The 2015 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser

By Emily Gagne ● September 14, 2015 16:00

The view from above the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser. Photo: Tom Sandler Photography. 

On Sunday, September 13, 2015, CFC held its Annual BBQ Fundraiser at Windfields Estate. Although the weather forecast called for umbrellas, nothing could rain on the crowd of creative talent and insiders from the screen-based industry that came out to support the event, now in its 27th year.

This year’s CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser, hosted by CFC Chief Executive Officer Slawko Klymkiw and CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison, drew guests from all corners of the industry, some of which will see films premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Some notable guests at the event included Gary Slaight, Cas Anvar (TIFF selection Room), Benjamin Arthur (TIFF selection The Steps), Lyriq Bent (Pay the Ghost), Amanda Brugel, Lara Jean Chorostecki (X Company, TIFF selection Boxing), Gerry Dee, Eve Harlow (Heroes Reborn, The 100), Colin Mochrie, Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time), Julian Richings (TIFF selections The Rainbow Kid, She Stoops to Conquer and The Witch), Michael Wekerle (Dragon’s Den), U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, and Vicki Heyman. CFC alumni in attendance included Kate Corbett (The Steps), Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek), Jeffrey St. Jules (Bang Bang Baby), Matt Murray (Kevin From Work), Sherren Lee and the other alumni behind CFC short film and TIFF selection Benjamin, and Playback 5 to Watch’s Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey’s Anatomy) and Stella Meghie, among many others.

In addition to the aforementioned guests, the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser also welcomed several speakers, including Christina Jennings, Chair, CFC Board of Directors; Honourable Michael Coteau, Minster of Tourism, Culture and Sport; and John Morayniss, Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment One Television. Morayniss was on hand for a special announcement, revealing to guests and media that the CFC is partnering with Entertainment One on a new program, the CFC/Entertainment One TV Adaptation Lab.

Following a few words from Morayniss, Jewison took to the podium to speak about the CFC’s recent initiatives, as well as this event and its guests and supporters.

“I just want to thank everyone for braving this cold, cold day to come out here and support Canadian creativity,” he said. “Because this is a film town and this is a place where it all starts. This is where talent is schooled and encouraged and supported, and that’s what this place is about.”

Jewison went on to recall the first ever CFC BBQ, during which Whoopi Goldberg ended up getting lost, and Robert DeNiro “wouldn’t stay away from the bull.” As he said, that event “was an unbelievable beginning, but every year [the CFC BBQ] has grown.”

Norman Jewison speaks to the press following his remarks. Photo: Danilo Ursini.

Before and after the speakers’ remarks, guests were invited to indulge in various treats from the event’s food sponsors including Holts Café, 10tation Event Catering, Nisos Importing, Holy Cannoli, The Cake Collective, Gelato Fresco, Lollicakes, Pizzaville, The Food Studio Catering, Temi Bakes, The Mighty Cob and Quesada. Beverages were also served, thanks to drink sponsors Crystal Head Vodka, Gilmore Wine (a Karlo Estates line of wine), Mill Street Brewery and Flow Water.

The 2015 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser was made possible with the support of many generous corporate sponsors. Thank you to our platinum sponsors: A&E, Cineplex, Corus, Cast & Crew, Netflix, Shaw Media, DHX Media, Temple Street Productions, The Spoke Club, Craft Toronto, Miele, Stage and Screen and Karlo Estates; our gold sponsors: Entertainment One, Highway Entertainment, Shaftesbury Films and Roy Foss Cadillac; our silver sponsors: Deluxe, Don Carmody Productions, Super Channel, Pinewood Toronto Studios, William F. White International Inc., Cinespace Studios, Breakthrough Entertainment, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Buck Productions, SoftLayer and Marblemedia; our bronze sponsors: The Directors Guild of Canada Ontario, Muse Entertainment, Tattersall Sound & Picture, Fresh TV, Chesler Perlmutter Productions, Take 5 Productions, HangLoose Media, Prodigy Pictures Inc., BFL Canada Risk and Insurance Services Inc., Halfire Entertainment, 9 Story Media Group, The Working Group, 1188 Films Inc. and StreamDaily; our media partners Toronto Life, the National Post and the Toronto Star;and our event sponsors Event Rental Group, VIB Event Staffing and Whites Location Equipment Supply Inc.

One area of CFC Media Lab's VR Dome at the Annual BBQ Fundraiser. Photo: Danilo Ursini.

Entertainment for the afternoon event was supplied by Slaight Music resident Liam Titcomb, Slaight Music artist Jillea, and HEY! DW. CFC Media Lab also hosted the SoftLayer Entrepreneurs Zone, where digital entrepreneurs could mingle with IDEABOOST companies such as Changio, Bubl, Wondereur and Mediazoic, as well as the latest IDEABOOST Network Connect participants. And finally, CFC Media Lab presented a VR Dome featuring various virtual reality experiences alongside partners AMD and Occupied VR.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2015 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser. 

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Emily Gagne

Specialist, Social Media & Digital Communications