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

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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.

* Link to video on Toronto’s Greek Riots: https://www.tvo.org/video/torontos-100-year-old-riot

Event Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
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