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      Preview of Montreal’s Italian Week

       
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      Jul. 30, 2012

      The folks from Montreal’s Italian Week are in the final stages of preparations for this year’s festival. Running from August 10 to 19, the festival promises an array of Italian treats, culture and entertainment in various parts of the city. Here’s a preview of some of the festival highlights.

      Classic Italian cinema will take the stage from August 10 to 16 at the Casa D’Italia, located at 505 Jean Talon Est. Every evening at 7:30PM, the Casa’s big screen will showcase a film from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Screenings are free of charge and all are welcome. The films include: Paisà (1946), Casanova ’70 (1965), Morte a Venezia (1971), Vajont (2001), La ragazza del lago (2007),
Senso (1954), and Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (1976).

      On a more academic front, the festival will be hosting an Italian-language conference titled, “Fontana di aga dal me pais,” on Thursday, August 16 at 7:30PM
in the Leonardo Da Vinci Center’s Piccolo Theatre. Presented by the Quebec Association of Professors of Italian, the conference will analyze a P.P. Pasolini poem to illustrate the political history of the Italian province of Friuli and the evolution of its poetry in dialect.

      In association with the festival, Amarrages sans frontières is offering guided walking tours of Little Italy. The tour offers a history of the people and places of the neighborhood, with a stop for espresso and cannoli (of course!). The tours will be offered in Italian on August 18 at 10:00AM, in French on August 18 at 2:00PM and August 19 at 10:00AM, and in English on August 19 at 2:00PM. The tour costs $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for students and seniors, and $13.00 for children. Reservations are highly recommend. For further information call (514) 272-7049 or email amarrages.sansfrontieres@sympatico.ca.

      On Friday, August 17 at 9:00PM
on the Loto-Quebec Stage (corner of St-Laurent and St-Zotique in Little Italy), Quebec rock star Michel Pagliaro will take the stage. The singer/songwriter is the first Canadian artist to be rewarded Gold records in both official languages. He has had a tremendous musical career that spans over four decades, and he doesn’t show signs of slowing down.

      Now a staple of Italian Week, the annual Moda Sotto le Stelle fashion show will take place on Saturday, August 18 at 10:00PM on the Loto-Quebec Stage. The runway will feature a colorful collection of Italian Canadian design by designers Lady Dutch, Signor Terry, Leonardo Bennotti, Maria Arciero, Lauro & Co., Praio, and Nine in the Morning.

      On Sunday, August 19 at 2:00PM on the
Shamrock Stage in Little Italy, Italian bakeries will present their homemade tiramisù to a panel of judges. This culinary contest is not only a treat for the judges, but for people in attendance. The winner will be crowned as Montreal’s best tiramisu.

      The festival always ends its run in style. On Sunday, August 19 at 9:00PM on the Loto-Québec stage, Italian Week will present a free outdoor opera, Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. The 17th century opera follows the story of young Nemorino who is desperately in love with capricious and rich Adina.

      For more details on the festival, please visit www.italianweek.ca.

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