On Wedesday, February 1st, the CFC hosted its 23rd Annual Gala and Auction at the luxurious Ritz Carlton in downtown Toronto. This year, the CFC joined in the festivities honouring Canada’s 150 birthday as a nation and invited our country's top screen-based entertainment talent, luminaries and philanthropists to celebrate with us. 

4 People standing in front of a media wall

L-R: Kate Alexander Daniels; Mayor John Tory; Christina Jennings; Slawko Klymkiw. Photo: Tom Sandler.

The Annual Gala and Auction represents the CFC’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and supports the CFC’s range of integrated programs and initiatives spanning film, television, music, screen acting, digital media, comedy, virtual reality, documentaries and more. We want to express our gratitude to our presenting sponsors, The Slaight Family Foundation and Cineplex Entertainment. Thanks to them, and to the generous contributions of the many more who sponsored and attended the event, the CFC can continue to be a globally focused talent, content and business accelerator nurturing Canada’s next-generation storytellers into our nation’s future – ideally, the nation’s Bicentennial!

4 Photos of people posing at the CFC Gala

Clockwise from top left: Randy Lennox and Tara Spencer-Nairn (Photo: Ernesto Di Stefano); Simona Shnaider (Photo: Sam Santos / George Pimentel Photography); Michael and Anita Friisdahl; Daryn Sutherland with Rob Guenette (Photos: Ernesto Di Stefano).

Gala Chairs Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury, and Michael Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Filmed Entertainment, Cineplex, took to the stage to formally welcome guests and introduce the first performance of the evening. CFC’s own singer/songwriters from The Slaight Music Residency – Soloists Rebecca Everett and Aimee Bessada, with Laura Barrett, Michael Peter Olsen and Chris Reineck – joined forces to perform two songs for the enthusiastic crowd. Once the main course was complete, our guests enjoyed a performance by Kayla Diamond, a Slaight Music artist and winner of the Slaight Music 2015 “It’s Your Shot” contest.

Singer on stage smiling in front of a microphone

Clockwise from top left: Slaight Music artist Kayla Diamond(Photo: Ernesto Di Stefano).

Our ever-exciting Live Auction offered irresistible bespoke packages, including: the Juno Awards weekend getaway; tickets to AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere Event; a trip to Los Angeles to enjoy the Season 11 live finale of CTV’s The Voice; a $10,000 shopping spree at Holt Renfrew, complete with a personal shopper and lunch for four at Holts Café; a private screening of a Warner Bros. movie at the luxurious Hazleton Hotel Toronto; courtside seats to a Toronto Raptors game against the Washington Wizards; and last, but certainly not least, a “suite” view of Maple Leafs game at the 200 Level for 12 guests, featuring a $1500 credit for food and beverage, along with a dedicated in-suite hostess at the ACC. 

2 Photos of the CFC Silent Auction display

Guests peruse the silent auction items on display, including one by beloved local designer Wendy Tancock. Photos: Sam Santos / George Pimentel Photography (l) and Ernesto Di Stefano (r).

Silent Auction offerings for this year’s gala included an array of experience packages sure to satisfy TV lovers with set visits to hit series Orphan Black, Schitt’s Creek, and Murdoch Mysteries, as well as tickets to live tapings of The Marilyn Denis Show, the Rick Mercer Report and The Social, among other priceless Experience packages. Additionally, the auction featured a selection of luxury items from David Yurman, Coach, Sisley-Paris, Manolo Blahnik, WayHome, Roger Vivier and more. 

2 Photos of hors d'eouvres platters at CFC Gala

Some of the evening's delicacies. Photo: Ernesto Di Stefano.

Thank you to all of our guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped make CFC’s 23rd Annual Gala & Auction a brilliant success!