TIFF Party Report: CFC’s annual BBQ Fundraiser

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The Canadian Film Centre hosted its annual fundraising BBQ this past Sunday afternoon at their Winfields Estate.

The CFC was founded by Canadian filmmaker Norman Jewison as serves as a training centre to help “accelerate the careers of the brightest talent in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media.”

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS: As far as TIFF parties go, this was definitely one of the most casual and relaxing events. Many would think that it’s easier to spot celebrities during the day – in the outdoors – it’s actually not. It was a beautiful day outside, so pretty much everyone was wearing sunglasses. Believe it or not, it’s actually hard to spot celebs in shades (which is why they are always wearing them in paparazzi shots).

For celebrity sightings at the CFC BBQ, you really need to sit down in some shade and scan through the crowds. Sophie Desmarais and Shannon Kook, two of TIFF’s 2014 Rising Stars were there, as was Jason Priestley – who very hard to spot.

Pretty much the entire main cast of Space’s Bitten was at the BBQ, including Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt, Greg Bryk and Steve Lund. We also spotted Rookie Blue’s Gregory Smith, The Young and the Restless star and The Reel World Film Festival founder Tonya Lee Williams, Reign’s Katie Boland, Arctic Air’s Adam Beach, Canadian screen legend Art Hindle, Mr. D’s Gerry Dee, Degrassi’s Raymond Ablack, Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parrilla and Orphan Black’s Kristian Bruun.

Also, all the parents were taking selfies with George Stroumboulopoulos.

DRINKS: Our favourite drinks were the cocktails created by Crystal Head Vodka while others enjoyed some Mill St.

FOOD: They had the standard BBQ fare, like hot dogs and hamburgers (if you had patience to brave the line – which we obviously did). For snacks, it was great to munch on some Pizzaville. They also had corn on the cob (via They Mighty Cob). Awesome desserts from Gelato Fresco and Lolli Cakes.

MUSIC: We had live performances by Robyn Dell’Unto, Adaline and Alexa. Otherwise, it was mostly some great Canadian music, from Leonard Cohen to Metric.

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Photos are courtesy of the Canadian Film Centre. Click here for more.

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