Junction Craft Brewery’s new home: The Destructor on Symes Road

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The Junction Craft Brewery have expanded their production facilities by moving into The Destructor on Symes Road. Originally built in 1934 by legendary architect R.C. Harris, The Symes is a Heritage-designated Art Deco building originally used as a city of Toronto incinerator. This is where it earned the name “The Destructor”. It was later used by the city as a waste transfer station.

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It is now the city’s newest event venue featuring over 9,700 square feet of combined space. The brewery is part of three large rooms which can accommodate from 50 to 350 guests for weddings, fundraisers, launch parties, social and corporate functions. They have partnered with some of Toronto’s best and most innovative culinary group of caterers and event service providers to make your event extraordinary.

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Pierogies from The Food Dudes

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Fried Chicken Bao from The Food Dudes

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Steak and Ale pie from Provisions

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 Smoked Haddock with Edamame Mash from Urban Acorn Catering

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Sweet and savory delicacies from The Tempered Room

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Hubert K of CTRL ROOM

DJ Leo Love

DJ Leo Love

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Eric McCormick Sings for Rethink Breast Cancer

 

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Last month I photographed a fundraiser put on by Rethink Breast Cancer which featured Toronto native Eric McCormack, star of Will & Grace and Perception.  The Concert I Never Gave held at the Winter Garden Theatre, featured a selection of his favourite songs, featuring B-sides and stories from his time growing up in Toronto through his years in Hollywood.  His band was a stellar lineup of musical veterans lead by musical director Loren Gold, keyboardist for The Who, Tyler Stewart, drummer for the Barenaked Ladies, Murray Foster, bass player for Great Big Sea, along with Alex McMaster and Neil Chapman.  The event was a great success as it raised $40,000 for such a worthy cause.

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MJ DeCoteau Founder & Executive Director Rethink Breast Cancer and Eric McCormack

MJ Decoteau and Darryl Sittler

MJ DeCoteau Founder & Executive Director Rethink Breast Cancer and Darryl Sittler

(L-R) Eric McCormick and Darryl Sittler

Eric McCormack and Darryl Sittler

(L-R) Eric McCormick and Tyler Stewart

Eric McCormack and Tyler Stewart of the Barenaked Ladies

 

 

 

 

“The First” Party 2012 Toronto International Film Festival


Earlier this week I was asked to photograph an event on opening night of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival being held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  The party hosted by filmmakers Julie Pacino, Jennifer DeLia and Said Zahraoui, was in celebration of their upcoming Mary Pickford film, The First.  The film will star actress Lily Rabe as Pickford and Michael Pitt as Owen Moore, Pickford’s first husband.  The First is being produced by Julie Pacino and Jennifer DeLia’s Poverty Row Entertainment with DeLia as director.  Production on The First starts next year. Music was provided by DJ Ebony Bones and DJ Brendan Canning.  Here are some photos from the event.

 

The 3rd Annual AUTISTS Gala


After many months of planning and preparations, the night finally arrived.  The 3rd Annual AUTISTS Gala was a great success.  I had such a great time volunteering for this wonderful cause.  With the charity casino, art auction, donations and ticket sales, we managed to raise over $70,000 for the Geneva Centre.  Many thanks to all who attended, the wonderful sponsors and donors, and a special thank you to the lovely couple that purchased my Colosseo photo at the auction!