The CFC Gala: Take 35 Celebrates 35 Years of Empowering Canadian Storytellers – and the 80s

Posted: Apr 20, 2023

The CFC Gala: Take 35 white logo with rainbow stripes on black backround

80s-inspired fundraising gala features entertainment by Shakua S’Aida, DJ Jade Elektra, The Collective and more

Toronto, April 20, 2023 – Dust off your favourite 80s threads and join the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) on May 11, 2023 at Rebel in Toronto for The CFC Gala: Take 35, presented by Netflix, a fundraising event in support of the next generation of Canadian storytellers. This year’s gala celebrates CFC’s 35th anniversary and is inspired by the decade the CFC was ‘born’ – the 80s – from the entertainment straight through to the decor, atmosphere and fashion. This annual event brings together 500+ influential guests from all corners of Canada’s entertainment industry to celebrate Canadian creators and content. Get your tickets here.

The evening will begin with a star-studded red carpet and cocktail reception, before dinner and entertainment, courtesy of Juno Nominated Roots Contemporary Artist Shakura S’Aida; Gordon Deppe and Sandy Horne of the iconic 80s band, Spoons; The Collective, featuring Cleopatra Williams, and more. Dinner will be followed by an all-new after party, CFC After Dark, presented by Eggplant Music & Sound, an 80s dance party with DJ Jade Elektra. The evening will also feature a digital auction filled with exciting packages and experiences, like a private villa in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, weekend getaways at exclusive resorts across Ontario, shopping sprees, spa treatments, unique cultural experiences, and more.

CFC’s annual gala is the organization’s largest fundraising event; funds raised from partnerships, ticket sales and onsite fundraising will be directed towards full entrance scholarships for CFC’s incoming residents and its suite of programs across film, TV, music, screen acting, and digital / immersive media. Tickets to the gala include complimentary access to CFC After Dark or individual tickets to CFC After Dark can be purchased separately.

When: Thursday, May 11, 2023

Where: Rebel Toronto (11 Polson St)

Red carpet call time: 5:40 p.m.

CFC After Dark: 9 p.m. (Club Noir)


For media accreditation, contact Cory Angeletti-Szasz, Director, Marketing & Communications, at / 647.273.2795.

For more information on The CFC Gala: Take 35 and to purchase tickets, visit

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About the CFC
The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable cultural organization that drives the future of Canadian storytelling. Our intensive, hands-on programs in film, television, and entertainment technologies empower, shape and advance opportunities for Canadian creators and entrepreneurs working in screen-based industries. Learn more at


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Cory Angeletti-Szasz
Director, Marketing & Communications, CFC

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