Montreal, Tuesday, July 27, 2021


ItalfestMTL is delighted to present the many artists of Italian origin who will amaze you during its 28th edition of the festival, an edition that will shine by its uniqueness and vivacity. Emerging or well-known artists will enthuse all our festival-goers and brighten up their summer days with entertainment and the richness of Italian culture. A special thank you to our loyal presenting sponsor Mastro ® & San Daniel ® for its generous and fundamental support that year after year helps us to promote the excellence of Italian culture and allow the festival to be held.

At 8 pm – Daniela Fiorentino on Friday, August 13, Anna Liani on Thursday, August 19 and Manny Blu Friday, August 20.

Versatile artist Daniela Fiorentino is a singer and actress, protagonist of several successful musicals, such as “Edith Piaf, the show” which earned her numerous awards. With her soft and powerful voice, she injects jazz, Latin and Mediterranean influences into the music of her beloved Naples. She played Je renaîtrai, tu renaîtra” for the Shriners Hospital, and runs the CFMB radio show Buon pomeriggio.

Anna Liani is an eclectic Italian-Canadian singer-songwriter with a soft, deep and seductive voice. She has performed successfully as a soloist with Cirque du Soleil, and internationally in concert, in theatre and in cinema. Anna Liani will surprise you in a virtual Italian concert with musicians, an acrobat and a singer from Cirque du Soleil.

Le montréalais Manny Blu est un chanteur hors pair. Après une parenthèse comme combattant MMA, il a embrassé la musique country, mais à Nashville il a créé un hybride musical unique, percutant et agressif fait de country, de rock‘n’roll, de pop et de punk. Ses performances Covid-safe à H.O.M.E sont regroupées dans la série de vidéos en cours Live & Turned Up qui offre un mélange de chansons originales, de chansons préférées des fans et de reprises inattendues. Montreal’s Manny Blu is an outstanding singer. After a stint as an MMA fighter, he embraced country music and went to Nashville, where he has created a unique, hard-hitting and aggressive musical hybrid of country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop and punk. His Covid-safe performances at H.O.M.E are collected on the ongoing Live & Turned Up video series, which offers a mix of original songs, fan favorites and unexpected covers.

Charles V.Rox Vaccaro & Friends Wednesday, August 11 at 8 pm, Brigitte Pace Thursday, Augusr 12 at 7:30 pm; and Marco Bocchicchio Friday, August 20 at 7:30 pm.

Auteur-interprète et guitariste rock réputé, le montréalais Charles Vaccaro a été membre fondateur de LIPSTIK, groupe rock qui a connu la notoriété sous la gestion de Whitney Houston. Sa carrière solo lui a valu une nomination aux HMM Awards et son tout dernier single sortira en octobre prochain. Giacinto Salerno est un auteur-interprète versatile qui a créé le spectacle Does Your School Rock? Tandis que Sergio De Dominicis, un auteur-interprète de talent dont le projet de musique Musique à la Carte a vu la collaboration de Lee-la et Dave du The Damn Truth. Charles V. Rox Vaccaro a Montrealer renowned singer-songwriter and rock guitarist, and also founding member of LIPSTIK, a rock band that rose to fame under the management of Whitney Houston. His solo career has earned him a nomination at Hollywood Music in Media Awards and his latest single will be released this October. Giacinto Salerno is a versatile singer-songwriter and creator of the show Does Your School Rock? Sergio De Dominicis is a talented guitarist and singer-songwriter whose music project Musique à la Carte saw the collaboration of Lee-la Baum and Dave Traina from the rock group The Damn Truth.

In 1998, Italian-Montreal singer-songwriter Brigitte Pace released her first single Save Your Soul on airplay, achieving national celebrity. She sang in several television shows, including the American anthem for the LA Kings. She has her own independent label with her partner Albe, and her latest singles are the touching Sad Eyes and Big Yellow Box which talks about the constraints of the pandemic.

Marco Bocchicchio was discovered in 2008 on the show La Cour des Grands. He played in the musical The Sound of Music, and went on tour with great Quebec singers such as Mario Pelchat and Johanne Blouin. In 2014, he won Superfantastico and in 2019 he released his second solo album La Vie Devant Moi.

Gianni Bodo Thursday, August 12 at 8 pm, followed by Mike Melino Friday, August 13 at 7:30 pm and Rose Bouche Wednesday, August 18 at 8 pm.

Gianni Bodo is a rock, pop and indie style singer-songwriter. We will remember his critically acclaimed debut album Fade to Rose, his appearances at our festival, as well as for the concert of the famous Italian singer Claudio Baglioni. His latest single, the first in French, Si je pars is already a success.

Mike Melino est un chanteur de formation classique et Jazz avec une riche carrière qui l’a vu, entre autres, au théâtre musical et dans les festivals d’ici et ailleurs. Deux fois gagnant du concours italien Superfantastico, ses performances les plus récentes incluent It Shoulda Been You et Mamma Mia!

La cantautrice d’origine italo-quebecchese Rose Bouche, anche conosciuta come Danyka Boileau-Bonaduce, lancia nel 2016 il primo EP En attente de toi ottenendo un buon successo di pubblico e di critica. È vincitrice di numerosi premi, tra cui il premio del concorso Sherbrooklyn e il premio Diffusion Saguenay al Festival de la Chanson di St-Ambroise nel 2017.

Franco Taddeo Wednesday, August 11 at 7:30 pm, Guido Grasso Wednesday, August 18 at 7:30 pm, and Joe Cacchione Thursday, August 19 at 7:30 pm.

Having the mission of breaking the barrier between audience and performer, Franco Taddeo has been, amongst others, a star of the TV Comedy Special – Whose Canada is it? and you can enjoy listening to him on CBC Radio-1 Montréal – Daybreak. Franco’s first Album Franco Taddeo – You never stop sold worldwide.

Actor and comedian, Guido Grasso played Peter Magaddino in the film Bonanno: A Godfather Story and starred with Martin Scorsese in Curb Your Enthusiasm. His comedy career, on the other hand, gained momentum when he opened Joe Avati’s show on a world tour.

Irreverent but never vulgar, comedian Joe Cacchione likes to make the whole family laugh. With more than thirty years of career behind him, this artist is well known to Montreal Italians.

Davide Bazzali on Sunday, August 8, Sandro Mauro on Sunday, August 15, and Danny Smiles on Sunday, August 22 at 10 am.

Being of Italian origin, chef Davide Bazzali spent his formative years in Parma, Italy. After his studies at the hotel school of Salsomaggiore, he traveled abroad exporting his passion and experience in Italian cuisine. Bazzali is also a tenor and owner of his company CuisineOpera.

An Italian Montrealer, chef Sandro Mauro has his own Live cooking show, Cooking with Sandro, that he features on his Facebook page everyday at 6 pm with simple and amazing recipes that parents can try at home with their children.

In 2013, Danny Smiles joined 16 chefs from across Canada on Season 3 of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada. After battling it out over 13 episodes he was declared first runner up. After his studies at Pius Culinary Institute, Smiles began cooking at the Italian restaurant Sapori Pronto. Now, he is Head Chef and Manager of the Willow Inn in Hudson.



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:
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