The 2014 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● September 10, 2014 15:00


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CFC Founder Norman Jewison with actor Adam Beach at the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser. Photo credit: Danilo Ursini


On Sunday, September 7, 2014, CFC held its Annual BBQ Fundraiser on our campus on Windfields Estate under sunny skies. The CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser is one of our biggest fundraising events that supports the development of Canada’s creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based entertainment industries. Through donations and the support of many generous sponsors, all monies raised from the event fund the CFC’s various programs in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media.

Gary Slaight with Marc Jordan, Songwriter Chair of The Slaight Family Music Lab. Photo credit: Danilo Ursini

Hosted by CFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Slawko Klymkiw and our beloved founder, filmmaker Norman Jewison, during the Toronto International Film Festival, the event drew more than 1800 attendees who came out to show their support for the CFC and our pursuit of mentoring content creators and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and digital media landscapes. The event was attended by many celebrities and individuals from Canada’s screen-based entertainment industries, including Don Carmody and Catherine Gourdier, Gary and Donna Slaight, Ron Suter, Salah Bachir , Michael Kennedy, Adam Beach ( Arctic Air), George Stroumboulopoulos, Zaib Shaikh, Marc Jordan, Sarah Gadon (Maps to the Stars), Jason Priestley, Gregory Smith (Rookie Blue), Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue), Tara Spencer-Nair (Corner Gas), Eric Murdoch (October Gale), Gerry Dee (Mr. D), Measha Brueggergosman, plus CFC alumni filmmaking talent Jeffrey St. Jules, Stephen Dunn, Charles Officer, Ann Medina, Elizabeth Yake, Kevin Eastwood, Laurie Lynd, Randall Cole, Alexandre Franchi, Denise Blinn, Steve Cochrane, Cal Coons, Boris Rodriguez, Daniel Cockburn, Brian Morey, Elyse Friedman, Gloria Kim, Matthew Cervi, James Genn, Danijel Margetic, Tricia Fish, Charles Officer, Sara St. Onge, Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart, Cory Bowles, Chris Trebilcock, Andrew Barnsley, Rob Scarborough, Slater Jewell-Kemker and Rob Grant,  and TIFF Rising Stars Shannon Kook and Sophie Desmarais, among many others.

Slawko Klymkiw, CFC's CEO with John Carmichael, MP, DonValley West. Photo credit: Danilo Ursini

Honoured guests of the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser included MP John Carmichael, Don Valley West; Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade; and Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, who made remarks reaffirming their commitment to the CFC and highlighted how their generous contributions helped support the creation of our new building, The Northern Dancer Pavilion, and the development of new digital entertainment products and services through CFC Media Lab.

Mr. Jewison also shared some of his wisdom with attendees, exclaiming that the day belonged to the future generation of filmmakers and television creators, “It’s about talent, actors, writers, directors, producers, editors,” he said. “It’s about the creative force that will bring our stories to the screens of the world – and we’ve got a lot of stories to tell.”

Ron and Sharon Suter with David Zitzerman inside the Northern Dancer Pavilion at the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser. Photo credit: Danilo Ursini

Guests were treated to an assortment of provisions from our generous food sponsors, including Gourmet Burger Co., 10tation Event Catering, Holts Café, The Mighty Cob, Lollicakes, Gelato Fresco and Pizzaville, as well as drinks courtesy of our sponsors Evian, Crystal Head Vodka, wine from Karlo Estates and beer from Mill St. Brewery.

The 2014 CFC Annual Fundraiser was made possible thanks to the generous support of our many corporate sponsors; our Platinum Sponsors: A&E, Cineplex Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc., Epitome Pictures Inc., Shaw Media, Temple Street Productions, The Spoke Club, Craft Toronto, Miele, The September; our Gold Sponsors: Netflix, Shaftesbury, Entertainment One, Highway Entertainment; our Silver Sponsors: Deluxe, Don Carmody Productions, Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc., Force Four Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment, Super Channel, Pinewood Toronto Studios, William F. White International Inc.; our Bronze Sponsors: The Directors Guild of Canada Ontario, Tattersall Sound & Picture, Thunderbird, Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, 9 Story Entertainment, Urbancorp, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Stage and Screen Travel Services, Indiegogo, BDO, Miller Thomson, Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group, 123RF, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Bubl Technology Inc., 1188 Films, HLP & Partners; our Media Partners: Toronto Life, National Post and The Toronto Star; and our event sponsors: Event Rental Group, VIB Event Staffing, Whites Location Equipment Supply Inc., and Uber.

Media scrum with Norman Jewison. Photo credit: Danilo Ursini

Guests also enjoyed special musical performances by Robyn Dell’Unto and Adaline, 2013 Slaight Music Residents, courtesy of The Slaight Family Foundation, and Alexa Goldie, courtesy of PS Records/Popmania.

Thanks to all who came out to the 2014 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser and all who gave us your support to make this year’s BBQ a successful and memorable event.


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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications