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After months of unseasonably cool and rainy weather, the sun shone freely for the 2017 CFC Annual Garden Party on Wednesday, June 7. It warmed and delighted the 300 guests who attended and made the lush green grounds of Windfields Estate sparkle.

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) was proud to partner with our friends, Business for the Arts, who co-hosted this year’s Garden Party. This annual soiree attracts and celebrates our CFC Circle of Supporters, sponsors, talent and many friends. We were honoured to be graced by the presence of our Founder and Chair Emeritus, Norman Jewison, and his wife, Lynne St. David Jewison, as well as The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of, Tourism, Culture and Sport; Councillor Jaye Robinson, Ward 25; Gary Slaight, CFC Board Member, President and Chief Executive Officer, Slaight Communications Inc., and patron of The Slaight Family Music Lab; and our friends from Business for the Arts, Chairman Dr. James D. Fleck, O.C., and Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business for the Arts.

Four photos: top left is two men smiling; top right is a display of chocolate strawberries; bottom right is two glasses of wine; bottom left is four people posing and smiling for a candid shot.

Clockwise from top left: Gary Slaight and Robert Foster; chocolate covered strawberries; glasses of white wine and rosé to start the summer; Karmen Lum, Paul Bronfman, Norman Jewison, Lynne St. David-Jewison.

Our emcee for the evening, Christina Jennings, CFC Board Chair, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury, welcomed everyone and invited Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC, to the podium. He thanked the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto for their continued support of the CFC and arts and culture more broadly. Klymkiw then invited The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, to the stage. Minister McMahon acknowledged how much the CFC enhances the sector’s competitiveness, contributing to Ontario’s $2.7 billion-dollar economy and 49,000 jobs in the screen-based entertainment industry in 2016 alone. She concluded her remarks by sharing the news that the Ontario Government has renewed its commitment to the CFC with a multi-year funding investment.

Two men and two women standing in front of a wide expanse of land.

L-R: The Honourable Eleanor McMahon; Slawko Klymkiw; Norman Jewison; Lynne St. David-Jewison.

Klymkiw returned to speak about the CFC’s history of creating successful industry partnerships with the supporters and sponsors who share our commitment to building a strong entertainment business. He then announced the CFC’s newest groundbreaking initiative – the CFC/Bell Media Vision Project.

This initiative will expand the development of both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences at the CFC, which will complement IDEABOOST, our business accelerator supported by our founding partner Corus and funded in part by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Klymkiw thanked Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media, and Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media, for their support in nurturing the kinds of creative talent and bold ideas that keep CFC ahead of the curve.

Two photos of a woman (left) and a man (right) speaking at a podium.

Nichole Anderson and James D. Fleck, O.C., of Business for the Arts.

Next, Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business for the Arts, came to the podium, and described how much Business for the Arts loves the Garden Party, one of their “favourite events of the year.” She the introduced Business for the Arts Chairman Dr. James D. Fleck, O.C., who came to the podium to announce three of the Business for the Arts major award winners for 2017: Diane Obam Dallaire, winner of The Arnold Edinborough Award; Piers Handling, winner of The Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award; and Tony Gagliano, winner of the Edmund C. Bovey Award.

Three photos of people speaking at a podium: top photo is of two men; bottom right is a woman; bottom left is a man.

Top: Chairman James D. Fleck, O.C. with Piers Handling; Bottom Right: Diane Obam Dalliare; Bottom Left: Tony Gagliano.

To round out the party, we were treated to two exceptional performers, Rebecca Everett, resident of The Slaight Music Residency, and then Slaight Music artist, singer/songwriter Sam Drysdale. We would like to extend our appreciation once more to The Slaight Family Foundation, who recently renewed their commitment to supporting our programs in Music here at the CFC.

Two photos of a woman (top) and a man (bottom) singing and performing.

Slaight Music resident Rebecca Everet (top); Slaight Music artist Sam Drysdale.

This entire evening could not have occurred without our wonderful sponsors. We want to extend our sincere thanks to our Circle of Supporters Screening Event Partners, and this year’s food and beverage sponsors for providing such delectable fare. For more information on our partners please refer to the "Event Sponsors" tab and "Circle of Supporters Partners and Donors" tab. 
We hope everyone enjoyed the evening!

All photos courtesy of David Lee.

The delicious food and beverages served at the 2017 CFC Annual Garden Party were generously by the following sponsors:



Logo for Elevation Pictures
Logo for Entertainment One
Logos for VVS Films
Logo for Warner Bros. Pictures




Logo for Toronto life


We wish to thank our dedicated Circle of Supporters. You continue to nurture and grow the CFC, which benefits all of us in creating a new generation of Canadian talent that will shine both here and abroad, for generations to come.

Windfields Circle ($10,000 +)

Diane Blake and Stephen Smith
Fresh TV
John Morayniss and Maria Hale
Leanne and George Lewis
Robin and Robert Ogilvie
Marita Simbul-Lezon
Marion and Gerald Soloway
The Paul Bronfman Family Charitable Foundation

Platinum Circle ($5,000 – $9,999)

James Arnett
Rob and Kathy Bromley
Sylvia Soyka
Julia West and Richard Wernham

Gold Circle ($2,000 – $4,999)

Paul H. Barry
Martha Burns and Paul Gross
Bob Dorrance and Gail Drummond
Ellen Fine *
Blake C. Goldring **
Slawko Klymkiw and Christina Bylyna
Robert Lantos, Serendipity Point Films
Sheena Macdonald and Phil Schmitt
Michael MacMillan
Nancy and John McFadyen ***
John McKellar
David Purdy
MaryAnne Runnalls ***
Jay Switzer and Ellen Dubin ***
Willson Entertainment Productions

Silver Circle ($1,000 – $1,999)

Ralph Brown, QC
Cameron Pictures Inc.
William Clarke **
Suzette Couture
Pat DiBratto
Norm Feferman **
Yvonne and David Fleck
Karen Foss
Eric Gertner ***
Susan Guichon
Cheryl Hudson and Michael Say
Christina Jennings *
David Kines
Claudio Luca
Jacqueline Mackey
Neil McEneaney
Abby and Perry Minuk ***
Lorraine Morfea **
The Munroe Family
The Norman and Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation ***
Margaret Nightingale
David Pennycook
Jeff and Meryl Rosenthal
Dr. Betty Rozendaal and Sonny Goldstein **
Andra Takacs **
Myrna Weinstein ***
Brian Wisenberg and Anita Saliss

Bronze Circle ($500 – $999)

Pancheta (Pat) Barnett
Deborah Bernstein and Sam Freeman
Dr. Paul and Joyce Chapnick **
Jerry Ciccoritti and Paula Rivera
Kevin Colero
Collins Barrow Toronto LLP *
Heather Conway
Mark and Cherie Daitchman ***
Perry N. Dellelce
Sandy DiRezze
Pamela Earle
Argie Eliopoulos
Deborah Fallows
Robert and Julia Foster
Richard Gotlib
Doreen Gryfe ***
Dr. Mark Gwartzman ***
Michael and Marjorie Hale *
Ian Hull
Carolyn Kates *
Marvin and Estelle Kates *
Joy Kaufman and Edward Antecol ***
Robert Kligman and Sandra Secord *
Joni Lindsay ***
Terry E. Markus **
Kara Palleschi
Cecil and Robert Rabinovitch
Hilary Read
Harvey L. Rogers ***
Millard Roth and Sandra Gertner
Nancy Thompson
Debra Thuet and Mike Wilson **
Phil and Vanessa von Finckenstein
Marvin Waxman ***
Marlene Sable Weller **

A Gift in Memory of Ron Atkey

And four (4) donors who wish to remain anonymous.

* over 5 years of support
** over 10 years of support
*** over 20 years of support

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