1918 Anti-Greek Riots presented by Chris Grafos, John Burry, Sandra Gionas

group of Worl War 1 soldiers sitting against a brick wall
Toronto: 1918 Anti-Greek Riots

On the night of August 2, 1918, thousands of returned WWI veterans and Torontonians took to the streets, rioting and destroying Greek-owned businesses across the city. What sparked this violence? The Greek immigrants were targeted over a misunderstanding but it revealed a dark side to sentiments over their arrival and success in Canada. Come learn about the worst ethnic riot in Toronto’s history.

This revealing story will be presented by: Chris Grafos, research associate at the Department of History at York University and the co-founder of the Greek Canadian History Project. John Burry, documentary filmmaker who made Violent August, and Sandra Gionas, chair of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation’s project The Anti-Greek Riots Centenary.

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting Hellenism throughout Canada. It spearheaded a year-long, award-winning educational campaign about the events of 1918 Anti-Greek Riots.

Event Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
6:30 pm
Location: St. Matthew’s Clubhouse
450 Broadview Avenue, Riverdale Park East at Langley and Broadview
Free to Members -or- pay $5.00 at door
Membership (Sept to May):
$20.00 individual / $30 per couple

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