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Fall 2012






Classical Music

Italy’s Baroque Music Treasures

The Arion Baroque Orchestra opens its 2012-2013 season with Italy’s Hidden Treasures, the first concert in the Montreal Series, conducted by Italian violinist Stefano Montanari, on October 12, 13, and 14, in the Bourgie Concert Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. After having won over audiences with his unforgettable performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the spring of 2010, Stefano Montanari returns to conduct the Orchestra in a program that explores Italian musical treasures. Some will be performed in North America for the first time, including a number of his own compositions, as well as the music of Lidarti and Sirmen. Since 1995, Stefano Montanari has been the concertmaster and co-conductor of the Accademia Bizantina Baroque Orchestra in Ravenna, as well as the concertmaster and conductor of the Baroque Ensemble L’Estravagante. As a soloist and conductor, Maestro Montanari has performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Baroque Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Founded in 1981, Arion Baroque Orchestra is the only early music orchestra in Quebec to perform on period instruments. For more information, see



On Stage

Italian King of Comedy

Italian-Australian stand-up comic Joe Avati sets off on a new world tour, which will bring him to Canada this fall after a five year hiatus. Kicking off in Windsor, Ontario, on September 22, the “Back To Basics World Tour” will take Avati to 14 Canadian cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Opening acts include Toronto's Freddy Proia and Montreal's Guido Grasso. Often referred to as the “Italian Jerry Seinfeld,” Avati is known for his observational style of humour. He has developed a following throughout North America, and he holds the record for the fastest-selling comedy show ever in Canada, selling 3200 tickets in just nine minutes at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. For tour dates, see



At the Table

Meeting of Food Communities

The 2012 edition of Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre world meeting of food communities will take place from October 25 to 29 in Turin, Italy. The aim is to display the extraordinary diversity of food from all continents and unite small-scale farmers and artisans from around the world who follow the principles of “good, clean and fair.” Visitors will be able to choose from over 100 “taste workshops” and “meet-the-maker” events and be guided through tastings by international experts; the “theatre of taste” where chefs will prepare their signature dishes for the audience to sample; “dinner dates” with renowned chefs from around the world; and the Enoteca space with over 1,200 wine labels. For the first time, Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre will be held as a joint event and will be fully open to the public. The new format aims to foster the most important international event dedicated to food, capable of uniting the pleasure of taste with responsibility and respect for those who produce it and the environment. The event will host around 1,000 exhibitors from 100 countries from Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Asia. To know more, visit



On the Screen

Italian Contemporary Film Festival

The inaugural edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival was held in Toronto from June 26 and July 1. The six-day festival featured a line-up of 16 film premieres representing the best in new Italian cinema. This first edition of the festival featured three venues: the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Royal Cinema and the AMC Interchange in Vaughan. The festival saw large crowds attend its opening and closing night galas, the latter held on the grounds of the Italian Consulate, which was decorated in honour of Woody Allen’s film To Rome with Love, conjuring up a variety of visions from the Eternal City, including a glittering Roman fountain. The Italian Contemporary Film Festival’s Angela Baldassare Award for Best Film – established in honour of the late Toronto film critic – was awarded to Emanuele Crialese’s Terraferma by members of the Toronto Film Critics Association. An honourable mention went to To Rome with Love, written and directed by Woody Allen. The People’s Choice Award, voted by festival audiences, went to Ivan Cotroneo’s La kryptonite nella borsa (Kryptonite!), which had its North American premiere at the festival. Actress Monica Nappo was present to accept the award. Founded in 2012, the Italian Contemporary Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization which provides a showcase for the best in new Italian cinema. Each year the festival will present international, national and local Italian films to celebrate the diversity of Italian culture. For more, see




Montreal CIBPA Grant to Commemorate Italian Internment

The Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (Montreal) will commemorate the internment of Italian Canadians during World War II with the commissioning of a bronze sculpture to be created by Montreal sculptor Egidio Vincelli. The project is funded through a $168,376 grant received via the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) administered by the Canadian Department of Citizenship and Immigration. The sculpture, measuring about three metres in height, will be permanently housed at Montreal’s Casa d'Italia on Jean-Talon Street East. The project will also see the creation of 20 reduced scale replicas of the original work to be given as tokens to recipients of CIBPA’s Personality of the Year Award. The award is given annually in recognition of someone whose exemplary work and dedication has had a positive influence on the Italian-Canadian community and society at large. A guidebook compiled by Joyce Pillarella, which will include transcriptions of testimonials and photographs related to the Internment, will accompany the sculpture and will be made available across Canada to the various CIBPA chapters and to other Italian Canadian organizations. The unveiling of the sculpture is scheduled for December 12th. To know more, contact CIBPA,

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