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


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.



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:

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Silent Auction Experience Items Include:

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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
  • Wine donated by The Dreaming Tree Wines