Easter Seals – 63rd Annual Rogers Conn Smythe Sports Celebrity Dinner

 

The 63rd Annual Rogers Conn Smythe Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction took place on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at the Toronto’s famous Royal York Hotel. They had a list of solid 2014 Celebrity Guests who gave their valuable time and gave back to the communities in support of this special charitable event. In fact, some of these celebrities such as all-time Blue Jays great, Carlos Delgado, specifically flew in Toronto so he could be part of this special occasion. The list of celebrity guests include Carlos Delgado (Baseball Player), Geraldine Heaney (Hockey Player), James Hinchcliffe (Indy Car Race Car Driver), Perdita Felicien (Hurdler), Dave Stewart (Baseball Player), Scott Milanovich (CFL Coach), Gary Roberts (Hockey Player), Matt Hughes (Martial Artist), Stefan Charles (NFL Player), and Natalie Spooner (Female Gold Olympian). This year’s dinner host was Gerry Dee!

Special thanks to the Easter Seals Committee for the invitation and our crew and I attended the media conference where I got to interview some of these celebrities as well as the Easter Seals Ambassadors about being part of this great charitable organizations and the meaning of giving back and in support of the youth and young adults in Ontario with a physical disability.

Stay tuned for my later publications on the interviews I had with some of these celebrities!

Here are the photos we took at the Media Conference and photos of my interviews with these celebrities:

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Hello Canada Party – TIFF13 Flashback

Now that TIFF 13 has come to a close, I had a great time, meeting industry people and interesting people who works in the industry. It was great for me to cover TIFF exclusive VIP parties and events, as well attending various film screening and being able to talk to directors and actors about their TIFF experiences and their films.

One particular event that I got invited into was the well-known magazine called “Hello Canada”. As I went in there, I bumped into many familiar faces. Kardinal Offishall, as he was about to leave the party to go to the next one, I wanted to take a photo with him. His PR told him to get going. Kardy said “No! No! I got to chat and take photo with this guy, he is dope!” I thank Kardy for that. In fact, we bumped into each other for 3 straight evenings in a roll. He teased me and said “Man, we are seeing each other so often!” I replied, “well, that’s because we both know where the great parties at!” We both laughed out loud.

I also saw many Degrassi actors, in particular, Luke Bilyk, whom I interviewed him at last year’s American Next Top Model Convention. I also bumped into the boyband, Neverest, which I interviewed before, they opened for the Backstreet Boys in their previous tour.

I saw Olympians Patrick Chan and Tessa Virtue. I also bump into Russell Peters, he was the most popular one there and he made funny facial expressions in everyone’s photos. He was busy chatting but the moment I walked up to him and complimented his pink blazer, he stopped his chat and started chatting with me and complimented my orange bowtie and blazer as well.

Most importantly, I met this amazing young director named Thomas E. Oliver, who had a TIFF screening the next night, his film is called “1982”, starring Hill Harper, LaLa Anthony (Knicks Player, Carmelo Anthony’s wife) and other actors.  Thomas and I chatted a bit and we talked about TIFF and everything in life. And he invited me to his screening. Trust me, it was a screening to remember. I will tell you more later on my experience at his film 1982 at a later blog. Stay tuned!

All-in-all, it was a great night! Open bar, free food, great backdrop! It’s all fun and games and good time with the celebrities and athletes.

MoVernie with Russell Peters

MoVernie with Russell Peters

MoVernie with Kardinal Offishall

MoVernie with Kardinal Offishall

MoVernie with Tessa Virtue & Patrick Chan

MoVernie with Tessa Virtue & Patrick Chan

MoVernie with Degrassi Luke Bilyk

MoVernie with Degrassi Luke Bilyk

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Great Party at Hello Canada

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MoVernie with the Neverest (Paul & Spee)

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Hello Canada!

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DJ spinning awesome “live” music!

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MoVernie with Director, whose film “1982” was at TIFF screening the night after