1953 - 2023 Honouring Portuguese Pioneers

In the 70 years since that first journey of portuguese immigrants, the dependents of those first pioneers have gone on to greatness across this great land, and on May 13 and 14 of 2023, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate them and to celebrate our heritage and integration into Canada.
As an essential member of our community, we invite you to be a part of our festivities. We have great opportunities for you to showcase your business at this monumental event!”

Count Every Second Until the Event

Mariza in Concert

Concert took place on May 13th at the Universal Event space, 6250 HWY 7, Vaughan

70th Celebration Weekend

Preliminary Program for the celebrations of 70 Years of the arrival of the Portuguese pioneers in Canada.

First Day
May 13, 2023
Second Day
May 14, 2023
10.00 AM
Visit to the Gallery of Portuguese Pioneers
960 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, M6E 1A1
10.30 AM
Book Presentation by Daniel Bastos
Gallery of Portuguese Pioneers,
960 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto
12.00 PM
Book Launches
Peach Gallery, 722 College Street (3rd floor), Toronto
“As Bicicletas de Toronto” by Aida Batista, “Canadá, Olhares e Percursos de uma Portuguesa Curiosa” by Manuela Marujo, “Cleaning Up: Portuguese Women’s Fight, for Labour Rights in Toronto” by Susana P. Miranda and Franca Iacovetta, “Crónicas - Comunidades, Emigração e Lusofonia” by Daniel Bastos, “Portugal’s Daughter” by Patricia Ferreira
1.00 PM
VIP Port-Wine Cocktail Reception
722 College St., Lower Level, Toronto
2.30 PM
Induction Ceremony at the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame
722 College St, Toronto, M6G 1C4
3.30 PM
Paulo Neves Monument Unveiling “Guardian Angel”
722 College St, Toronto, M6G 1C4
6.00 PM
VIP Reception at Universal Event Centre (By Invitation Only)
Universal Eventspace, 6250 Hwy 7, Vaughan
8:30 PM
Mariza in Concert
Universal Eventspace, 6250 Hwy 7, Vaughan
The "Face of Portuguese Fado" will perform live as part of celebrations honoring 70 years of Portuguese immigration to Canada.
Proceeds go toward the construction of Magellan, the first long-term care home for Portuguese speaking seniors in Ontario, with affordable housing residences and a community hub.
11.30 PM
End of May 13th Program
11h 00
Portugal the Festa
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto
This day is to celebrate our culture and traditions at the heart of the city of Toronto with other ethnicities at Nathan Philips Square for the first time in the history of the Portuguese Community.

The Festivities will culminate on Sunday, as we overtake downtown Toronto with a celebration of Portuguese culture for everyone to experience. This event will feature performances by Bárbara Bandeira and Pedro Abrunhosa from Portugal, as well as local artists and folclore groups.
And since food is a cornerstone of our heritage, local restaurants will be setting up tents and serving Portuguese delicacies.