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Interview with punk rocker Sandy Miranda

Our story on Sandy Miranda, bass player of the punk/hardcore band Fucked Up, aired today on RTPi’s “A Hora dos Portugueses” (episode 24, 1st story).

| A nossa entrevista com Sandy Miranda, baixista da band punk/hardcore Fucked Up, foi hoje para o ar no programa “A Hora dos Portugueses” da RTPi (episódio 24, 1o segmento).

You can watch it here
| Podem vê-la aqui

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Our interview with Paul Azevedo of Playlist Company

Our interview with Paul Azevedo, the co-founder and music director of the music branding The Playlist Company, aired on RTPi’s “A Hora dos Portugueses” (episode 20, 7’10″). An 8 minute version of this segment was broadcast on December 6.

| A nossa entrevista com Paul Azevedo, co-fundador e diretor músical da empresa se consultadoria musical The Playlist Company, foi emitida no episódio 20 d’ “A Hora dos Portugueses” (7’10″). A versão de 8 minutos foi transmitida no dia 6 de dezembro.

You can watch the 3 minute version here and the 8 minute version here (episode 6)
| Podem ver o episódio de 3 minutos aqui e o de 8 minutos aqui (episódio 6)

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Saudade store segment broadcast on RTPi

Our first segment on the Saudade store in Little Portugal (Toronto) was broadcast on RTPi yesterday, November 23, during episode 16 of “A Hora dos Portugueses” (starting at the 04’10″ mark).
| O nosso primeiro segmento sobre a loja Saudade em Little Portugal (Toronto) foi emitido pela RTPi ontem, dia 23 de novembro, durante o episódio 16 do programa “A Hora dos Portugueses (início da peça ao minuto 04’10″)

You can watch it here
| Podem vê-lo aqui

Apologies for the poor image quality but that is on RTPi’s end.
| Pedimos desculpa pela fraca qualidade da imagem mas deve-se ao site da RTPi.

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Interview with comedian Mike Rita

Yesterday we interviewed Mike Rita, one of the top new stand up comedians in Toronto. We recorded our conversation while driving between shows, in the style of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Drinking Coffee, and later on the stage of Vapor Central, where he hosts his weekly Stoner Sundays.

The son of Portuguese immigrants from São Miguel island, Rita has turned his (sometimes painful) memories of growing up Portuguese in Toronto into one of the most popular comedy acts in this predominantly immigrant city, and across the Portuguese diaspora on this side of the Atlantic. He is an improbable but dedicated role model for new generations of Portuguese descendants, who are now growing up with a familiar voice in the Canadian mainstream – something he lacked. Rita works hard to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors, both in the comedy world – including Toronto’s giants Jim Carey, Mike Meyers, and Russell Peters – and in his own family history by continuing the risk-taking tradition of his immigrant parents and choosing his own path.

Thank you Sôr Rita. Foi um prazer.

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Interview with punk rocker Sandy Miranda of ‘Fucked Up’

Our filming for RTPi’s “A Hora dos Portugueses” continues. Last week we interviewed Sandy Miranda, the bass player for Fucked Up, one of the most prolific and international punk/hardcore bands from Toronto, winner of the Polaris Prize in 2009 (nominated again in 2012). We sat down with Sandy on the stage of the legendary Horseshoe Tavern and talked about her experience growing up as a child of Portuguese immigrants from Pico and Viana do Castelo, and how that has impacted her music career.

Here are a couple of videos of Sandy and her band mates in action:
Crooked Head (music video)
Let Her Rest/ Queen Of Hearts (live)

Sandy is also a photographer. You can find some of her work here:
life of leisure

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PCHP & RoughCut collaboration & RTPi

(Texto em português segue-se ao inglês)

Earlier this month Gilberto Fernandes (PCHP) started a new project with Pedro Rodrigues of RoughCut Audiovisual (and Luis Moreira) producing content for Portugal’s international public broadcaster RTPi’s new daily TV show “A Hora dos Portugueses.” We are now interviewing various individuals at the heart and on the fringes of Canada’s Portuguese communities, focusing primarily (though not exclusively) on the more modern aspects of the Portuguese immigrant and ethnic experience, especially among the Canadian-born or -raised generations. Last week we filmed our first episode at the Saudade store in Little Portugal, where we interviewed Nancy Fernandes and Connie Freitas. This episode will air on RTPi later this month.

Our goal is to use the footage gathered for this show in future PCHP/RoughCut projects, such as, possibly, a documentary and digital media exhibits.

No início deste mês começei um novo projeto com o Pedro Rodrigues da RoughCut Audiovisual (e Luis Moreira) na produção de conteúdos para o novo programa diário da RTPi “A Hora dos Portugueses.” Estamos agora a entrevistar vários indivíduos no coração e nas franjas das comunidades portuguesas do Canadá, privilegiando os aspetos mais modernos (sem excluir os mais tradicionais) da experiência emigrante e étnica portuguesa, especialmente entre as gerações nascidas ou criadas no Canadá. A semana passada filmámos o nosso primeiro segmento na loja Saudade no bairro Little Portugal, onde entrevistámos Nancy Fernandes e Connie Freitas. Este episódio vai ser transmitido na RTPi nas próximas semanas.

O nosso objetivo é utilizar o material recolhido durante estas gravações em outros projetos futuros do PCHP/RoughCut, incluíndo, possivelmente, um documentário e exposições digitais.

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The PCHP has a new address

Here is the PCHP’s new address:

Portuguese Canadian History Project
The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
Room 728, Kaneff Tower
York University
4700 Keele Street,
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3

You can reach us by email at

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PCHP now associated with Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies

Starting on November 1st, 2015, Gilberto Fernandes will be joining the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University as a postdoctoral visitor, working in close relationship with the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, the Department of History, and the Portuguese faculty at the Department of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics. His responsibilities will include directing the PCHP and implementing our strategic plan; conducting research on Lusophone diaspora topics; and teaching a fourth-level undergraduate history course.

This position has been made possible thanks to a generous financial donation from a prominent member of Toronto’s Portuguese-Canadian community, resulting from the ongoing fundraising campaign by the PCHP and York University’s Division of Advancement. A formal acknowledgment of this donation and related organizational partnership will be made later.

We are excited to be partnering with the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies team, and grateful for York University’s ongoing support.

Stay tuned for more.

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Exhibit unveiling @ Museum Strathroy-Caradoc w/ Nuno Cristo & Anthony de Sa: photos

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The PCHP is grateful to the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc, and particularly its curator Christian Siroyt, for inviting us to display our traveling exhibit “The Portuguese in Toronto, 1953-2013″ in their beautiful building (and town), and for being so accommodating throughout the … Continue reading

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