CFC ANNUAL BBQ FUNDRAISER 2017

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On Sunday, September 10, 2017, some 2000 people from the screen entertainment industry made their way uptown from the downtown bustle of the Toronto International Film Festival to our picturesque and historic campus on Windfields Estate to celebrate the 29th annual CFC BBQ Fundraiser!


A crowd of people mingling at a summer BBQ.

Photo: Danilo Ursini


Hosted by CFC’s Chief Executive Office, Slawko Klymkiw, and CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus, Norman Jewison, the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser raises funds for our multi-disciplinary programs in film, television, music, acting and digital media. Amidst our many beloved attendees at this year’s BBQ were some honoured guests who came to support the CFC, including The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs; Robert Oliphant, MP for Don Valley West; James Villeneuve, Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles; The Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services; Jaye Robinson, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 25, Don Valley West; Shelley Carroll, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 33, Don Valley East; and of course our Founder Norman Jewison and his wife, Lynne St. David-Jewison


A portrait of a man and a woman (man on the left, woman on the right)

CFC Founder Norman Jewison with his wife Lynne St. David-Jewison. Photo: Danilo Ursini


This year, we have more of our alumni than ever before with projects participating in the 42nd edition of the festival – an impressive 70 alumni attached to 29 different projects.We are particularly proud to share the news that our ground breaking 1995 drama RUDE, written and directed by CFC alumnus Clement Virgo, will enjoy an encore screening at this year’s festival. This classic Canadian film is joined by CFC Features latest project, PUBLIC SCHOOLED, a charming, coming-of-age tale from CFC alumni writer/director Kyle Rideout and writer/producer Josh Epstein. The comedy stars Judy Greer and Russell Peters and will have its world premiere as part of the Contemporary World Cinema program. We were thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni at our annual BBQ Fundraiser. (For the full list of CFC alumni films at TIFF 2017, click HERE.)


A woman playing the guitar.

Aimee Bessada, alumna of The Slaight Family Music Lab, performing at the 2017 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser. 
Photo: Danilo Ursini


The crowd also erupted in applause and fits of delight for the musical performances at this year’s BBQ, courtesy of The Slaight Family Foundation. Slaight Music artist Sam Drysdale kicked things off playing two originals songs, and was followed by The Slaight Family Music Lab alumna, Aimee Bessada, who played one original song and performed her cover of Rod Stewart’s ‘Stay With Me.’


A woman wearing a virtual reality headset.

A BBQ guest experiencing one of the VR/AR activations in the House of Immersive Media.
Photo: Danilo Ursini


Our BBQ would not be complete without some amazing activations from CFC Media Lab, which held the House of Immersive Media at the BBQ, where guests patiently waited to catch the newest in virtual and augmented reality.


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