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      Montreal’s Italian Week announces line up

      Jul. 20, 2013

      The folks from Montreal’s Italian Week have just revealed some of the main highlights of this year’s festivities. The 20th anniversary edition of the festival will run from August 9 to 18, 2013 in different parts of the city.

      Federico Fellini will be the shining star all week long at both the Casa D’Italia in Little Italy and the Leonardo da Vinci Centre in St-Leonard. Screenings of some of Fellini’s masterpieces will take place nightly from August 9 to 15. Screenings start at 7:30PM and admission is free. Film screenings include La Dolce Vita, Amarcord, La Strada, Le notti di Cabiria, I Vitelloni and more. A complete list of screenings is available at

      St Laurent Boulevard between St Zotique and Jean Talon streets will be the epicenter of the festival from August 16 to 18. On Friday evening, August 16, at 9:00PM, internationally renowned DJ and artist Misstress Barbara will take the main stage at the corner of St-Laurent Boulevard and St-Zotique Street. Misstress Barbara was actually born and raised in Montreal and now performs around the globe.

      The following evening, the same stage will be taken over by fashion will the annual Moda Sotto le Stelle fashion show. Designers include Lady Dutch, Signor Terry, Leonardo Bennotti, Maria Arciero and Lauro & Co. The show will start at 10:00PM.

      And then the following evening, on Sunday, August 18 at 9:00PM, spectators will be treated to a live performance of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Performers include tenor Antonio Figueroa in the role of Alfredo Germont, soprano
Raphaëlle Paquette in the role of Violetta Valery,
and baryton Alexandre Sylvestre in the role of Giorgio Germont.

      Once again, the festival will champion the best pastry maker in the city. This time, the judges will dive into various ricotta-filled sfogliatelli to discover who in Montreal makes the best one. The competition will take place on the Shamrock Stage at the corner of Shamrock Street and St-Laurent Boulevard on Sunday, August 18 at 2:00PM.

      Members of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers will be in Little Italy from August 16 to 18 to present their works, discuss their books, and answer questions about writing. On Saturday, August 17, from 1:30PM to 4:00PM, writers will take to the Gazebo at the corner of St-Laurent Boulevard and St-Zotique Street for an afternoon of readings.

      Guided tours of Little Italy will be offered on August 17 and 18. Amarrages sans frontières tours will be offered in English, French and Italian. Reservations are required. Please contact Amarrages sans frontières
directly at (514) 272-7049 for tickets. has partnered up with the Sons of Italy to host a Scopa Tournament during Montreal’s Italian Week. The Scopa Tent will be stationed on St Laurent Boulevard from August 16 to 18. Registration for the tournament is mandatory. The deadline to register is Monday, August 2. Passersby will also have the opportunity to sit down to enjoy a leisure game of Scopa throughout the weekend. For further details about the tournament, please visit

      A detailed schedule of activities at Montreal’s Italian Week can be found at

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