The latest Heritage Minute by Historica Canada features Toronto’s own Kensington Market.
The first-ever animated minute follows a single store in the Market, and how it’s transformed by new generations and cultures. It highlights the role the Market, and other similar communities, provided to newcomers as a first business, or a first home, in Canada.
According to Historica Canada, Kensington was originally built as a residential neighbourhood then flourished as a market in the 20th century, with an influx of Jewish immigrants from Europe who turned the Victorian houses into storefronts. Among the immigrants was Chaskel Goldlist, who opened a kosher poultry shop in the market. It’s Goldlist’s grandson, Michael Goldlist, who wrote the script for this Heritage Minute, which looks at the evolution of the market over five decades.
“Each wave of newcomers has shaped Kensington Market in the same way that immigrants continue to shape Canada,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President and CEO of Historica Canada. “This Minute pays tribute to those contributions in one of our most distinctive formats to date.”
This story of immigration is the 88th vignette in the Heritage Minute collection. Watch the animated feature below.