The annual Canadian Film Centre BBQ was blessed with sunny skies and ideal temperatures on Sunday, September 11th, in Toronto. It’s only natural that this yearly party is held during the Toronto International Film Festival, when stars flock to the city, and many Torontonians relish the opportunity to flee the hectic downtown core and relax on the beautiful grounds of the CFC headquarters.
This year’s BBQ featured a laid-back and comfortable tone, and many took the opportunity to bring along the whole family, kids and pets included. The adult beverages were still in abundance, however, with the new Crystal Head Aurora vodka available to sample—and the nod to Canadian founder Dan Ackroyd was not lost. Both the beer and cider available paid special homage to the city of Toronto as well, coming from iconic Mill Street brewery and Brickworks cidery, respectively. Food highlights included fun, al fresco-appropriate corn on the cob from The Mighty Cob, served in a variety of flavours with the husk as a convenient handle, and fresh, made-to-order cannolis from Holy Cannoli. A healthier option also existed in the paleo-friendly protein drinks and smoothies available.
Another highlight of the event was the virtual reality headset demonstration, which allowed eager participants to play campfire games or battle horror-movie villains, depending on the kind of experience for which they were up. Those interviewed enjoyed the experience, although it was noted that a greenhouse may not have been the best place to host the highly light-sensitive equipment. Those guests looking for less excitement and more relaxation were thoroughly entertained by talented Canadian musical guests Tomi Swick and Adaline, who provided sweet sounds to match the mood of the event.
The intimate outdoor party that is the annual CFC BBQ never fails to offer a fun, final opportunity for outdoor revelling, and this year’s event was no exception. After a leisurely afternoon spent people-watching and sampling the drinks and sips, one leaves refreshed and more than ready to return to the plethora of excitement that is the TIFF Festival Street.