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.

When heavy rains pushed the event indoors, the main stairwell in The Roma Khanna Lobby became the site for speeches by Christina Jennings, Chair, CFC Board of Directors; Janet Yale, Board Member, Ontario Trillium Foundation; and CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw who read letters from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and John Carmichael, M.P. Don Valley West. Jaye Robinson, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 25, presented CFC with a plaque to commemorate the opening of the Northern Dancer Pavilion. A symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony took place with Lead Individual Donor Donald Ross cutting CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw's tie.

The highlight of the evening was a special appearance by Ada Storm, the great, great, great grandson of Northern Dancer. Ada Storm's entourage included Woodbine outrider Robert Love and Tom Cosgrove, Head of Woodbine's Archives Department and Chair, Election Committee, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

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.

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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Director, Marketing & Communications