What is Furnal Equinox?
Furnal Equinox is a Toronto-based convention celebrating the arts and culture of the furry fandom and animal enthusiasts, held during the Spring Equinox weekend in March. From the first convention in 2010 which took place at the former Doubletree Toronto Airport Hotel, it has grown into an event with over 2200 local and international attendees and costumers, and hosts a wide variety of events and performances.
As a non-profit event, the convention’s focus is primarily on sharing and celebrating anthropomorphic (humanized) arts and culture, while simultaneously fundraising and spreading awareness for Ontario-based animal charities that partner with the convention. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of animals or looking to explore this colourful community, there’s a little something for everyone.
What is the Furry Fandom?
“Furries” are people that enjoy arts and culture centered around animals and fantasy creatures. Adopting various pseudonyms, the majority of the Furry Fandom celebrates “anthropomorphic” animals – otherwise known as animals with human features – such as Disney characters or popular cartoon figures like Bugs Bunny. They are a very expressive and decorated group, often found in costumes known as “fursuits” and animal-themed accessories, and enjoy subject matter themed around animals and creatures of all types.
Fans and participants in the Furry Fandom come from all walks of life and all backgrounds, communing at our convention to share and celebrate their appreciation for our furry friends. If you’ve ever bought a cereal because the animal mascot was cool, or enjoy watching Saturday morning cartoons with your favorite stuffed animal, you’ll feel right at home.
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