On Thursday, February 15th, a mix of screen industry executives and luminaries, philanthropists, and CFC donors and sponsors gathered at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto to celebrate the official kickoff of CFC’s 30th anniversary at our 2018 Annual Gala & Auction.

The Gala is our largest annual fundraising event. Through the generous support of our sponsors, donors and gala guests, we raised funds towards our renowned programs and initiatives spanning film, TV, screen acting, screen composing and songwriting, and digital media. These programs help support, develop and accelerate the content, careers and companies of dynamic creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based and digital industries. Through a video message, CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus, Norman Jewison reflected on 30 incredible years at the Canadian Film Centre and invited guests to toast the next 30 years of incredible Canadian talent yet to come.

A musician singing and playing a guitar.

Slaight Music artist Tomi Swick performing at the gala

Directly following this message, alumni of the 2016 Slaight Music Residency – Aimee Bessada, Chris Reineck, Neil Haverty, Rebecca Everett and Spencer Creaghan – took to the stage to perform a medley of hit songs featured in Norman Jewison’s beloved films, including “In the Heat of the Night,” and “Hurricane.”

After the energetic rendition of these classic songs, the evening’s Co-Chairs, Slawko Klymkiw, CFC’s CEO, and Christina Jennings, Chair of CFC’s Board of Directors, welcomed guests to the Gala. As guests were enjoying their meals, Slaight Music artist Tomi Swick serenaded the Ballroom audience with some of his original songs, including hit single, “Liberty.”

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Guests enjoying the 2018 gala

Throughout the evening, guests socialized, enjoyed the finest cuisine, tested their luck with our raffle, vied for much coveted auction items and discovered a new way to selfie at the Toronto Life x PartyPix Photo Booth.

A photo booth installation.

PartyPix Photo booth installation

Our ever-exciting Live Auction offered irresistible bespoke packages, including: tickets to AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Event (including airfare and accommodations); the ultimate racing experience behind the wheel of a high-performance car during Pfaff Track day at the the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park; a trip to Los Angeles to enjoy the Season 14 live finale of CTV’s The Voice along with a two-night stay in a luxury hotel; an unforgettable day at the Rogers Cup, travelling in style in a Cadillac Escalade SUV from Roy Foss motors, a private VIP suite for 20 attendees, a behind-the-scenes tour and access to the players lounge; a private screening of an Elevation Pictures film at the luxurious Hazleton Hotel Toronto; courtside seats to a Toronto Raptors game against the Detroit Pistons; flight and two-nights accommodation as AMC’s Guest at the 2018 New York Comic-Con; and last, but certainly not least, a “suite” view of Maple Leafs game at the 200 Level for 12 guests, featuring a $1500 credit for food and beverage, along with a dedicated in-suite hostess at the ACC.

A guest making a bid on a silent auction item.

A guest making a bid on a silent auction item

Silent Auction offerings for this year’s gala included the awe-inspiring spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, a glimpse of the magic behind the mystery with a set visit to Murdoch Mysteries, as well as tickets to live tapings of the Rick Mercer Report, The Social, among other priceless Experience Packages. Additionally, the auction featured a selection of luxury items from David Yurman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Archives, Links of London and more.

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All photos by George Pimentel Photography

Thank you to all of our guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped make CFC’s 24th Annual Gala & Auction a brilliant success!