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The primary area of settlement in Canada for these early migrants was Montreal.

Greek immigration to Canada continued to be slow throughout the nineteenth century but increased dramatically in the early twentieth century.

Incorporating detailed interviews with historians and family members of those affected, the documentary explores the causes of the riot and chronicles the violent events in detail – using actual archival photos, newspaper reports and representational newsreel footage to bring the people, places and incidents to life.

Violent August provides a balanced view of the riots, examining the social conditions and motives of the enraged World War I veterans who initiated the riots and the situation surrounding the small community of Greek immigrants and restaurant-operators who unwittingly became the lightening rod for the violence.

There was also steady immigration of Greeks from Cyprus to Canada beginning after the Second World War.