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.
* Dear RHS Members and Visitors: This event is cancelled due to Covid-19. We encourage you to continue learning so, in lieu of this cancellation, below is a link to a video on Toronto’s Greek Riots previously aired on TVO.
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