Canada's Capital Furry Convention
Since 2016, CanFURence has been bringing people from all over the world together in Ottawa to celebrate the furry fandom in all of its creativity, diversity, and fun! Whether you are a fan of cartoon animals, cinematic creatures, or mascot characters, CanFURence caters to fans of all things anthropomorphic. For 2021, our theme is "Steampunk on the Rails" with Guests of Honour Nicnak and Dodge Horse
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There are dining options within the Westin Ottawa, but here are other nearby options for food and shopping.
A staff recmmendation for great poutine.
"Ottawa's favorite poutine chip wagon since 1989"
Also burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and other food truck favourites.
Located in the parking lot of
Monday to Saturday, 11:00AM to 6:00PM
About 21km from the Brookstreet
Yes, just a short walk away (about 750m, or about a 10 minute walk)
They have a breakfast menu, as well as diner style food for lunch and dinner.
Hours: Open 24 hours
There`s also Zak`s Cantina nearby serving Mexican food.
These answers are short answers to what may be complex questions. They may not always cover all the intricacies of your situation.
We also may have inadvertently made a mistake in interpreting CanFURence policies when we create these answers, so E&OE. If you see any answers that we've messed up please let us know, and we'll correct them.
We’re sorry that you feel that way, but we must insist on this. We do promise to treat your information with care.
To attend a CanFURence event or convention you must submit your information to register. The Registration staff is dedicated to your privacy.
Your legal name, address, date of birth, gender and all other information gathered is kept in the strictest of confidence. This information will not be shared with any other members of the staff of CanFURence unless there is specific legal requirement to do so.
Your comfort is our key, and your privacy matters to us.
We would be more than happy to resend you your details. Please email the registration team and we can send you your details again.
So long as the name you are requesting falls within the guidelines of the Code of Conduct and complies with our strict PG13 convention rating you may choose whatever name you wish. But there is only so much space on the badge.
Due to limitations on badge sizes, some badge names may require a shortened version of your registered name.
Yes, for online registrations we will accept other forms of payment such as Interac E-Transfer (Canadians only), cash and cheque.
If you want to pay by one of these alternative payment methods please contact us (select registration as the topic) and we will assist you.
If you are attending another event where we have a booth, you also have the option of paying by debit card, or credit card (although we can’t handle cheques or PayPal at an event).
For 2018, you’ll see us at events including Furnal Equinox, Ottawa Geek Market, and CAPE.
The first thing you need to do is register!
Please note that there is a small delay - possibly up to 24 hours - while your registration is processed by our hard working and dedicated Registration Staff. This is especially the case if you have paid by eTransfer.
You'll know that we have processed your registration because you will receive an email with a subject of Badge Record of Sale
Once you've received that email you will be able to log into your account on the registration site and you'll see the button that will take you to the Hotel booking site will be there.
You'll also notice on the login page for the Registration system it will list your badge number for CanFURence events.
(This was what it looked like for 2018, but for CanFURence 5 it will say Westin)
CanFURence2018 - you are badge XX (XXXXXX) for this event
I am a minor who is living away from my parent or guardian (for example, attending school), how can I attend the convention?
Like any other minor, we must insist on a completed Minor Consent Form.
If your parent or guardian is not readily available to complete the form, here’s what you need to do.
If you are away from your parents and you have notified them of your intent to attend CanFURence, you can have your consent form signed by any legal Guarantor. Examples of this are Police officers, Judge, Professor, Lawyer, Notary Public or other governmental official.
A form submitted this way must be completed ahead of the convention. Please email the Registration team a copy of your signed form. This form must also be brought with you to the convention as well.
Yes, minors (under 18 years old as of the first day of the event) can attend!
In order to process their registration, minors must present a completed Parental Consent Form that has been signed by a parent, guardian, or equivalent. This is in addition to the requirement for all attendees that they must present legal identification in order to receive their registration.
All minors under 16 years old as of the first day of the event MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Minors who are 16 years old or older as of the first day of the event may attend without a guardian present.
Please have your identification and Parental Consent Form ready as this will allow the registration process to go faster.
There is more information about minors registering and attending the convention on our website. Have a look here
At this time we are unable to send registration packages, swag, or other items if you are unable to attend the convention. We apologize for this.
To attend a CanFURence convention or event you must present a current and valid photo identification.
This identification must contain a current photograph, date of birth, and address. Valid forms of identification include, but are not limited to, your Passport, Drivers License, Age of Majority card, Provincial health card, Landed Immigrant Card, Tribal Band Card, or other government issued form of identification.
It is always a good idea to check with our Lost and Found – check out the FAQ on that.
If at any time your badge is lost, you may request a replacement badge from the Registration Department.
Lost badges will be subject to a replacement fee of $30 for the badge. This fee is refunded if the original badge is found and you present it along with your replacement badge to Registration Staff.
In order to issue a replacement badge, Registration Staff will be required to see your Identification.
Questions that don't relate to any specific aspect of CanFURence, but useful stuff.
CanFURence was chosen as a nod the first furry conventions in the world which was named ConFurence. We opted to make it Canadian by simply tweaking the name. ConFurence ran from 1989 to 2003. We hope to do our name justice.
Not sure if you’re a furry?
The nice thing about being a furry is if you think you are one, then you are.
There’s no membership card (although we will ask you to pay for a registration to attend CanFURence).
If someone says you’re not a furry unless you’ve got a fursuit – they’re wrong. You don’t need a fursuit, or ears, or a tail, or handpaws. If you want them, that’s fine too.
You don’t have to be an artist, or a writer, or a performer. You don’t have to play games with anthropomorphic characters. You can be or do any of those, or none of them.
The furry fandom welcomes you, however you choose to participate.
The only thing we ask of you is that you treat others with courtesy, and respect their individuality.
On 2 June 2020, CanFURence 2020 was postponed to 2021. We're changing the name to be CanFURence 5, but the theme and our wonderful Guests of Honour will be the same.
COVID-19 and concerns over everyone's health and safety is something that we take very seriously. And just like everyone we are subject to legal emergency orders, and directives from Medical Officers of Health.
29 April 2020
Since our last update, we have been continuously watching the restrictions on public gatherings, physical distancing measures, and the future of large events in Ottawa during the COVID-19 pandemic. And evaluating how it may affect this year's CanFURence scheduled for July 31st - Aug 2nd 2020.
Currently we are still full steam ahead with planning and hosting CanFURence 2020.
You may also donate your registration to CanFURence, helping to ensure our continued ability to host our event. Like many of our fellow conventions, some expenses have already been incurred for the 2020 year. While we do have an emergency reserve for situations such as this, any donation will be greatly appreciated and helps us to make next year even better.
If you are unable to attend the following year a refund will be processed by request.
Thank you, and stay well.
CanFURence Board of Directors:
On 15 March 2020 the CanFURence Board of Directors issued a statement on how we are proceding, while respecting everyone's safety, and doing our best to bring furry fun back to Ottawa.
March 15, 2020
Official statement from CanFURence's Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors would like to acknowledge the current concerns regarding Covid-19, as many conventions have needed to make difficult decisions recently. Although our convention is still several months away, this update was necessary given the circumstances, and because health and safety are always our top priorities.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to work "full steam ahead" to bring furry fun to Ottawa this July 31st - Aug 2nd, 2020. As such, we will ensure that we do so with the most up-to-date information and recommendations from Ottawa Public Health, as well as our provincial and federal health authorities.
As always, please keep an eye on our official social media for any and all updates pertaining to our convention;
Board of Directors;
Furries are people who are fans of anthropomorphic animal characters. Anthropomorphic means human-like; and in the case of furries, animal mascots or animal cartoons are the kinds of characters that are being referred to (think Bugs Bunny, or Judy Hopps/Nick Wilde from the movie Zootopia). We bring them to life in any way we can, like cosplay, visual art, stories, or performance.
Many furries also have a character (sometimes characters) we create, which we identify with, and that’s who we are to the community. To us, this character is our personal mascot, only instead of rooting for a team, we’re simply rooting for the person inside.
Here’s some links:
An interview of our convention Chairs done by the CBC : Furries expose ‘fursonas’ at Ottawa convention
CanFURence 2020 has been postponed to 2021.
CanFURence 5 starts July 30th and runs through August 1st, 2021.
Our theme this year is "Steampunk on the Rails".
Our Guests of Honour for 2021 are Nicnak and Dodge Horse.
Please attend our our closing ceremonies on the 1st where we’ll be announcing the details for CanFURence 6 in 2022 (well, we hope it will be 2022).
CanFURence 5 is being held at
The Westin Ottawa
Please attend our our closing ceremonies on August 1st, 2021 where we’ll be announcing the details for CanFURence 6.
I suppose we could joke that "CanFURence 2020 in 2021" is just a bit awkward to fit on a button?
But this will be our 5th CanFURence, so that seemed to fit.
We're looking forward to seeing you all in 2021 when we bring furry fun back to Ottawa, again! And after 2020, we'll all need it.
As part of our program for social involvement within the furry community, and the community beyond, CanFURence has a tradition of raising funds to support a charitable group. Have some questions about it? Here's where to find out more!
A bid is a contract to buy, so as a minor, you need parental consent to participate in the charity auctions. If you intend to participate, ensure your parent or legal guardian checks the box under “Charity Auctions”, at the bottom of the first page of the “Parental consent form”.
If you intend to participate in the charity auctions, please familiarize yourself with the “Charity Auctions Rules” (in place to protect the bidders, CanFURence and our supported charity) and as well as the “Charity Auctions Information” which contains all you need to know about the process, etiquette and timeline of the auctions.
The following are generally safe bets: art pieces (original, print…) props, new or good condition clothes (t-shirt, costumes), furry literature, gift certificates… For more information, please visit the link “Auction - Items Donation - Information” on the charity page at canfurence.ca/charity.
Useful and occasionally essential things for you to know while at CanFURence.
Within the Westin, if you have purchased food from a hotel restaurant, you may bring only that food into the convention space.
There may be additional areas within the connvention space where CanFURence has prohibitted food or drink, and there will be signs posted if that is the case. You wouldn't want someone to get food all over your stuff now, would you?
Certain registration levels include meals and drinks - they can't be taken out from the designated dining areas (and no sharing either!).
Note: This restriction is specific to the Westin - other events which we hold at other venues may not have the same restriction, but that is the way it is for the Westin.
That, as we understand it, is your private space (and not the responsibility of CanFURence) so just like in your home you may serve and consume alcohol. And that means with the door closed, not propped open, and not in the hallways.
But you're still governed by the laws of Ontario, so no serving alcohol to anyone under 19 years of age.
Also, even if you're not driving (and you shouldn't be if you're drinking) Drink Responsibly.
Don't forget to be considerate of your neighbours.
Alcohol, as covered in the Code of Conduct and the laws of Ontario, is generally not permitted in the convention space.
The exceptions to this include: alcoholic beverages served by the hotel as part of the meal included in certain registration levels; alcoholic beverages purchased from the Brookstreet that are consumed within the licensed area of the hotel (such as at one of the bars).
In order words, you can't just go wandering around sipping a brew. Got it?
For your education and edification, the Live Show is a showcase for the talents of our community. If you have inquiries about The Live Show, we direct your attention to the Questions and Answers below!
All performers need to arrive one hour before the Live Show to prepare and organize music, placement, and to get an adequate knowledge of the area they will be performing in.
Any performer who has not participated in a rehearsal may not participate in the Live Show unless consent is given by the Event Director.
There will be a playlist for the event, during which the performer will remain backstage in the order they will perform in. The performers should be aware of which performer they are before, after, and when they are on.
Once the costumer's performance is completed, the performer will return to a holding room backstage where they may rest and recuperate.
After the Live Show, the performers will exit to the main event area. At that point, performers may remain as long as they like and leave at any time.
We would like to avoid seeing performers arriving on stage, do nothing at all, then leaving the stage. This is not very entertaining for the audience. There are many Photo Opportunities are available outside the Live Show for those who wish to show off their costumes but do not wish to perform.
Yes, performers in the Live Show are not required to have a costume - but good taste does demand a certain level of decorum.
There will be cold water, straws, and fans available. Flash photography, and Videography will be permitted during the Live Show. If any other items are needed, please let the event Director know.
Please see the rules for further details. If you have any further questions, have no hesitation about contacting us. If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the Live Show, please pass this information on. Thank you for helping us provide some entertainment for those members of our convention who have an interest in costuming and performance art.
The Live Show performance must be restricted to PG in nature.
Performances above that rating are only allowed upon prior approval from the event Director.
Simulation or physical suggestion of sexual acts, extreme violence, and/or deviation from the performance rehearsed in order to breach the event's rating is not permitted.
Performers may only interact with the audience during the Live Show with prior permission and review by the event Director. Security may remove any performer who oversteps these boundaries during their act. If you are not sure, ask the event Director.
The CanFURence Live Show is an event designed to provide amateur or professional costumers and performance artists a showcase in which to demonstrate and share their talents in front of a live audience.
BT-Armistice will be MC'ing the Live Show. He will be able to read pre-prepared narration or notes during any performance which can be arranged ahead of time during the rehearsal. Notes must be legible so he can read it during the show.
There is a MANDATORY rehearsal for all Live Show participants before the event.
The time and location will be announced as the convention draws closer. During the rehearsal, each participant must provide a description and, preferably, a demonstration of their performance or presentation. This is to review acts for content, verify that there is an act to be performed, arrange the performances in an intelligent progression, and as a practice run for the performers.
This rehearsal will be closed to the convention attendees, so performers need not worry about surprise costumes or acts being spoiled. If a participant cannot participate in the rehearsal for whatever reason, they must notify the Director of the event in advance. A performance that is not reviewed before the Live Show will not be allowed to participate. Presentations must be provided in a format presentable by the technical staff.
All performers are requested to have at least one "spotter" at all times during the Live Show, including the setup. A "spotter" is a person who helps guide, protect, and assist any costumers to avoid injury or damage.
The Live Show will also have volunteers who will be able to provide additional help if necessary.