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      Summer alla italianità

      Jun. 21, 2013

      It’s officially summer time! And with summer comes a slew of activities, festivals and entertainment to take in. Below is just a taste of some summer activities alla italianità not to be missed.

      Italian Heritage Month activities across Canada continue until the end of the month. Be sure to take one in. A complete events listing is available at

      The Toronto Jazz Festival runs from June 20 to 29. The queen of Canadian blues Rita Chiarelli will be sharing the stage with internationally renowned Italian singer and jazz, rock and blues guitarist Pino Danielle on Monday, June 24 at 8:00PM on the Toronto Star Stage in Nathan Phillips Square. Tickets cost $52.50 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

      Italian Canadian jazz singer Daniela Nardi will be making a stop at the Montreal’s Jazz Festival to perform songs from her latest album Espresso Manifesto – The Songs of Paolo Conte. Nardi is scheduled to play two shows at the Savoy du Metropolis, located at 59 Ste-Catherine Street East, on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. Both shows are at 7:00PM. Tickets cost $26.95. The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal runs from June 28 to July 7.

      Also on the musical front, Italian-Montreal Italian world beat artist Marco Calliari will be touring across Quebec in July and August with his good friend, southern Italian pop artist Peppe Voltarelli.

      The second edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival will take place in Toronto and Vaughan from June 26 to July 3. Sixty-two Italian and Italian-themed films will screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Royal Cinema in Toronto, and at AMC Interchange in Vaughan. The line up will include 24 feature film premieres.

      The festival will kick off on June 26 with Benvenuto Presidente, a box office hit directed by Italian filmmaker Riccardo Milani and starring Claudio Bisio. Real Gangsters, a Canadian feature film by Frank D’Angelo, starring Nick Manuso, Michael Paré, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, John Savage, and Margot Kidder, will make its Canadian premiere at the festival. Another film that was shot in Toronto’s Little Italy, The Resurrection of Tony Gitone, directed by Jerry Ciccoritti, and starring Alvaro D’Antonio, Louis Di Bianco, John Cassini, Fab Filippo, Ron Lea, Nick Mancuso, Paula Rivera, Michael Miranda, Tony Nappo, and Tony Nardi, will also screen. Three Canadian documentary films are on the roster: Antigone by Antonio D’Alfonso, Letter Two by Toronto actor Tony Nardi, and Zia And Friends by Angela Bianchi.

      In addition, the film festival is expanding to Montreal with a selection of films to screen at the Cinématheque québecoise from June 26 to 30.

      Dante Park in Montreal’s Little Italy will be the epicenter for outdoor film screenings. Every Wednesday evening from June 26 to August 7, the Rendez-vous du cinema italien de Montréal will showcase different films. Anita Aloisio’s documentary film, Les enfants de la loi 101, will be opening the festival on June 26. Admission is free. Bring your lawn chair!

      Montreal’s Italian Week will run August 9 to 18 this year. Although the festival line up has yet to announced, it is confirmed that the final weekend of the festival will end with three days of festivities in the streets of Little Italy including a fashion show on August 17 and a opera performance on August 18. New this year, and the Order of the Sons of Italy in Canada will host a Scopa tournament on August 17 and 18 in Little Italy. Details about the Scopa tournament will be released on June 25.

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