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      Montreal’s Italian Week 2014 – Day Ten

       
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      Aug. 17, 2014

      Montreal's Italian WeekMontreal’s Italian Week wraps things up today in Little Italy, and it looks like Mother Nature is cooperating!

      All along Boulevard St-Laurent, between Beaubien and Jean Talon streets, dozens and dozens of kiosks are on sight with a variety of offerings to passersby, from art displays to activities for kids (and adults), to food and entertainment. Many Little Italy eateries and cafés have expanded seating space for the occasion.

      Italocanadese’s Scopa Tournament continues today at 3:00PM with the semi-final and final rounds. As 6:00PM rolls around, the 2014 Scopa Tournament champions will be crowned. Before and after the tournament, folks can sit down and enjoy a friendly hand of scopa with friends or other festivalgoers. Look out for the Scopa Tent on Boulevard St-Laurent, just north of St-Zotique.

      Montreal's Italian Week

      A wonderful line up of entertainment is scheduled for both the Shamrock Stage (corner Boulevard St-Laurent and Shamrock Street) and the Loto-Quebec Stage (corner Boulevard St-Laurent and St-Zotique).

      Things get underway on the Shamrock Stage at 2:00PM with the Best Zeppole Contest. Montreal pastry chefs will need to impress a panel of celebrity judges – Pasquale Vari, Sabrina Tutito, Frank Cavallaro, Mose Persico, Freeway Frank, and Nonna Maria – to be awarded the prestigious prize.

      Following the contest, DJ Fabio Russo will take the stage at 4:30PM, followed at 6:00PM by CFMB Radio’s Superfantastico, and finally, rock band VU at 7:00PM.

      The grand finale of the festival, an outdoor performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, starts at 9:00PM on the Loto-Quebec Stage. 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 the complete festival schedule, please visit www.italianweek.ca.

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