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August 11, 2006
Toronto welcomes world to XVI International AIDS Conference
  
This Sunday, the XVI International AIDS Conference will officially get underway at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). Conference organizers expect more than 24,000 delegates and 3,000 media from around the world to descend on Toronto from Aug. 13 - 18. The theme of this year’s conference is “Time to Deliver.”

“Hosting this conference is an incredible honour for Toronto,” said Councillor Kyle Rae, who has led the City’s involvement with conference organizers. “There are many aspects of this conference that Toronto residents can participate in, including the opening ceremonies at Rogers Centre, the Global Village and the AIDS Vigil. Toronto has been a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We have much to be proud of as a city. I look forward to seeing Toronto residents getting involved.”

The International AIDS Conference was established in 1985. AIDS 2006 is the largest, most comprehensive global health forum in the world, with an objective of expanding public awareness of HIV/AIDS, sharing knowledge and learning from others. The conference is open to everyone fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including researchers, health care workers, governments, the United Nations, activists, donors, the media and people living with HIV/AIDS.

“The thousands of participants at this year's International AIDS Conference inspire us and we share their commitment to making their globally important work accessible to everyone, everywhere,” said Bruce MacMillan, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “We know that in Toronto they will find a creative and collaborative energy that comes from the colourful mosaic of people, languages, cultures and lifestyles.”

The XVI International AIDS Conference is expected to generate $30 - 40 million in direct spending in Toronto.

Residents can expect few road closures and delays. There will be parking restrictions around the MTCC, including Front St., Simcoe St. and Bremner Blvd. Yonge St. will be closed the evening of Thursday, August 17 between Dundas and Queen Sts. from 8 p.m. to midnight to accommodate the AIDS Vigil, an event all Torontonians are invited to attend.

Visit http://www.aids2006.org for more information.

See factsheet below.


Media contact:

Brad Ross
Strategic Communications
416-392-8937
(cell) 416-919-6503


Fact Sheet

XVI International AIDS Conference Public Events
August 12 – 17, 2006

The XVI International AIDS Conference features a series of events that are open to the public as part of its Global Village, and cultural and youth activities programming. The following is a snapshot of events taking place throughout the week. For a complete list of events, visit http://www.aids2006.org.

Global Village

The Global Village is a community-focused space integrating community, science and leadership that reflects the conference’s overall theme, Time to Deliver. As the main entranceway into the conference, and covering more than 7000 square metres, the Global Village will be a hub of activity, hosting almost 400 free events and diverse cultural activities.

The Peter Busse Memorial Meet the Plenary Speaker Sessions, allows community interaction and dialogue each day from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Main Stage in the Global Village.

Hours of operation:
Sunday, August 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, August 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, August 15 to Thursday, August 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, August18, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Virtual Village website provides interactive opportunities to participate in the conference, and the Global Village. Visit http://globalvillage.aids2006.org.

Yonge-Dundas Square

A variety of public activities and performances will also take place at Yonge-Dundas Square throughout the course of the week, including the International AIDS Vigil at 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 17.

Each day will feature booths from different organizations in the Global Village as well as performances.

Hours of programming:
Monday, August 14, from 7 p.m. to about 9 p.m.
Tuesday, August 15, from noon to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday, August 17, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, August 12
The General Idea AIDS Sculpture Unveiling
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Place: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park

Opening of the Film Festival at the Royal Ontario Museum – including screening of the film
“3 Needles” with director Thom Fitzgerald
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Place: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park

Sunday, August 13
AIDS Memorial Quilt – on display until Friday, August 18
Time: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Atrium, 250 Front St. W.

AIDS Treatment Now! March
Time: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Place: Grange Park (Grange Rd. and McCaul St., near Art Gallery of Ontario)

Launch of the Youth Pavilion – the interactive youth-led space in the Global Village
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Global Village, Youth Pavilion, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Level 300

ENGAGE-CHALLENGE-INSPIRE – Global Village Opening Event
Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Global Village, Main Stage, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building,
Level 300

XVI International AIDS Conference Opening Session and AIDS Benefit Concert
Time: Opening Session at 7 p.m.; Concert at 9 p.m.
Place: Rogers Centre, One Blue Jays Way

Monday, August 14
National Portrait Collection by the Lesbian and Gay Archives – on display until Friday, August 18
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Place: City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W.

Time to Deliver AIDS Action Now for Women and Girls’ Rally and March
Time: 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Place: March departs from Metro Hall Square and ends at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Strength of Africa Concert – featuring Soul Influence, Donné Roberts and Thomas Mapfumo
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage, 235 Queens Quay W.

Impact of HIV/AIDS on Emerging Economies – affiliated event with MaRS Discovery District (visit http://www.marsdd.com to register)
Time: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Place: MaRS Collaboration Centre Auditorium, 101 College St.

Tuesday, August 15
AIDS: PictureChange Photo Exhibit – on display until Friday, August 18
Time: 7 a.m. to midnight
Place: BCE Place, Allen Lambert Galleria, 181 Bay St.

Sex Workers Performance – with sex workers from around the globe
Time: 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Place: Global Village, Main Stage, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building,
Level 300

Wednesday, August 16
LIVING Words – featuring Canada’s Stephen Lewis, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, and Anne-christine d’Adesky, US-based journalist, novelist, documentary filmmaker, AIDS and human rights activist
Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Place: Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage, 235 Queens Quay W.

Plan C Musical Performance
Time: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Place: Yonge-Dundas Square

Thursday, August 17
Young People in Control: Doing It Safe / Sex Comedy Show
Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Place: Global Village, Youth Pavilion, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Level 300

International AIDS Vigil – representatives, speakers and performers from around the world
Time: 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Place: Yonge-Dundas Square

Performance by three-time Juno award winner Billy Newton-Davis
Time: 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Place: Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St. W.


 

 

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