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VancouFur 2012 took place between March 9–11, 2012, although the convention had been in planning since the Spring of 2011. The event was chaired by Coal Silvermuzzle and co-chaired by Aphinity. Thanks to Vancouver's large and diverse Furry community, many of the founding staff of VancouFur had connections to other major events. Two of the most notable were Aphinity, known for his dedication to Howloween; and Trapa, who helped found Califur and Rainfurrest (and who chaired a prior attempt to form a furry convention in the Vancouver area).
The guest of honor for 2012 was Thumper. The theme for VancouFur's first year was "Great White North": a play on many of the widely held stereotypes about Canada. There were 347 attendees, with 73 fursuiters in the parade. Attendees came from as far away as Poland. VancouFur also attracted a fair amount of local media attention, and was featured on the local television news.. The convention’s featured charity was the “BC Siberian Husky Club”.
VancouFur 2013 again took place at the Executive Hotel, between March 1-3, 2013. Furry DJ Akonite was elected chair of the convention. The theme for 2013 — "Rocks and Rails,” — was inspired by the influential provincial railroad and mining industries. Attendance rose to 484 guests; an increase of almost 40% over the previous year.
The three Guests of Honour were the owners and artists of Con*Tact Caffeine: Jana Stout (Maly), Jon DiFrancesco (Jondi), and Omekin Lutz. The convention’s featured charity was once again the BC Siberian Husky Club.
VancouFur 2013 featured the first Community Spotlight, highlighting local talent from the British Columbia and Northern Washington furry community. 2013's spotlight was on Weremagnus.
The theme for VancouFur 2014 has been announced as "Gateway to the Pacific", celebrating Pacific rim culture "there is here in Vancouver." or a day in the life of Pacific Rim countries. Akonite was re-elected chair for the 2014 convention. VancouFur will be expanded to four days of events, and will be held between February 27 and March 2, 2014.
VancouFur has very close ties to Howloween. During the initial concept phase of VancouFur 2012, it was decided that Aphinity — organizer of Howloween since 2008 — should be an integral part of bringing a full-fledged convention to Vancouver, and he was named co-chair. The Executive Suites, home of VancouFur, also became home to Howloween in 2011, acting as a sort of dress rehearsal for the convention. Howloween now[when?] offers pre-registration at the door for the following year's VancouFur.
- ↑ http://vancoufur.ca/ Retrieved August 31, 2011.
- ↑ http://www.theprovince.com/news/Welcome+Vancoufur/6283625/story.html Newspaper story by The Vancouver Province. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
- ↑ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/life-video/video-bcs-vancoufur-convention/article552999/ CTV News story on VancouFur 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- ↑ "VF2014 - Splash page + closing ceremony info" March 9, 2013 post on the VancouFur account on Fur Affinity. Retrieved March 16, 2013
- ↑ March 17, 2013 post on the VancouFur account on Fur Affinity. Retrieved March 18, 2013
- Official VancouFur website
- VancouFur on LiveJournal
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- VancouFur on Facebook
- VancouFur on Fur Affinity
- VancouFur Promotional Videos on YouTube
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