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World AIDS Day - December 1, 2012

December 1st has marked World AIDS Day since 1988. It is one of the most recognized international health days, a time of reflection and action, a key opportunity to raise awareness locally and globally and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day 2012 theme: "Getting to zero: Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths." World AIDS Day events run the week before and after December 1.

(All external links on this page were valid, as of Dec 1, 2012.)

Events (in chronological order, updated November 26)

Tuesday November 27

  • AIDS ACTION NOW! is excited to announce two upcoming events Nov 27-28 in honour of our upcoming 25th Anniversary and also for the Day With(out) Art 2012. Both events are held at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West), and are in partnership with Visual AIDS.
    United in Anger in Context: Dialogue on AIDS ACTION NOW! and History of ACT UP, Documentary Screening - 6 - 9pm. Community discussion on the past and present of AIDS ACTION NOW! in conjunction with a screening of the documentary United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from director: Jim Hubbard and producers: Jim Hubbard, Sarah Schulman. Featuring a panel discussion and Q & A with past and present members of AIDS ACTION NOW! including Tim McCaskell, Zoe Dodd, Maggie Atkinson, Darien Taylor, Alex McClelland and Glen Brown. FREE! In Jackman Hall @ the AGO. See poster.
    More details: Facebook event and the AAN website

Wednesday November 28

  • poster/VIRUS 2012 Day With(out) Art Launch Event! -6 - 8pm. In honour of the Day With(out) Art 2012, AIDS ACTION NOW! is launching 8 new collaborative activist art works as part of the poster/VIRUS project. The posters were developed collectively with artists and activists working to respond to HIV. They will be plastered across the streets of Toronto during the month of November. The posters will simultaneously be launched on-line through our Facebook and Tumblr pages. Come celebrate the launch with AIDS ACTION NOW! along with the artists, speakers and awesome performers. All to be announced soon!!! FREE! See poster. In Walker Court @ the AGO. "After party" at Cold Tea (60 Kensington Avenue) starting at 9pm! See Facebook event
  • University of Toronto: Global Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts & Science, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre present Politics, Traditions and Actions: Developing Communities Against HIV/AIDS, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., 7th Floor Graduate Lounge, 155 College Street. Welcome by Anthea Darychuk, Master of Public Health Candidate 2012, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; discussion with Marilyn McHarg, President and CEO of Dignitas International, and Fanta Ongoiba, Executive Director of Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA); moderated by Pamela Klassen, Professor, Study of Religion Department, U of T Faculty of Arts & Science; and closing comments by Rafal Ramzi, Immunology Major, Department of Immunology, U of T Faculty of Arts & Science and Co-Chair of U of T International Health Program.

Thursday November 29

  • Community Carnation Memorial - to mark World AIDS Day, 5:45pm at The 519 Church Street Community Centre. See poster. Join us for refreshments and the Community Carnation Memorial. This community event honours and remembers those we have lost to AIDS and supports those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, both locally and globally. This community event is led by the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA), the AIDS Candlelight Vigil Committee, Loft Community Services - McEwan Housing and Support Services and The 519.
  • Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to commemorate World AIDS Day with "ar+ogeher" (Art Together) Art Exhibit, opening reception 6 - 8pm at Glad Day Bookstore, 3/F at 598 Yonge Street (Yonge Street north of Wellesley). See poster. ACAS will commemorate this year's World AIDS Day with an art exhibit featuring local Asian artists on the strengths and resilience of people living with HIV/AIDS at its first ever ar+ogeher (pronounced "Art Together") art exhibit. Opening remarks by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale. ar+ogeher" (Art Together) Art Exhibit will be open to the public for display for two weeks from November 29 to December 12, 2012. ar+ogeher is a ground-breaking art exhibit as it brings together impassioned Asian artists to showcase their talents through positive images of persons living with HIV as a collective effort to fight against HIV stigma. The art work commissioned for this exhibit are produced with the direct input of Asians living with HIV/AIDS, and feature local talents Regen Chan, Gina Chung, Vince Ha, Euan Hwang, Lai Tak Ki, Derek Yee and Hector Valladares-Aguilera. The name of the exhibit, ar+ogeher, fuses art, the seropositive HIV status, and positivity together all in one word. Staying true to our core value to empower East and Southeast Asians living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, ACAS believes that together with art, artists and persons living with HIV/AIDS can truly inspire a positive difference to our community and create positive change: Art tells stories. Art brings us together. Art empowers our community. See Facebook event
  • The HIV/AIDS Prevention Program of The Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples presents a night at movies showing Angels in America (Part One) in their offices at 40 Wellesley Street East, Suite 405, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Light refreshments, drinks, and snacks - everyone welcome. Discussion after the projection. (Part Two to be shown on Friday, November 30).

Friday November 30

  • World AIDS Day Community Fair, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the University of Toronto's School of Medicine, 1 King's College Circle - 2nd Floor Auditorium, with participation from GTA AIDS Service Organizations and HIV/AIDS Programs.
  • AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will recognize the 24th anniversary of World AIDS Day by hosting an Open House event! Join us from 2 - 4pm for refreshments, drop by to meet staff, learn about ACT's programs and services, and connect with others passionate about HIV-related issues. Take part in a unique tour of ACT's newly renovated offices to see our work in action and learn about HIV/AIDS and the programs and services available to the communities we serve. ACT is at the south-east corner of Church and Carlton Streets (399 Church Street, 4th floor).
  • The HIV/AIDS Prevention Program of The Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples presents a night at movies showing Angels in America (Part Two) in their offices at 40 Wellesley Street East, Suite 405, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Light refreshments, drinks, and snacks - everyone welcome. Discussion after the projection. (Part One to be shown on Thursday, November 29).
  • Toronto People With AIDS Foundation: A Night of Passion - a benefit show reflecting on 25 years of supporting the HIV+ and broader community. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8:00pm Glenn Gould Studio, CBC building. 250 Front St. West. See poster. Guest performers feature B-Girlz, Ron Sexsmith, David Sereda, Carrie Chesnutt, community reflections and much more. View a moving retrospective exhibit featuring historical memorabilia. $10 tickets available online or from Mila Thirasack: email or call 416-506-1400 ext. 238.There will be an opportunity to further support PWA during the event. See Facebook event

Saturday December 1 - World AIDS Day

  • Red Ribbon Human Link 2012 - a multicultural outdoor AIDS awareness walk, 1:30 pm. Join us to commemorate the 24th annual World AIDS Day. We'll meet at St. Stephen's Community House gym, 91 Bellevue Ave. just south of College St., West of Spadina. See poster. Dress warm! We will walk in Chinatown and Kensington Market neighbourhood, distributing information and condoms, holding red ribbons and placards with messages. After the walk, we'll have some yummy snacks back at the gym at 91 Bellevue Ave. This year's theme: "GETTING TO ZERO - ZERO New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths". Partners include AIDS Committee of Toronto, Asian Community AIDS Services, St. Stephen's Community House. See English press release or el comunicado de prensa, Español for details.
  • Voices of Hope * Voix D'Espoir - World AIDS Day Concert, 4 pm, A Benefit Concert for Casey House, at Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St. East). $20 suggested admission. Donations gratefully accepted. Special concert and community gathering with Hosts: Gavin Crawford (This Hour has 22 Minutes) and Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea. Featuring performances by: Michael Burgess, Dr. Draw, Mary Lou Fallis and Peter Tiefenbach, Jarvis Collegiate Institute's Senior Vocal Ensemble, Christian Jeffries and Aqua. See poster.
  • Getting to Zero: zero AIDS-related deaths, zero new infections and zero discrimination, a call for optimism in our fight against HIV/AIDS, 5 - 8 p.m. at Terry Miller Community Recreation Centre, 1295 Williams Parkway, Brampton (fully accessible). See poster. Sponsored by the Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN). The day is celebrated to commemorate those who have died from HIV-related complications; to recognize the resilience and garner community support for those living with and affected by the virus. We cordially invite all leaders, service providers, and community members and media representatives to join us for the event.
    Come join this evening of discussions, performances, and varieties of activities. Dinner will be served and transportation will be available from Square One, Shoppers' World, and Bramalea City Centre. RSVP, more details.
  • The Harem, Book Reading and Discussion sponsored by the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP). [This event is open only to South Asian Women Living with HIV/AIDS]. If you identify as a South Asian woman living with HIV, we welcome you to join other women in a conversation with Safia Fazlul, author of The Harem about women and sex this World AIDS Day. Join us as we explore the systemic and structural drivers that dictate women's lives and bodies. For information about venue and time, please contact Shazia Islam at 416-599-2727, extension 228, or email.

Monday, December 3

  • Celebrating "Getting to Zero: Zero Discrimination, Zero New Infections, and Zero Deaths" at Queen West Community Health Centre, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. We are thrilled to have a wide variety of great speakers joining us from agencies all across Toronto, and we've planned an interactive art activity during the lunch hour so all participants can contribute to a banner that will be displayed in the center for everyone to enjoy! Lunch is provided, and registration is limited to 40. Registration required (by Nov 30).

Tuesday, December 4

  • Awards for Action - Prix de L'action. A Benefit in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the 11th Annual Awards for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights and in recognition of World AIDS Day. Keynote Speaker: Stephen Lewis. Canadian Award Recipient: Dr. Philip Berger; International Recipient: Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (Russia). 7 pm, Law Society of Upper Canada - Convocation Hall, within Osgoode Hall: 130 Queen Street West, Toronto.

Wednesday, December 5

  • ACT Community Health Forum: 2012 International AIDS Conference and ICAAC Overview 7 - 9pm, Ramada Plaza Hotel (300 Jarvis St, south of Carlton). See poster. No registration required. (more details)
  • Wed Dec 5: Power of Stories: An Interactive event on storytelling and HIV. 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Central Toronto Community Health Centre, 168 Bathurst Street (NW corner of Bathurst and Richmond). See poster. Stories from Taking Action II Building Aboriginal Youth Leadership for HIV Prevention, Story Gleaners, and Francisco Ibañez-Carrasco's work "Giving it Raw: How to Live with AIDS for 25 Years". Everyone welcome; free event. For more information, contact Sarah Switzer: 416-703-8482, ext. 143, or by email.
  • Wed Dec 5: Think Global - Act Local: Indigenous People and HIV and AIDS, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Ramada Plaza Downtown Toronto (300 Jarvis Street, Toronto). See poster. A Toronto event to commemorate Aboriginal Awareness Week in Canada co-hosted by 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations, Union of Ontario Indians, Interagency Coalition on AIDS & Development, Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, Ontario First Nations HIV/AIDS Education Circle. Our co-hosts come together to invite Aboriginal organizations, First Nation communities, people living with HIV, front line HIV/AIDS workers and our allies to join them for presentations and discussions about international Indigenous HIV and AIDS issues and how these relate to provincial, regional, and local realities. Focusing on a human rights approach, participants will talk about the scope of HIV work they do locally and the expanding vision of promoting Indigenous specific approaches to the social determinants of health globally to address the continuing legacy of colonization and neo-colonialism. This session is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments served. RSVP with Trevor Stratton by Nov. 23: email or phone: 416-999-3250. More details: AAAW website.

Thurday, December 6

  • Black CAP fundraiser - Joyful Giving is an important fundraiser at an important time of the year as the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) works to raise funds to provide our clients with a happier and healthier holiday season. 6 - 9 pm. See poster. RSVP to Anthoy Nnaji: 416-977-9955 or email.

poster:  ar+ogeher
ar+ogeher: exhibit by Asian artists on the strengths and resilience of people living with HIV/AIDS (Nov 29)

poster:  ar+ogeher
A Night of Passion: benefit show for PWA at Glenn Gould Studio (Nov 30)


poster:  United in Anger (documentary)
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP!
Documentary Screening at AGO (Nov 27)

poster:  poster/VIRUS project
Day With(out) Art poster/VIRUS project
launch Nov 28

poster:  Community Carnation Memorial
Community Carnation Memorial: 519 Church St. Community Centre & AIDS Memorial (Nov 29)

poster: Red Ribbon Human Link
Red Ribbon Human Link 2012 - a multicultural outdoor AIDS awareness walk (Dec 1)

poster: Voices of Hope Concert
Voices of Hope Concert
Metropolitan United Church (Dec 1)

poster: Getting to Zero
Getting to Zero
Peel HIV/AIDS Network (Dec 1)

poster: ACT Community Health Forum
ACT Community Health Forum
Ramada Plaza Hotel (Dec 5)

poster: Power of Stories
Power of Stories
Ramada Plaza Hotel (Dec 5)

poster:  Indigenous People and HIV and AIDS
Think Global - Act Local: Indigenous People and HIV and AIDS (Dec 5)

poster: Black Cap fundraiser
Black CAP - Joyful Giving
fundraiser (Dec 6)