"Can you do it again?" That's the question many readers, observers and the media asked after the appearance of Accenti's inaugural issue... Two issues and counting!
Accenti's future looks promising. This second issue is on sale on newsstands across Canada. The incredibly positive response confirms that such a magazine has a space and a place in our community, Italian Canadian or other. This magazine is about connections and interconnections - bridging generations, cultures, people, places, events. As a vehicle of expression and creation, Accenti hopes to accomplish many things. Our commitment is to good writing and fair assessments. We count on our readers to send their comments and to point out worthy stories in large centres or in out-of-the-way places.
Our cover story is Sandra Danilovic's interview with Toronto mayoralty candidate John Nunziata. This issue inaugurates a new section, Neighbourhood Snapshot, which will be included as a regular feature. Darlene Madott's "Sunday in Woodbridge" is the first story under this banner.
Julia D'Amedeo reports on Giulio Zardo, the former football player from Montreal who surprised the bobsledding world. Ken Scambray returns with another commentary, this one on the influence of Italian immigration on North American society. Tongue in cheek, Patrice D. Bucciarelli demystifies some of the haughty beliefs about Italian cuisine. Two articles focus on community. Raymond Culos gives us a foretaste of Vancouver's participation at the Italian Canadian Exhibit "Presenza" which will open at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau in June, and Pietro Gasparrini announces the creation of the Italian Canadian Community Archives of Quebec.
Our fiction section features two short stories: Venera Fazio's "The Colour of Mary's Love: A Sicilian Legend" and Gaetano di Falco's "Short Espresso." Also included is a poem, "The Neighbourhood is Changing," by Gianna Patriarca. The issue closes with three reviews. Marisa De Franceschi relates her impressions of "Magnificenza," an exhibit of Italian Renaissance art on display in Detroit; and Domenic Cusmano writes about "Identità," an art exhibit by Italian Canadian artists recently held in Toronto and Brantford, Ontario. Backstage, we get a glimpse of Gino Vannelli's latest CD Canto.
I hope you enjoy this issue. If you like it, pass it on to a friend or colleague; if you don't, tell us why.