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What The Fur
June 2012, Montreal, Quebec

I want to thank all of you who came to Montreal and participated in What The Fur this year. Without all of you, nothing would be possible. Also without all of you, it would be about a dozen people sitting in a bunch of empty hotel rooms for a weekend. So thank you! The zombies seem to be dissapearing slowly, unfortunately taking all of your smiling faces with them. But have no fear, we're already working on 2012!

For a little bit of information, here’s what happened in June 2011:

  • 221 people came to Montreal and had an amazing weekend!
  • 32 people got a chance to walk around the Hotel Espresso, and even through the heart of downtown Montreal in their fursuits, much to the surprise and happy confusion of many passers by.
  • A taste bud explosion was said to have re-occurred at the opening ceremonies, reportedly caused by the consumption of mass amounts of some of the best chocolates out there! (We sincerely apologise to those who lost sleep due to the ingestion of too much chocolate). The Tastiest Opening Ceremonies; returning to you next year.
  • People bought art, learned about the fandom, learned a few new skills, and made a lot of new friends.

And not the least, which brought both a tear to my eye and smiles from many, the attendees of What The Fur gave generously to our charity. Through donations and through the Charity Auction we raised an astounding $2223 for the Ecomuseum.
Our website will soon be updated with information about exactly where this money will be used. The Ecomuseum and What The Fur want to thank everyone who gave of their time, and of their money to help. To all of the artists who submitted pieces to the auction, and to everyone who visited the Ecomuseum, thank you.

As announced at the closing ceremonies this year, What The Fur will indeed rise from under the fallen masses of zombies to return next year! Our Guest of Honour will be none other than the amazing Karine “Kanthara” Charlebois, and we will be host to all kinds of denizens of the dark with our theme for 2012: Creatures of the Night.

At the time of writing this, we are planning to hold the event from the 1st through 3rd of June 2012. We can also confirm we will be returning to the Hotel Espresso. Registration for the convention will open up soon, so keep your eyes out.

To close off this year, I would like to thank each and every person that attended the event. You are all what made it worthwhile. From those that lent their time in giving a panel or workshop, those that volunteered their time to make sure that everything ran smoothly, to the tireless staff who gave up so much to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves, and to you, the attendees, without whom this wouldn’t have been possible. I would also like to thank our gracious guests, Kalika and Demicoeur for all of the time they spent preparing, and for all the beautiful artworks.

I would also like to send out a special thanks to the staffs of several other conventions, without their help, we couldn’t have done what we did. So, in no particular order: Furnal Equinox, FurFright, Feral! and Con*Cept.  Also, to the members of MonFur for their support and help before and during the convention.

Thank you for 2011, and see you next year!

Chris "Feli” Pilgrim



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