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're a fan of cartoon animals, cinematic creatures, or mascot characters, CanFURence caters to fans of all things anthropomorphic. For 2019, our theme is "Mystery" and we have a lot of mysterious surprises in store for you aspiring gumshoes this year!

The CanFURence Extravaganza 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.

If you'd like to perform in the Extravaganza, you can see the rules here, and fill in an application here.

May I perform in the Extravaganza without a costume?

Yes!  Performances in the Extravaganza are not required to have a costume.

I don't have a performance or presentation. Can I still be in the Extravaganza?

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 available outside the Extravaganza for those who wish to show off their costumes but do not wish to perform.

Will there be a rehearsal?

There is a MANDATORY rehearsal for all Extravaganza 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 Extravaganza will not be allowed to participate. Presentations must be provided in a format presentable by the technical staff.

What is the Extravaganza rating?

The Extravaganza must be restricted to PG in nature. Performances above that rating are only allowed upon 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 Extravaganza 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. There is no harm in asking, we try to be very lenient.

Will there be people to assist me during the Extravaganza?

All performers are requested to have at least one "spotter" at all times during the Extravaganza, including the setup. A "spotter" is a person who helps guide, protect, and assist any costumers to avoid injury or damage. The Extravaganza will also have volunteers who will be able to provide additional help if necessary.

How will the Extravaganza progress?

All performers need to arrive one hour before the Extravaganza 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 Extravaganza 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 Extravaganza, 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.

Who is the MC for the Extravaganza?

BT Armistice will be MCing the Extravaganza. He will be able to read 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.

What amenities will be available for the Extravaganza?

There will be cold water, straws, and fans available. Flash photography, and Videography will be permitted during the Extravaganza. 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, don't hesitate to contact us.

If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the Extravaganza, 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.

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