Christie Pits

"The decision to present this important story as a historical comic book was ingenious. It reads like fiction, but is all fact."

- From the introduction by Irving Abella. President, Academy of the Arts and the Humanities, Royal Society of Canada.

“There have been other histories of anti-Semitism in Toronto and Canada during the 1930s, but none as creative as Jamie Michaels’s Christie Pits… The story he skilfully tells is well-researched with an array of fascinating characters that leap off the page owing to the realistic and vivid illustrations of Doug Fedrau. A significant and worthy literary achievement that will enlighten readers of all ages.”

-Allan Levine, author of Toronto: Biography of a City and Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience.

"Timely and compelling."

-i24 NEWS

“I cried."

-Brandon MacInnis

Shines a light on the Christie Pits race riots…still alarmingly relevant today.”

-CBC Arts

“Brings to life a largely overlooked period of overt anti-Semitism in Canada.”

-Times of Israel

“Brilliantly imaginative.”

-The Jewish Post and News

“An edifying work of historical fiction.”

-Canadian Jewish News

"Creating a living, breathing community, electric in both its tensions and excitement, with much time spent on spirited debate between the characters, and also teasing, arguing, pleading the real human drama that springs forth from struggle and strips down wider political issues...”

-The Comics Beat

As fascist tension erupts worldwide, amplified by the digital age, a new graphic novel documenting one of Toronto's—and maybe the entire country's—most xenophobic altercations seems more timely than ever."

-blogTO

“Does not feel like a juvenile superhero comic book — it feels real.”

-The Manitoban

 

Christie Pits,

A gritty ride through Toronto’s immigrant neighbourhoods, Christie Pits tells the incredible true story of when young Jewish and Italian immigrants squared off against Nazi-inspired thugs on the streets of Toronto. This is the history of a gruff and unrecognizable Canada— one of ‘swastika clubs’ and public bigotry.  A homemade swastika flag flown at a public baseball game was the spark that found tinder in these untenable and hateful conditions. What followed was the worst race riot in Canadian history. Archival research and first-hand interviews lend historical depth to an unknown story of resistance against hatred in uncertain times.

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We're making real stories for real change. Although history never repeats itself to the letter, we can draw lessons from the past. A culture of hate always precedes real violence. The Christie Pits Riots offer lessons that are depressingly topical, but no less relevant today than they were in 1933.

Historical Fiction?

The terms may seem at odds, but we assure you we've done our homework. Our lawyer assures us that the story and characters are entirely fictional, but we draw our universe (literally) from countless of hours of thorough research utilizing, primary sources, audio testimonies, archival material, interviews, and microfiche to give readers an authentic feel of the times.

It's exciting to have the opportunity to tackle important projects. We're grateful to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba for supporting is us in making real stories for real people.

It's exciting to have the opportunity to tackle important projects. We're grateful to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba for supporting is us in making real stories for real people.