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      Montreal’s Italian Week: Day Three

      Aug. 12, 2012

      Looks like the weather will be cooperating as Montreal’s Italian Week activities gear up in various parts of the city today.

      The party starts bright and early this morning at Parc Ouellet in Lasalle. At 10:00AM bocce enthusiasts will take part in a bocce tournament that will last most of the day. Panini, pizza and drinks will also be served.

      To celebrate Montreal’s Italian Week, the Château Dufresne Museum in eastend Monteal is offering a special guided tour today at 1:30PM. The bus tour will feature 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. The museum is located at 2929 Avenue Jeanne d’Arc, at the corner of Pie-IX.

      Classic Italian cinema screenings continue tonight at the Casa D’Italia. Every evening at 7:30PM until August 16, 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 Luchino Visconti’s Morte a Venezia (1971) 
with Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli and Mark Burns.

      Tons of activities and entertainment is on the agenda at François Perrault Park in St Michel today. Things get underway at noon with activities for the kids, a Fiat 500 car exhibit and food kiosks. The entertainment starts at 6:00PM with 12-year old singer David Marino, followed by Italian folk group Danzerini di Lucinico, and then Italian folk rock music duo VU. Local comedian Joe Cacchione takes the stage at 8:30PM. And finally at 9:00PM, La Chanson Napolitaine et l’Opéra gets underway featuring Patrick Mallette, Consuelo Morosin, Kristin Hoff, and Louise Andrée Baril.

      In the city’s northeast borough of Rivière des Prairies, the patrons of Maria Ausiliatrice Church end their three-day celebrations with an 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 view the full program for Montreal’s Italian Week, please visit

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