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      Montreal’s Italian Week 2016 – Day One

      Aug. 5, 2016

      Montreal's Italian WeekAnd so it begins. For the next ten days, various activities and festivities will take place in different boroughs of Montreal to celebrate all things Italian.

      A first for Montreal’s Italian Week – La Semaine Italienne de Montréal, festivities will begin with a big outdoor launch party open to the public, well, that is, for folks 18 years of age and older. The party will take place on the grounds of the Dufresne-Nincheri Museum at the corner of Sherbrooke Street East and Pie-IX Boulevard. Starting at 6:00PM, the party will include entertainment by DJs and a selection of foods by some of Montreal’s infamous food trucks.

      Earlier in the day, Le Boulevard Centre Commercial shopping centre (corner Jean Talon est & Bould. Pie-IX) will be celebrating Italian Week with a Fiat 500 exhibition and a performance by Roberto Cardazzi at 5:00PM.

      Starting today, three different venues around Montreal will exhibit works by Italian-Canadian and Italian artists. The Leonardo da Vinci Center (8370 boul. Lacordaire) will feature a solo exhibit by Italian artist Elvino Echioni. The exhibit is open daily and runs until August 26.

      Galleria D’Art Elisa 
(6796 boul. St-Laurent) will showcase the works of Frank Caracciolo,
 Alfonso Fiengo,
 Anita Cardone, 
Sonia Conforti,
 Paolo Ruiz,
 R. Aparici,
 Giovanni Angeloro, and
 Gianni Giuliano. Over at 
Espace Galerie Ludovik in Griffintown
 (1318 Rue Notre-Dame West), additional works by Frank Caracciolo, Sonia Conforti,
 Paolo Ruiz,
 Giovanni Angeloro, and
 Gianni Giuliano will be on display. Both exhibits run until August 13.

      This year’s featured Italian region will be Le Marche. A selection of film inspired by the region will screen at various venues throughout the run of the festival. On the bill tonight will be: Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre at 7:00PM at the McCord Museum (690 Rue Sherbrooke West); Giulia non esce la sera by Giuseppe Piccioni at 7:30PM at the Casa d’Italia (505 Jean-Talon Est); and Medea by Pier Paolo Pasolini at 7:30PM the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre. All the screenings are free of charge. The films will be presented in Italian, with English or French subtitles.

      Montreal’s Italian Week, which attracts over 390,000 visitors annually, is organized by the Quebec Region of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians. The festival runs until August 14, 2016. For a full program listing, please visit

      Montreal's Italian Week

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