If you live in Ontario, you probably haven't heard of Marc Scott - but you've probably seen him if you watched children's shows on TVOntario, the province's educational broadcaster (similar to PBS). He used to perform as the costumed character known as "Polkaroo", a polka-dotted kangaroo on the station's preschool TV series Polka-Dot Door from 1985 to 1993, and on later series such as Polka-Dot Shorts (1993-2001) and on Gisèle's Big Backyard (2001-2007).
His name has recently returned to the limelight - in a less than flattering way - after he attracted the attention of his former employer. He's received a cease-and-desist order and might face a potential lawsuit for creating and wearing an "unauthorized parody" of Polkaroo, named "Tokaroo", a red-eyed and brown-furred marijuana-smoking marsupial he created in celebration of Canada legalizing Marijuana on October 17, 2018.
Earlier today, Pachi the Porcupine was revealed as the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games mascot, in front of thousands of children at the annual Kids CBC Day in Toronto. CBC featured the mascot in action on their Toronto evening news.
Of the six finalists, Pachi was also most-liked by the public, in the online voting contest that gathered over 33,000 votes, according to the official press release. The voting contest results contributed 10% to the final score, along with other criteria including "embodies the spirit and values of the competition" and "has 'strong kid appeal'".
Organizers received 4130 submissions for the mascot, which was narrowed down to 108 in review before selecting the six finalists.
Correction (July 20): 33,000 was the number of votes received for all six finalist designs, not just for the winning entry as I initially reported.
|1) a Maple-leaf headed beaver
|2) a moose
|3) a multi-colour owl
|4) a porcupine with multi-color quills
|5) a raccoon
|6) twins wearing hats
Toronto-based furry convention Furnal Equinox has released its January 2013 newsletter. Preregistration remains open for the 2013 convention, though it will close on February 18.
The convention has also released Meet the Fuzz, the first in a series of promotional videos profiling Furries in Uniform and featuring a selection of Toronto-area cast and crew.
Though early bird preregistration for the convention has now ended, registration remains open, starting at $40 Canadian. Applications are also open for the convention's inaugural Art Show, and staff are seeking panel facilitators.
Early bird preregistration for the convention concludes in only a few days, on November 30.
The 2012 convention attracted over 630 attendees over three days, a 40% increase over 2011, and maintained its status as Canada's largest furry convention by attendance.
The convention starts this week at the Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Airport. Full memberships will be available at the door starting from $45 Canadian.
There are only two weeks remaining to preregister for the convention. The deadline is Sunday, March 4; memberships start at $40 Canadian.
Entitled Menagerie, the art show features the work of nineteen local artists, who explore "the idea of anthropomorphism as a form of self-extension".
The exhibition, featuring images of a number of different species, runs until February 26. Entry is free.
The convention is actively seeking contributions from attendees in the last 50 days before the convention, including conbook submissions, panelists and volunteers.
A convention-sponsored Christmas potluck took place December 17, attracting more than 75 attendees and raising over $500 for the convention's charity, the Mississauga Humane Society. Early bird pre-registrations closed November 30; dealers tables are now sold out. The con also continues to search for conbook submissions, volunteers, panelists and DJs.
Early bird registration and submissions for the Infurnally Yours Video Competition close on November 30. The convention also seeks conbook submissions, panelists and volunteers.
Canadian furry convention Furnal Equinox has announced its first "Infurnally Yours" video competition. To enter, participants must create and post a YouTube video (max. two minutes) citing the con's website and answering the question 'Why come to Furnal Equinox 2012?'
The winning video producer will receive a sponsor membership to Furnal Equinox 2012. Entries will be judged based on originality, creativity, tastefulness and quality of the final product, as well as the number of views and likes received on the YouTube website.
Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET, November 30; finalists will be chosen soon after. Official contest rules and the entry form are available on Furnal Equinox's website.