Some of my most favourite organizations in the LGBTQ community who work hard to educate and support their clients and community is the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), whom since 1989 has responded to the threat of HIV and AIDS in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities.

Their work is guided by their motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, which serves as a reminder of their commitment to the human rights and dignity of all Black people who are vulnerable to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Black CAP is Canada’s largest Black specific AIDS service organization. Their volunteer Board provides oversight and leadership, while their staff deliver programs and services that help us meet our mission to reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s Black communities and enhance the quality of life of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

On November 17th they will be having their annual event “Joyful Giving” and on that occasion I had a chat with Damion Reynolds.

Hi Damion, you all must be excited about holding this event once again, what can you tell us more about it?

The Joyful Giving Charity Gala is an enchanting evening of energetically charged entertainment with Toronto’s hottest talents, drinks, delectable food, memorable moments, along with spectacular sponsorship opportunities. Black CAP has held this annual event since 2011 and each year we work to engage a range of donors to support our work.

What is the reason behind doing this event?

The Joyful Giving Charity Gala is held in support of the Black CAP’s Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) Program. The EFA Program supports people living with HIV and AIDS (PHAs) at moments of financial hardship. This program supports costs such as utility bills, food, treatment costs, transportation, immigration expenses and other costs that are hard to cover.

Tell us about all the fun stuff to expect at the event?

We will have some wonderful performances by James Bailey and Renee The Voice, and we will have music provided for the night by Kiza’s Restaurant and Lounge DJ.

Thank you Damion and hope you have a wonderful event and all the best of the Holidays’ Season to Black CAP.

Event information:

  • Friday November 17, 2017 at Kiza’s Restaurant and Lounge- 366 QUEEN ST., EAST, TORONTO. Doors opens at 6 p.m.
  • Hors d ‘Oeuvres will be provided during cocktail hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tickets can be purchase by clicking HERE or visiting Black CAP offices at 20 Victoria Street, 4th floor

About the Author

Antoine has on numerous occasions said that everything he does is "a love letter to the LGBTQ community". and he truly loves this community. A 29 years' media and marketing leader, Antoine is the publisher of theBUZZ, The Pink Pages Directory, PinkPlayMags, and a magazine for Durham Region families The Local Biz Magazine, and is the host of talk show "On the Couch". On his off time he is usually involved in community organizations and causes.