Starting this Friday, August 7, a variety of hot spots in Montreal will play host to the city’s annual Italian Week. The 10-day festival will make stops in Rivière-des-Prairies (August 7 to 9), St-Leonard (August 7 to 14), Notre-Dame-De-Grâce (August 8), Lasalle (August 9 and 10), and Little Italy (August 14 to 16).
The main festival events include the annual Moda Sotto le Stelle fashion show in Little Italy on August 15 and a free outdoor presentation of Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, also in Little Italy, on August 16.
Some of the musical talents performing at this year’s festival include Anna Liani, Daniela Fiorentino, Leo Arnone, Danyka Boileau, and Simona De Rosa.
Free screenings of classic Italian films will be held at four venues this year, namely, Cinéma Beaubien, Cinéma du Parc, Casa d’Italia, and the Leonardo da Vinci Centre. Some of the films on the billing include Vittorio De Sica’s Ieri, Oggi, Domani (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) and Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thieves).
The Leonardo da Vinci Centre will also play host to an art exhibit featuring works by local Montreal artists with origins in Campania, Italy. The artists include Guido Marena, Nick Pierni, Alfonso Fiengo, Marcello Improta, Gianni Giuliano and Frank Caracciolo. The exhibit will run the length of the festival, and will be open daily from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Entrance is free.
For a third year in a row, Italocanadese and the Order of the Sons of Italy in Canada, in collaboration with Montreal’s Italian Week, will host a Scopa tournament on August 15 and 16 during the festivities in Little Italy. The Scopa Tent, on St-Laurent Boulevard between St-Zotique and Dante streets, will be open August 14, from 4:00PM to 10:00PM and August 15 and 16 from 1:00PM to 10:00PM. For folks who have not registered for the tournament, they will still have an opportunity to enjoy a friendly hand of scopa with friends or other festivalgoers.
This is the 22nd edition of Montreal’s Italian Week. The festival, which attracts over 390,000 visitors annually, is organized by the Quebec Region of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians.
To view the festival’s complete program, please visit www.italianweek.ca.