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A Month of Proud Events

It’s been a busy month for CANFAR, and we’ve still got some key events to come!


Dr. Brennan and volunteer team Investigaytors with CANFAR Manager of Research and Program INtegration, Cameron Dunkin

Dr. Brennan and the volunteer team “Investigaytors” with CANFAR Manager of Research and Program Integration, Cameron Dunkin.

Inside Out Film Festival

CANFAR was pleased to partner with the Inside Out Film Festival, as a community sponsor for the documentary Chemsex. The film explored the complications of drugs and HIV within a small segment of London’s gay scene. Dr. David Brennan spoke on behalf of CANFAR, emphasizing the importance of discussing this popular, but controversial film and providing context to its content.

A Night at Woody’s

Our annual Night at Woody’s with Miss Conception was postponed until Sunday, September 18, in light of the tragedy in Orlando. Like thousands of others, CANFAR staff attended the Vigil hosted in Barbara Hall Park in solidarity.

Toronto AIDS Vigil

Members of the community at the Toronto AIDS Vigil. Photo courtesy of The 519.

Toronto AIDS Vigil

The Toronto AIDS Vigil was held the evening of Tuesday, June 28 in Barbara Hall Park. CANFAR was proud to support the Vigil with its donation of red ribbons. We joined the community in rememberance, honour and celebration of those who have passed from AIDS or AIDS related illnesses, or who have given their lives in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

You Can March With Us graphic

You Can MARCH with Us

CANFAR is excited to celebrate Toronto Pride! Having marched for nearly 20 years, it is a longstanding commitment of the organization to celebrate and support the LGBTQ community. CANFAR staff, volunteers and supporters will be marching in the Pride Parade on Sunday, July 3. We invite you to march with us. Click here for more details:

Bloor Street Entertains

Save the Date!!


Bloor Street Entertains 20th Anniversary will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.


THANK YOU to all of our venue, chef and floral partners who have already confirmed their support for Canada’s largest fundraising gala in support of HIV and AIDS research!”  If you have not confirmed your participation, or you are interested in partnering with CANFAR on November 30th, please contact Debbie Osske, Director of Events & Stewardship at or call 416.361.6281


Author: Debbe Osske, Director of Events and Stewardship