Reportagem sobre o passeio histórico do PCHP | PHLC na RTPi/OMNI TV

O magazine comunitário Canadá Contacto, co-produzido pela RTPi (Lisboa) e a OMNI TV (Toronto) fez uma reportagem sobre o passeio histórico realizado pelo Projeto de História Luso-Canadiana e a Heritage Toronto no dia 7 de junho em Toronto. Siga o link em baixo para visionar o episódio.

The weekly show Canadá Contacto, co-produced by RTP International (Lisbon) and OMNI TV (Toronto), featured the Heritage Toronto walk organized by the Portuguese Canadian History Project on June 7, 2014, in Toronto. Follow the link below to watch the episode.

Canadá Contacto, Junho 27, 2014 (minute 16)

Heritage Walk online companion and new PCHP website content

I 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.

I 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“.

PCHP & Heritage Toronto walking tour, June 7

On June 7, starting at 10am, I’ll be leading a Heritage Toronto walking tour, together with my PCHP colleagues, dedicated to the history of Portuguese immigrants in the city.

START POINT: Bellevue Square Park, 5 Bellevue Ave. Meet in NE corner of park, near Augusta Ave and Denison Sq
FINISH POINT: Trinity Bellwoods Park, corner of Montrose Ave and Dundas St W
LENGTH: Approx. 2 hours

See here for more details.

After the walk we will proceed to our site at the Dundas St. West Fest (location TBA), where we will once again showcase our photo exhibit “The Portuguese in Toronto, 1953-2013”. More information to follow.

Chapter in edited volume “Identity Palimpsests” out this month

The book Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada, edited by Dominique Daniel and Amalia Levi, was published this month by Litwin Press. This edited volume contains a chapter written by myself and the rest of the PCHP team (Raphael Costa, Emanuel da Silva, Susana Miranda, Anna St. Onge), titled “Archiving ‘From Below’: Preserving, Problematizing and Democratizing the Collective Memory of Portuguese Canadians – the Portuguese Canadian History Project”.

See here for the publishers description.

Thank you Jonah Schein!

Thank you to Jonah Schein and his team for inviting me to share my research on the history of Portuguese politics in Toronto with folks in his riding, and to all those who came out on that terribly cold evening.

Also great to hear Dave Meslin’s wonderful ideas on how we can break the “fourth wall” at City Hall; I urge you to check his online exhibit – – and endorse his campaign to reform our awfully flawed voting system.

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2014 History Matters series is here!

The History Matters lecture series is back for its 4th season, this time dedicated to the theme of “Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Past and Present.”

The History Matters series is a collaboration between the Toronto Public Library (TPL),, a member of York University’s Graduate History Program (myself), and starting this year Heritage Toronto. The purpose of these free public lectures is to provide opportunities for professional historians and graduate students to present their research outside the context of academia and interact directly with local audiences.

Dr. Victoria Freeman will kick-off the season with her presentation titled “Remembering Toronto’s Indigenous and Colonial Pasts”, which asks: “what is the Indigenous and colonial history of the Toronto area and why don’t more Torontonians know about it?” Dr. Freeman’s talk will be held at TPL’s Spadina Road Branch on Thursday, February 27, starting at 7pm.

The series will continue with Dr. William Wicken’s lecture on “What Sir John A. Macdonald Thought About ‘Indians’ and Other Courtroom Tales”, held at TPL’s Dufferin/St. Clair Branch, Thursday, March 20, starting at 7pm.

Followed by a panel discussion titled “Before Ontario: Archaeology and the Province’s First Peoples”, featuring some of the authors of the recently published Before Ontario: The Archaeology of a Province (2013), Marit Munson, Susan Jamieson, Anne Keenleyside, Ron Williamson, Kris Nahrgang, Neal Ferris, and Andrew Stewart, held at Toronto Reference Library’s atrium on Wednesday, April 2, starting at 6.30pm.

Dr. Ian Mosby will conclude the season with his presentation: “Hunger, Human Experimentation and the Legacy of Residental Schools”, held at TPL’s Anette Street Branch on Tuesday, April 29, starting at 6.30pm.

For more information on each talk, read the article on the TPL’s What’s Going On. Podcasts of past History Matters lectures are also available on, here.


Hope to see you there!