Opening Night Celebration
Thursday, October 25
TIFF rolled out the red carpet for a glamorous evening of adventure and intrigue to celebrate the opening of Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style. Femmes fatale and tuxedo-clad men of action brushed shoulders with a who’s who of Toronto's film, business and social elite as they experienced, for one night, the life of the world’s most famous secret agent.
With a friendly smile from TIFF stewardesses, guests were welcomed into the exclusive MI6 airport departure lounge on the 3rd floor where they sipped martinis to the sultry sounds of DJ Ray Gillespie. Inside Cinema 5, guests stepped into You Are the Target, an immersive, interactive videogame/installation created by Foundation Creative Studio, in collaboration with Audio Visualizers. For a taste of the exotic, guests moved into the Bell Blue Room where they enjoyed custom-made pad thai and martinis poured through the RBC ice luge.
Then, it was off to Cinema 1 on the 2nd floor for a special in-cinema presentation with Laurel MacMillan, TIFF Head of Exhibitions, and Jesse Wente, TIFF Head of Film Programmes, followed by a memorable performance by Sheena Easton as she sang her hit Bond theme song, “For Your Eyes Only”. Ms. Easton also shared some of her favorite Bond experiences in a conversation with Noah Cowan, TIFF Artistic Director.
Guests filled the RBC Lobby with passports in hand as DJ Tony Haze kicked the party into high gear. To complete their mission, guests created a scene in Alex Browne’s Cinema Photo Booth, cooled down in the Kobo Ice Lounge, tried their luck in the casino, explored the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition, and took part in the Magic Gun Barrel installation created by Foundation Creative Studio in collaboration with Echo Mobile. Later, The Big Sound took the stage in the RBC lobby for a show-stopping performance complete with key Bond theme songs. This incredible twenty-five piece band amazed partygoers with their passionate and soulful show. DJ Sumation kept the energy going afterwards, while DJ Aaron Knight had the Loading Dock Bunker hopping until the wee hours with more Motown favorites.
Sincere thanks to our Partners and Committee for their remarkable support and hard work in making this fundraising extravaganza a success. Proceeds from the event will support film programmes, exhibitions and education initiatives at TIFF Bell Lightbox through the year.
Sonia Recchia, Wire Image
In Kind Partners
EJ Alon, maxine bailey, Tamara Bahry, Laurel-Ann Baker, Brian Bickley, Serena Cheng, Kevin Fisher, Megan Fowler, Jesse Girard, Adrienne Giroux, Kyle Kofsky, Michael Liebrock, Davelle Morrison, Mark Mulroney, Anthony Novak, Liz Ridout, Paula Whitmore
The Big Sound
- Alex Samaras: Vocals
- Tanika Charles: Vocals
- Aria Zenua: Vocals
- Gary Beals: Vocals
- Andre Edwards-Roderique: Vocals
- Allie Ho-Sang: Vocals
- Maylee Todd: Vocals
- Tom Richards: Trombone
- Mike Barth: Trumpet
- Pat Blanchard: Trombone
- Chris Roberts: Tenor Saxaphone & Flute
- Shaun Brodie: Trumpet
- Jay Hay: Baritone Sax & Flute
- Tom Richards: Trombone
- Alex McMaster: Celllo
- Amanda Penner: Violin & Viola
- Illana Waniuk: Violin
- Mika Posen: Violin
- Jay Anderson: Drums
- Adam Hindle: Percussion
- Eric Woolston: Vibraphones & Percussion
- Nick Taylor: Guitar
- Matt McLaren: Guitar
- Mike Smith: Bass
- Christopher Sandes: Keyboards