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June 2020

VIRTUAL OPENING CEREMONY

June 11 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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LIVE TUTORIAL: MAKING COFFEE WITH YOUR MOKA

June 15 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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