2010 Bressani Prizes Awarded
The Biennial F.G. Bressani Prize was inaugurated in 1986 to celebrate the literary accomplishments of Italian-Canadians. The prize was established to honour and promote the literary work of Canadian writers of Italian origin or Italian descent. On November 30, the 2010 winners were honoured at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Accenti associate editor Michael Mirolla was awarded the prize for fiction for his novel, Berlin. The prize for short fiction was granted to Michelle Alfano for Made Up of Arias, a novella. This Nothing’s Place, a collection of poems by Pasquale Verdicchio, won the prize for poetry. Caterina Edwards picked up the final prize in the category of emigration from Italy for her memoir Finding Rosa.
Anna Chiappa and Gina Valle Win CEMA Awards
The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) Award honours Canadian journalists who work to promote intercultural diversity. For 2010 the CEMA Award for best television documentary went to Gina Valle for The Last Rite, a documentary about how different cultures deal with death and dying. The Canadian Ethnic Media Association also presented Anna Chiappa with the prestigious Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award, in recognition of her work on multiculturalism. Chiappa, a documentary producer and director, is known for such films as Fallen Heroes (Eroi Caduti) and S.O.S. Arandora Star.
Italian-Canadian Songstress Reconnecting to Roots
Toronto resident and celebrated singer/songwriter Daniela Nardi’s most recent album, The Rose Tattoo, brought her widespread acclaim. In 2009, Nardi was named Best Female Vocalist at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, as well as Reader’s Pick for Female Vocalist for Now Magazine’s Best of Toronto 2009. That same year, Nardi travelled to New York City for musical inspiration and returned to Canada with a desire to write and sing in her mother tongue: Italian. The result is Espresso Manifesto, Nardi’s third album, which is set for release in Fall 2011. The album will combine Nardi’s compositions with those of some of Italy’s greats.
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Source: The Montreal Gazette
Compiled by Melanie Tutino
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