Launching digital map: Portuguese communities in Canada (2011)

For the 64th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of Portuguese “bulk order” migrant workers on Pier 21, in Halifax, on May 13, 1953, we have created a digital map representing the current location of the largest Portuguese immigrant, ethnic, and speaking communities in Canada. You can find it here.

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Portuguese communities in Canada (2011): digital map

We hope that this map becomes a reference tool for anyone doing research, teaching about, or simply wanting to know more about the Portuguese in Canada.

PCHP’s et al. multimedia exhibit @ Dundas West Fest, June 11

For this year’s Dundas West Fest, the IC Savings branch in Little Portugal is hosting a multimedia exhibit curated by a group of local young historians, visual and digital artists, featuring historical photos, artifacts, videos and interactive displays. Join us as we reflect on Little Portugal’s past, present and future, represented by the members of the PCHP, Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers, Huntclub Gallery and Victory Social Club.

The exhibit, which opens at 1.30pm, June 11, will be preceded by our Jane’s Walk Portuguese Toronto: Early Decades, starting in Kensington Market at 10am and ending in Trinity-Bellwoods Park at noon.

In anticipation to your visit, we invite you to download the free mobile application izi.TRAVEL onto your mobile device you can interact with the digital displays.

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Heritage Walk online companion and new PCHP website content

We have put together an online companion for the Heritage Toronto Walking Tour “Portuguese Toronto”, taking place on June 7 (see here for more). Participants will able to access the PCHP website through their mobile devices to look at photos related to the locations and themes discussed at each stop. There is also a summary of the script we are using for the walk, so that those interested can revisit it at a later point.

We have also pulled new photos from our archival records at the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections and posted them in our website under the new section “Galleries“.

Check it out.

Thank You to all who Attended, and Supported, the Launch of our Virtual Exhibits

The official launch for our virtual exhibit was a great success! We at the PCHP graciously thank the Department of History at York University for its sponsorship of the event, the organizers of the Symposium on Portuguese-Canadian Immigrant Descendents for allowing us to launch our site at their event, the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections for their partnership in this venture, OMNI television for covering the launch, and all in attendance. We are humbled by the support and enthusiastic reception of our exhibits on Comunidade and Gilberto Prisote’s photographs.

If you still haven’t checked out the site, do so soon, (, and be sure to leave your feedback in our comments sections.