The 2017 

CFC Annual Gala and Auction

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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










Kayla Diamond

Kayla Diamond is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and the first-place winner of Slaight Music’s most recent It’s Your Shot contest. She discovered this award while in her second year of law school in Windsor, Ontario and upon winning, decided to pursue a full-time career in music. Diamond is currently working with some of the country’s top songwriters and producers on her debut release, due in 2017 on Cadence Music.


Laura Barrett

Laura Barrett is a Toronto-based musician with a diverse history of solo work and collaborations across the mediums of music, film and theatre. Most recently, she scored and co-wrote original music for Sarah Goodman's feature, Porch Stories (2015), and the 2011 short film, Paahtomahsikimii (Peter Lynch, director). Barrett was the musical director for live theatre productions The Rat King (Maggie MacDonald, director; Harbourfront Centre and NYC Fringe Festival) and Wayward (Becky Johnson, director). Her performance career highlights include a North American tour supporting The Magnetic Fields, the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture's songwriting residency (Dawson City, YK), and showcases at South by Southwest (Austin, TX) and Canadian Blast (London, UK). She has shared the stage with acclaimed artists Owen Pallett, Patrick Watson and Basia Bulat, and her music has earned praise from the CBC, the National Post and Exclaim!, who calls Barrett "one of the most interesting musicians to call Toronto home."

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.

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.

Michael Peter Olsen

Michael Olsen is a Toronto-based cellist, engineer, producer and songwriter whose experience impressively spans the Canadian indie music scene. As a cellist, he has recorded and performed on over 100 recordings, including Arcade Fire’s “Funeral”, K-OS’ “Joyful Rebellion,” Jim Guthrie’s “Now, More than Ever” and The Hidden Cameras’ “Smell of Our Own.” Olsen toured internationally with The Hidden Cameras in the early 2000s and has shared the stage with such diverse bands as Holy F*ck, Zaki Ibrahim, Great Lake Swimmers, Arcade Fire, The Constantines, Jayme Stone, Kevin Hearn, Rheostatics, Gentleman Reg, Slakadeliqs, Mocky, Sarah Slean and Jim Guthrie. As a string arranger, engineer and producer, he has worked with The Organ, Drake, Emma Lee, The Clics, Spiral Beach and Ohbijou. Olsen has written music for short films, TV and radio commercials, including the TV series Kenny vs Spenny. He fronts an original band called Our Founders, who released their critically acclaimed debut album in October 2013.

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).


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.


Universal Music Canada welcomes you and a guest to a first-class Juno experience! Ride the Juno train to Ottawa along with Universal Music Artists, and enjoy a 3-night stay at the new and exclusive Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market.*

This package includes:

  • Tickets to the Juno Weekend events, Welcome Reception, Juno Gala Dinner and Juno Broadcast
  • 2 passes to the Universal Music Canada invitation-only Post-Juno Party

*Winner and guest must be 19 years of age or older. Juno Weekend is Friday, March 31  Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Donated by: Universal Music Canada


Feel the chill of the ice and roar of the crowd at a Toronto Maple Leafs game with the hottest tickets in the city! In the heart of Leafs Nation, you and 11 guests will enjoy every hard hit and close save from an incredible 200-level executive suite at the Air Canada Centre. (Based on availability.)

This package includes:

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

Donated by: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment


Enjoy a VIP post-opening screening of a Warner Bros. Pictures 2017 theatrical release of your choice at the luxurious Hazelton Hotel in Yorkville. Relish an evening cocktail reception prior to the screening for you and up to 15 friends, including valet parking. For the lucky winner, this package will also include a one-night stay in one of the hotel’s three Signature Suites.

Donated by: The Hazelton Hotel and Warner Bros.


Experience an unforgettable weekend this fall when you and a guest become part of television history at AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere Event.

You will receive:

  • 2 tickets to The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere Event, scheduled for Fall 2017 (exact date and location, NYC or L.A., to be announced)
  • Round-trip airfare for 2 people from Toronto to premiere location (NYC or L.A.)
  • 2-night suite-level hotel accommodations
  • Hotel spa package for 2 people
  • $350 gift certificate towards dinner
  • Round-trip ground transportation to and from the airport and premiere event

Donated by: AMC Networks


Join the Northern Uprising! See the action up close with two courtside tickets to a Raptors game against the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre. You won’t want to miss this exhilarating event, so clear your schedule on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Donated by: Slaight Communications


Upgrade your closet with this Holt Renfrew luxury package! Holt Renfrew’s talented Personal Shoppers will help you build an incredible new wardrobe, complete with some of the world’s best luxury brands. The recipient of this auction item will receive a $10,000 Holt Renfrew shopping experience with a Personal Shopper at the 50 Bloor Street West location.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Holts Café will treat you to a sumptuous lunch for 4 after all that shopping!

Donated by: Holt Renfrew


Travel to glamorous Los Angeles, where you and a guest will enjoy the Season 12 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, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, with host Carson Daly. Place your bets to be part of this unforgettable musical event in May 2017 (exact date to be determined)!

Donated by: Bell Media


The Canadian Film Centre is thrilled to present its highly anticipated Silent Auction again at this year’s gala. Below is a sneak peak of some of the fabulous silent auction items and exclusive experience packages that could be yours for the top bid! 

Silent Auction Items Include:

  • Manolo Blahnik Handbag
  • Roger Vivier Miss Viv Bandeau
  • David Yurman Jewellery
  • Sisley-Paris Skin Care and Makeup Gift Basket
  • Tod’s Bags
  • Kenneth Jay Lane Jewellery
  • WayHome Music and Arts Festival VIP Passes
  • Brooks Brothers Shopping Spree
  • Boots and Hearts Music Festival VIP Passes
  • A Year Membership to John Allan’s Toronto
  • A Weekend Stay at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto with breakfast at TOCA Restaurant
  • Ste. Anne’s All-Inclusive Spa Day for Two

Silent Auction Experience Items Include:

  • Orphan Black Set Visit for Two
  • Murdoch Mysteries Behind-The-Scenes Experience
  • Schitts Creek Meet and Greet
  • RBC Canadian Open Passes
  • Entertainment Tonight Set Tour
  • VIP Passes to Rick Mercer Report Taping
  • Marilyn Dennis Show Tickets
  • The Social Meet and Greet with Hosts

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