Maurice Boucher 1966 – 2018

A great gentlemen and a true champion of Canadian television has passed away. Maurice Boucher died last Wednesday in Toronto at 52. The Canada Media Fund’s Director of Marketing and Communications was in town to attend the Toronto International Film Festival. I was scheduled to meet Maurice that morning at the BellLightbox’s Canteen. Upon arrival I… Read on



CFC’s annual TIFF BBQ another sunny delight

The Canadian Film Centre held its annual Toronto International Film Festival BBQ Sunday on a glorious, sunny day at its historic Windfields estate campus.  On hand as always was the centre’s founder, Norman Jewison, still full of vim and vigor at 91. He can’t believe that these TIFF schmooze-fests have been gate-crashed for 29 years already.… Read on


Annual CFC BBQ still the Cadillac of TIFF gatherings

Who knew CFC stood for Cars For Critics? It did Sunday when I won a brand new Cadillac Escalade SUV at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual BBQ and fundraiser. Well, I won it for four days. I’m pretty sure that means I can’t sell it. I’ve got until next September to pick it up from… Read on


This week’s Podcast: CFC BBQ & Rivers

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know how the heck a slob like me gets invited to cool stuff like the Canadian Film Centre TIFF BBQ. Connections, I tell him, specifically my old pal Slawko Klymkiw, the CFC’s Mr. Everything. I give the CFC’s TV program a good plug, mainly because it is an… Read on



Jewison and the sun shine at CFC BBQ 2014

You know you’re at a TIFF/Canadian Film Centre event when somebody shouts out “Noah!” and about 30 people turn around. Sunday was the annual CFC BBQ in Toronto on the lush lawns at the old E.P. Taylor estate and the weather could not have been nicer. Thanks to my well preserved Saab 95, I finally felt… Read on


Seeing red at the CFC’s annual TIFF BBQ

Jewison doing that Trudeau “gunslinger” stance Talk about connections. Slawko Klymkiw arranged for another perfect day Sunday for his little burger fest at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual barbecue as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. Kyymkiw–who secured another $9 million from the Ontario government for the film and TV school earlier this year–and… Read on