CFC ANNUAL BBQ FUNDRAISER 2019
FOOD & BEVERAGE SPONSORS
There was a crisp but refreshing fall breeze in the air yesterday as CFC alumni, donors, sponsors and a mix of Canadian creative talent descended upon the lush and expansive grounds of Windfields Estate, home of the CFC, for the 2019 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser, presented by Netflix.
Guests enjoying the 2019 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser. (Photos: Danilo Ursini/Tom Sandler Photography)
Guests were welcomed by Christina Jennings, Chair of the CFC's Board of Director, before handing over the podium to CEO Slawko Klymkiw. Klymkiw highlight how proud we are to have 58 alumni working on 23 projects that are screening at TIFF and took the opportunity to thank the Government of Canada, and BBQ guest Rob Oliphant, MP for Don Valley West, for the 3.4 million investment in the Canadian Film Centre through their Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport, was also a guest at the 2019 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser. During a VIP reception, co-hosted by Crave, she announced that Ontario’s government is supporting the CFC with a $350,000 grant.
Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport and Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC address guests at the BBQ. (Photos: Tom Sandler Photography)
Klymkiw then introduced Audrey Gardiner, Director of Content and Acquisition at
Netflix, the Presenting Sponsor for the 2019 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser, to address the guests and speak to about the unique partnership between her organization and the CFC. Read more about this partnership HERE. Last, but certainly not least, Norman Jewison, CFC’s founder and renowned filmmaker, to say a few words. Excitement in the crowd grew, as BBQ-goers always look forward to hearing Jewison speak at the BBQ.
After the speeches, guests were treated to live musical performances Toronto-based singer/songwriter Sam Drysdale and. Ava Kay, an alumna of The Slaight Family Music Lab. Performances were courtesy of Slaight Music.
Sam Drysdale and Ava Kay performing at the 2019 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser. (Photos: Danilo Ursini/Cory Angeletti-Szasz)
Throughout the BBQ, guests were invited to explore CFC Media Lab’s Immersive Learning Zone, where they could experience six different demos of learning technologies, powered by CFC Media Lab, and largely created by female entrepreneurs.
Finally, the winner was announced for this year’s amazing raffle prize – a seven-night all-inclusive vacation for two to the all-new, five-star Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, courtesy of Sunwing and Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts. All proceeds from the raffle, and all funds raised through the 2019 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser, go directly to supporting the CFC’s programs.
BBQ guests experience different immersive learning technologies at the Immersive Learning Zone. (Photos: Emily Gagne/Tom Sandler Photography)
The 2019 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser was a huge success, and of course, we could not host this wonderful event without the support of our individual sponsors and corporate donors. We express our sincere thanks to all of this year’s donors and sponsors, whose generosity and commitment to the CFC and our Canadian creative industry is truly appreciated. Please see below for a list of all of this year’s sponsors.
Some of the sponsors of the 2019 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser. (Photos: Tom Sandler Photography)
Relive the magic of the day with our gallery of photos.
Thank you to all of the 2019 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser Sponsors
ENTERTAINMENT COURTESY OF
Toronto-based singer-guitarist Sam Drysdale’s debut EP, The Fight, was produced by award-winning producers Davor Jordanovski and Paul Brown. His newest EP, Vicelove, is a contemporary pop EP anchored by Drysdale’s soulful voice and EDM programming. Produced by Thomas “Tawgs” Salter (Lights, Walk Off The Earth, Scott Helman) with songwriting collaborators Nate Ferraro, Mike Sonier, Alexandra Soumalias and Ron Lopata, Viceland comes out later this year on Slaight Music/Warner Music Canada.
ALUMNA OF THE SLAIGHT FAMILY MUSIC LAB
Ava Kay is a Toronto-born singer/songwriter with numerous chart successes in Canada and internationally. She has written for television ( Austin & Ally, Mr. D, The Music Room) and film (Dr. Cabbie, American Mary, The Door). Kay’s song “Raging Bull” caught legendary DJ-producer ATB’s ear, who remixed it as a European chart hit – the first in a long line of international collaborations, including the single “Take Me Away,” with Grammy Award-winning producer Afrojack and performed by multi-platinum recording artist Raghav. She just released her debut single, “Stand By Me,” a soulful, radio-friendly, mid-tempo song of yearning already earning her global kudos.