The 28th edition of Montreal's Italian festival runs from August 6 to August 22 and features concerts, comedy, culinary capsules, an opera evening and a drive-in event.
What's on at ItalfestMTL?
Most of the events will take place virtually, but there will be a two-night drive-in theatre event in Kirkland and guided tours of Montreal's Little Italy.
The first day of the virtual events, on August 7, will broadcast a recurring children's event called Storytime in Italian. Read by Sara Ottoboni in Italian and interpreted by Tina Mancini, the first story, Ti Ricordi La Pioggia, is a tale about a girl who's sad that she can't see her friends and family, but uses her imagination to feel better about being socially distant.
On August 14 and 21, the festival will host guided tours of Little Italy, which begin in front of Casa d'Italia on Rue Jean-Talon. The tour, over two hours long, consists of a "historical introduction about the Italian community in Montreal," a tour of Little Italy's attractions, with a stop for Italian pastries.
The tour will also consist of stops on Rue Dante and Boul. Saint-Laurent, La Madonna della Difesa church and Dante Park.
The recurring drive-in theatre event will take place on August 14 and 15 in Kirkland. On August 14, the festival will host a viewing of The Chain,an English-language play by Vitorio Rossi, and August 15's showing will play Ma cosa ci dice il cervello by Riccardo Milani, an Italian-language film with English subtitles.
Reservations are required for many of the events. You can consult the full festival event schedule here.
This August marks the beginning of the 24th edition of Montreal's Italian week from August 4th-13th, 2017. However, this year Italian week will truly be like no other! With live music, food, contests, art, and events you can expect nothing but a great time.
I mean, who doesn't want to be surrounded by gelato, pasta, and cannolis? PLUS a majority of events are actually free! So, instead of wallowing in sadness because you couldn't book a trip to Italy this summer, enjoy the next best thing at Montreal's Italian Week!
As last year, Montreal’s Italian Week ups the ante with its fifth Scopa tournament. For Italians and Italian-Canadians, Scopa was and is the card game to play at social gatherings. Teams will be contacted one week prior to the tournament for the schedule.
When: Participants must be available to play on Saturday, August 12, between 2:00PM and 6:00PM, and should they qualify for the next round, on Sunday, August 13 between 2:00PM and 6:00PM. Deadline to register is August 2, 2017.
Montreal’s Italian Week is proud to present to you one of the most famous operas of Mascagni, Cavalleria Rusticana. Adapted from the book of the same title written by the Sicilian author Giovanni Verga, this one-act lyrical drama depicts with passion the love and ultimately tragic tribulations of young Sicilian villagers of the nineteenth century.
On this unique night of August, festival-goers eager to enjoy Montreal’s Italian Week will be introduced to Italian fashion. For a few hours, the designers will come together to present a vibrant and colorful fashion show. Under the stars, style and elegance will merge with urban chic, sexy, and glamour styles through these new stunning collections!
An intimate and introspective rendez-vous with Marco Calliari, where one discovers his powerful voice interpreting sweet melodies taken from his most recent album, One Night. Singing with passion and emotions, whether it is a Neapolitan classic, his own compositions or beautiful Québécois songs translated to Italian, the artist softly reveals his tender and nuanced side.
Montreal’s Italian Week is proud to announce the seventh edition of the literary program. Members of the association will be on site, at the heart of Little Italy, to present their works and discuss with all, whether you speak French, English or Italian.
When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM
Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM
For the sixth consecutive year in a row, and to the delight of all, classic Italian films related to Sicily (the chosen will be screened throughout the entire festival. The films will be shown at the Leonardo da Vinci Center, the Casa d’Italia and the McCord Museum. They will be screened in Italian with subtitles. It is an attraction that will appeal to all movie, art, and history lovers! Access to all movie screenings are FREE.
The best “Made in Italy” car, symbol of the simple and classy lifestyle. The chronicles of the first meeting in Garlenda (Savona) on July 15th, 1984, counts thirty cars present: after much preparation, the results appeared disappointing and the club was close to giving up on this overly ambitious project.
8. Frederick II : Empire, Culture and Poetry in Sicily
This presentation focuses on Sicily during the Middle Ages, and in particular on the cultural life of Emperor Frederick II's court. By means of an itinerary of texts, images and music, the presentation will try to underline the multicultural character of Frederick's court, which gathered chancellors, lawyers, poets and painters of Arabic, Sicilian, Latin and Provencal descent in a political project addressed to the entire Mediterranean world. Moreover, the presentation wil examine some of the Emperor's distinctive past-times, such as love, poetry in the style of the troubadours, hunting and falconry.
This annual art contest is a unique experience for 4 to 12 year olds! The objective is simple: grab a brush, let the creativity flow and represent the festival’s featured region. The contest is divided into three categories: 4-6 years old, 7-9 years old and 10-12 years old. A winner for each category will be announced and amongst the finalist a grand prize winner will be chosen.
If you love classic cars then you are most likely aware that the Fiat 500 has been a part of Italian culture for decades and that it has recently resurfaced in the market. The older versions are currently harder and more impossible to find. However, at Montreal’s Italian Week, the impossible becomes possible! We are pleased to be able to showcase these classic cars alongside their newer generations as part of our festivities.
Bocce tournaments will be taking place all over the city throughout the festival. Everyone is invited to participate in this popular Italian game. Show your bocce spirit by watching or joining the fun! Please register with the borough's bocce club as soon as possible.
For the second time, in collaboration with BeaverTails, you will be able to participate in Montreal’s Italian Week’s eating contest! Highlighting the beauty of the mixed Italian-Canadian culture, participants will have to eat a chocolate hazelnut BeaverTails pastry as quickly as they possibly can. Join us for this tasty eating contest that will surely make you laugh!
Montreal sure is one hell of a city and honestly I can't imagine what it would be like to move away from it! It may happen one day that I leave this beautiful city but there are so many things that I would miss! Down below is a list that composes of all the superb things one would miss if, or if they already have, left Montreal.
Italian week is coming back strong this year and you know what that means: food, music art and lots of talking with your hands.
But in all seriousness, Italian culture is the stuff dreams are made of. So if you want to experience a little taste of Italy without having to fly halfway across the world, Montreal’s got you covered.
From August 5th to the 14th, Little Italy will be celebrating Italian week. You can expect outdoor operas, super cars, fashion shows, movie screenings, cooking competitions, and of course, food, food, and more food.
Most of the activities will be free so don’t miss out.