Project 55

Nancy Rebelo et Jasmine St-Laurent

“We moved in next to some people that we knew. And then people we knew moved in next to us. Then after a while someone starts calling it a ghetto.” 
Albert Kish, Our Street Was Paved in Gold, NFB, 1973

The purpose Project 55: A Historical Audio Tour of Ethnic Communities along St-Laurent Boulevard Aboard Bus 55 is to use the 55 bus line, which runs on St-Lawrence Boulevard, as a tool to share some of the histories of immigrant communities who settled along the Main. During the tour, you will meet Roddy Chung who emigrated from China in 1968; Palmira Lima Ferreira, who came with her husband and daughter from Portugal in 1964; Steve Schreter who operates the family business founded by his great cousin Joe Schreter back in 1928; Sid Stevens, one of the founders of Sun Youth, who recalls the days when everyone spoke Yiddish on St-Lawrence; Biagio Maiorano whose family settled in St-Lawrence’s Little  Italy in 1957; and  Michel Ferland, who has been driving the 55 bus route since the early 1990’s.