FAQs about the Canadian Spotlight
Who is the Canadian Spotlight Artist this year?
The 2015 Canadian Spotlight Artist, sponsored by Bell Media, has been awarded to Randall Okita, an internationally-established Asian Canadian artist with a unique voice. The Canadian Spotlight events will give festival-goers the opportunity to relive the creative process with Okita as he showcases the performance art and sculptures featured in his short films. These artifacts have been extricated from the theatre screen to the gallery in Okita’s exhibition, Things I Can’t Tell You, presented in partnership with the Robert Kananaj Gallery and the Canada Council for the Arts.
What is included in the Canadian Spotlight Gala package?
The spotlight gala package ($20/$15 for students or seniors) includes:
- admission to reserved seats at the Retrospective on Randall Okita screening at Jackman Hall (Nov 7 at 4:00 PM)
- guaranteed seats on the shuttle bus (Nov 7 at 5:30 PM) to the reception venue
- admission to the private Canadian Spotlight Gala Reception at the Robert Kananaj Gallery (Nov 7 at 6:00 PM) with complimentary catered food and open bar
The Robert Kananaj Gallery will open to the public at 7:00 PM that night for the free Things I Can’t Tell You Gallery Reception with light refreshments and a cash bar.
Can I buy the components of the Canadian Spotlight Gala package separately?
Yes, but It will cost you more to buy the screening ($15/$12 for students or seniors) and the private gala reception ($15/$10 for students or seniors) separately, plus you’ll have to make your own way across town from Jackman Hall to the Robert Kananaj Gallery. Shuttle bus service comes exclusively with the gala package and cannot be purchased separately.
What’s this about a free reception?
There is a public gallery reception for Randall Okita’s Things I Can’t Tell You exhibition, being shown at the Robert Kananaj Gallery in parallel with the festival. This starts at 7:00 PM on November 7 (an hour after the private gala reception begins) and is free of charge. Light refreshments will be available and there is a cash bar; however if you attended the Retrospective on Randall Okita screening as a non-gala audience member, you will have received one (1) complimentary drink ticket.
I don’t want to come to the screening but can I buy tickets just to the private Canadian Spotlight Gala Reception?
Yes, for $15 ($10 for students or seniors) and only online through reelasian.com (powered by Universe) until 3:00 PM (or while supplies last) on the day of the event. The Future-Day Sales desk only sells tickets to screenings, but a limited number of same-day reception tickets will be available from the Jackman Hall venue box office for walk-up sales after 3:00 PM until the screening begins. After the screening starts, you may pay $10 at the door of the Robert Kananaj Gallery beginning at 6:00 PM. Or, you can wait until 7:00 PM for the public reception to begin; however, it will be a strictly cash bar.
I was only going to go to the screening but it was so good that I want to go to the party now! Can I still get in?
Sure, get in a cab, call an Über, or hop on the subway to the Robert Kananaj Gallery – you can get in starting at 6:00 PM for $10, or wait until 7:00 PM and get in for free. If you pay, you get in earlier, there’s an open bar, and you get first crack at the food. If you’d rather not pay, you have to wait a little longer and when you do get in it’s a cash bar but there should still be some free food going around. And, because you went to the screening, you will have received a free drink ticket. So, still totally worth it!
Why do some people have wristbands and some people get drink tickets?
Wristbands are for gala ticket holders – they get you on the shuttle bus and get you into the Robert Kananaj Gallery anytime after 6:00 PM. There’s a private reception with open bar & catered food from 6:00-7:00PM so it’s totally worth it to get the gala package! But even if you decide to just get a ticket to the screening portion, we’ll still give you a free drink ticket. You have to make your own way to the Robert Kananaj Gallery and you can’t get in until after 7:00PM but you can use your drink ticket at the cash bar. Not going to the reception? Give your drink ticket to someone who is, they’ll appreciate it!
I didn’t go to the screening, and I got into the public reception for free after 7:00 PM. Can I get a drink ticket?
No, sorry, drink tickets are our way of thanking you for coming to the festival screening of our Canadian Spotlight Artist, Randall Okita. Enjoy the food while supplies last, but it’s strictly a cash bar after 7:00 PM.
FAQs about the Food on Film Special Presentation
What is the Food on Film Special Presentation all about anyways?
In conjunction with the feature presentation of Off the Menu: Asian America (Nov 10 at 7:00 PM), we are launching a new tasting reception initiative, called Food on Film. The tasting reception, available as a value-added “combo” ticket option, will take place Nov 10 at 8:00 PM at the Open Gallery, around the corner and down the street from Jackman Hall. There, local exhibitors will be offering samples of food & drink in a convivial atmosphere for audience members to engage in lively discussion about the topics raised in the film.
What’s included in the Food on Film Special Presentation “Combo” Ticket?
The $17 “combo” ticket includes admission to reserved seats at the screening of Off the Menu: Asian America at Jackman Hall (Nov 10 at 7:00 PM) and admission to the Food on Film Tasting Reception at Open Gallery (Nov 10 at 8:00 PM) afterwards. Student/senior price is $14 for the “combo” ticket.
Can I buy the components of the “Combo” Ticket separately?
Yes, but it’ll cost you more to buy the screening and the tasting reception separately. The screening by itself is $12 ($10 for students and seniors). The tasting reception by itself is $10 if you buy it in advance or $15 at the door. Pay-at-the-door availability is not guaranteed, and there is no student/senior discount price for the tasting reception when purchased separately.
Are tickets to just the tasting reception available in advance?
Yes, for $10 (no discount for students or seniors) and only online through reelasian.com (powered by Universe) until 6:00 PM on the day of the event. The Future-Day Sales desk only sells tickets to screenings but a limited number of same-day tasting reception “addon” tickets will be available for walk-up sales at the Jackman Hall venue box office after 6:00 PM until the screening begins. After the screening starts, you may pay $15 (same price for everyone) at the door of the Open Gallery beginning at 8:00 PM; however, capacity is very limited and pay-at-the-door availability is not guaranteed.
What kind of food & drink can we expect at the tasting reception?
Innovative Asian and Asian-inspired cuisine for every appetite. Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will be pouring samples all night long, and Momo Tea will be providing refreshing non-alcoholic beverage choices. Our featured local food exhibitors include Gushi, Abokichi, My Little Dumplings, and Kaiju. More details about them HERE.
Is it all-you-can-eat at the tasting reception?
No. This is a new event and quantities are limited. Attendees will receive a stamp card that can be redeemed for up to two (2) samples at each food station. Portion sizes are entirely the purview of our exhibitors but expect small bites – after all, it’s a tasting reception! Both of our beverage exhibitors have assured us that they will keep the liquid libations flowing liberally throughout the event.
Will food be available for purchase at the tasting reception?
Not this year, but it’s something we might consider for the future. The Open Gallery is located on the OCADU campus between Dundas & Queen on McCaul, so the culinary neighbourhoods of Baldwin Village, Chinatown, and Queen West are just steps away.