Toronto and Buenos Aires: Two Multicultural Cities
about European immigrants who arrived in my country between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Between 1890 and 1920, more than two million people, came to Canada and many settled in the west. This immigration was due to the economic and social crises in Europe. This wave of immigration included Italians, Hungarians, British, Polish, Russians, Ukrainians, Slavs, Finns and others. They settled in cities, the countryside, and on islands, contributing to the growth of Canada.
In contrast, the main ethnic groups that came to Argentina were: Italians, Spanish, the French, British, Armenians, Syrians-Lebanese, Polish, Russian, German, Swiss and Welsh. In addition, there was a large number of immigrants from Jewish communities of the various European countries. The Italians were the most numerous group at nearly 50%. This is, of course, one reason why they occupy an important place in the economy and culture Argentina. Interestingly, Italians hold a very important place in Toronto because they worked in construction and built the city of Toronto after World War II. However those who progressed fastest in Argentina were the British immigrants, Swiss, German and Welsh, who arrived before 1860. This latter group arrived in very small numbers, however. This immigration has contributed in both cities rapidly increasing in population, and these newcomers have made improvements in agricultural production, business development and in the construction of the two cities.
Time has passed, things have changed. This is especially true in regards to technology and communications. These technological changes have caused new and great changes in society and in the economics of the world. However, one thing that has not changed is the reason why people immigrated in the first place. Without ignoring the differences that exist between Toronto and Buenos Aires, there are others things that join these two distant cities: the immigrants from Europe, a passion for film, theater and all artistic expressions, regardless of where in the world it was derived.
One example of an art form that joins people together is the tango. The tango emerged mainly in the area of the Rio de la Plata, in the cities of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and of Montevideo (Uruguay). This musical genre was born of a cultural fusion of different communities and cultures: the gaucho culture, African, Indian, Spanish, Italian, and the ethnic diversity generated by immigrants who arrived from Europe. For this reason, the tango is nostalgic. When Argentinians listen to the tango, they remember where they came from, including their feelings of joy, sadness and melancholy.
It is not only in Buenos Aires where you can listen, dance and enjoy the tango. In the multicultural city of Toronto, there are over twenty schools where you can learn tango dancing. There are also three festivals each year, and a lot of tango events where you can enjoy this dance and music. Of course, in Toronto people revel in the tango for its music and its romantic, sensual dance! Obviously, Toronto and Buenos Aires are very attractive places for immigrants, and for tourists due to their beauty, culture, and multicultural elements.