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New Event! Portuguese Presence in Kensington Market October 21st, 6:30 – 8:00 Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street
October 21, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kensington Market occupies a central place in the geographic and historical landscape of Portuguese immigrants in Toronto. Mass Portuguese immigration to Canada began in 1953, and in these earliest years, the Portuguese presence began to be felt in the Market. The first boarding houses, restaurants, and stores were located in Kensington, and as Portuguese immigration increased through the 1960s and 1970s, Portuguese businesses and cultural associations proliferated in the area. One can still see glimpses of the Portuguese presence in the Market: from the Casa Açoreana Cafe to the Asas do Atlântico radio station. This lecture will discuss the broader context of Portuguese immigration to Canada, and the strong economic, social, cultural and political presence of Kensington Market in the history of Portuguese immigration to Toronto.
When: October 21. 6:30-7:00 photo display and reception; 7:00-8:00 lecture
Where: Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street (at Huron), lower level
For more information please visit the Portuguese Canadian History Project at archivess.library.yorku.ca/pchp/