Exhibit unveiling @ Museum Strathroy-Caradoc w/ Nuno Cristo & Anthony de Sa: photos

The PCHP is grateful to the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc, and particularly its curator Christian Siroyt, for inviting us to display our traveling exhibit “The Portuguese in Toronto, 1953-2013” in their beautiful building (and town), and for being so accommodating throughout the curating process.

Our gratitude extends to Manuel da Costa and Andrea Carvalho of the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers for lending us several artifacts from their collection, and to Anthony de Sa and Nuno Cristo for having accepted our invitation and coming all the way from Toronto to Strathroy on a week day. As always, we are indebted to the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, especially our colleague Anna St. Onge, who was instrumental in getting many of the materials ready in time for the exhibit’s unveiling. The PCHP’s connection with the Strathroy-native Clara Thomas also presented us with the opportunity to celebrate the memory of that pioneer scholar, teacher, and overall promoter of Canadian literature, through the words of her friend John Lennox. Thank you also to the Portuguese Canadian Club of Strathroy for supporting some of the costs of the opening reception on July 9 and for helping spread the word about the exhibit.

Finally, thank you to all those who came out to our launch and participated in a wonderful evening of public history, music and storytelling. We are proud to have provided Strathroyans with the opportunity to discover or reconnect with two celebrated Portuguese-Canadian artists from Toronto. Your engagement and praise has furthered our already strong motivation to organize future PCHP roadshows to other Portuguese-Canadian communities in Ontario.

Our exhibit will stay at the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc until October, 2015.

PCHP exhibit @ Museum Strathroy-Caradoc w/Gallery of the Pioneers, Nuno Cristo & Anthony de Sa: July 9, 6pm

On July 9, starting at 6pm, the PCHP and the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc (34 Frank St., Strathroy) are hosting a reception for the unveiling of our traveling exhibit “The Portuguese in Toronto, 1953-2013,” which will stay on display at the museum until October.

The museum’s invitation to host the PCHP’s traveling exhibit has given us the opportunity to introduce the sizable Portuguese-Canadian community of Strathroy-Caradoc to the work of Portuguese artists and cultural organizations in Toronto. Keeping in line with our collaborative spirit, we are pleased to partner with the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers, author Anthony de Sa, and musician Nuno Cristo, in what we hope is the first of many PCHP “roadshows”. Our photographic exhibit has been greatly enhanced by the artifacts lent by the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers. Nuno Cristo and Anthony de Sa will enrich the July 9th reception, the first performing and speaking about the cavaquinho (ukelele) in the context of Portuguese diaspora, and the latter offering a reading from his national bestseller Kicking the Sky (2013). In recognition of the PCHP’s ongoing partnership with York University’s Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections – named after that Strathroy-born pioneer scholar of Canadian literature – John Lennox will also say a few words honouring Clara Thomas’ memory.

All are welcome to attend what promises to be a memorable summer evening in Strathroy.