Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

August 02, 2016 11:00 ET

Bringing Italy to Montreal's Doorstep

The Government of Canada supports Montreal's Italian Week

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 2, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Angelo Iacono, Member of Parliament (Alfred-Pellan), today announced $79,700 in funding for the 23rd edition of Montréal's Italian Week. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The Government of Canada provided this funding through the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Quick Facts

  • Montréal's Italian Week will take place from August 5 to 14, 2016 at a number of public locations.
  • Over 10 days, a series of free concerts will take place at various indoor and outdoor locations in Little Italy and other Montréal neighbourhoods.
  • Festival visitors will be able to take guided tours of Little Italy, join Italian cooking classes and enjoy an art exhibition.
  • The annual event, organized by the National Congress of Italian-Canadians, is expected to attract around 500,000 people and will feature more than 150 performers from Montréal.


"By sharing its culture and traditions, the Italian-Canadian community helps make Montréal more vibrant. The Government of Canada is delighted to support the realization of an event as unifying as Italian Week."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Congratulations to everyone who worked directly or indirectly on putting together this great event. The rich and diverse activities in the lineup will enable Canadians to appreciate the invaluable contribution of the Italian community to this country's cultural and historical heritage."

-Angelo Iacono, Member of Parliament (Alfred-Pellan)

"We're really proud of Montréal's Italian Week. It is part of our goal to promote social and cultural initiatives in the Italian-Canadian community and the general public."

-Pino Asaro, President of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians

Associated Links

Montréal's Italian Week

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Local Festivals

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Contact Information

  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage