Montreal, Tuesday, August 6, 2021


Montreal, Friday, August 6, 2021 — It’s with great joy and pride that the National Congress of Italian Canadians (QR) announces the 28th edition of italfestMTL,  previously known as Montreal’s Italian Week, which will be held from August 6 to 22, and will provide 17 days of entertainment that will liven up the summer of young and adults. A rich program online will be offered,  that ranges from concert evenings to comedy shows, the unmissable fashion show and opera, to drive-ins, and much more.

In keeping with tradition, the italfestMTL program will be free for all. We wish to thank all our sponsors and in particular our official sponsor, MastroMD & San DanieleMD. We also acknowledge the generous support of the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal.

“It’s with great pleasure that we launch italfestMTL. With the hybrid format of this 28th edition, the festival features a renewed and amazing program overflowing with events that we  hope you will enjoy and will contribute to the discovery of the richness of Italian culture.”

— Me. Antonio Sciascia, President of italfestMTL

“Committed to celebrating the beauty and the diversity of the Italian-Canadian community, we have worked extremely hard to provide a hybrid edition that will enhance this Montreal summer. During this 28th edition of italfestMTL, we hope that the whole community will come together to experience entertaining and enthusiastic participatory moments.”

— Josie Verrillo, Executive Director of italfestMTL


“Sofina Foods is proud to be the presenting sponsor of ItalfestMTL for the 6th year. The festival exquisitely showcases and celebrates Italian culture, as we do with our brands that are authentically rooted in Italy. Mastro® and San Daniele®, have been delivering old world taste and tradition with our specialty deli meats for over 40

years. We hope you enjoy all the concerts, shows and flavours of Italy that this fantastic event has to offer. “

— Paul Craft, VP of Marketing, Sofina Foods


“italfestMTL is a yearly rendez-vous that has become a must for all those who wish to recognize and discover the multiple contributions of the Italian-Montreal community. This event is a true source of pride for Montreal and allows to showcase the richness and the essential support of this unique community to the shaping of our city. Montreal is known throughout the world for the richness of its diversity. It is one of our greatest strengths which must always be cherished. Let’s celebrate together the Italian-Montreal culture, its music, history and renowned gastronomy. I invite all Montrealers to fully take advantage of the exceptional program of italfestMTL!”

— Valérie Plante,  Mayor of the City of Montreal

“italfestMTL is a wonderful occasion for appreciating the beauty and the richness of Italy. This festive rendez-vous allows all people fond of Italian culture to make nice discoveries thanks to a new varied program. The government of Quebec is happy to support this great event that witnesses the welcoming and inclusive character of Montreal.”

— Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region


“I am proud to support italfestMTL which celebrates the Italian culture and its multiple facets. I greet the organizers who have worked hard to adapt their event to the present situation, and this for the greatest pleasure of its public. Furthermore, I invite visitors to extend their stay in the city and admire its tourist attractions. Here is a wonderful opportunity to have fun during the summer season.”

— Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière and he Bas-Saint-Laurent Regions


“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am proud to support the 2021 edition of italfestMTL. After a difficult year, it’s great to be able to reconnect with the Italian Canadian community as well as everyone else at the festival, which is one of the most popular in Montréal. I would like to thank the organizers for staging such rich programming, some of which will be in person, which is particularly satisfying for our need to get together after long months of isolation.”

— The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage


Always having in mind the richness of the Italian culture, italfestMTL offers you a renewed, entertaining and participative online programming, complemented also by some activities in-person. Follow us on our social media and website for the details of our program.

About italfestMTL

ItalfestMTL, formerly Montreal’s Italian Week, is a cultural event that takes place across the city and celebrates the richness of Italian culture. The celebrations surrounding the festival offer over 400,000 festival-goers a wide variety of shows and activities showcasing Italian-Canadian music, art, food, fashion and talent. This year, for the 28th edition, the festival will take a VIRTUAL TURN AS WELL AS SOME on-ground EVENTS offering a diverse programming from August 6 to 22, 2021.