The 29th annual Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Fundraiser BBQ 2017 took place during the first Sunday of TIFF (Toront International Film Festival) 2017, and it brought the Canadian entertainment industry together to celebrate and raise funds for CFC programs in film, tv, acting, music and digital. It was the perfect day to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Windfields Estate.
Christina Jennings, producer of Murdoch Mysteries and Chair of the Board of Directors of the CFC, Slawko Klymkiw, CEO of CFC and Norman Jewison, celebrated director and Founder/ Chair Emeritus of the CFC all gave speeches and talked about the importance of the work of the CFC.
At TIFF 2017, there were 70 CFC alumnae associated with 29 projects, including CFC alumnae films that had their world premieres or North American premieres. CFC films featured at TIFF2017 included Mary Goes Round, Never Steady, Never Still, Black Cop, Cardinals, Indian Horse, Don’t Talk to Irene, Public Schooled, Meditation Park, Porcupine Lake, Pyewacket, April’s Daughter, and Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle.
Musical performers providing entertainment for the bbq were Sam Drysdale and Aimee Bessada. The CFC Media Lab put together the House of Immersive Media with cool activations in virtual and augmented reality.
Besides fresh hot dogs and burgers, there was so much to eat and try, including, paella from La Fiesta Catering, Lolli Cakes mini cupcakes, Flow alkaline water, corn on the cob from The Mighty Cob, Pizzaville pizzas, and tacos from Quesada. Magnotta Winery, Mill Street beer, and Belvedere Vodka washed them all down.
gelato from Gelato Fresco and cannolis from Holy Cannoli provided a sweet finish.
Guests included the who’s who of the Canadian entertainment industry like Minister of Children and Youth Hon. Michael Coteau, actor Emmanuel Kabongo of CBC‘s 21 Thunder, Kara Alloway of the Real Housewives of Toronto classical guitarist and ” First Lady of the Guitar,” Liona Boyd, actor Jeff Teravainen of SYFY‘s Dark Matter, director Bruce MacDonald, actor Randy Thomas and producer Don Carmody.