About fifty Canadians of Portuguese origin welcomed the new resident of Little Portugal Toronto, a giant rooster from Barcelos, decorated by a local artist, who will remain at the heart of the community.
“We now have this big rooster and I hope it makes history so that everyone can come to Toronto and visit it, because it is unique in this area,” said Lusa Anabela Taborda, president of the Little Portugal Commercial and Services Association.
The official opening ceremony for the Barcelos Rooster in Toronto’s Little Portugal took place on Saturday at 1212 Dundas Street West in Lakeview Avenue Parkette.
It is a physical mark of the Portuguese presence in the heart of Little Portugal in Toronto, in an artistic project “the fruit of two companies, the Portuguese and the Canadian”, underlined Ana Bailão, Portuguese-Canadian advisor for the Municipality of Toronto.
“The Barcelos rooster is also a symbol of honesty, integrity and hope, which we so badly need at this time. With the public competition for the decoration of the rooster, we also wanted to involve the Canadian community in the creation of this Portuguese-Canadian rooster, ”added the vice-president of Canadian autarky.
In partnership with the Little Portugal Commercial and Services Association in Dundas, the Toronto City Council, the Consulate General of Portugal and the Associação Migrante de Barcelos, the 2.8 meter high and 1.9 meter long rooster has been offered by the Municipality of Barcelos.
Toronto Consul General José Carneiro Mendes stressed that the “Rooster of Barcelos” also responds to the values of Canadian society.
“Little Portugal is currently a place of diversity and multiculturalism in Toronto. It’s not like it used to be, but it perfectly embodies the spirit of this country. It is also an asset for this city, because the cultural diversity, the multiculturality that Canada pursues, the Portuguese values, the Rooster of Barcelos, the community of Barcelos, are Canadian values, it will attract people who will come here to see the Rooster of Barcelos. , underlined the diplomat.
Although Portugal is located more than five thousand kilometers from Canada, the Barcelos rooster will also serve in the future as “a source of inspiration for the Portuguese community in Canada”, that “hope is the last to die” because he succeeds.
The winning artist of the public competition Julia Prajza explained that she was inspired by “Portuguese culture and landscape”, a mixture of joy, hope and optimism, celebrating Portuguese culture, enhancing the colors of the sea in Portugal and the sun, in a modern style. touch of traditional art ”.
The event brought together various personalities, including the Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, and the Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen.
The Rancho Folclorico of the Associação Migrante de Barcelos and the Portuguese-Canadian singer Vicky Rai also participated in the ceremony.
Since last June, Galo de Barcelos is a registered trademark in Portugal, of which the municipality of Barcelos is the owner of the mark.
The Canadian government estimates that more than 480,000 Portuguese and Portuguese descendants live in the country.