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.

PCHP + IC Savings reception @ Dundas West Fest: photos

Yesterday was the unveiling of our five-year strategic plan Preserve, Share, Explore and the official launch of our fundraising campaign with York University. The event, which integrated the Dundas West Fest program, was held at the IC Savings branch in Little Portugal and hosted by its manager Anabela Taborda.

We were privileged to share the space with a display of Clay and Paper Theatre’s fantastic marionettes, and the works of Viktor Mitic Art or War collection.

We are honoured by the presence of academic, cultural, civic, and political leaders from and associated with the Portuguese-Canadian community, and are grateful for the words of praise and encouragement from our friends and community partners Ana Bailão (City Councilor), Andrew Cash (Member of Parliament), Cristina Martins (Member of Provincial Parliament), Prof. Craig Heron (Department of History, York University), and Anna St. Onge (Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries).

We are especially grateful to Anabela Taborda, a good friend and ambassador of the PCHP, for organizing this reception at the IC Savings’ Little Portugal branch. Her leadership, dedication, and solicitude are an inspiration to all community-minded organizers, and a wonderful example of what a credit union can and should be.

PCHP exhibit on display at York University and University of Toronto

The PCHP’s exhibit “The Portuguese in Toronto, 1953-2013” will be part of the cultural event Entre Margens e Memórias: Representações da Diáspora (Between Margins and Memories: Representations of Diaspora), organized by the Portuguese studies programs at York University and the University of Toronto. The exhibit will be on display between November 3 and 7, in the main atrium at Scott Library (York University), and between November 19 and 21, in the foyer at Victoria College (University of Toronto). On the 3rd and the 19th, there will be a brief presentation by the PCHP members Gilberto Fernandes and Emanuel da Silva, focusing on the origins of our organization, its trajectory over the years, and the context behind the exhibit’s creation. All are welcome.

A exposição do PHLC “Os Portugueses em Toronto, 1953-2013” vai estar presente no ciclo cultural Entre Margens e Memórias: Representações da Diáspora, organizado pelos programas de estudos portugueses da York University e University of Toronto. Esta estará exposta ao público durante os dias 3 e 7 de novembro no átrio principal da Scott Library (York University), e durante os dias 19 e 21 no foyer do Victoria College (University of Toronto). Tanto no dia 3 como no dia 19, haverá uma pequena apresentação pelos membros do PHLC Gilberto Fernandes e Emanuel da Silva, focando as origens da nossa organização, o seu trajeto ao longo dos anos, e o contexto em que foi criada a exposição. Todos são benvindos.

Attention: The venue for the November 3rd opening talk by Gilberto Fernandes has been changed to the Sound and Moving Images Library (SMIL), at Scott Library, York University.

Atenção: O local onde se realizará a abertura da exposição e a comunicação de Gilberto Fernandes no dia 3 de novembro mudou para a Sound and Moving Images Library (SMIL), na Scott Library, York University.

Thank you Kensington Market Historical Society!

The PCHP would like to thank the Kensington Market Historical Society for inviting us to give a public history lecture on “The Portuguese in Kensington Market” this past October 21. The event, co-sponsored by the Toronto Public Library, was held at the Lillian H. Smith Branch and it covered the broader context of Portuguese immigration to Canada and, more specifically, the Portuguese-Canadian social, economic, and political presence in Kensington dating back to the 1950s. The large and diverse audience at the event was a testament to the public interest in constructively bridging the gap between archives, historians, and community members. Our thanks to everyone in attendance, to the KMHS for this opportunity, and to Sylvia Lassam for coordinating things.

PCHP public lecture with the Kensington Market Historical Society

The Kensington Market Historical Society is hosting a public lecture by members of the PCHP on the history of the Portuguese in that part of the city. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 21, at Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street (at Huron) Lower Level. Event starts at 6.30pm. All are welcome.

PCHP at the Dundas West Fest

The PCHP’s photo exhibit “The Portuguese in Toronto, 1953-2013” was invited back to the Dundas West Fest on Saturday, June 7. Come see us at Dundas St. W. and Grove Ave (by the LCBO) – festival map – where we will be after our Heritage Toronto Walk until sunset.

The PCHP’s participation at the DWF is sponsored by IC Savings (Dundas St. West branch), and the Little Portugal BIA.

PCHP photo exhibit at Casa dos Açores, Toronto, November 3-8

The PCHP’s photo exhibit “The Portuguese in Toronto”, will be on display at Casa dos Açores (1136 College St., Toronto) from November 3 to 8, as part of the 16th annual Azorean Cultural Week on the theme “Beyond the Horizon: Celebrating 60 years of Portuguese immigration to Canada”. Emanuel da Silva and Gilberto Fernandes will be speaking on November 7 at 7:30pm.