Montreal, July 28th, 2020


For its 27th edition, Montreal’s Italian Week Festival is pleased to reveal the participation of many artists of Italian origin who will make this edition a memorable one! Whether they are emerging artists or very well known, they will know how to have a great time with all our festival-goers and entertain them in the comfort of their homes.


Kalàscima and Marco Calliari
Friday August 14th, starting 8:00 PM

Explosive, energetic and captivating, Kalàscima reinvents traditional music by adding to the original and folk melodies a colorful blend of electronics and transcendent rhythm. Their latest album K (2018) takes an unusual approach with a mixture of dialects and English accompanied by several traditional instruments, percussion, modern instruments and songs.

Marco Calliari was born in Quebec but has always remained very attached to his Italian roots. He knows how to win people’s hearts with his interpretation of original songs like great Italian and Quebec classics. His latest album, Calliari Bang ! Bang !, who celebrated his thirtieth career anniversary, was released in 2019.

Nicola Ciccone
Friday August 21st, 8:00 PM

Nicola Ciccone, a Quebecker of Italian descent, is an impressive singer-songwriter singing in English, French and Italian. He has been nominated numerous times at the Gala de l’ADISQ as well as the Juno Awards during his long career. In 2014, he launched a double album with his 100th song, demonstrating the magnitude of his 15 years of career. In 2016, he launched his most recent album Esprit libre, with his great accomplice Peter Ranallo, which shows a renewed sensitivity.

Lyrical classical concert
Sunday, August 23 at 8 p.m

On Sunday, August 23 at 8 p.m., to close the festival, let yourself be transported by grandiose opera songs thanks to an impressive quartet of singers: Raphaelle Paquette (soprano), Rose Naggar Tremblay (mezzo), Hugo Laporte (baritone) and Éric Thériault (tenor) accompanied on the piano by Giancarlo Scalia, under the artistic direction of Salvatore Sciascia. They will make you discover the best pieces of the most famous operas during an exceptional and captivating concert. Dive into Italian operas and let yourself be carried away!

Flamboyant artist, Raphaëlle Paquette impress with her interpretations of the heroines of the lyric repertoire and participates in numerous concerts and recitals of sacred music, musicals, French songs and opera. From 2004 to 2016, Raphaëlle embodied Cristal in the success Starmania Opera of Plamondon/Berger. In 2015, she created «Virtuose », a duo with Francis Tétu and performed over 300 shows. They are recording their first album, which will be available at the end of July 2020.


Rose Naggar-Tremblay is noted for the richness of voice and the intelligence of her interpretation. She puts her creativity and her great love of languages at the service of various artistic creations. Her recent performances include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, (Choeur Vivace, 2019) as well as the Duchess Della Volta in La fille du tambour major, (Opéra Bouffe du Québec, 2019). She also participates in numerous concerts as soloist and solo alto.


Recognized for the elegance of his song, his velvety tone and his charisma on stage, the young Quebec baritone Hugo Laporte has won numerous competitions and prizes. He will make his debut at La Scala in Milan in 2023. Regularly invited to concerts in Canada, Europe and Asia, he has collaborated with ensembles from across Canada and around the world.


Frequently invited by the Opéra de Québec, his great talent as a comic actor has also allowed him to shine in great operetta roles. Recently, Mr. Thériault was a soloist during Parsifal, at the Festival de Lanaudière, under the direction of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. His talent was also noticed at the Quebec Opera Festival, in the interpretation of Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), under the guidance of Robert Lepage and as Der Steuerman (Der Fliegende Höllander), under the guidance of François Girard.


Originally from Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is very active as a pianist, vocal coach and songwriter. He has been music director or repeater for several companies and collaborating pianist across Canada as well as around the world. Certified composer of the Canadian Music Center, he has composed for various soloists and ensembles and his works have been performed in Canada, the United States and Europe.


Born in Italy, he arrived in Montreal in 1958. Discovered at Vincent-D’Indy school by Mr. Léopold Simoneau, general artistic director of the Opéra de Québec, he was invited to audition. He then obtained three roles including Arlequin in I Pagliacci and pursues a long career there. For more than thirty years he directed a theatrical troupe specializing in the Sicilian language. From 2007 until today, he is the artistic director of the opera of Italian Week in Montreal.


Joe Cacchione followed by Mike Melino
Saturday August 15th, starting 7:30 PM

Once we understand that life has to be taken with humour, being a comedian becomes a more sensible choice. Joe Cacchione soon realized that it was his destiny to go on stage to “ practice laugh therapy ” with his audience. This year he is celebrating 32 years in the world of entertainment with more than 3000 performances under his belt.

To continue the evening, listen to Mike Melino, a trilingual classical and jazz singer. He has built a rich professional career in the singing industry and has walked the stages of several events throughout Quebec, Ontario and Italy. Recently, he performed in the musicals It Shoulda Been You (2018) with the Segal Center For The Performing Arts and Mamma Mia ! (2019) with the Just For Laughs team.

Gianni Bodo followed by Lili-Ann De Francesco
Sunday August 9th, starting 8:00 PM

Montreal born singer-songwriter Gianni Bodo has been writing, recording and performing  music for over 2 decades. Hurricanes and Butterflies, the artist’s last single, entirely written and recorded in confinement as the global health crises heated up, has been piling up rave reviews and radioplay around the world. Gianni is currently recording his english opus and he will also be releasing an Italian EP in time for Italian week 2020 featuring the upcoming single Rimani nel Ombra.

Daughter of a musician, Lili-Ann De Francesco was only seven when she fell in love with the music scene. After a remarkable audition in the TV show La Voix, the youngest competitor in the history of the show continues on to the semi-finals. With a pop “ vibe ” with EDM influences, Lili-Ann becomes herself a singer-songwriter and gets involved in the writing of all the pieces of her EP. Launched on September 30, 2019, her EP has accumulated more than a million streamings on digital platforms.

Alexander D’Alesio & Kevin Bazinet followed by Ari Skye & Charles Vaccaro
Saturday August 22nd, starting 8:00 PM

First, listen to Alexander D’Alesio & Kevin Bazinet, an impressive duo. Since his first performance on stage at the age of four, Alexander has continued to develop his talent by participating in children’s choirs before becoming a soloist and winning numerous singing competitions. Combined with the talent of singer-songwriter and producer of Kevin Bazinet who presents us with a redefined style that is closer to the 80s, their talent is likely to impress us.

Then, listen to Ari Skye & Charles Vaccaro. The first is a young singer from Montreal who began recording original music under the direction of singer-songwriter and rock guitarist Charles Vaccaro. A talented duo not to be missed !


In its new virtual format, the festival offers you all these events for free, there’s no need to register or purchase tickets. All performances were recorded live from the festival studio and will be broadcasted through the festival website as well as on our Youtube channel (Semaine italienne de Montréal _ italfestMTL). The links to each event will be available a few days before via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, but the broadcast will only be accessible at the exact time of the show.