Can I get into the convention space without a badge? Can I bring a friend through without a badge?
All attendees must have a valid convention badge visibly on their person in designated “con space”, which is defined as space used exclusively by Furnal Equinox.
Can I bring my pet to the convention?
Pets are not permitted in event space for safety and allergy-related reasons, unless cleared beforehand by Furnal Equinox for specific events (i.e. Charity animals).
Service animals are permitted under the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act). If you have questions about service animals, please reach out to our Accessibility team through the Contact Us page.
Why does Furnal Equinox have an 'alternative apparel' policy?
- To provide a time and space for self-expression among attendees who might be interested in doing so while still being respectful to those who are less comfortable.
- To provide transparency to our attendees on what apparel we consider acceptable. Please remember we’re an event in downtown Toronto.
- To ensure consistency among our staff in evaluating acceptability of apparel.
Most fursuits do not fall under 'alternative apparel' as they are a common item that speaks to the core interests of the fandom. However, all alternative apparel restrictions apply to fursuiters as they do for any attendee.
We know that in previous years our practices on apparel were not consistent or well communicated, and we understand that is frustrating for attendees. We're working on improving communication on these policies.
Why is there a big focus on gear related to pup play?
Furnal Equinox has had the benefit of working with pup groups and panelists, and we aim to carry a lot of that experience forward into outlining our current policies. As the community continues to grow and other things become more popular, specific mention of these will likely enter our policies, so that attendees are clear on our position.
We do this in the interest of fostering an environment where everyone can enjoy themselves, as well as give groups support to grow in a healthy manner. The intent of the guidelines are not made to single out any particular group, but to provide guidance for things which have increased in popularity and demand.
Why are certain apparel items only allowed in certain panels?
Certain apparel items pose risks in the case of an emergency, and your safety is most important. We will only allow them under properly supervised conditions so that the wearer has the assistance they require.
What if what I want to wear is not on that list?
To make your convention smoother and help our staff address your concerns, please reach out to us before the convention through the Contact Us page and, if possible, attach a picture. Our staff take your privacy and comfort very seriously and will do our best to help.
Why do the apparel guidelines change between 9pm and 3am?
We’ve decided that 9pm is a reasonable time to relax our rules for events like the dance and other panels where alternative apparel is appropriate.
As a result, we usually schedule programming that’s more friendly to alternative apparel during these time frames.
Is it okay for me to wear my alternative apparel in the hallways or elevator of the hotel?
Yes, but please do so respectfully and make your way directly from your hotel room to the convention space or vice versa.
Entering other hotel or public spaces may be considered a disruption to other guests. Please respect the directions of hotel staff.
I’m not sure if what I’m wearing / bringing around the convention is appropriate. Who do I ask?
Our Security team can help you with questions regarding acceptable attire, costume, props, or other items at the convention. Use the Contact Us page to reach out to our Security team and they’ll be happy to advise you.
What if Security says my apparel was inappropriate and asks me to change?
First, please comply with the request to change your clothing when asked. You are welcome to ask questions about what was unacceptable, please be respectful.
If you believe, after reviewing the policy, that your apparel is appropriate, please take a photograph of the attire if you feel comfortable enough to do so, and do one of the following:
- Respectfully ask to challenge the assessment by coming to the Security office (identified on at-convention maps).
- Use the Contact Us page and send an email to Security, outlining your concerns and providing any additional detail. We'll review your information and provide a response as soon as possible.
In these cases, decisions may be escalated to the event Directors. The decision of the Directors is final.
I’d like to share my feedback / question / concern on a specific policy.
Please use the Policy department to submit your request on our Contact Us page.