Toronto, November 3, 2017 – The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) just held their annual charity fundraiser BOOMBOX. Proceeds from this year’s event went towards Share Her Journey, a campaign to boost participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.
Hosted at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto, this year’s theme celebrated the 1980s hit movie and subsequent TV show Fame. The popular television show that followed the 1980 film ran between 1982-1987 and had a strong cult following in America and the UK. It dealt with the everyday challenges and experiences faced by students attending the fictional New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Although the school was fictional, it was based heavily on the actual Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
The idea was that the entire TIFF building would be transformed into a creative arts school, with each event space taking the form of a classroom, studio or common area. Not to knock the talent or the organizers, but I can’t say the event was what I expected. If it was a Fame-inspired event, there was really no way of knowing it. Perhaps in my mind, this was an opportunity to really capitalize on that 1980s dance, music and art vibe and that just didn’t happen.
DJ Beat Sampras kicked off the celebration in the Atrium-turned-Auditorium, performances by Indigenous dancers Cylene Morrison, Leslie McCue, Angel Recollet and Jonathan Yellowhead. To close out the night Boombox presented DJs Nino Brown & Dre Ngozi as their headline act. The Loading Docks were turned into an open creative space with impromptu breakdance and rap battles against the backdrop of DJ Xavier Pierre.
Catering was provided care of Twist Catering and beverages from Grolsch, Noxx & Dunn, and Tag Vodka kept the party going all night.
A fun night, but not a Fame night.