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      Montreal’s Italian Week: Day One

      Aug. 10, 2012

      It’s that time of year again… The 2012 edition of Montreal’s Italian Week – la Semaine italienne de Montréal – officially starts today with a wide range of activities and events in different parts of the city.

      The Casa D’Italia in Little Italy, located at 505 Jean-Talon East, will be showcasing an exhibit of works by Italian-Canadian painters starting today until August 19. Some of the artists featured are Umberto Bruni & Egidio Vincelli. The exhibit is free of charge and is open Monday to Friday, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 2:00PM to 6:00PM.

      Classic Italian cinema will take the stage starting today until August 16 at the Casa D’Italia. 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. Tonight feature film is Paisà (1946), directed by 
Roberto Rossellini, with Carmela Sazio, Gar Moore and William Tubbs.

      In the city’s northeast borough of Rivière des Prairies, the patrons of Maria Ausiliatrice Church are set to participate in the church’s annual outdoor feast. The festivities start tonight at 7:00PM and run throughout the weekend. On the agenda are various outdoor activities; a Saturday evening performance by Singer Minguccio & Uno, as well as by the marching band, La Banda Gentile; a Sunday evening performance by tenor Perri Canestrari, followed by fireworks at 10:15PM at A. Cipriani Park. Maria Ausiliatrice Church is located at 8550 Joliot Curie, at the corner of Boulevard Maurice Duplessis.

      To celebrate Montreal’s Italian Week, the Château Dufresne Museum in eastend Monteal is opening a new exhibit today called “Venice: From Queen of the Seas to Cultural Capital.” Running until October 28, the exhibit showcases the story of an exceptional city with an exceptional destiny, from its beginnings to its apogee as a maritime power to its conquest by Napoleon in 1797. The museum is located at 2929 Avenue Jeanne d’Arc, at the corner of Pie-IX. Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. For more information, please visit

      The Château Dufresne Museum is also offering a special guided tour this coming Sunday, August 12 at 1:30PM. The bus tour will include stops at Guido Nincheri’s famous stained glass studio, the museum itself, and the Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense Church in Little Italy. The tour will be led by Nincheri’s own grandson, Roger Nincheri. Tickets cost $20.00 and reservations are required. Please call the museum at (514) 259-9201 for details.

      To view the full program for Montreal’s Italian Week, please visit

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