Celebrate Italian Heritage Month June 2012

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The Italian Cultural Centre (ICC) is excited to release the calendar of events for
June 2012 – proclaimed Italian Heritage Month by the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC. The month features fabulous entertainment, delicious food, children’s activities and “Festa Italiana” (a market festival) on June 24th. Get ready to enjoy all things Italian!

This year the Italian Cultural Centre proudly welcomes a hit on the Tonight Show, Mike Marino (from the “An Italian for President” YouTube sensation) for his first Vancouver performance.

The ICC is celebrating the best of Italian culture throughout the month with different types of events–there truly is something for everyone of all ages and appetites! Experience theatre, historical documentaries and debate, delicious food and wine, musical and dance performances, exhibits and a Festa Italiana with entertainment, activities and of course, more food!

June 2012 will be an unforgettable month of Italian sensations of every kind. Follow your passion to the Italian Cultural Centre!

Event Listing:

Friday, June 1
Festa della Repubblica: Grand Opening of Italian Heritage Month 2012 (as proclaimed by Mayor Gregor Robertson and BC Premier Christy Clark) and Italian National Day. The Consul General of Italy, Fabrizio Inserra, will take part, and the ICC’s Italian-Canadian Associations will provide traditional sweets for the community while the Italian Choir of BC sings wonderful tunes. FREE samples of traditional Italian sweets will be available for everyone!
Time & Location: 7:30pm in the ballroom
Association Presidents suggest an admission donation of $2.00

Thursday, June 7
Screening of the Documentary “Saturnia”: More than 50 years ago, a total of over two hundred thousand Italians boarded the glorious transatlantic Saturnia embarking on a journey to America in search of a better future. This emotional documentary explores the lives of four of those immigrants, including Silvano Gastaldo. (In collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura).
Time & Location: 7:00pm in the ballroom

Friday, June 8
Facing the Storm, Italian-Canadian Internees in WWII: An evening of readings with authors from the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers and authors participating in the project “A Question of Loyalty”: Ray Culos, Lucia Frangione and Anna Foschi. Music and songs on emigration with Damiano Angoli. Enjoy dinner in Nonna’s Kitchen before this engaging event!
Time & Location: 7:30pm in the museum

Saturday, June 9
Occhio Pinocchio! The children and teens of the Italian Language School will revisit the classical tale of Pinocchio, showcasing their acting flare and fluency in Italian acquired at the ICC Italian School. Everyone is welcome!
Time & Location: 6:00pm in the ballroom

Sunday, June 10
EuroCup Breakfast (Spain vs. Italy): Come and cheer for the Azzurri battling Spain in the European Cup Championship on the big screens in the ballroom live at 9:00am. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with your family and then head to Commercial Drive for Italian Day on the Drive at 12:00pm! Breakfast tickets are $16 ($8 for children under 12). For information or tickets, please call 604.430.3337. ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE IS REQUIRED for the breakfast, while soccer game viewing is free.

photo: facebook.com/italianday

Sunday, June 10
Italian Day on the Drive: Come celebrate all that is Italian on Commercial Drive, Vancouver’s original Little Italy. From 12:00pm until 8:00pm, “La Dolce Vita” will hit the street with food, entertainment, fashion and much more! Visit “Little Italy”, the ICC children’s area. Share the spirit, pride and tradition as tribute is paid to the Italian community and the contributions made to this city. For information, or to be a part of the Italian Day Volunteer Team, please call The Commercial Drive Business Society at 604.251.2884 or email info@italianday.ca.

Tuesday, June 12
Cristiana Pegoraro’s Concerto: Latino Italian pianist Cristiana Pegoraro has performed as a soloist and with orchestras for some of the most important organizations and concert halls in the world. She has won many prestigious awards and is an activist for international humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, Amnesty International, the World Food Program and Emergency. This event is offered in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy.
Time & Location: 7:00pm in the ballroom

Thursday, June 14
EuroCup Game (Italy vs. Croatia): Come and cheer for the Azzurri battling Croatia in the European Cup Championship at the Osteria Sports Bar live at 9:00am. Enjoy Italian coffee and pastries while you watch! For information, please call 604.430.3337.

Thursday, June 14
Italian Heritage Night at Seattle’s Safeco Field: Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners have designated June 14 as Italian Heritage Night in honour of third baseman, Alex Liddi – MLB’s only Italian born and bred baseball player! The Centre will coordinate the purchase of a block of tickets. If attendance climbs to 25 people, all attendees will receive a complimentary t-shirt and be recognized on the score board. Seats will be in sections 117 or 118 at a total cost of $35 per person (no additional charges, taxes or fees). Please call  604.430.3337 to secure your seats for this unique and fun experience. If there’s enough demand, a shuttle can be organized.

Thursday, June 14
Italian Theatre Night: The Theatre Group, I Commedianti, presents two single-acts plays: “Disinfestazione” by Giovanni Falduto and “L’uomo nudo e l’uomo in frac” by Dario Fo.
Time & Location: 7:30pm in the ballroom

Saturday, June 16
A Night with Mike Marino: Enjoy a delicious Italian dinner and lots of laughs with Mike Marino’s comedy show! This will be the first-ever Vancouver performance by this in-demand, hilarious comedian, also known as “New Jersey’s Bad Boy of Comedy” as seen on The Tonight Show. Watch his clips on YouTube, including his funny video “An Italian for President” and more!
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, dinner served at 7:00pm
Admission: Tickets are $70.00. For information or tickets, please call 604.430.3337.

photo: mikemarino.net

Monday, June 18
EuroCup Game & All-You-Can-Eat Pasta (Italy vs. Ireland): Come and cheer for the Azzurri battling Ireland in the European Cup Championship at the Osteria Sports Bar live at 11:45am. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pasta for just $10! For more information, please call 604.430.3337.

Tuesday, June 19
Italian Love Songs for Singing and Dancing! Join the Italian Choir of BC as they showcase the popular tunes of days gone by. The concert is followed by live dancing to the beautiful music of Damiano Angoli.
Time & Location: 7:00pm in the ballroom

Wednesday, June 20
Trevigiano-Veneto Choir & Italian Men’s Choir in Concert: Beautiful, traditional Italian songs, children’s songs, solos and more! Join the two choirs and let their music transport you to Italy!
Time & Location: 7:00pm in the ballroom

Thursday, June 21
BC Italian Business Excellence Awards: Established to honour individuals in the business community who have demonstrated excellence in their fields, these prestigious awards are presented to outstanding and innovative leaders. Organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada–West.
Time & Location: Doors open at 6:00pm, dinner served at 7:00pm in the ballroom
Admission: Tickets are $100 for Chamber of Commerce members and $125 for non-members
For information or tickets, contact the Italian Chamber of Commerce at 604.682.1410 or iccbc@iccbc.com.

Friday, June 22
Voice of the Night: The winner will receive a grand prize of $1,000! Don’t miss this exciting evening of competitive enthusiasm and great entertainment by a very gifted group of young performers. Produced and presented by Carmelina Cupo. Come and show your support!
Time & Location: 7:30 pm in the ballroom
Got singing talent? Want to participate and showcase your voice? Download the Rules & Regulations and the Application Form here (deadline for applying: Monday June 4).

Sunday, June 24
Festa Italiana: An outdoor festival for the whole family! Come and enjoy the best in delicious Italian food, live music, games, children’s activities (including a Friends of Ferrari race) and tons of fun for all!
Time & Location: From 12:00pm until 5:00pm at the ICC

Thursday, June 28
A Musical Journey: Join the Vancouver Italian Folk Chorus in this celebration of Italian folk songs from all regions of Italy and some traditional Canadian melodies too! Also hear celebrated arias, melodies, solos and a special performance from a guest choir.
Time & Location: 7:00pm in the ballroom

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