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      Montreal’s Italian Week: Day Eight

      Aug. 17, 2012

      The last three days of Montreal’s Italian Week festivities get underway this afternoon in Little Italy. Boulevard St-Laurent, between St-Zotique and Jean Talon Streets, will turn into a car-free piazza complete with Italian cars, art, community group kiosks, activities for the kids, entertainment, and lots of mouth-savoring treats.

      One of the kiosks will be the Writers’ Tent. Situated at the corner St-Laurent and Mozart, members of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers will be on hand all weekend long to present their work and answer questions about writing.

      Mosaika Shop will set up shop at the corner of St-Laurent of Shamrock all weekend long where folks will have a chance to try their hand at mosaic work. Places are limited so be sure to check them out.

      Today’s entertainment starts at 3:00PM with a performance by the Italian folk group, Danzerini di Lucinico, at the Jean Talon Market.

      The Shamrock Stage – at the corner of St-Laurent of Shamrock – will feature Regina folk group, Le Campagnole, at 6:00PM, followed by an encore performance by Danzerini di Lucinico at 6:30PM. Montreal singer Sly Furino will take the stage at 7:00PM.

      The big show of the evening will take place on the Loto-Quebec Stage at corner of St-Laurent and St-Zotique. At 9:00PM 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. Opening for Pagliaro at 8:00PM will be local singer/songwriter Vincenzo Thoma, who will serenade the crowd with songs from Romantico, an album featuring ten of the greatest songs of the past thirty years, adapted in Italian for the first time.

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