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What is Fur-Eh!?

Fur-Eh! is Alberta, Canada’s first anthropomorphic convention, held annually in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Originally conceived in 2010 by Thallanor Rasmuson and co-founded by Fallout Coyote, the first Fur-Eh! was held in May 2012. Now one of Canada’s largest anthropomorphic conventions, each year furries from around the world gather at the Edmonton Inn & Conference Center to celebrate the anthropomorphic fandom and culture, raise money for charity, and share their love for everything anthropomorphic. Fur-Eh! also hosts an annual Christmas Party held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 2022, Thallanor officially stepped down as the convention chairman and handed the rains over to the new chairman bcbreakaway. If you’re interested in learning more about our history and how Fur-Eh! came to be, be sure to check out our full length documentary.

What is there to do at Fur-Eh!?

People attend anthropomorphic conventions for a variety of reasons. For a lot of furries, it’s an opportunity to spend time in person with online friends in the fandom that they only get to see once a year at conventions. Over the course of the convention, Fur-Eh! hosts a wide variety of panels for attendees to check out. You can meet others with shared interests, be entertained by the immense talent in the fandom, or learn/expand on a skill in things like animation, costume building, writing, drawing, and many other topics. Fur-Eh! also hosts an Art Show, Artists Alley, and Marketplace allowing the many talented artists in the fandom to showcase and sell their work.

What is a furry?

The furry fandom contains people of all ages and all walks of life. What exactly being a furry means and what the fandom means to someone is as varied as there are people in the fandom itself. Generally speaking a furry is anyone who enjoys anthropomorphized animal characters (think Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Brian Griffon). Some only enjoy the artwork produced by the community, while many others will create their own character called a Fursona, whom they will identify themselves as in the community. Some will even create costumes of their character, costing thousands of dollars, called a fursuit; however, owning a fursuit is not a requirement to be part of the fandom. In-fact less than half of the fandom actually own a fursuit, some due to the high cost associated with owning one, others are just simply not interested in that aspect of the fandom. One common theme among those in the fandom however, is feeling connected and welcome in an immense community of tens of thousands worldwide, where you’re free to be yourself without fear of judgment.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the fandom and how anthropomorphic conventions got started, we recommend watching the documentary The Fandom. They also produced a mini-series about what the fandom is and what it means to people, which can be viewed here. Another fantastic resource on the furry fandom is the fine folks over at Furscience. Furscience is the public face of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP), studying furries and their fandom and disseminating their evidence-based research to furries, the general public, scholars, and the media to increase understanding and decrease stigma.

Fur-Eh! History

2012

Date/Location: May 4-6, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn

Theme: None

Attendance: 200

Guest of Honour: Silent Ravyn

2013

Date/Location: May 3-5, 2013, at the Hilton Garden Inn

Theme: The Great Canadian Road Trip

Attendance: 273

Guest of Honour: Strawberry Neko

2014

Date/Location: May 2-4, 2014, at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre

Theme: Pirates of the North Saskatchewan River

Attendance: 351

Guest of Honour: Shinigamigirl

2015

Date/Location: May 8-10, 2015, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center

Theme: Weird Wild West! Steampunk meets the wild frontier!

Attendance: 472

Guest of Honour: Strype

2016

Date/Location: May 6-8, 2016, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center

Theme: Who Killed the Con Chair? A Furry Murder Mystery

Attendance: 625

Guest of Honour: Redcoat Cat

Charity: $3,214 raised for Underdogs Rescue Society

2017

Date/Location: June 15-18, 2017, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center

Theme: Harry Otter and the Furbidden Amulet

Attendance: 734

Guest of Honour: Davecko

Charity: $3,946.95 raised for Underdogs Rescue Society

2018

Date/Location: June 14-17, 2018, at the Edmonton Inn and Conference Center

Theme: Paws Vegas

Attendance: 743

Guest of Honour: Demicoeur

Charity: $7,801 raised for Underdogs Rescue Society

2019

Date/Location: June 13-16, 2019, at the Edmonton Inn and Conference Center

Theme: Unifursal Studios

Attendance: 867

Guest of Honour: Eerie Eden

Charity: $11,600 raised for Underdogs Rescue Society

COVID Years

Unfortunately, Fur-Eh! was unable to host an in-person convention in 2020 or 2021 due to the ongoing global health crises. That didn’t stop Fur-Eh! from helping bring the community together, hosting an online event “Fur-Eh! TV” consisting of prerecorded and live panels, and fundraising events for the Underdogs Rescue Society.

2022

Date/Location: July 14-18, 2022, at the Edmonton Inn and Conference Center

Theme: Mardi Paws

Attendance: 1,222

Guest of Honour: NicNak

Charity: $13,172.55 raised for Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society

2023

Date/Location: July 6-9, 2023, at the Edmonton Inn and Conference Center

Theme: Broadway Tails

Attendance: 1,594

Guest of Honour: Apoxon, Tarrin Rudders & Temperence

Charity: $16,746.23 raised for Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society