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      Montreal’s Italian Week 2017 – Day Eight

      Aug. 11, 2017

      Fantasia Pura ItalianaThe 24th edition of Montreal’s Italian Week enters its final weekend with three days of festivities in Little Italy, on St-Laurent Boulevard between St-Zotique and Jean Talon streets. Tonight’s headliner is Italian band, Fantasia Pura Italiana, performing tonight at 9:30PM on the Mastro & San Daniele stage (corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Saint-Zotique). This is the band’s first performance in Montreal. Ragazzi del Jukebox will open the show at 8:00PM.

      On the Jean Talon Stage (corner St-Laurent Boulevard), today’s line up will be: Marco Sanelli at 4:30PM, Dolceamare at 5:30PM, Marco Bocchiccio at 6:00PM, Gloria Polcari, Robert-Olivier Fragasso at 6:30PM, and finally Danyka Rose Bouche at 7:30PM.

      Local folk singer Gianni Bodo will be on the main stage at 8:00PM tomorrow, Saturday, August 12, followed by the annual Moda Sotto le Stelle fashion show featuring Italian-Canadian designers.

      The festival will conclude once again with the now famous outdoor opera on Sunday, August 13, at 9:00PM, on the Mastro & San Daniele stage. 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.

      Wonders of Sicily by photographer Paolo Ruiz continues at the Leonardo da Vinci Centre until Sunday. The exhibit is open daily from 1:00PM to 6:00PM. Sinergia 2017 at Erga Gallery (6394 St-Laurent Boulevard) – also running until Sunday – 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 will be on display daily from 10:00AM to 10:00PM.

      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.

      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 tomorrow and Sunday during the festivities in Little Italy. The Scopa Tent, on St-Laurent Boulevard between Belanger and Dante streets, opens today at 4:00PM, and will be open Saturday and Sunday 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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