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Updated: Apr 15, 2021

Row Ontario is proud to be partnering with the Canadian Sport Film Festival 2021 to present the Canadian premier of the rowing film A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING. The film is an inspiring and uplifting documentary about Arshay Cooper and his teammates from Manley Career Academy High School in Chicago, who formed the first African-American High School rowing team in the United States. This powerful story chronicles the barriers team members broke to be able to participate in rowing and the resulting impact on their lives and legacies. This is a story that Row Ontario’s newly formed Diversity & Inclusion Committee felt would be a great way to start a discussion on social justice in sport and build fundraising momentum for a new grant program.

Proceeds from the ticket sales as well as sponsorships and donations will be put towards the Row Ontario IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity Accessibility) Fund. Grants from the IDEA Fund will allow Row Ontario member clubs to fund programs to create a more diverse, inclusive, and accessible rowing community in Ontario. Putting action into words by supporting this premier fundraising event will have the lasting impact of giving more opportunities for young athletes.

Ticketing Options

The Row Ontario CSFF Virtual Film Festival weekend will take place from May 14-16. The event is offered through the Digital TIFF Bell Lightbox allowing for streamlined ticket purchases, a professional digital platform, and a high quality virtual Q&A produced in advance of the event. There are two ticketing options to view the film, as follows:

VIP Tickets – $150 + HST VIP ticket holders will take part in a planned VIP experience during the viewing of A Most Beautiful Thing. They will receive catered food from CURED, Row Ontario branded merchandise, the book A Most Beautiful Thing, and participation in a live Q&A with Arshay Cooper following the viewing of the film (quantities of VIP tickets are limited). Row Ontario official boat supplier HUDSON is sponsoring Arshay’s participation in the Canadian Sport Film Festival.

General Tickets – $15 + HST General ticket holders will receive the viewing of the film and a pre-recorded Q&A with Arshay Cooper.

Buy Your Tickets to View A Most Beautiful Thing!



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