On September 8, 2013, CFC welcomed more than 2,000 guests onto our grounds for the CFC Annual BBQ that celebrated a quarter century of creativity. CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison and the CFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Slawko Klymkiw played host to a large gathering of both Canadian and international talent in celebrating the creative spirit that has enabled Canada’s talent to shine at home and abroad.
Under sunny skies, CFC alumni and guests celebrated Canadian filmmaking talent and their achievements at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, while enjoying live performances generously sponsored by Slaight Music featuring Theo Tams and Jessica Mitchell.
The CFC Annual BBQ is one of our biggest fundraising events to support the development of Canada’s creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based entertainment industries. Through donations and raffle (sponsored by Anzie Jewelry exclusively at Holt Renfrew), $190,000 was raised to support CFC’s highly respected programs in film, television, screen acting, music and digital media.
The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport was in attendance to make a special announcement – the Ontario Government’s renewed commitment to the CFC with a multi-year investment of $9 million to its programs.
Other special guests included: John Carmichael, MP for Don Valley West, who extended congratulations on behalf of the Government of Canada; Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill, Ontario, Jaye Robinson, City of Toronto Councillor for Ward 25, Don Valley West; Ken Taylor OC, Canadian diplomat. Celebrated guests and filmmaking talents included: Wendy Crewson, Jian Gomeshi, Emily Hampshire, Jully Black, Lauren Lee Smith, Gabrielle Miller, TIFF Rising Stars Johnathan Sousa, Cara Gee and Evelyne Brochu, Aaron Ashmore, Katie Boland, Meg Tilly, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Peter Stebbings, Gordon Pinsent, Liona Boyd, Conrad Black, Leah Pinsent, Alanis Obomsawin, Gregory Smith, Hélène Joy, Ali Liebert, Michelle Nolden, Meghan Heffern, Rob Stewart, Tantoo Cardinal, Raymond Ablack, Dalmar Abuzeid, Angela Asher and Jeanne Beker.
The afternoon was made complete by an array of delicious food, courtesy of Gourmet Burger Co., Sequel Event Catering, Barque Smokehouse, Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill, Lollicakes, Paintbox Bistro, Gourmet Express Lago, Vertical, The Big Cannoli, Gelato Fresco, Nawab Fusion Grill, Miele, as well as beverages from Karlo Estates, Mill Street Brewery, Crystal Head Vodka, Patron XO Café, Starbucks, Evian and Badoit. Event support provided by VIB Event Staffing Inc., Location Equipment Supply, Chair-man Mills and decor sponsor, Pink Twig.
Thank you to all of our donors, suppliers, event staff and volunteers for helping us make the BBQ another outstanding success!