CFC Unveils the Northern Dancer Pavilion
By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● June 21, 2014 02:45
At a grand opening event on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) unveiled the Northern Dancer Pavilion, a new addition to CFC's campus that will house its multi-discipline programs.
The structure, named after the legendary Canadian thoroughbred racehorse, Northern Dancer, highlights the generosity of like-minded philanthropists who wish to enshrine the greatest racehorse of the 20th century, as well as pay homage to the heritage of E.P. Taylor's Windfields Estate. The Northern Dancer Pavilion unveiling celebrates the 50th anniversary of Northern Dancer's 1964 wins at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the Queen's Plate.
The heritage aesthetic and design captured by architect Ken Fukushima, was translated into architectural plans by Drummond Hassan and the IBI Group Inc.The completion and unveiling of the Northern Dancer Pavilion marked the full restoration of the CFC heritage campus and the preservation of the estate as a cultural landmark and Ontario Heritage Site.
The grand opening event kicked off with performances by The Slaight Music Residents Robyn Dell'Unto, Matthew O'Halloran, and Adaline. Canadian actor Michael Therriault performed the song “The Ride” from the new musical Dancer, produced by John McKellar and Ginger Cat Productions.
Guests were treated to food and drink from Holt's Café, Kaiseki Yu-ZenHashimoto, The Big Cannoli, Gelato Fresco, Evian, Badoit, Mill Street Brewery and Karlo Estates.
A special thank you to all of the donors, event sponsors, CFC Insiders and volunteers who made the evening a huge success.