World AIDS Day, which also launches the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada, is an opportunity for people across the country and around the world to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died. Vancouver is host to a number of events this week leading up to the 27th annual edition on Monday, December 1, 2014.
A Loving Spoonful World AIDS Day Luncheon (Friday, November 28)
Vancouver’s business community, community leaders and personalities gather to help raise funds for A Loving Spoonful with its annual World AIDS Day Luncheon. This elegant fundraiser includes a luxurious lunch and both a silent and live auction.
Voices of Hope (Saturday, November 29)
The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation hosts its annual Voices of Hope concert at Christ Church Cathedral (Georgia and Burrard) on November 29 beginning at 7:30pm (doors at 7pm). Performers scheduled to appear include Alexandria Maillot, Lost Lagoon, Luca Fogale, The Tourist Company, and The Wild Romantics. Admission is by donation ($20 suggested).
AIDS Vancouver Open House (Monday, December 1)
AIDS Vancouver will host an Open House to celebrate their accomplishments with special guests Bif Naked and Ryan Steele in attendance. They will be collecting items for their annual Holiday Grocery Program that will assist over 800 clients by providing them with wholesome, fresh food during the holiday season.
World AIDS Day: A Youthy Affair (Monday, December 1)
YouthCo will commemorate the day by creating art that speaks to the youth HIV movement today,inspired by the iconic posters and artwork of AIDS activism in the 80’s and 90’s.
21st World AIDS Day at Carnegie Community Centre (Monday, December 1)
AIDS Vancouver, Positive Living BC and Vancouver Native Health once again reach the heart of the Downtown Eastside with a day-long event at the Carnegie Community Centre (401 Main Street) to connect with clients with speakers on HIV related issues and provide outreach and information to one of Canada’s most vulnerable populations.