Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

August 05, 2014 11:00 ET

Celebrating Montreal's Italian-Canadian Community

Government of Canada supports Montreal's Italian Week

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 5, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for the 21st edition of Montréal's Italian Week, which is taking place from August 8 to 17, 2014.

Funding of $8,300, provided by the Government of Canada under the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, will be used to offer a range of public events showcasing the vitality of the Italian-Canadian community in Montréal.

Quick Facts

  • The festival's 21st edition will highlight nearly 150 local artists and will include a variety of musical acts, comedy shows, outdoor operas, guided tours of Little Italy, demonstrations by craftspeople, and an art exhibition.
  • Events for the whole family will take place at various locations familiar to the Italian-Canadian community. The festival relies on the support of around 60 volunteers.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support Montréal's Italian Week, an event that has promoted Italian arts and heritage for over two decades by showcasing the diversity of local artistic talent."

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Montréal's Italian Week is a major cultural event that continues to promote the pleasures and heritage of Italian traditions year after year through a number of talents in a variety of disciplines. This is thanks to the support of our public partners, including Canadian Heritage, whose generosity has been a cornerstone of the project. On behalf of the Congress and myself, we would like to thank each and every one of them."

- Pino Asaro, President, National Congress of Italian-Canadians (Quebec Region)

Associated Links

Italian Week

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

Local Festivals component

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
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    media@pch.gc.ca