canfar rocks banner with members of The 27 Club

Date and Time

Friday, June 7, 2024
Doors open 7pm
Performances at 7:30 PM


El Mocambo
464 Spadina Ave. #462
Toronto, ON M5T 2G8


Tickets: $75 each
Purchase online, or call 416-361-6281

This year, our lineup of bands are paying homage to the gone-too-soon members of The 27 Club; musical legends who all left us in their 27th year. As CANFAR invests in critical harm reduction programs across Canada, we'll pay tribute to some of those we've lost too soon to substance use while shining a light on how harm reduction is helping lower new rates of ​ HIV cases among people who inject drugs.​

Proceeds from CANFAR Rocks – AIDSbeat 27 support CANFAR’s three priorities to end the HIV epidemic in Canada:

  1. Launching national awareness campaigns to reach underserved communities and connect them to testing, treatment, and care;

  2. Removing barriers to testing and care for underserved key populations and communities by investing in new testing approaches and more accessible places and spaces with culturally appropriate supports;

  3. Funding research by and for members of these key populations and communities that will directly address the communities’ needs

Meet the Co-Chairs

christopher guerreiro

Christopher A. Guerreiro

Christopher A. Guerreiro, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, practises intellectual property dispute resolution and litigation, with an emphasis on patents and issues affecting the life sciences, healthcare, and other high-technology industries. Christopher has been a member of the firm since joining as a summer student in 2011. He is an editor of Norton Rose Fulbright's Pharma in Brief bulletin and leads a number of programmes related to associate development, substantive legal knowledge, and team-building within the firm. This is Christopher's second year as CANFAR's AIDSbeat concert Co-chair, and he and the Norton Rose Fulbright band, Sound Prediction, are the reigning Lexpert Cup Champions.

Mike Chalut

Mike Chalut

Mike Chalut is self-effacing, given to spontaneous outbursts of showtunes, loses keys and cards but never an audience—and he is ready to host CANFAR Rocks, our AIDSbeat concert, for the third year in a row! Over the years, Mike has put his infectious energy to work as a notable radio and television personality. Among his many accolades, Mike has hosted Breakfast Television, City News and KISS FM. He has interviewed A-list celebrities on PROUD FM, planned world-class events, interviewed Hollywood royalty on the red carpet, and hosted two popular TV shows, Wedding SOS and Kim’s Rude Awakenings. His new reality is producing TV shows that celebrate social inclusion and raising funds for non-profit organizations. ​

David Palumbo

David Palumbo (Honorary Chair)

David Palumbo has been an AIDSbeat concert-goer and Co-chair for years.​

David is a senior partner and Chair of the Transactions Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Toronto office. David is a member of the Firm’s North American Capital Markets Steering Committee and Global Inclusion and Diversity Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Board of the You Can Play Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the inclusion of all in sports. ​

David was recently named one of the 2023 Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine..​

Patricia Olasker

Patricia Olasker (Honorary Chair & Event Founder)

Patricia Olasker founded AIDSbeat 27 years ago and has grown it to become the most exciting event in Toronto's legal community. She is a senior partner at Davies and one of Canada’s leading lawyers in shareholder activism and M&A. ​

Outside the firm, Patricia is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, a member of the OSC’s CEO Advisory Council, former adviser to the chair of the OSC and past chair of the OSC’s Securities Advisory Committee. She is President of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association, Vice Chair of the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation Board and Vice Chair of Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. Patricia has twice been honored as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network.​

In the 1990s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic was at its height in Toronto. No treatment was available at the time to fight the disease. For many, a diagnosis equaled certain death. A group of lawyers, tired of watching the epidemic devastate their community, decided to fight back.

CANFAR Rocks, the AIDSbeat concert, was created almost 30 years ago to raise money in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), and its mission to fund all aspects of HIV research – from increased prevention efforts, opportunities for testing, improved health outcomes for people living with HIV in Canada, and reduced stigma. That research has had a huge impact: People can now access life-saving treatment and care. However, we can not allow ourselves to become complacent. Over 63,000 people in Canada living with HIV and on average, 4 people newly acquire HIV every 24 hours in Canada.

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You won't want to miss...

People's Choice Award

Guests pay to play! We encourage you to contribute and support your favourite band by voting the night of. The band with the most votes will take home the People’s Choice Award!

Live Auction with emcee Mike Chalut

On the night of the event, guests will have the chance to bid on a selection of rock-and-roll art, goods and experiences in our AIDSbeat live auction.

Become a sponsor of CANFAR Rocks, an AIDSbeat Concert, and help CANFAR end the HIV epidemic in Canada. Email for more information, or use the button below to download this year's sponsorship opportunities.