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      Montreal’s Italian Week announces line up

      Aug. 5, 2014

      Montreal's Italian WeekIn just a few days, Montreal’s Italian Week festivities will be the talk of the town. This year’s edition will run from August 8 to 17, and as always, will make its way into various neighborhoods of Montreal.

      Le Boulevard Shopping Centre, located at the corner of Jean Talon and Pie-IX streets, will play host to festival performances from Friday, August 8 to Sunday, August 10. Performers include Joseph Segreti, Vanessa Piunno, the Tony Commodari Band, Marco Sanelli and Dolceamare & Friends.

      The festival will make stops at Maria Auxiliatrice Church in Riviere-des-Prairies on August 8, 9 and 10; at Parc Ouellette in LaSalle on August 8 and August 11; at Geroges Saint-Pierre Park in NDG on August 9; at Alexis-Carrel Park in Riviere-des-Prairies on August 13; and at Wilfried-Bastien Park in St-Leonard on August 14.

      Delorme Park in St-Leonard will play host to the annual Italian Week Bocce Tournament on August 13, 14 and 15.

      New York filmmaker Lisa Scafuro will be in Montreal to present the Quebec premiere of her documentary film, The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert. The screening will take place on Friday, August 8, at 7:30PM in the Theatro Piccolo at the Leonardo da Vinci Center, located at 8370 Boulevard Lacordaire in St-Leonard. The film examines Paolo Soleri’s legacy as an architect, environmentalist, and philosopher. Admission is free and open to the public.

      Free film screening will continue at the Leonardo da Vinci Centre until the 13th of August. The Casa d’Italia, located at 505 Jean Talon Est, will also host free nightly screenings from August 8 to 14.

      The final weekend of the festival will turn Montreal’s Little Italy into a street festival. Tents and stages will line Boulevard St-Laurent, between St-Zotique and Jean Talon starting 4:00PM on Friday, August 15 until Sunday, August 17.

      SIM14_IllustrationMAQFor a second year in a row, Italocanadese and the Order of the Sons of Italy in Canada, in collaboration with Montreal’s Italian Week, will be hosting a Scopa tournament. The Scopa tournament will take place on August 16 and 17 during the festivities in Little Italy. Be sure to visit the Scopa Tent on St-Laurent Boulevard, between St-Zotique and Dante streets. Even if you are not playing in the tournament, you can still enjoy a friendly hand of scopa with friends or other festivalgoers.

      At 2:00PM on Sunday, August 17, a panel of judges will make the difficult decision of designating one Montreal bakery as the best makers of zeppole. The deep-fried dough and ricotta cheese dessert will be celebrated in all its splendor on the Shamrock Stage at the corner of Boulevard St-Laurent and Shamrock.

      The outdoor Loto-Québec stage,
at the corner of Boulevard St-Laurent and St Zotique, will be the place to be on the evenings of August 15, 16 and 17.

      On Friday, August 15, at 9:30PM, singer/songwriter Ima will showcase some of the hits from her long repertoire, including a selection from her latest album, Love Moi.

      The following evening (August 16) at 8:30PM, singer-songwriter Anna Liani will perform a collection of remixed Italian songs. Liani is an internationally acclaimed artist who has collaborated with the likes of Cirque du Soleil and is well known for her renditions of Italian classics.

      Following Anna Liani’s performance, fashion will take over the stage. Starting at 10:00PM, the annual Moda Sotto Le Stelle fashion show will feature a lovely array of local designers and fashion houses. The newest addition to the roster is Amabile Fashions.

      The festival’s grand finale will be a performance of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly on the Loto-Québec stage on Sunday, August 17, at 9:00PM. The performance will be lead by Italian Maestro Gianluca Martinenghi. Soprano Caroline Bleau will play the part of Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly). The free performance is a crowd pleaser, so be sure to arrive early for a good spot.

      For full program details on the festival, please visit

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