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      Montreal’s Italian Week 2017 – Day Seven

      Aug. 10, 2017

      Marco CalliariJust before Montreal’s Italian Week sets up camp for its remaining three days in Little Italy, festival goers can enjoy a variety of events in different parts of the city.

      The festivals’ spokesperson, local singer/songwriter Marco Calliari, will be at the Casa d’Italia (505 Rue Jean Talon Est) to perform an intimate concert featuring songs from his last album, One Night. The show starts at 8:00PM. Tickets are $20.00 and still available at the door.

      Starting at 7:30PM tonight at the Leonardo da Vinci Centre (8370 Boulevard Lacordaire, Saint-Leonard), a lecture on “Frederick II: Empire, Culture and Poetry in Siciliy” will take place in the Centre’s Piccolo Theater. The presentation focuses on Sicily during the Middle Ages, and in particular on the cultural life of Emperor Frederick II’s court. By means of an itinerary of texts, images and music, the presentation will try to underline the multicultural character of Frederick’s court, which gathered chancellors, lawyers, poets and painters of Arabic, Sicilian, Latin and Provencal descent in a political project addressed to the entire Mediterranean world. Admission is free.

      Wonders of Sicily by photographer Paolo Ruiz continues at the Leonardo da Vinci Centre until August 13. The exhibit is open daily from 1:00PM to 6:00PM.

      At Parc Wilfrid-Bastien in Saint-Leonard, spectateurs can enjoy a free outdoor show by comedian Joe Cacchione at 7:30PM, Superfantastico at 8:00PM, and finally Ragazzi del Jukebox at 9:00PM. Also on site will be an exhibit of Fiat 500 cars.

      Sinergia 2017 at Erga Gallery (6394 St-Laurent Boulevard) – also running until August 13 – features eight Italian-Canadian artists. The works of Giovanni Angeloro, Faustina A. Bilotta, Frank Caracciolo, Domenico Antonio Di Guglielmo, Ida Marinaro Fanzolato, Alfonso Fiengo, Gianni Giuliano, and Paolo Ruiz are on display daily from 10:00AM to 10:00PM.

      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 runs until Sunday, August 13. For the full festival program, please visit

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