2018 will mark the 34th year of the AIDS Candlelight Vigil. The theme for this year's Vigil is “Strengths in Communities."
The Toronto AIDS Candlelight Vigil is an open community event held annually at the AIDS Memorial to remember, honour, and celebrate the people who have died of AIDS and to celebrate those who live with the virus.
This year’s Vigil will once again feature performers who reflect the diversity of people and communities affected by, or living with AIDS.
The permanent AIDS Memorial, designed by Patrick Fahn, opened in 1993 in Barbara Hall Park (formerly known as Cawthra Square Park), behind The 519 Community Centre. Over time, the Memorial became a place for everyone infected and affected by AIDS in the broader Toronto community. Names of those to be honoured are engraved and installed each year, by mid-June.
The AIDS Memorial reflects a particular place and time: it is a physical monument in a park within a neighbourhood that was devastated by AIDS in the early years of the epidemic.
The AIDS Memorial is managed by The 519. Inquiries are welcome.
For more info on the Vigil and Memorial: