Honour people with AIDS
Pride is a designed for celebration, of course, but it's also the time to reflect on the sober reality of autoimmune deficiency syndrome. Each year, the AIDS Candlelight Vigil recalls Torontonians who have died of AIDS - the 2,500 names on the memorial are read aloud alongside the names of those who died last year - and honours those now living with the disease, estimated to number about 19,000. A night to remember, in more ways than one. Tonight (Thursday, June 21), 9 pm. Cawthra Park Square, 519 Church. the519.org.
Constructing social justice
Getting to a fairer, more equitable society requires not one big change but a mega-package of small ones. Towards A More Equal Society: Getting The Details Right features short, snappy summaries from a list of experts on their fave policies. Speakers include Laurel Rothman of the Family Service Association, Jennifer Laidley from the Income Security Action Centre, Michael Shapcott from the Wellesley Institute, Avvy Go of the Colour of Poverty Campaign, and more. Tuesday (June 26), 7 pm. Free. Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 Queen West. economicinequality.ca.
Dress up for tuition-free ed
Inspired by their Quebec brothers and sisters' push for fee-free higher education, T.O. students are holding a Masquerade Solidarité - an evening of music, dance and demonstration. The Ontario Student Mobilization Coalition calls on supporters to grab masks and costumes, pots, pans and drums and come to this mixture of charivari and street party. Friday (June 22), 7 pm. Free. St. George subway station, Bedford and Bloor. osmc.ca.