URBAN ~ ITALIAN ~ CANADIAN
Italocanadese.com started as a simple idea. Founder Agata De Santis realized that first, second and third generation Italian Canadians who had an affinity for their culture were ignored by traditional Italian Canadian media.
The traditional Italian-language publications, radio programs and community television shows – with little or no presence online – simply did not keep up with how the new generation gets its news and information.
Equipped with years of experience covering the Italian-Canadian community as a freelance writer and reporter, Agata set out to create a blog about “all things Italian Canadian.” It was a labor of love for two years, until Agata decided it was time to turn Italocanadese.com into the online magazine she always imagined it could be.
The new Italocanadese.com launched in August of 2012. In January of 2014, Italocanadese launched the Italo Web Series.
The website covers people, events, issues and traditions across Canada – all with an Italian Canadian touch.
Italocanadese is on the lookout for new contributors across Canada! Every story has an Italian Canadian angle, be it in the subject matter, the interview subject, or the issue at hand. Stories fall within four categories: News, Arts & Culture, Community or Events. Stories can run anywhere from 400 to 2000 words in length. Italocanadese pays a small honorarium for every published story. Contact Editor-in-Chief Agata De Santis at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
AGATA DE SANTIS / Founder & Editor-In-Chief. Agata De Santis is a filmmaker and writer. She is the founding president of Redhead Productions and founded italocanadese.com in 2010. Over the years Agata has produced various awarding winning films and documentaries. Two short films she produced, The Grandfather Paradox and The Ecstasy Note, have both completed successful film festival runs. In 2010, Agata completed her documentary film, Mal’occhio [The Evil Eye]. The film was broadcast on CBC Television and has screened in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. Agata has worked as a freelance writer and editor for over fifteen years. Her writing has appeared in various newspapers and magazines. She lives in Montreal.
DOMENICO CAPILONGO / Contributor. Domenico Capilongo lives in Toronto with his family. He teaches high school alternative education and practices karate. He has had work published in several national and international literary magazines. His first book of poetry, I thought elvis was Italian was published in 2008 and was short-listed for the 2010 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. His latest book of jazz-inspired poetry, hold the note, was publish in 2010 with Quattro Books.
GIULIA DE GASPERI / Contributor. Giulia De Gasperi was born in Treviso, in northern Italy. She was an AFS exchange student to Prince Edward Island in 1993-94. She fell in love with Canada during that year, returning in 2004 thanks to a Government of Canada Award. Giulia holds a Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere and a Dottorato di Ricerca in Studi Iberici ed Anglo-Americani from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. She lives between Canada, Scotland and Italy and is currently planning her move to Canada. She researches and writes on the Diaspora of the Italian communities of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and on farming traditions of Northern Italy. Food, food ways and traditions are big components of her research.
SANDRA TARTAMELLA / Contributor / “In the Kitchen with Sandra.” Sandra Tartamella’s passion for cooking began at a young age. She was inspired by her maternal grandmother whom she lovingly called “Ma.” After CEGEP, Sandra studied culinary arts in Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology where she had the opportunity to travel to Japan for four months on a working internship. She began her career in the kitchen of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montreal. She continued her education at Concordia’s Continuing Education and received a certificate in Hospitality Management. She later opened her own gourmet sandwich shop and catering company. She then met and married her husband and sold the restaurant to raise her two young children. She now works part-time at Deci and has recently become an independent senior consultant with Epicure Selections. She loves experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes and loves talking about food.
GERRY VALENTINO / Web Designer. As an urban Italian Canadian, Gerry was thrilled to be asked to work on the re-launch of the Italocanadese site. Gerry has worked for many years on the agency side. After a stint teaching Advanced Digital Design and Game Development at George Brown College in Toronto, Gerry decided to “hang out his shingle” and start his own business about three years ago. Since that time, he has been busily creating websites and online strategy for a diverse clientele. From finance, to hand-made carpets, home renovations to artist portfolios, Gerry’s work is as diverse as the people he serves. www.gerryvalentino.com
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