Cook Tuscany

La Bottega Nicastro 64 George St, Ottawa, ON

Famous ​for ​its ​local ​produce ​and ​meat, ​for ​its ​simplicity ​and ​seasonal ​foods, ​Chef ​Michael ​Cummings ​will ​share ​some ​recipes ​from ​his ​favourite ​region ​in ​Italy - Tuscany.

$70

Beginner Clay Workshop

Maria Saracino's Studio 729 Vermillion Drive, Ottawa, ON

Introductory class teaching the basics of working with polymer clay while creating unique pieces of art. In this workshop, you will learn about facial anatomy and how to create a recognizable relief portrait of your subject. Maria Saracino will sculpt right alongside you, taking you through the steps to create a whimsical high relief portrait sculpture.

$50

Uncle Louie Variety Show – Dinner and Comedy

Sala San Marco 215 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario

The Facoffee “World Tour 2019” stops by Ottawa for Italian Week Dinner and Comedy Show. From Facebook Jokes to World Tour. Lou Greco and Carlo Russo both grew up in chatty Italian homes hearing stories of the old country and a new life in America. The humour was not lost on them.

$70

Ottawa Ferrari Festival Presented by Preston Street BIA

Corso Italia (Preston Street)

During Italian Week, The Ferrari Club of America Ottawa Chapter turns Ottawa’s Corso Italia (Preston Street) into a 1.3 km concourse of rare automobiles with a celebration of Ferraris and all things Italian. 

Grand Finale Weekend

Preston St 301 Preston St, Ottawa, ON

Italian Week Festival Street Party. Includes vendors, comedy, music, performances, and more.

FREE

Lego Exhibit

Italian Canadian Historical Centre 1026 Baseline Rd, Ottawa, ON

The National Congress of Italian Canadians (National Capital District) and the Società Sicula present Lego Artist Deborah Higdon's "A Lego Exhibit showcasing world famous architecture, structures and fashion".

FREE

VIRTUAL OPENING CEREMONY

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 […]

MAXIMIZE YOUR GARDEN: Q+A WITH A MASTER GARDENER

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 […]

NETFLIX WATCH PARTY: OUR GODFATHER

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 […]

LIVE BEDTIME STORY: STREGA NONA

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 […]

BEHIND THE WHEEL WITH ALFA ROMEO OTTAWA

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 […]

LIVE TUTORIAL: MAKING COFFEE WITH YOUR MOKA

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 […]

LIVE BEDTIME STORY: STREGA NONA

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 […]

NETFLIX WATCH PARTY: BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE!

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 […]

LIVE BEDTIME STORY: STREGA NONA

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 […]

TRIVIA NIGHT WITH JOE CACCHIONE

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 […]

NETFLIX WATCH PARTY: DONNIE BRASCO

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, […]

LIVE FROM PRESTON STREET: ANNOUNCING CONTEST WINNERS

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!

LIVE BEDTIME STORY: STREGA NONA – THE CHRISTMAS EDITION

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 […]

FILM SCREENING: THE CHAIN

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.

Free

MASTERCLASS: THE ART OF THE APERITIVO

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.

Free

TRIVIA NIGHT WITH JOE CACCHIONE

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!

Free

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

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.

Free

LIVE BEDTIME STORY | STREGA NONA MEETS HER MATCH

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.

Free

MASTERCLASS: MAKING TRADITIONAL ITALIAN PASTA

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.

Free

LIVE BEDTIME STORY | STREGA NONA: HER STORY

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.

Free

MASTERCLASS: GROW YOUR GARDEN WITH THE URBAN BOTANIST

Virtual

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.

Free