Montréal’s Italian Week 2018

Mayssam Samaha

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Montréal’s Italian Week will be honouring the wonderful diversity of Italy through food, culture, art and music.  The event will be taking place in different neighbourhoods from August 3 to 9 but will be calling Little Italy home from August 10 to 12. This year, the focus is on beautiful Tuscany. Take a tour of Little Italy, sit back and enjoy an opera or a classical music concert, admire the vintage Fiat exhibit and see the latest fashion under the stars. 

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Italian culinary workshops

Dive into the culinary world and learn how to create some fantastic Italian dishes at Ateliers et Saveurs in Old Montréal. Or why not get inspired with a wine tasting workshop on August 6? You can reserve your spot here.

Experience la dolce vita

Eager to explore Little Italy, one of Montréal’s oldest and best-loved neighbourhoods? Take a historical tour offered by Amarrages sans Frontières and learn all about its storied past. Reservations are required for tours, which are offered in French (August 11), English (August 12) and Italian (upon request). There's also a cultural conference on the eclecticism of Lorenzo De ‘Medici scheduled at the Leonardo da Vinci Centre on August 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Colourful exhibitions

Immerse yourself in the heritage of Florentine artistry by Guido Nincheri on August 4, and don’t miss the Marisa Portolese exhibit as she displays her work inspired by the Notman Collection. The outdoor exhibitions organized in Little Italy for the occasion are always a must!

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Love, Fiat 500-style!

Don’t miss out on this select showing of Fiat 500 automobiles focusing on both classic cars and the latest models from August 10 to 12 on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, which will be closed to traffic for the event.

Italian films

From August 4 to 11, the Leonardo da Vinci Centre, the Casa d’Italia and the McCord Museum will offer free screenings of Tuscan influenced classic Italian films. For more information, call 514-279-6357.

Find out what it’s like to be the daughter of Italian immigrants in Montréal. Agata De Santis shows us what it’s about in Terra Mia, a documentary about her own family. 

Outdoor opera

On August 12 at 9 pm, Puccini’s La Bohème will take center stage to close off Italian Week 2018. Local and international performers from Italy will be bringing you this classic. Italian maestro Gianluca Martinenghi will be directing l’Orchestre symphonique de la semaine italienne.

The sons of Italy

Back in 1919, the Corpo Musicale of the Order Sons of Italy was created.  It’s still going strong many years later and you can see their performance of Potpourri d'Estate at the Casa d’Italia at 8 p.m. on August 8.

Be an artist!

Young artists can express themselves at the annual Il Piccolo Leonardo art competition. This contest is reserved for children between the ages of 4 and 12 and runs from August 3 to 12. Children can create works representing an Italian region of their choice. Artwork must be submitted by July 16.

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A la mode!

Watch a starlit fashion show bringing together a group of designers showcasing Italian designs. Get inspired at the Mastro & San Daniele stage at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Saint-Zotique on August 10 at 9:30 p.m.

Get playful!

Once more this year at Montréal’s Italian Week, card lovers will have a chance to show their hand at the Scopa tournament. Scopa is a classic Italian card game often played at parties. To register or learn more, click here (before August 1). Meanwhile, bocce fans can let the good times roll at several bocce tournaments. Participants must sign up with the local club.

Buona semana italiana!

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha, blogger

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city.

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