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      Montreal’s Italian Week 2017 – Preview

       
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      Aug. 3, 2017

      Montreal's Italian WeekStarting tomorrow (August 4, 2017) and for the next ten days, Montrealers will be celebrating all things Italian. The 24th edition of Montreal’s Italian Week will take place in various neighborhoods and feature music, film, art, culture and food.

      For the first time in its history, the festival will make a stop at Laval’s Lausanne Park (425 rue de Lausanne) on Sunday, August 6, from 2:00PM to 8:00PM. The festivities will include games for the kids, food kiosks, and an exhibit of Fiat 500 cars. Performers on hand will include comedians Gino Durante, Guido Grasso, Pino Pirillo and singer Mike Melino.

      Italian Week will also make stops at NDG’s Georges-Saint-Pierre Park on August 5, Ouellette Park in LaSalle on August 8, and Wilfrid-Bastien Park in St-Leonard on August 10.

      Montreal's Italian WeekFree film screenings will run nightly from August 4 to 11 at both the Leonardo da Vinci Centre (8370 boul. Lacordaire) and Casa d’Italia (505 Rue Jean Talon est).

      An evening celebrating stories of “il viaggio” will take place at the Casa d’Italia on Wednesday, August 9. The evening will feature literary readings by by Club Voci Migranti della Casa d’Italia, Connie Guzzo-McParland, Licia Canton, Marisa De Franceschi, Liana Cusmano, and Christina Sforza; Agata De Santis’ short documentary film, Immigrant “Landed”; and an exhibit of paintings by Giovanni Angeloro. Admission is free and open to all. Doors open at 6:30PM. Readings will start at 7:00PM.

      Local singer/songwriter Marco Calliari returns to Italian Week with a special performance at the Casa d’Italia on Thursday, August 10, 2017. For tickets, please call 514-279-6357.

      This year, festivalgoers can visit two art exhibits. Wonders of Sicily by photographer Paolo Ruiz will run at the Leonardo da Vinci Centre from August 3 to 13. Eight artists will be featured in an exhibit titled Sinergia 2017 at Erga Gallery (6394 St-Laurent Boulevard). The works of Giovanni Angeloro, Faustina A. Bilotta, Frank Caracciolo, Domenico Antonio Di Guglielmo, Ida Marinaro Fanzolato, Alfonso Fiengo, Gianni Giuliano, and Paolo Ruiz will be on display Monday to Wednesday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM, and Thursday to Sunday from 10:00AM to 10:00PM. Both exhibits are free of charge.

      Amarrages sans frontières will once again offer guided tours of Little Italy. The tour will include stops at Casa d’Italia, Madonna della Difesa Church, and Dante Park. There will be a guided tour offered in French on August 12, at 2:00PM, and another in English on August 13 at 2:00PM. The cost is $22.00, with discounts for students, seniors, and children. Reservations are mandatory. Please call (514) 272-7049 to book a spot.

      The festival will end with a three-day street event in Montreal’s Little Italy. Highlights include a performance by Italian band, Fantasia Pura Italiana, at 9:30PM, on Friday, August 11; local folk singer Gianni Bodo on the main stage at 8:00PM on Saturday, August 12; followed by the annual Moda Sotto le Stelle fashion show featuring Italian-Canadian designers.

      For a fifth 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 12 and 13 during the festivities in Little Italy. The Scopa Tent, on St-Laurent Boulevard between Belanger and Dante streets, will be open August 11, from 4:00PM to 10:00PM, and August 12 and 13, 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.

      Montreal’s Italian Week will conclude once again with the now famous outdoor opera on Sunday, August 13, at 9:00PM, on the Mastro & San Daniele stage (corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Saint-Zotique). Cavalleria Rusticana will be conducted by Giancula Martinenghi. On stage, Caroline Bleau, Thomas McLeary, Alexandre Sylvestre, Marianne Lambert and Geneviève Lévesque will play their respective roles as Santuzza, Turiddu, Alfio, Lola and Lucia.

      For the full line of activities, please visit www.italianweek.ca.

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