Our interview with Carlos Ferreira, of Montreal’s Ferreira Café, aired on RTPi

Our interview with Carlos Ferreira, owner of Montreal’s Ferreira Café and other gastronomy businesses, aired on RTPi’s “Hora dos Portugueses” (Sep. 18, 5’00”). You can watch it here.

A nossa entrevista com Carlos Ferreira, dono do restaurante Ferreira Café em Montreal e de outras empresas no ramo da gastronomia, foi emitida no programa “Hora dos Portugueses” da RTPi (Set. 18, 5’00”). Pode vê-la aqui.


New archival donation by Anthropologist Wenona Giles to Clara Thomas Archives

GilessmThe PCHP is happy to announce that Dr. Wenona Giles has donated to the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries, her research materials produced during her anthropological study of the lives of Portuguese immigrant workers in London, England, and Toronto, Canada, in the 1980s. These records are being processed and will be made available for consultation in the future, with restrictions on confidential documents, including all transcripts and field notes. In order to access restricted documents, researchers will have to go through an ethical review process at York University. This archival donation was facilitated by Ilda Januário, to whom the PCHP is grateful.

Dr. Giles is an anthropologist at York University with an impressive body of work on a variety of countries and themes, the most prevalent being gender, migration, ethnicity, work, nationalism, citizenship, globalization, refugees, war, and education. In the 1990s and 2000s, Giles published multiple articles, chapters, and a book – Portuguese Women in Toronto: Gender, Immigration, and Nationalism (University of Toronto Press, 2002) – about the public and private lives of Portuguese immigrant women in Canada, including janitorial workers or “cleaning ladies” in Toronto. Dr. Giles has made a very important contribution to the study of Portuguese-Canadian experiences and her work is a reference to many scholars researching this migrant/ethnic group.

Our interview with Shawn Desman for RTPi

Our interview with the Portuguese-Canadian R&B singer Shawn Desman (Fernandes) aired on RTPi’s “Hora dos Portugueses” (Sep. 14, 7’02”) [English w/ Portuguese subtitles]. You can watch it here.

A nossa entrevista com o cantor luso-canadiano de R&B Shawn Desman (Fernandes) foi emitida no programa “Hora dos Portugueses” da RTPi (Set. 14, 7’02”). Pode vê-la aqui.



Our story on the fundraising campaign “Canada for Portugal” aired on RTPi

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Our story on the fundraing campaign “Canada for Portugal,” organized by various Portuguese-Canadian organizations in Toronto, dedicated to helping the victims of the fires in Pedrógão Grande, aired on RTPi’s “Hora dos Portugueses” (1st story). You can watch it here.

A nossa reportagem sobre a campanha de angariação de fundos “Canada for Portugal,” organizada por várias entidades luso-canadianas em Toronto e dedicada a auxiliar as vítimas dos incêndios de Pedrógão Grande, foi emitida no programa “Hora dos Portugueses” da RTPi (1a peça). Pode vê-la aqui.

Our story on the Holy Ghost Feast at the Casa dos Açores of Ontario aired on RTP

Our 8-minute story on the Holy Ghost Feast (Festas do Divino Espirito Santo) and the Casa dos Açores of Ontario, featuring Suzanne Cunha, aired on RTPi’s “Hora dos Portugueses” (Jul. 9, 9’40”). You can watch it here.

A nossa reportagem de 8 minutos sobre as Festas do Divino Espirito Santo e a Casa dos Açores do Ontário, com entrevista a Suzanne Cunha, foi emitida no programa “Hora dos Portugueses” da RTPi (Jul. 9, 9’40”). Pode vê-la aqui.


Report card: Youth Summer Program 2017: a success!

The Portuguese Canadian History Project (PCHP) had the pleasure and privilege of co-organizing the York University’s Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies program’s 1st Youth Summer Program, titled “The Lusophone World: Global and Local Communities,” which took place between July 10th and 14th. posterTogether with professors Maria João Dodman and Inês Cardoso (Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics), and Abubacar Fofana León (Harriett Tubman for Research on Africa and its Diasporas & Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean), our lead director Gilberto Fernandes assembled a week-long program of diverse educational activities for students between the ages of 14 and 18 (or grades 9 to 12). Besides the in- and out-of-classroom activities, this program offered free daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks, along with public transit fare for the students. The program was made possible due to the generosity of our sponsors: Manuel da Costa, President of Viana Roofing, Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers, Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame, and other organizations; Narda Razack, Associate Dean of Global and Community Engagement, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University; Marcie Ponte, Executive Director of the Working Women Community Centre; and the Camões Institute. The organizers are also grateful for the commitment of volunteers Natasha Silvestre, Thiago Fin, Denis Iwamoto, Karen Melo, and Alexandra Cruz, who offered more than five days of work towards making this program a success. We are also grateful for the help given to us by many TDSB and TCDSB teachers and administrators, who helped us advertise our program through their networks and connect directly with students and parents. This initiative would have been impossible without their contributions.

Along with teaching youth about the Lusophone world through activities that mixed learning with recreation, this program aimed to introduce high school students to university life. Most of the 26 students in the program were of Portuguese background, while others were of Angolan, Brazilian, Guatemalan, Filipino, Indian, Irish, Italian, and Vietnamese heritage.

Day one: The Ipanema-born musician Luanda Jones opened the day with some of Brazil’s iconic samba and bossa-nova songs. This was followed by a Portuguese language workshop led by the York University/ Camões Institute Prof. Inês Cardoso. After having lunch at the Underground restaurant, the youth participated in a “meet and greet” session with six Toronto-based lusophone professionals: musician Luanda Jones; CBC Radio producer Debbie Pacheco; community activist Fátima Borges; dancer and choreographer Salomão Almirante; playwright and professor Aida Jordão; and York University historian and professor José Curto.

Day two: Tuesday morning was dedicated to the history of Portuguese colonial encounters in Africa and Brazil, with presentations by York University’s Prof. Maria João Dodman, Prof. José Curto, and the PhD candidate in history Abubacar Léon. In the afternoon, the students were treated to workshops on African dances, led by the teacher and choreographer Pulga Muchochoma; and on Capoeira, led by Hélio de Souza.

Day three: Prof. Gillian McGillivray, of Glendon College (York University), started the third day with a presentation on the history of Brazilian racial policies and identities through the lens of Samba music. She was followed by Andrea da Costa, curator at the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers, who delivered a presentation on digital news media and how to differentiate between “fake” and “real” news content. This summer program follows several initiatives led by the Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies program designed to highlight innovation, commitment to education, and community empowerment. One of the ways that it promotes student engagement is by offering a free trip to the Azores to the best student in the POR1000 Elementary Portuguese course. During lunchtime, students had the opportunity to hear from Christian Araújo, one of the past winners of the Portuguese Gives You Wings award, sponsored by Azores Airlines. In the afternoon, the students learned how to film high quality footage using their smartphones and inexpensive materials in a workshop led by Bruno Véras, PhD student in history at York University.

Day four: On Thursday morning, students were offered two workshops. At the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University historian Gilberto Fernandes and head archivist Michael Moir led an archival research workshop by way of a “scavenger hunt,” using the PCHP’s collections. Meanwhile, at Founders College, students enjoyed a theatre workshop led by the actor, director, and playwright Aida Jordão. After lunch, students chose between playing basketball, visiting the Career Centre, or practicing their group projects. In the afternoon, the renowned painter Auerbach Vieira led a workshop on abstract painting, which prompted the students to create their own artworks using watercolours.

Day five: On the last day of the program, Gilberto offered a shorter version of the PCHP’s walking tour “Portuguese Toronto: Early Decades” in Kensington Market. The students were able to explore the history of Portuguese immigration to Toronto on foot and through the aid of our digital companion on izi.TRAVEL. After this tour, we were received by Andrea da Costa at the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers. There, the students watched a series of animated videos about the history of Portuguese immigration to Canada, produced by Andrea. After this screening, the groups prepared their presentations that they delivered at the closing ceremony, which followed. Our sponsors Manuel da Costa and Narda Razack addressed the crowd of students, parents, volunteers, teachers, and local lusophone media with positive messages focusing on the value of education, personal growth, and gratitude. Maria João, Inês, and Gilberto hosted the rest of the ceremony, which included opening and closing performances by Luso-Can Tuna; the students’ group presentations; and a brief presentation by the 15-year-old women’s right activist and program-participant Chiara Picão, about her charitable initiative Literally Climbing Mountains for Girls Education.

The first youth summer program of York University’s Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies program was a great success! Besides advancing their knowledge about the Lusophone world and university life, the students left with new friends, memories, and references that will hopefully be advantageous to them in the future. The organizers too learned a great deal from preparing and running this program, and extended their network within Toronto’s school boards, which they look forward to building on in the future.

Until next year.

Our interview with Montreal Impact’s videographer Rogério Barbosa aired on RTPi

Our interview with Rogério Barbosa, videographer for the Montreal Impact soccer team, aired on RTPi’s “Hora dos Portugueses” (Jul. 14, 4’06”). You can watch it here.

A nossa entrevista com Rogério Barbosa, videasta da equipa de futebol Montreal Impact, foi emitida no programa “Hora dos Portugueses” da RTPi (Jul. 14, 4’06”). Pode vê-la aqui.


Our story on Xutos & Pontapés’ concert in Toronto aired on RTP

Our story on Xutos & Pontapés’ concert in Toronto and the band’s long relationship with the city aired on RTPi’s “Hora dos Portugueses” (Jun. 26, 7’40”). You can watch it here.

A nossa peça sobre o concerto dos Xutos & Pontapés em Toronto e a longa relação da banda com esta cidade foi emitida no programa “Hora dos Portugueses” (Jun. 26, 7’40”), Pode vê-la aqui.

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