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      Montreal’s Italian Week 2015 – Days Nine & Ten

      Aug. 15, 2015

      Italo_20150815_SettimanaDay9Montreal’s Italian Week is wrapping things up this weekend with two full days and nights of activities in the heart of Little Italy. Today and tomorrow, from noon to 10:00PM, over 60 kiosks and restaurant terraces, plus two big stages, will offer visitors a variety of entertainment and activities.

      The main festival events include tonight’s annual Moda Sotto le Stelle fashion show and a free outdoor presentation of Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, tomorrow August 16. Both events will take place on the grand Loto Quebec stage at the corner of Boulevard St-Laurent and St-Zotique street.

      In honour of the Campania region, some of the best pastry chefs in Montreal will compete for the best baba of Montreal. This Naples-based dolce is made with yeast and soaked in sweet rum. The contest will take place on Sunday at 2:00PM on the Shamrock Stage, located at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Shamrock Street.

      On the literary front, the Association of Italian Canadian Writers and Guernica Editions will be hosting a reading under the Gazebo at the corner of St-Laurent and St-Zotique on Sunday from 2:00PM to 4:30PM. Italian-Canadian writers will be on hand to read from their publications.

      Some local talents not to miss include singer/songerwriter Marco Calliari. Calliari is the festival’s official spokesperson and will be on hand to meet with fans at his kiosk not far from the Loto Quebec stage. Local artist Mimmo Scali will be bringing his IArtFactory to Little Italy with a very cool pop up shop at the corner of Mozart and St-Laurent. Montreal’s favorite puppet Nonna Maria will also have her own kiosk at the festival. She’ll be ready to take selfies with fans of all ages.

      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. The tournament starts today at 2:00PM and continues tomorrow afternoon. Be sure to visit the Scopa Tent on BoulevardSt-Laurent, just north of St-Zotique Street. Even if you are not playing in the tournament, you can still enjoy a friendly hand of scopa with friends and 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

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