Montreal, Tuesday, July, 29th 2021


The virtual experience is back to liven up italfestMTL, formerly known as Montreal’s Italian Week, with a renewed and overflowing programming and complemented by a few in-person events. The festival which launched a new name and logo this year, will enhance the summer of all Montrealers in the name of the Italian culture and optimism.

In particular, this year’s italfestMTL, presented by MastroMD & San DanieleMD, spokesperson, Alexandra Cosentino and together with ambassadors Sicilianudimontreal and Nonna Maria will entertain us on social media with humorous videos.


The main concerts, sponsored by Caisse Populaire Desjardins Canadienne Italienne
Friday 13, Thursday 19 and Friday August 20 – at 8 pm

Let our fabulous concerts amaze you starting Friday the 13th with the contagious energy of Neapolitan singer Daniela Fiorentino, and Thursday the 19th with singer-songwriter Anna Liani. Finally, on Friday the 20th singer Manny Blu will impress you with his hybrid style of country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop and punk.

Concert evenings, sponsored by TD Bank
Wednesday 11, Friday 13 and Friday August 20

Wednesday the 11th at 8 pm discover the talented rock group Charles V. Rox Vaccaro & Friends. Next comes singer-songwriter Brigitte Pace who will dazzle you Friday the 13th at 7:30 pm, while Marco Bocchicchio, winner of Superfantastico, will stir your hearts Friday the 20th at 7:30 pm.

Concert evenings, sponsored by SDC Petite Italie
Thursday 12, Friday 13 and Wednesday August 18

Thursday, August 12th at 8 pm let Gianni Bodo with his rock, pop and indie music entertain you, followed by the winning singer of Superfantastico Mike Melino on Friday August 13th at 7:30 pm. Wednesday, August 18th at 8 pm. don’t miss charming singer-songwriter Rose Bouche.


Opera night, sponsored by Ruffino, in collaboration with Barilla
Sunday, August 22nd at 8 pm

To end the festival on a high note, let the magnificent opera Rigoletto impress you with its talented and superb artists under the direction of Maestro Alain Trudel and the artistic director Salvatore Sciascia.

Fashion show Moda sotto le Stelle, sponsored by SLF and FCCI
Saturday August 21 – at 8 pm

italfestMTL renews its rendez-vous with the fashion show Moda sotto le Stelle that will make you discover the talent and the know-how of Italian-Canadian designers. Join us for this colorful must-see fashion event.


Comedy shows, sponsored by Allstate Assurance and SLF
Wednesday 11, Wednesday 18 and Thursday August 19 – at 7:30 pm

In August spend three fun-filled evenings with irresistible comedians: Wednesday the 11th with Franco Taddeo, Wednesday the 18th with Guido Grasso and Thursday the 19th with Joe Cacchione.


Culinary capsules, sponsored by MastroMD & San DanieleMD, Ruffino, Barilla and Pastene
Sundays August 8, 15 and 22 – at 10 am

Let yourself be carried away by Italian food flavours in three culinary capsules that will feature chefs who will entertain you with delicious and stimulating recipes: Davide Bazzali Sunday, August 8th, Sandro Mauro Sunday, August 15th, and Danny Smiles Sunday, August 22nd.


Storytime in Italian, sponsored by TD Bank, in collaboration with PICAI
Saturdays August 7, 14 and 21 – at 10 am

Don’t miss the magical storytime appointments for children in Italian by the pleasant Sara Ottoboni and animated by the irresistible actress and performer Tina Mancini, who will capture and entice your children to dream in Italian, all accompanied by enchanting illustrations.


A riveder le stelle. Dante Istoriato, in collaboration with the Galleria degli Uffizi di Firenze

For the entire duration of the festival, from August 6th to 22nd, you will be able to enjoy the exhibition A riveder le stelle. Dante Istoriato that makes the masterpiece The Divine Comedy accessible to the public on the occasion of the Supreme Poet Dante Alighieri’s 700th anniversary. This new virtual format is featured with marvelous drawings by the 16th century artist Federico Zuccari.

Italian Montreal, in collaboration with the Pointe-à-Callière Museum

In August, don’t miss three free virtual appointments with the roots of Italian-Montrealers as part of the Italian Montreal exhibition: two art workshop video clips, Cantina italienne on Saturday the 7th, and Vitrail Nincheri on Sunday the 8th, at 1 pm; as well as a virtual visit on Sunday the 15th at 1:30 pm in French and at 3 pm in English. Book in advance online for this virtual visit because it will be live and the space is limited.



Drive-in evenings at Kirkland, sponsored by Broccolini Construction
Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15 – 8 pm

Entertainment and the joy of being together go hand in hand at a Drive-in, a new addition of italfestMTL. The films featured The Chain on August 14th, and  Ma cosa ci dice il cervello on August 15th, at 8 pm will add a festive touch to your summer evenings.


TLN Television Channel
Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8 – 8 pm

Make yourselves comfortable at home for two Italian documentary nights on the TLN TV Channel, that will present on Saturday, August 7th Malocchio Moderno, and on Sunday, August 8th Tendenza: The Modernization of the Italian-Canadian Textile Industry.


Films at Parc Dante, in collaboration with SDC Petite Italie
Wednesdays at 9 pm

Book in advance in order to enjoy contemporary Italian cinema every Wednesday night at 9 pm in Little Italy’s Dante Park, in particular, on August 11 the dramatic comedy Est, and on August 18 the biopic Il cattivo poeta.



Two other cultural activities will enrich the festival program.

Conference on the book and docu-series Basilicata Secrets, A Culinary Journey with Anita Aloisio
Tuesday, August 17 – at 7 pm
Join us for an interesting conference with author director Anita Aloisio for the book and docu-series Basilicata Secrets, A Culinary Journey.


Guided tours of Little Italy organised by Amarrages Sans Frontières
Aug. 14 and 21, 2021
Book in advance to participate in the historical guided tours of Little Italy with the Casa d’Italia as starting point on Saturdays, August 14th in French and August 21st in English, at 2 pm.



After the success of the last edition, italfestMTL reproposes its virtual format in presenting you with a new free program. Special events including the opera and fashion show were recorded live from our studio and will be broadcasted on the festival website as well as on our Youtube channel and Facebook Live. The links to each event will be available a few days before. We remind you that advance booking is encouraged for the drive-in movies, the guided tours, the films in Dante Park and the virtual visit of Italian Montreal exhibition. For more information visit our website.


For more information, pictures of the artists or interviews:
Piell Angel Blanco