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June 2020

VIRTUAL OPENING CEREMONY

June 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome to Settimana Italiana - Italian Week, one of the annual iconic cultural festivals in Ottawa. The festival is an important symbol of the Italian-Canadian community’s collective identity, and we take pride in showcasing all aspects of our Italian heritage.  Our vision is to create shared experiences to remind Italian-Canadians who remain entrenched in their Italian culture to celebrate their heritage; to hold space for Italians who are new to Canada to feel at home; to give Italian-Canadians who are…

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MAXIMIZE YOUR GARDEN: Q+A WITH A MASTER GARDENER

June 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Do you have gardening questions? Are you wondering why your tomato plant is not growing or why the leaves are going yellow? Do you like eggplants but are unsure if you can grow them? Get your questions answered by a Master Gardener. Vegetable gardening is an Italian summer tradition; Italians pride themselves with their vegetable gardens. Gardening is also a popular hobby for many Canadians. Gardening has never been more popular these days, since many of us are staying home.…

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NETFLIX WATCH PARTY: OUR GODFATHER

June 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our Godfather (2019) is a documentary about Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking Italian mafia boss ever to turn against “Cosa Nostra”. Buscetta helped convict more than 400 Mafiosi. He became the Mob's most wanted man in the world, and the most protected witness in the United States criminal history. For the first time, the Buscetta story is told with exclusive footage after 30 years. Come together, virtually, with your friends and family, and join us in the first Italian Week…

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LIVE BEDTIME STORY: STREGA NONA

June 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Strega Nona is an award-winning series of children's books written and illustrated by American-Italian author Tomie dePaola (1934-2020). Set in Calabria, in southern Italy, the books tell the stories of Strega Nona or “Grandma Witch”. She is known throughout her home village for her numerous, magical remedies. Strega Nona is getting old, so she hires Big Anthony as her assistant to do the household chores. Let the adventures begin! Children are invited to join the live story time in their…

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BEHIND THE WHEEL WITH ALFA ROMEO OTTAWA

June 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Alfa Romeo produces a quintessential Italian car, known around the world for its craftsmanship and performance. We chat with local dealer Alfa Romeo Ottawa about what makes this car so unique. We’ll also share some information about Italy and its reputation for producing some of the world’s best vehicles. Plus, we’ll take YOU behind the wheel with a special surprise. REGISTER HERE

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LIVE TUTORIAL: MAKING COFFEE WITH YOUR MOKA

June 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Do you have a moka pot? Curious about how to use it properly? Or maybe you are looking for a better way to get your coffee fix.  Join the Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors, Alessio Monterosso, for a live tutorial on all the tips and tricks you’ll need for using your moka.  REGISTER HERE

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LIVE BEDTIME STORY: STREGA NONA

June 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Strega Nona is an award-winning series of children's books written and illustrated by American-Italian author Tomie dePaola (1934-2020). Set in Calabria, in southern Italy, the books tell the stories of Strega Nona or “Grandma Witch”. She is known throughout her home village for her numerous, magical remedies. Strega Nona is getting old, so she hires Big Anthony as her assistant to do the household chores. Let the adventures begin! Children are invited to join the live story time in their…

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NETFLIX WATCH PARTY: BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE!

June 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Benvenuto Presidente! (1993) is an Italian comedy written by Fabio Bonifacci and Nicola Giuliano and directed by Riccardo Milani and starring Claudio Bisio. Elections are held for the President of the Republic, but political leaders cannot reach an agreement. As a result, main party leaders all chose to vote for a historical figure as a protest vote: unintentionally they all end up electing "Giuseppe Garibaldi". When the vote is confirmed the party leaders are in shock and want to immediately…

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LIVE BEDTIME STORY: STREGA NONA

June 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Strega Nona is an award-winning series of children's books written and illustrated by American-Italian author Tomie dePaola (1934-2020). Set in Calabria, in southern Italy, the books tell the stories of Strega Nona or “Grandma Witch”. She is known throughout her home village for her numerous, magical remedies. Strega Nona is getting old, so she hires Big Anthony as her assistant to do the household chores. Let the adventures begin! Children are invited to join the live story time in their…

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TRIVIA NIGHT WITH JOE CACCHIONE

June 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join comedian Joe Cacchione as he hosts Italian Week’s first Trivia Night, Italian style! Are you a trivia buff? Do you like all things Italian? Test your knowledge on pop culture, food, history, art and more in this fun game of Questions and Answers.  Brush up on your Italian information (you do not have to be Italian to play) and join us in a fun-filled night of comedy, laughter, and prizes, don’t forget to have your refreshments nearby! REGISTER HERE…

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NETFLIX WATCH PARTY: DONNIE BRASCO

June 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Donnie Brasco (1997) is an Oscar-nominated film loosely based on the true story of Joseph D. Pistone (played by Johnny Depp), an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in New York City during the 1970s, under the alias Donnie Brasco. Brasco maneuvers his way into the confidence of an aging Mafia hitman, Lefty Ruggiero (played by Al Pacino), who vouches for him. As Donnie moves deeper into the Mafia, he realizes that not only is he crossing…

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LIVE FROM PRESTON STREET: ANNOUNCING CONTEST WINNERS

June 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors, Alessio Monterosso, live from Preston Street on Sunday night. We'll wrap up our digital festival by announcing the winners of our 2020 art contest, sharing some festival highlights, and answering any questions through a live Q+A!

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November 2020

LIVE BEDTIME STORY: STREGA NONA – THE CHRISTMAS EDITION

November 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Back by popular demand! Strega Nona returns with Big Anthony and Bambolona in time for Christmas and you do not want to miss this story.     Strega Nona is an award-winning series of children’s books written and illustrated by American-Italian author Tomie dePaola (1934-2020). Set in Calabria, in southern Italy, the books tell the stories of Strega Nona or “Grandma Witch”. She is known throughout her home village for her numerous, magical remedies. Strega Nona is getting old, so…

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June 2021

ITALIAN WEEK 2021 VIRTUAL OPENING CEREMONY

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join us for the official launch of Italian Week 2021!

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FILM SCREENING: THE CHAIN

June 10 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Free

Tullio and his brother have not spoken for over twenty years due to a dispute over land inheritance in Italy. To create the appearance of a man of leisure, Tullio turns the business over to his sons, putting Massimo, the younger, educated, favourite son in charge. Joe, who has worked alongside his father in the dirt, is shunned. Massimo makes a fatal business error which puts the family company in jeopardy. The whole thing explodes in a family war between father and sons that wrecks not only the family garden, but forever changes the dynamics within the family.

THE CHAIN play was a critically acclaimed box office smash thirty years ago and again in 2019.

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MASTERCLASS: THE ART OF THE APERITIVO

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

A favourite Italian tradition is the aperitivo, a pre-meal cocktail drink that takes place at the end of a workday ahead of dinner, otherwise known as the Italian happy hour.

In this interactive virtual masterclass, Mati Ottawa's Marty Pineault will guide participants in preparing their own traditional aperitivo. Participants will learn about the rich history of aperitivo, specialties and traditions of different Italian regions, and varieties of Italian cocktails.

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TRIVIA NIGHT WITH JOE CACCHIONE

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Italian-Canadian comedian Joe Cacchione returns for an entertaining evening of Italian trivia, comedy, prizes and more!

Note: You don't need a team, but we encourage you to invite friends to join the fun!

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VESPA TOUR OF ST. ANTHONY’S PROCESSION ROUTE IN LITTLE ITALY

June 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Italian Week's Stefano Bianco will take you on a brief historical tour of the traditional procession route that follows the annual outdoor Mass. Starting from the steps of St. Anthony’s of Padua Church in Ottawa, Stefano will travel the procession route on a vespa, stopping at prominent sites in Little Italy to speak with members of the Italian community.

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LIVE BEDTIME STORY | STREGA NONA MEETS HER MATCH

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Strega Nona returns by popular demand and in collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Society. Join Canadian theatre director, producer, and writer Jessica Ruano for an exciting new adventure with Strega Nona Meets Her Match (read in English).

Strega Nona is a beloved children’s series featuring elements of Italian culture. Appropriate for all ages.

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MASTERCLASS: MAKING TRADITIONAL ITALIAN PASTA

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

In this interactive hands-on virtual masterclass, participants will follow holistic chef and TV host of Simply Cooking by Mmm Chef Daniela Crocco, to learn how to make pasta dough by hand from a few simple ingredients.

No equipment needed.

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LIVE BEDTIME STORY | STREGA NONA: HER STORY

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Strega Nona returns by popular demand and in collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Society. Join actress, art director, and producer Marinella Montanari for an exciting new adventure with Strega Nona: Her Story (read in English).

Strega Nona is a beloved children’s series featuring elements of Italian culture. Appropriate for all ages.

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MASTERCLASS: GROW YOUR GARDEN WITH THE URBAN BOTANIST

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual
Free

Join Emma Terrell, The Urban Botanist, for a one-hour interactive virtual lesson where you can learn how to grow your green thumb. We will be talking all things tomatoes, herbs, soil, fertilizers, and more!

Learn how to plant, prune, stake, and fertilize your tomatoes. Up your garden game this summer with lots of helpful tips and tricks from Ottawa’s own Urban Botanist.

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LIVE BEDTIME STORY | BIG ANTHONY: HIS STORY

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free

Strega Nona returns by popular demand and in collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Society. Join Canadian actor, playwright, and director Eleanor Crowder for an exciting new adventure with Big Anthony: His Story (read in English).

Strega Nona is a beloved children’s series featuring elements of Italian culture. Appropriate for all ages.

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DANTE’S PERSPECTIVE

June 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual
Free

Dante's Perspective is a multidisciplinary event to appreciate Dante's poetry from three different perspectives: politics, nature, and love.

Princeton Professor and author Simone Marchesi will guide the audience in new approaches to Dante, and the artists from Jobel Art for Earth will bring to life some of the most famous and beautiful of Dante's verses. Woven throughout will be a storyline tracing some of the more mysterious aspects of Dante’s life.

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ITALIAN SCAVENGER HUNT

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - June 20 @ 6:00 pm
$10

Think you know Little Italy and Italian culture? Prove it!

Join our very first Italian Week Scavenger Hunt, powered by Escape Manor. Solve riddles, answer trivia, find hidden items, and perform fun and humourous tasks on social media (if you want to), all from the comfort of your own home.

Amazing prizes!

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