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THE CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser

By: Aleka Allen divider image

Related Event: Canadian Film Centre’s Annual BBQ at TIFF 2017

Nearly 2,000 people attended the Annual Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) BBQ on Sunday, September 10th, 2017. It was a beautiful sunny day for this laid-back garden party. Many of the guests brought their families, children, and pets to the meticulously landscaped grounds of the Canadian Film Centre.

It was a fantastic TIFF season for the CFC alumni! This year, twenty-nine projects featuring CFC alumni were screened during this year’s film festival. One of these films was a film RUDE, a 1995 drama written and directed by CFC alum and accomplished filmmaker, Clement Virgo. The latest CFC Feature project, PUBLIC SCHOOLED, also made its world premiere at this year’s festival. PUBLIC SCHOOLED is a romantic-comedy, coming-of-age movie from CFC alumni writer/director Kyle Rideout and stars Daniel Doheny and features a cameo from Canadian comedian Russell Peters. Andrea Bang, the lead actress of CBC’s comedy Kim’s Convenience and part of the PUBLIC SCHOOLED cast, was in attendance at the CFC BBQ. Other notable guests included a Tony Clifton impersonator, Suresh John of CBC’s Mr. D, and the cast of CBC’s new drama series, 21 Thunder.

At the CFC BBQ, there was an abundance of different food and beverage vendors. 10tation Catering served pulled pork and vegetarian tacos, Holy Cannoli dished out fresh, made-to-order cannolis. Guests really enjoyed the roasted corn on the cob from The Mighty Cob, served with a variety of spices with the husk as a convenient handle, and refreshing gelato from Gelato Fresco. Christina Jennings, the Chair of the CFC Board of Directors, kicked off the BBQ with lovely opening remarks that included acknowledging the countries affected by the recent hurricanes, thanking the sponsors for their support, and listing the different ways guests could donate to the CFC. Michael Coteau, Minister of Youth and Child Services, was also in attendance that day and addressed the crowd as well. Norman Jewison, CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus, was delightful as he took to the podium to thank everyone in attendance and recalled the very first CFC BBQ fundraiser over twenty-nine years ago. Another highlight of the party was the House of Immersive Media, which featured an interactive art exhibit where illustrations come alive with the use of tablets, a pop-up virtual reality movie screening courtesy of Metaverse, and a 360 degree photo booth. Canadian musical guests and The Slaight Foundation alumni Sam Drysdale and Aimee Bessada performed during the party.

All in all, it was a lovely outdoor party and refreshing respite from the crowds of celebrity-spotters TIFF Festival Street that stretched along King Street West from Simcoe Street to John Street. To learn about the Canadian Film Centre and its many accomplishments, please visit

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