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!


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