AIDSbeat 2019 presents “Back to the Movies”

The annual anticipated fundraising event of the summer AIDSbeat in support of CANFAR is back once again on June 7th, 2019 with a mission to fund all aspects of HIV research and end HIV in Canada. AIDSbeat 2019 presents “Back to the Movies” an annual rock ‘n’ roll battle of the bands charity bash organized by Toronto’s legal community.

TORONTO, ON, – May 16, 2019

On Friday, June 7, 2019, AIDSbeat will bring together the top legal minds in Toronto as they clash on-­‐stage, not in the courtroom – in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)’s mission to end HIV in Canada. AIDSbeat, an annual battle of the bands between some of Toronto’s most prominent lawyers and law firms, will take place at ‘1871’ Berkeley Church (315 Queen Street East) with the silent auction starting at 7:30 PM and the show starting at 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.

This year’s theme is Back to the Movies which will feature a glamorous, blockbuster evening, as bands pay tribute to their favourite stories from the silver screen. In addition to the live music, AIDSbeat will feature some much coveted items in the Silent Auction.

Guests are encouraged to wear their movie premiere-­‐inspired outfits on the red carpet, and watch their favourite bands hit the stage, vying for the coveted Lexpert Cup.

This year’s judges for AIDSbeat include Juno-­Award winning vocalist Billy Newton-­Davis, Canadian Idol Sixth Season Winner Theo Tams, Blair Purdy and award-­wining journalist and executive producer of the Financial Post Nicole MacAdam.

“I am so excited to be co-­‐chairing the 20th annual AIDSBeat fundraiser this year. We’ve come a long way since we started the event when HIV and AIDS was at its height in Toronto,” says AIDSbeat co-­chair, David Palumbo. “Although treatment options have improved for those living with HIV, there’s still no cure. That’s why this event continues to be just as relevant today. The funds raised here go directly to support vital HIV research and awareness about CANFAR’s priorities of prevention, testing, treatment and stigma.”

“My earliest days of AIDSbeat, my growing passion and support for CANFAR and this event have inspired me to increase my involvement every year, from supporter and audience member, to performer, band wrangler, AIDSbeat committee member, and now committee co-­chair,” says AIDSbeat co-­chair, Nicole Sigouin. “As a Bay Street lawyer, it is a true privilege to combine my love of music, people, and events planning, all in the name of this worthy cause.”

AIDSbeat helps to fund CANFAR’s innovative research and national awareness programs to support its mission to end HIV in Canada.

For additional information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Amira de Vera/Project Four Public Relations
On behalf of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)
phone: 647-­865-­1804


For 31-­years, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS research (CANFAR) has been the only national charitable Foundation that raises awareness to generate funds for HIV and AIDS research. Over 63,000 people in Canada are living with HIV and an estimated six new infections are transmitted, each day. Through funding HIV research, partnerships and awareness programs, CANFAR remains a trailblazer in its mission to end HIV in Canada.