VancouFur draws media attention to Canada's west-coast furs
Last weekend saw the debut of VancouFur, a Canadian furry convention held in Vancouver. The event attracted 347 attendees, an article in the Burnaby News Leader, and video coverage on CTV News (mirrored by the Globe and Mail). [Higgs Raccoon]
The event's first guest of honor was fursuiter and musician Thumper. In addition to regular furry convention fare, its varied programming included a session on hacking, lockpicking and cheese, introductions to AD&D and LARP, and a theatre/film audition workshop.
VancouFur is the first west-coast Canadian furry convention. It joins the area's annual one-night Halloween-themed event, Howloween, held since 2002, which regularly attracts ~150 attendees. Recent years have also seen large multi-day furmeets (BC FurBQ and Island FurBQ).
Nine years ago, a furry convention – FURst CONtact – was attempted in Abbotsford, BC, but it had to be cancelled due to a lack of attendees. Its chair, Trapa, was among VancouFur's staff, along with con chair Coal Silvermuzzle, Howloween organizer Aphinity, and ops lead Kithop.