The 2018 

CFC Annual Gala and Auction

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Ritz Carlton | 181 Wellington St W, 2nd Floor
Attire: Elegant Cocktail

Valet parking will be available at the Wellington street entrance

6 p.m.
Silent Auction Opens

6:45 p.m.
Live Auction

Special Guests
Live Auction
Silent Auction










Tomi Swick

Singer-songwriter Tomi Swick is a Hamilton native who was recognized for his debut album "Stalled out in the Doorway" in 2007 by winning the Juno for best new artist and a nomination for pop record of the year as well as two Canadian radio music awards, the Socan A/C songwriting award and multiple Hamilton music awards. A Warner/Chappell Publishing recording artist, Tomi spent four months in London England where he recorded his second album with top British producer Chris Potter of Verve / Richard Ashcroft acclaim as well as many others. This self-titled record " Tomi Swick" was released on Warner Music Canada in 2012. Tomi has written, toured and played with many great bands and artists such as Julian Lennon, The Barenaked Ladies, The Goo Goo Dolls, Stabilo, Collective Soul, Tom Cochrane, Tom Wilson, Sam Roberts, Big Wreck, Feist, Jeremy Fisher, Blue Rodeo, Ron Sexsmith among others. His latest album The Yukon Motel in October 2016 via Slaight Music.


Aimee Bessada

Over the course of a decade-long career as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, Aimee Bessada has toured internationally. She has opened for artists like Cyndi Lauper and Sia, and performed at various events and festivals, including the Venice Biennale in 2013. Bessada’s 2015 solo debut was the EP A Dream, A Coast, co-produced with Grammy-nominated Linda Perry. It showcases her unique sensibility and musical range through a blend of folk pop, grunge and beach wave. Bessada has been highlighted on VH1, and her songs have been featured in a range of commercials, television spots and short films. Recently, she applied her talents as a songwriter/composer to a BravoFact short film Stake in 2015, which screened at both the Whistler Film Festival and Toronto's Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.

Chris Reineck

Chris Reineck is a composer for film, television and advertising. He got his start playing drums in rock and jazz bands and orchestras. Reineck began writing for television advertising after a recording session at TA2 Sound + Music in 2011, and since then has worked on projects for Lincoln, Rice Krispies, Stella Artois, Under Armour and Ford. In 2013, Reineck was a writer for the Bolthouse Farms campaign song, “Cravings” and “Matt Bonner Anthem” with Jeff Lurie and Ryan Malcolm of Canadian Idol. He wrote the music for the film, The Nigerian (director, Ben Goloff), which screened at Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Reineck has written songs for the YouTube series, Super Science Friends, and recently he wrote and produced the music for Vibrant Marketing’s LGBT Activation (Montreal Pride).

Neil Haverty

Neil Haverty is primarily known for his work as co-founder of Toronto alt-folk nontet Bruce Peninsula. Bruce Peninsula has released several critically-acclaimed LPs, including the Polaris Prize-nominated A Mountain is a Mouth), and they have headlined shows at South by Southwest, Halifax Pop Explosion and the Dawson City Music Festival. Haverty’s transition into film began in 2012, when Bruce Peninsula contributed to the soundtrack for Ed Gass-Donnelly’s film, Small Town Murder Songs. Since then, Haverty has composed music for numerous short and feature films, most recently for Tim Blackburn’s Australian suspense film, Burns Point, and Andrew Cividino’s Canadian coming-of-age hit, Sleeping Giant, the latter of which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. 2017 will see the release of the third full-length LP from Bruce Peninsula, as well as the self-titled debut of Understudy, Haverty’s new solo electronic project.

Rebecca Everett

Rebecca Everett has co-written songs in Canada, the United States and Europe. She was a writer for the radio single, “I Remember,” on Shiloh’s JUNO-nominated album, Picture Imperfect. Everett had a placement on Jimmy Rankin’s Forget About the World, which also received a JUNO nomination. Her music has been featured on television series, including Degrassi: The Next Generation, Lost Girl, CH Live and Next Star. Everett has also collaborated with songwriters like Gerald O’Brien, Alex Greggs (N’Sync, MIA, Lady Gaga), Mike Rose (producer for Simon Fuller) and David Foster protégé Renee Olstead. Everett recently released her third EP Seven Shades, and was invited to perform with her band Dead Ringers at SXSW in 2016.

Spencer Creaghan

Spencer Creaghan is an Award-winning Film & Modern Media Composer and alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s prestigious Slaight Family Music Lab. He has written music for countless Feature-length and short Films, along with Plays, acclaimed Webseries, Advertisements, Bumper Logos, Video Games, and a children’s Theme Park. He is most known for his music for the series’ Teenagers, All For One, The Village Green, and the Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren action thriller Black Water. His music has been heard in festivals around the globe, including the LA Webseries fest, Canada Top 10, Cannes Film Festival, and the Toronto Fringe Festivals. He also provides synth design, production, and programming work as assistant to esteemed Canadian composer Lesley Barber. Outside of the film world, Creaghan creates grand orchestral arrangements for many Symphonic Metal acts, world-wide - most known for his work with Cradle of Filth’s keyboardist Lindsay Schoolcraft and vocalist Dani Filth. When not composing for media, Spencer produces grandiose records fusing many different styles of music, often in unexpected ways.


Get ready to bid on Money Can’t Buy Live Auction packages at this year’s Gala. You could win one of these unforgettable luxurious packages created specifically by our incredible partners.


Experience the thrill of a Toronto Maple Leafs game in the heart of Leafs Nation with the best tickets in town! You and 11 guests will enjoy the action from an incredible 200-level executive suite at the Air Canada Centre (based on availability for the 2018/2019 season).

This package includes:

  • $1500 food and beverage credit
  • Dedicated in-suite hostess
  • VIP gate access up to 2 hours before the event

Value: $16,500.00

Donated by: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment


Enjoy a VIP screening of a film of your choice, selected from Elevation Pictures’ incredible catalogue, at Toronto’s first luxury boutique hotel The Hazelton Hotel in Yorkville.

This package includes:

  • Relish an evening cocktail reception prior to the screening for you and up to 15 friends
  • Valet parking
  • For the lucky winner, this package will also include a one-night stay in one of the hotel’s three Signature Suites.

Value: $6500.00

Donated by: The Hazelton Hotel and Elevation Pictures


Experience an unforgettable weekend this fall when you and a guest become part of television history at AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Event.

You will receive:

  • Two (2) tickets to The Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Event, scheduled for Fall 2018 (exact date and location TBA - NYC or L.A.)
  • Round-trip airfare for two (2) people from Toronto to premiere location (NYC or L.A.)
  • Two (2)-night suite-level hotel accommodations
  • Round-trip ground transportation to and from the airport and premiere event

Value: Priceless

Donated by: AMC Networks


Join the Northern Uprising! See the action up close with two courtside tickets to a Raptors game against the Detroit Pistons at the Air Canada Centre. You won’t want to miss this exhilarating event, so clear your schedule on Monday February 26, 2018.

Value: $2240.00

Donated by: Slaight Communications Inc.


Travel to glamorous Los Angeles, where you and a guest will enjoy the Season 14 Live Finale of CTV’s The Voice Live and spend two nights in a luxury hotel. Witness some of America’s most talented performers battle it out to impress a lineup of celebrity music coaches like Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, with host Carson Daly. Place your bets to be part of this unforgettable musical event in May 2018 (exact date to be announced).

Value: Priceless

Donatedby: Bell Media


Push the limits of a high-performance car at the next Pfaff Track Day. Develop your skills and experience the thrill of high-speed driving in a controlled environment at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Your day will begin with a driver’s meeting and a classroom session teaching you driving exercises such as a slalom, emergency braking, track driving introduction (with instructor), and skidpad. You will also enjoy open lapping in 15 to 20-minute sessions throughout the day. Your prize includes the use of a Pfaff track rental vehicle.

Valued at: $3,000

Donated by: Highway Entertainment, Apex Driving and Pfaff Porsche

* Must have a valid Ontario drivers licence and also must be over 25 years of age


Arrive in style to the 2018 Rogers Cup in the unmatched refinement and extraordinary comfort of the 2018 Cadillac Escalade SUV courtesy of Roy Foss Cadillac Thornhill, Canada's largest volume Cadillac store.Watch the tennis pros battle it out on the courts from the Pizzaville Party Suite on Saturday, August 11, 2018. You and 20 friends will enjoy a VIP view from the private suite with all of the amenities that it has to offer.

Just when you thought this package couldn’t get any better, Tennis Canada is pleased to offer a very special behind-the-scenes tour for all guests of the Pizzaville Suite. The tour will take guests to all the major areas of the tournament not seen by the public, including the very private Player’s Lounge, which is the home away from home for all ATP players. If you’re lucky, Roger Federer may walk by with a smile! And to cap off the tour, you’ll get the chance to walk through the player tunnel right onto Centre Court during a live match.

The package includes:

  • Two (2) day driving experience in a 2018 Cadillac Escalade SUV to take you to and from the game
    • **(Must have a valid Ontario drivers licence and must be over 25 years of age)
  • 21 private suite tickets
  • Unlimited pizza and 21 soft drinks
  • 11 parking passes
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour and Players Lounge
  • A limited edition red wine bottle, signed by tennis player Daniel Nestor

Valued at: $4,000

Donated by: Pizzaville, Roy Foss, Tennis Canada and Schinoussa


The Canadian Film Centre is thrilled to present its highly anticipated Silent Auction at the 2018 Gala, where we are celebrating the CFC’s 30th anniversary! Below is a sneak peek of some of the fabulous silent auction items.

Luxury brand silent auction donors include:

  • Kenneth Jay Lane, Inc.
  • Four Seasons Furs
  • Links of London
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Canada Goose
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Archives
  • David Yurman
  • Gucci
  • Anzie Jewellery

"Money can't buy experiences" donated by:

  • Bell Media
  • MUCH
  • iHeartRadio
  • Shaftesbury
  • Corus Entertainment
  • The Spoke Club
  • Entertainment One
  • Silver Group Hotel
  • CBC
  • Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
  • Thunderbird 

Our exciting silent auction items, generously donated by:

  • Casa Loma
  • Boulderz
  • The Flying Yogi
  • The National Ballet of Canada
  • Steam Whistle Brewing
  • Crow’s Theatre
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Stratford Festival
  • The Keg Restaurant
  • Canadian Stage
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
  • Second City
  • Dufflet Pastries
  • Mariposa Cruises
  • Sauvignon Bistro
  • Ritz Carlton Toronto
  • Ste. Anne’s Spa
  • JAZZ.FM91
  • The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Ripley’s Aquarium
  • La Casa del Habano Toronto
  • Heaven Jewellers
  • AMC Networks
  • VinPeaux
  • Boots & Hearts Music Festival
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • John Allan’s Men’s Grooming Club
  • Niagara Helicopter Tours
  • Momofuku
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • The Dreaming Tree Wines
  • Sheridan Nurseries
  • Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
  • Canadian National Exhibition
  • Emblem Flowers
  • BITE Beauty
  • CN Tower/La Tour CN
  • Axe & Hatchet Grooming Club
  • Barreworks
  • Shaw Festival
  • Cactus Club Café
  • Canadian Opera Company
  • Purdys Chocolatier
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine
  • Baro Toronto
  • Andrea Bolley

Thank you to our wonderful partners and donors for their generous support! Please be sure to peruse the auction at the gala for many more amazing items and experience packages.


You could be the lucky winner of this one-of-a-kind prize — host your own dream event on the gorgeous grounds of the CFC. We’ll be holding a raffle during the event, and for only $30 a ticket or $75 for three, this fantastic experience could be yours.

One Elegant Soiree at Windfields Estate

This is your chance to design and host a luxurious bespoke dinner party at one of Toronto’s most exclusive venues – The Northern Dancer Pavilion at Windfields Estate, home of the CFC. VIP package includes:

  • Rental of The Northern Dancer Pavilion for a 12-person dinner party
  • An exquisite custom meal for 12 by 10tation Event Catering
  • Stunning table décor and event rentals by Event Rental Group
  • Exceptional professional serving staff by VIB Event Staffing Inc.
  • A pre-event planning consultation with the CFC’s Events Manager