On June 11, starting at 10am, we are offering our annual tour of Toronto’s historically Portuguese neighbourhoods, in association with Jane’s Walks and the Dundas West Fest. Visit the Jane’s Walk website for more details.
Listed as one of 15 most exciting Jane’s Walks this year by Now Magazine, our tour focuses on the history of the Portuguese community in Toronto since the first immigrants began settling in the Kensington Market area in the 1950s, and follows their westward movement along Dundas Street West into what is today “Little Portugal” in the 1970s-80s. Here you will explore how Portuguese immigrants helped shape Toronto’s urban, cultural, business, food, religious, linguistic and political landscapes, by exploring the landmarks of home, work and community life. Come celebrate Portuguese Heritage Month in Ontario by learning about business entrepreneurs, prominent politicians, urban winemakers, football lovers, activist “cleaning ladies,” anti-fascist exiles, powerful priests and community organizers.
After our walk, which ends on Trinity-Bellwoods Park at 12pm, you can head over to the Dundas West Fest and check out our multimedia exhibition at the IC Savings branch, on Dundas and Ossington, featuring historical photos, artifacts, videos and interactive digital displays (more details to follow).
A mobile digital companion to this walk, containing photos, text, and audio recordings is available through the free mobile app izi.TRAVEL (available on your app store).