here, and Facebook here)


    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!