The excitement of Rio’s Carnival, with its spectacular costumes and pulsating samba music, is re-enacted every February by Toronto’s Brazilian community in two charity balls, attracting a large crowd of Brazilians, Canadians, and other ethnic groups. The festivities coincide with the celebrations held in every state of Brazil, with lots of music, dances, food, and folklore.
The Brazilian community has grown in numbers over the last few years and has established itself mostly in Toronto’s downtown area, known as Little Portugal. Brazilians first arrived in the city in the late 1980s as economic refugees, taking jobs in construction and the blue-collar trades. Today, the community has approximately 4,500 people and includes people working in many occupations and professions.
INDEPENDENCE DAY. On September 7th, Brazilians celebrate their National Day (Independence Day).
BRASIL NEWS, (Tel. 416-538-4298, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877 College St., Suite 201); contact: Tania Nuttall.
THE BRAZILIANIST MAGAZINE, (Tel. 416-826-1455, Fax 416-533-8658, www.brazilianist.com); contact: Teresa Botelho.
INTERLISTA DE NEGÓCIOS, (Tel. 416-201-1009, Fax 416-927-9530, www.interlista.com); contact: Teresa Botelho.
SOTAQUE BRASILERO MAGASIN, (Tel. 416-533-1376, Fax 416-533-8658, www.sotaquebrasilero.com, 828 Bloor St. W., Unit C); Quartely Magazine, editor: Teresa Botelho.
PORTUGUESE (BRAZILIAN) LANGUAGE SERVICES, (Tel. 416-593-1444, 277 Wellington St. W).
GRUPO BRAZIZ OF ONTARIO INC, (Tel. 416-201-1009, www.grupobrazil.ca, PO Box 451, Station E). President: Regina Felieov.
CENTRO DE INFORMACIO BRAZIL ANGOLA, (Tel. 416-760-2665, 248 Ossington Ave). President: Eugenia Gardim