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Neither humidity, rainclouds nor showers could dampen the spirits of our intrepid guests at the 2018 CFC Annual Garden Party on Wednesday, June 27. This year’s Garden Party also marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). In 1988, the vision of our celebrated CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus, Norman Jewison, drew together the first members of the CFC Circle of Supporters. This group of philanthropic individual donors – and guests of honour at our annual Garden Party – generate contributions to the CFC that have continued to make our work possible and keep us at the vanguard of new industry developments.

Four people stand, encircling an ornate cake.

L-R: Christina Jennings, CFC Board Chair, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury; Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC; Norman Jewison, CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus; and Lynne St. David-Jewison, with the CFC's 30th anniversary cake. Photo by Tom Sandler.

In addition to Norman Jewison and Lynne St. David-Jewison, some of this year’s special attendees included: Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp. and William F. White International Inc. and Chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios Inc.; Peter Apostolopoulos, President, TriBro Studios; Rochelle Adonis, Judge, The Great Canadian Baking Show; journalist and documentary producer, Ann Medina, one of our first producer residents from 1988; Peter O’Brian, Chair of the Board of Directors, TVO (and the first executive director of the CFC); and Rob Oliphant, M.P., Don Valley West.

Clockwise from top left: a crowd shot under a tent; a crowd inside an airy space; two women; a man and a woman.

Top L-R: Guests under the tent and inside the Northern Dancer Pavilion (Photos by Tom Sandler); Stephanie Coffey and Christine Armstrong, CFC alumna (Photo by Tom Sandler); Christina Jennings and Slawko Klymkiw (Photo by Ernesto Di Stefano/George Pimentel Photography).

Early in the evening, our emcee, Christina Jennings, CFC Board Chair, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury, welcomed everyone, thanked the event’s partners, sponsors, donors and volunteers for their support and then introduced Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC. Klymkiw recognized some of the instrumental figures from CFC’s past, especially the board members and former executive directors of the CFC, and, finally, paid tribute to the man of the hour, Norman Jewison, for having the vision 30 years ago to start the CFC. Klymkiw then invited Norman Jewison to offer his personal reflections and anecdotes on the CFC’s start, who emphasized how he is “so proud of this place” (as are we!).

Two photos, on the left, of a cake; on the right, a bunch of cupcakes.

Photos by Ernesto Di Stefano/George Pimentel Photography.

No anniversary celebration would be complete without a cake, and at the end of Jewison’s remarks, we received a gorgeous one lined with vintage pics from the Centre’s history. We didn’t even need to wait for anyone to cut us a slice, as trays of equally beautiful cupcakes soon emerged from the wings.

Two photos, one of a man playing the piano and woman singing; another of a man singing

L-R: Bill King and Kim Stockwood; Neil Haverty. Photos by Ernesto Di Stefano/George Pimentel Photography.

Following the speeches, guests enjoyed two sets of musical performances. First, Slaight Music singer/songwriter Kim Stockwood, accompanied by Bill King, sang for us, and second, Neil Haverty, an alumnus of The Slaight Family Music Residency, and his band, Understudy, picked up the pace by rocking out. The CFC extends our appreciation to The Slaight Family Foundation, both for these fine performers and for their support of the CFC Slaight Family Music Lab – which just graduated its latest alumni earlier this week at our Music Showcase.

A person's hands, seen holding up an iPad in front of a painting, with the ipad in focus.

One of the guests enjoying the augmented reality experience, ReBlink, by Impossible Things in the CFC Innovation Zone. Photo by Tom Sandler.

Inside the CFC’s historical Main House was the CFC Innovation Zone, where four of CFC Media Lab’s IDEABOOST-Network Connect companies took part: Albedo Informatics’s LARGE; Geogram’s “An Experience by Geogram”; House of VR’s “Fairland Funhouse App”; and Impossible Things’ ReBlink, an excerpt reprised from its earlier show at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Guests also marveled at Small Wonders: The VR Experience, a groundbreaking VR collaboration of CFC Media Lab, Seneca’s School of Creative Arts and Animation and the AGO.

Three photos, from left to right: Japanese snacks, a tray of cocktails, and a tray of cannolli. of food

Photos by Ernesto Di Stefano/George Pimentel Photography.

This year, guests also took part in a special fundraising raffle. Four lucky recipients took home these generously-donated and enviable experience packages: “Beauty, Fresh Off the Vine,” from Caudalíe; “Essential Relaxation,” from Woodlot; “Happy, Healthy, Hydrated,” from Flow Water; and our own contribution, “The CFC Silver Screen Experience."

As last night proved, our esteemed guests would never let poor weather stand in their way of a fun party and honouring the CFC’s last 30 years. On this momentous occasion, we look forward to the next generation of talent to come from the CFC and make it shine even more brightly in the years to come.

A tall wall made out of greenery, with the block letters "30 CFC" in front of it.

Happy Anniversary, CFC. Photo by Tom Sandler.

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!





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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 +)

James Arnett
Diane Blake and Stephen Smith
Slawko Klymkiw and Christina Bylyna
Just for Laughs
Leanne and George Lewis
John Morayniss and Maria Hale
Robin and Robert Ogilvie
Julie Peden
Marita Simbul-Lezon
Marion and Gerald Soloway
William F. White International Inc.

Platinum Circle ($5,000 – $9,999)

Karen Foss
Ann Medina
Julia West and Richard Wernham

Gold Circle ($2,000 – $4,999)

Martha Burns and Paul Gross
Bob Dorrance and Gail Drummond
Arthur Evrensel
Neal Clarance
Ellen Fine*
Blake and Belinda Goldring**
Robert Lantos, Serendipity Point Films
Sheena Macdonald and Phil Schmitt
Michael MacMillan
Nancy and John McFadyen***
John McKellar
Abby and Perry Minuk***
David Purdy
MaryAnne Runnalls***
Sylvia Soyka
Willson Entertainment Productions

Silver Circle ($1,000 – $1,999)

Ralph Brown, QC
Cameron Pictures Inc.
Don Carmody
John Cassaday
William Clarke***
Suzette Couture
Mark and Cherie Daitchman***
Pat DiBratto
Kathryn Emslie (In Memory of Denis McGrath)
Norm Feferman**
Eric Gertner***
Susan Guichon
Michael and Marjorie Hale**
Cheryl Hudson and Michael Say
Christina Jennings**
David Kines
Claudio Luca
Jacqueline Mackey
Neil McEneaney
The Munroe Family
The Norman and Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation***
Margaret Nightingale
David Pennycook
Cecil and Robert Rabinovitch
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**
Kevin Colero*
Donna Craig
Carey Diamond
Pamela and Richard Earle
Argie Eliopoulos
Deborah Fallows
Robert and Julia Foster
Doreen Gryfe***
Dr. Mark Gwartzman***
Hubbard Insurance
Carolyn Kates*
Marvin and Estelle Kates**
Joy Kaufman and Edward Antecol***
Robert Kligman and Sandra Secord*
Joni Lindsay***
Terry E. Markus**
David W. Middleton
Lorraine Morfea**
Kara Palleschi
Hilary Read
John Riley
Harvey L. Rogers***
Millard Roth and Sandra Gertner
RSM Canada LLP
SALT Staffing & Events
Nancy Thompson
Debra Thuet and Mike Wilson**
Phil and Vanessa von Finckenstein
Marvin and Joan Waxman***
Marlene Sable Weller**

A Gift in Memory of Ron Atkey
A Gift in Honour of Dr. Stuart Selby
And five (5) donors who wish to remain anonymous.

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

Join our Circle of Supporters today! We are always encouraging new members, and as you see, you can have fun while knowing you are truly making a difference – for more information CLICK HERE.