Italians do it best, as the saying goes, and you'll be able to put that statement to the test as you experience all things Italian during Montreal's Italian Week 2014. A celebration of Italian culture, be sure to expect lots of food, cool music and art shows, along with a lot of loud people talking with their hands. That's just how Italians roll.
Running from August 8-17th, Italian Week will be predominately based in Little Italy, as you'd expect. St. Laurent from St. Zotique to Jean Talon (map) will be blocked off, becoming a full-on pedestrian zone, and outfitted with a stage, terrasses, and a few cool exhibitions.
A lot of different events will be going on in Little Italy and throughout the city in the 10-day festival, and below are a few we think will be particularly awesome. Be sure to head to the Italian Week website for all other events and details.
- Best Zeppola Contest: Any dessert-based competition, especially when the treat is deep fried, is gonna be a good time. Help decide on the city's best zeppola on Sunday, August 17th, 2014 at 2pm
- Bocce Tournament: Partake in the classic Italian game as competitions occur all around the city.
- Classic Italian Film Festival: Re-watch some favourites or discover some of the greatest films straight outta Italy.
- CuisineOpéra: Music and food combine, Italian style, as chef Davide Bazzali, prepares classic cultural cuisine while singing some classic opera tunes.
- FIAT 500 car exposition 2014: Car-lovers will get to see the Fiat in many incarnations, from vintage to new gen. Occurs August 15th, 16th, 17th on St. Lo.
- Guided Tours of Little Italy: Get to know the 'hood a little better, offered in French, English, and Italian.
- Moda Sotto le Stelle Fashion Show: St. Laurent becomes a catwalk on Saturday, August 16th as the latest in Italian-Canadian fashion is presented to the public.
- Musical Performance by Anna Liani: Check out the singer-songwriter as she plays a free show on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at 8:30 on the Loto Quebec stage on St. Lo.
- Outdoor Art Exhibit: See the work of a slew of Italian artist on August 15th, 16th, & 17th, all on display on St. Laurent.