Tuesday, 5 September 2017

FESTIVALS, COMMUNITY EVENTS, PARTIES - SPRING/SUMMER 2017

BIG CANNOLI GRAND OPENING 
Huge hugs and many congrats to the The Big Cannoli on the opening of their second location in Market Lane, Woodbridge. Over the last couple of years I've really gotten to know owners, Val Cappelli and Dina Cosentino and am honoured to call them friends. Val, a.k.a. "Johnny Fever", and "La Dina" (WKRP tv show and northern Italian thing ..heheee) are incredibly generous people who are always ready to assist individuals, groups and charitable organizations within our city. Everyone knows they are the REAL DEAL and I wish them much success on this latest endeavour! 







FALLEN WORKERS MEMORIAL

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN ðŸ”¨A privilege to attend the 2nd Annual Fallen Workers Memorial (IFWM) and honour those of Italian origin who perished in work-related incidents from 1900 to the present. Located at the Columbus Centre in Toronto and presented by the IFWM Committee the memorial consists of 11 columns displaying the names of over 1500 fallen. The number increases almost weekly and since there is no longer any space available on the memorial IFWM will now be including an-onsite electronic database. Many of those early migrants died in gruesome working conditions and their bodies never buried...something completely surreal for someone of my generation. Albeit a bittersweet day, it was a pleasure covering this for Panoram Italia Magazine and meeting our newly-appointed Italian Ambassador to Canada, Claudio Taffuri..Benvenuto!





JOHNNY LOMBARDI PUBLIC SCHOOL OPENING

Honouring a great Canadian! ðŸ‡µðŸ‡ªðŸ‘ðŸ‘ A pleasure to attend the recent official opening of Johnny Lombardi Public School...what a beautiful way to celebrate an individual who helped create the dynamic social landscape of Canada! The late Johnny Lombardi was a broadcasting pioneer who launched a radio station 50 years ago that would eventually deliver programming in 30 plus languages. A true visionary and trailblazer, he also gave voice and a platform to new Canadians. He was an advocate for racial diversity and tolerance, encouraging inclusivity and most importantly, the preservation of heritage and multiculturalism (Btw, North American studies show there is less crime in multi-ethnic communities). Therefore, it's no wonder Johnny was awarded the Order of Canada in 1981 for his contributions to society. Thank you to Trustee Linda A. Aversa for the invitation and great to see Trustee Anna DeBartolo (and her mamma!) after so long!!! And of course congratulations to JLPS Principal Angellotti, Superintendent of Schools Paul Valle and the entire Lombardi family who were fortunate to have Johnny as 'Papa'' and 'Nonno' 




VAUGHAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 
IT'S A WRAP !! ðŸŽ¬ðŸ“½️🎥 Tony and I literally got off a plane, making it just in time for the annual Vaughan International Film Festival (VFF) Awards Show. And what an exceptional evening it was for the arts community and our city!! Congratulations to Canadian actor, Enrico Colantoni who received the VFF Independent Leadership Award and a special thank you to my longtime friend and VFF sponsor Melissa Rose (Soundscape) for the special invitation!! Love you, Mel! XOXO 






ICCO BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Incredible eve at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex where ICCO honoured the best of the Italian Canadian business community. Celebrating Canada's 150th and contributions made by Italians, I am sure I'm not the only who thinks Hon. Supreme Court Justice, Frank Iacobucci gave one of the most profound speeches regarding the history of Italian Canadians - migration and social and economic importance this community has played in the fabric of Canadian society. Congrats to the recipients of the ICCO Business Excellence Awards;Vivian Risi, Nicola Capomasi, Lenny Lombardi, Luigi Ferrara, Cristiano De Forentiis, Maurizio Magnifico and Daniele Zanotti. Special congrats to my friend Mike Soragnese of Render Media who is also the founder and executive director of Critique Week - a newly-launched non-profit organization which provides youth professional guidance and tools relative to the media arts. Bravo!!! A special thank you to Mario Cutone and Scotiabank for inviting me as well as Valeria Mitsubata Photography for providing many of these photos. Great to cover this important event for Panoram Italian Magazine.




ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
FILM FESTIVAL WITH ITALIAN STARS! ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹️ ðŸŽ¬ðŸŽ¥Exciting to attend the ICFF Canada - Italian Contemporary Film Festival and many congrats to founders Maurizio Magnifico, Paul Golini, Cristiano De Florentiis and the entire ICFF team on another successful edition! BRAVISSIMI. Showcasing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre, it was fun to see 'The Neighbourhood' - a film directed by Frank D'Angelo and starring Giancarlo Giannini, Franco Nero, Danny Aiello, Armand Assante, Art Hindle and Daniel Baldwin (yes, one of the 4 famous Baldwin brothers lol) Thank you to Frank for the special invitation ....BRAVISSIMI!!!








ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS NIGHT
It's a wrap!!!🎬🎥 ðŸ‡¨ðŸ‡¦ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹ ️A truly fun eve at the 2107 ICFF Canada - Italian Contemporary Film Festival Awards Show closing gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Great to see celebrities Christian De Sica, Giancarlo Giannini, Franco Nero and Danny Aiello in the house (what a speech, Mr. Nero!! LOL) Congratulations to all the recipients and a special thank you, ICFF..after all this excitement I am going to sleep for a month! 







MICBA STREET FESTIVAL
Celebrating Italian Heritage at the annual Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association (MICBA) Street Festival ...great time with my friends in Mississauga! ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹
Micba Charity Carmen Liparoti 



VAUGHAN PIZZAFEST
MUSIC & PIZZA...PERFECT SYNERGY!! ðŸŽµðŸŽ¼ðŸ•An incredible weekend at Vaughan Pizzafest as thousands upon thousands savoured the world's most popular dish while dancing to the beat of some of our finest musical artists. By far one of the most outstanding events the city has ever seen special props must go to great food vendors such as Ricci's Pizza, Nonna's Oven, Big Cannoli, Taste of Naples, Pizza Nova and all others who came together and worked so hard to serve the masses (thx to those who fed us backstage!) ELECTRIFYING performances on on kick-off eve by Joee, Elissa, Thiago and headliner Stevie B. I haven't felt an energy like this in a long time...I could 'Feel It In The Air' 







ITALIAN PRESIDENT STATE VISIT 
Thank you to Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli for the special invitation to the state visit reception welcoming Italian president, Sergio Mattarella ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹ðŸ‡¨ðŸ‡¦️ A momentous eve and truly an honour to have been present! #ItalianConsulate #ItalianPresident #SergioMattarella The Ritz-Carlton









SORBARA - DEL DUCA COMMUNITY BARBEQUE
Thank you MPP Steven Del Duca and MP Francesco Sorbara for hosting a summer picnic the whole community could enjoy ðŸ‘¨‍👩‍👦 Bravo to Anna Bisceglia-Venturo, Nadia Nascimben and the entire team who worked so hard to serve and accommodate all!! 





WOODBRIDGE RIBFEST
Congrats to Louisiana Bar-B-Que!!! ðŸ¤ ðŸ‘ Big hand to the this ribber who took first place and at Sunday's Woodbridge Ribfest. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Woodbridge and Laura Tonelli who invited me to participate as judge...thrilled to do this alongside some very special people of our community.....best part was being served by our awesome Vaughan Firefighters!! ðŸ˜ŠðŸ¤  
Tony Monaco Vaughan Fire Rescue Service 




COLLINGWOOD ELVIS FESTIVAL
NORTHBOUND!! ðŸž A full day in Collingwood with live Z103.5 cut-ins, a visit to the Pagliarolis (thx for the great hospitality Joe and Fiorella!) followed by birthday celebrations and dinner with the Raccos at the annual Elvis Festival (thx Mario!) Congrats to our friend Bruno Nesci who, as Canada's leading Elvis travelled to Memphis to compete alongside 15 contenders for the world title.  And finally Happy Birthday, Councillor Sandra Yeung RaccoTony Monaco !! It was great spending part of that special day with you!!! 





MAX EISEN BOOK SIGNING

THE STRONGEST HUMAN I KNOW  Congrats to Max Eisen whose North-American publication, By Chance Alone, is now in its second edition with distribution across Europe. I first met Max when I interviewed him for a Holocaust piece I wrote for Fredi Magazine. He asked if I wanted to know EVERYTHING and of course I said I could "handle it." I was wrong. He told me things that to this day I've never heard him utter on a podium... because they are horrific. Arrested in Hungary with his entire family, Max entered Auschwitz at age 15 and dealt with atrocities I won't mention. His family, consisting of his parents, two brothers and a sister, were all gassed and out of 67 extended family members only he and two cousins survived. Having spent the first month with his father and uncle in the camp (later taken away for medical experiments and never seen again), Max told me the strength they gave him is the main reason he is alive today. As they were taken away his father said, ""You must LIVE...and you must tell everyone what is happening." Last words from father to son. With the average lifespan being 3 months for any Jewish prisoner, he survived and a year later was liberated by an American army platoon. Max called me to attend his latest public speaking engagement this past Sunday and there was no way I was going to miss it. Knowing Max has been a gift and I thank Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua's office for making my interview 4 years ago possible. He is one of my heroes, the greatest of teachers and I feel so incredibly blessed to call him 'friend.' His autobiography, which already has been nominated for an award and is receiving an recognition here and abroad, is being implemented in high school curriculums across the GTA. BY CHANCE ALONE can be found at Chapters Indigo ðŸ“š 



MISSISSAUGA ITALFEST
CELEBRATING ITALIANITA' MISSISSAUGA-STYLE! ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹ðŸ‡¨ðŸ‡¦️ Congrats to Patti Jannetta-Baker, Tina Cole and all organizers of Mississauga Italfest "Ferragosto in the CIty" on another exciting event showcasing a culture admired the world over. Amazing to see flagthrowers in action and to capture it all for Panoram Italia Magazine. Special thx to emcee, Sandra Carusi a.k.a. 'The Cruuuuuzer' for hilarious shout-out!   



'SUMMER IS ENDING' PICNIC
ON THE SADDLE! ðŸš´ðŸŒž Special thanks to inspirational friend, Frank Mazzuca of Veneto Cycling Club (far right with food...of course!) for reminding me of the fourth annual "Summer Is Ending' picnic. Held at Pinecrest Farms and a collaboration between the York Region Cycling Coalition and Community Cycling Clubs this fun event celebrates the end of the cycling season. I'm obviously not dressed for the occasion. Nor did I ride as I had a date with a different kind of saddle hehee...🐎🤠 I did cycle close to 60k day before so I hope I'm forgiven, Frank  




ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH AT VENETO CENTRE
Italian Heritage Month has come and gone and this celebration held at Vaughan's Veneto Centre was just one of the many to take place around the GTA. Great times! ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡¹ #ItalianHeritageMonth



 



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DECEMBER 2013

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Million Dollar Smiles Project

Million Dollar Smiles Project
“See the joy in the children’s eyes….makes you wish it was Christmas every day!...” I couldn’t believe all the generous people and the businesses who contacted me through "The Italianista" in order to donate to “Million Dollar Smiles” in support of Hospice Vaughan. There’s nothing more rewarding than a child’s happiness.

Million Dollar Smiles

Million Dollar Smiles
Teddy puts a smile on my face too!

"Snapd" Christmas Party

"Snapd" Christmas Party
For the last year my culinary feature “Get the Dish”, in collaboration with Savour York Region, has been featured in Snapd Woodbridge, Snapd Vaughan East and Snapd Caledon. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with this incredible team and was pleased to celebrate the holidays together. Photo – Rob Lorusso (Snapd Managing Editor), John Amendola (owner Snapd Woodbridge, Vaughan East, Caledon, Brampton and The Beaches), Cathy Amendola, Michelle DeBuono (City of Vaughan) and Valeria Mitsubata (Snapd photographer)

Celebrating the Holidays with the Evanov Radio Group

Celebrating the Holidays with the Evanov Radio Group
The last remaining independent on the dial, Z103.5FM in Toronto is owned and operated by the Evanov Radio Group. It’s no surprise that with its Italian roots 500 staff members were treated to an incredible Italian Christmas feast at the Paramount Event Venue in Vaughan. Panettone, crepes and specialty coffees were served on masse! Photo – heir to the throne, Paul Evanov

Festival of Light @ Vaughan City Hall

Festival of Light @ Vaughan City Hall
This is a time for all members of the community to come together and celebrate the usage and symbolism of “light” in various cultures and religions. Represented were the Native community, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Sikh Dharma, Hindu, the African diaspora and many more. Photo – Pat Russo and family

Ice Cream Patio's "Joy for Toy" Drive

Ice Cream Patio's "Joy for Toy" Drive
Props to Nick Lucchese of the Ice Cream Patio! After 13 years the “Joy for Toy” Drive is still running strong. A role model for all businesses in Vaughan, the Ice Cream Patio knows that it’s not all about conducting business but also about giving back to the community. Photo _ Nadia Cerelli (Savour York Region –SYR), Rob Lorusso (Snapd), Tony Monaco (Z103.5 FM), Elvira Caria (SYR)

CIBPA Christmas Dinner at St. George's Golf & Country Club

CIBPA Christmas Dinner at St. George's Golf & Country Club
Over the last six decades the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association has become the chosen voice for the Italian community. I was happy to celebrate the holiday season with its Ladies’ Auxiliary and most especially its founder, the legendary Jackie Rosati. Arriving in Canada via Ellis Island in 1932, this Italian Canadian has devoted her life to service. Photo - Jackie Rosati and Laura Tonelli.

NOVEMBER 2013

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The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce "Women to Women" Symposium

The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce "Women to Women" Symposium
A real pleasure meeting Arlene Dickenson (Dragon's Den), guest speaker of this inspirational event. Here she is signing my book with my gal pal Felicia Pirone.

Vaughan Film Festival Media Launch

Vaughan Film Festival Media Launch
Setting the stage for the upcoming 2nd Annual Vaughan Film Festival! From April 2nd to April 4th 2014 renowned Canadian and International films will be showcased in the city of Vaughan. Aspiring, young film directors/producers will also have the opportunity to enter the VFF Student Competition. Photo Rob Lorusso (Snapd Newspapers), Rick Campanelli (ET Canada) and Tony Monaco (Z103.5 FM)

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day
Attendees braved the elements during the Remembrance Day Service at the Woodbridge Cenotaph. Photo – Vaughan MPP, Steven Del Duca

OCTOBER 2013

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Freedom Day @Yonge-Dundas Square

Freedom Day @Yonge-Dundas Square
How lucky can a girl get? Not only did I get to spend an afternoon with my hero, Max Eisen during Freedom Day in Toronto, I also met another hero, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield! Held annually at Yonge-Dundas Square, Freedom Day celebrates our human rights and spreads awareness regarding racial discrimination and intolerance. Max, a Holocaust survivor that I had the honour of interviewing invited me to this eye-opening event. Chris even played the tune he sang with the Barenaked Ladies while out in the cosmos! Great day for the kids and I encourage all parents to bring their children to next year's event. Spread the word of peace….Photo – Commander Chris Hadfield

"Light the Night" Gala @Le Parc Vaughan

"Light the Night" Gala @Le Parc Vaughan
I did it!!!! My entire adult life I’ve had a fear of public speaking. I avoided it at all costs and missed so many great opportunities because of it. Well, no more. I emceed the “Light the Night Gala” in Vaughan (proceeds benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Sunnybrook Hospital) and I have to say that I loved EVERY minute of it…I didn’t want to get off that podium!!! For those of you who live in fear of trying something new, be brave. Believe me when I tell you it’s only an illusion. If I can do something that terrified me as much as this did, so can you. Props to Joseph Montagnese of the Vaughan Citizen for this photo.

Hospice Vaughan "Giving Thanks" Gala

Hospice Vaughan "Giving Thanks" Gala
Photo - Anthony Pullano, Vaughan City Councillor Rosanna De Francesca, Eva Pullano and Ontario PC Candidate for Vaughan, Peter Meffe

Hospice Vaughan "Giving Thanks" Gala

Hospice Vaughan "Giving Thanks" Gala
In the last few years I have become friends with some incredible and extremely selfless people who are doing amazing things in our community. Believe me when I tell you that the energetic, fuzzy vibes they give off are infectious!!! Congrats to my friends Alessandra Piccolo, John Amendola, all the other board and committee members as well as the volunteers of Hospice Vaughan for putting together such a wonderful event. The role of Hospice is vital not just in our community but in all communities. Photo – Fabio Gesufatto, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Alessandra Piccolo of Hospice Vaughan

Savour York Region Restaurant Week

Savour York Region Restaurant Week
Enjoying the culinary delights of Vaughan! The Savour York Region Restaurant Week launch party was a great opportunity to sample dishes from local restaurateurs and spend an evening among friends. A job well done, Elvira Cariaand Nadia Cerelli. How about a heaping tray of raw oysters next year? Photo – Nadia Cerelli (Savour York Region), Vaughan City Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco, Alessandra Piccolo (Hospice Vaughan), Tony Monaco (Z103.5FM) and Elvira Caria (Savour York Region)

SEPTEMBER 2013

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MICBA "Let's Get Together" Event

MICBA "Let's Get Together" Event
The Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association hosted an evening of great food and entertainment at the 2nd Annual “Let’s Get Together Event” (Roma’s Hospitality Centre). All proceeds to this organization benefit their Long Term Care Facility in Mississauga. Photo – Laura Tonelli, Carmela Liporati (MICBA), Tony Monaco (Z103.5FM), Darlene and Victoria Fragomeni

Snap'd Re-Launch Party @ Richview Manor (Vaughan)

Snap'd Re-Launch Party @ Richview Manor (Vaughan)
Snap launches a new name and a new look. Now known as Snap’d here’s a photo of John Amendola and Rob Lorusso of Snapd Vaughan East, Woodbridge, Caledon, Brampton and The Beaches. Great party and great cake, guys!!

Al Pacino at Massey Hall

Al Pacino at Massey Hall
This is one experience I will never forget! Shaking Al Pacino's hand and bantering with him in Italian. I was absolutely thrilled to meet this living legend and to sit in the audience and here his life story of trials and tribulations. He is a true inspiration! Photo- the Z103 FM gang and Al Pacino

TIFF "Our Man in Tehran" After-Party at the National Club of Toronto

TIFF "Our Man in Tehran" After-Party at the National Club of Toronto
I had the great pleasure having a friendly conversation with The Right Honourable Joe Clark at the “Our Man in Tehran” TIFF after-party. I also had the privilege of meeting former ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor including documentary director, Drew Taylor. Photo – Alessandra Piccolo and PM Joe Clark

Prime Minister's Gala

Prime Minister's Gala
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Italy's Prime Minister, Enrico Letta were honoured by the Italian community at Paramount Event Venue (Vaughan). Great speeches, delicious food courtesy of byPeterandPauls.com and incredible entertainment provided by Christopher Dallo, Belinda Naccarato, Brian Roman, Daniele Monticelli and Enrico Galante.

Prime Minister's Gala

Prime Minister's Gala
Belinda Naccarato, Christopher Dallo and Carmela Liporati

AUGUST 2013 Julian Fantino Picnic (Vaughan)

AUGUST 2013 Julian Fantino Picnic (Vaughan)
Sarah Salituro, Bruno Falvo and accordion sensation, Claudio Santaluce

JULY 2013

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4th Annual Viva Italia Reunion

4th Annual Viva Italia Reunion
The Evanov Radio "Viva Italia Cuba" Reunion Luncheon was such a blast that we all stayed at Posticino Ristorante until evening. The artists gave family and friends a special treat with some beautiful in –house performances. Purely spontaneous, it was truly magical! Photo – Juno Winner, Robert Michaels

Italian Contemporary Film Festival Closing Party

Italian Contemporary Film Festival Closing Party
Enjoying the night with some Italian celebs at Andrew Richards Designs, Downtown. Photo - Fabio Gesufatto and cousin Emma De Francesca

JUNE 2013

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MICBA Street Festival - Forum Drive, Mississauga

MICBA Street Festival - Forum Drive, Mississauga
MICBA Board - Bruna Ronaghi, Cav. Carmela Liporati and Cav. Frank Trevisan

MICBA Street Festival

MICBA Street Festival
A wonderful performance by vocalists Carlo Coppola, Victoria Fragomeni and Vincenzo Benenati!

Italian Flag Raising at Vaughan City Hall

Italian Flag Raising at Vaughan City Hall
The 2nd Annual Italian Flag Raising at Vaughan City Hall kicked off the month-long Italian Heritage Month of Ontario. This momentous occasion celebrates Italian culture as well as the contributions made by Italian Canadians. Photo – Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and OMNI News anchor, Vincenzo Somma.

Flag Raising at Vaughan City Hall

Flag Raising at Vaughan City Hall
Donata Morandi and Mayor Bevilacqua

1st Annual Piazza Italia Festival

1st Annual Piazza Italia Festival
People of all ages and backgrounds gathered at the 1st Annual Piazza Italia festivities held at the Liberty Grand in Downtown Toronto. Showcasing Italian culture, cuisine, fashion and entertainment Piazza Italia is a one-of-a-kind celebration in honour of the Italian Heritage Month of Ontario. The recreation of an Italian Piazza, the music of Daniel Panetta, Victoria Fragomeni and Belinda Naccarato as well as the fleet of Ferraris were just some of the highlights. Great food…great friends…I am looking forward to next year!

Piazza Italia

Piazza Italia
Luxury Italian cars lining the street outside the Liberty Grand

23rd Annual MICBA Golf Tournament

23rd Annual MICBA Golf Tournament
Striking a pose with the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders (Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association golf tournament) at Lionhead Golf & Country Club. Do I know how to play golf? Nope…that’s my goal for 2014!

"Ora" - Culture Canada - Italy

"Ora" - Culture Canada - Italy
This is unique event at the Bata Shoe Museum downtown was a celebration of heritage and culture. A speaker's circle discussed culture within the city of Toronto. The evening ended with a jazzy repertoire performed by Daniela Nardi's Espresso Manifesto.

Inspire 2013

Inspire 2013
This purpose of this bi-annual event is to motivate and inspire students from universities throughout Toronto. Founder and professor at York University, Luciano Volpe invites speakers from all walks of life to give their wisdom and lend their expertise to a younger generation. Photo – Luciano Volpe and ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli, host of the Inspire summer event.

Inspire

Inspire
Journalist Rosanna Bonura and Rick Campanelli

MAY 2013

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Hospice Vaughan Fashion Show

Hospice Vaughan Fashion Show
The first annual, this event featured the incredible designs of Domenic Serio.

CIBPA Ladies' Auxilliary "Moda In Motion" Fashion Show

CIBPA Ladies' Auxilliary "Moda In Motion" Fashion Show
Ladies Auxiliary of the CIBPA presented their signature fashion show MODA IN MOTION. Hosted by Tony Monaco all proceeds benefitted the Caritas School of Life and Baycrest Hospital.

"Snapd" at the Chocolate Ball

"Snapd" at the Chocolate Ball
Enjoying delectable and mouth-watering chocolate with my friend, Alessandra Piccolo

"Choc n' Roll" Chocolate Ball

"Choc n' Roll" Chocolate Ball
Held at Le Jardin Event Centre in Vaughan this event was a chocolate lover's paradise! Present were a slew of chocolatiers offering samples of their gourmet chocolate. Can't wait for next year! Photo - The gals of Call Me Cupcakes in Vaughan

APRIL 2013

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4th Annual Viva Italia Cuba Event

4th Annual Viva Italia Cuba Event
This month-long Evanov Radio event in Varadero, Cuba is a celebration of Italian Canadian music. Emceeing the event were radio personalities Tony Monaco (Z103.5 FM Toronto) and Franco Valli (CHIN Radio Toronto). An incredible line-up of artists entertained a global audience. Participants include Juno winner Robert Micheals, Claudio Santaluce, Carlo Coppola, Brian Roman, Victoria Fragomeni, Vincenzo Benenati and many more. Lending his culinary expertise at the Super Club Breezes and Bella Costa Resorts was Posticino Ristorante’s very own Antonio Pirone. Photo – Antonio Pirone and Franco Valli

Viva Italia Cuba

Viva Italia Cuba
In photo - performers Carlo Coppola, Vincenzo Benenati and Tony Monaco

MARCH 2013

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CHIN Radio

CHIN Radio
I had the great opportunity to “wake up Italian style” and co-host the CHIN Radio morning show with personality, Edoardo Monasterolo. The best thing about this experience was that I selected the entire musical line-up! Love you, Battisti…

FEBRUARY 2013

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Mayor's Luncheon

Mayor's Luncheon
Hosted by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, this event is a perfect opportunity for local business and community leaders to come together. In photo - Alessandra (Hospice Vaughan), Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Fabio Gesufatto

Caritas Ball

Caritas Ball
Former resident of Caritas, Vincenzo Benenati and president Michael Tibollo (as well as Vince's Ma!)

Caritas Ball

Caritas Ball
The Caritas School of Life (Vaughan) supports individuals suffering from addiction. The Caritas Ball raises funds and awareness for this important organization.

JANUARY 2013


Saluting Italian Heroes

Saluting Italian Heroes
The Italian Heritage Foundation in collaboration with the City of Vaughan presented the 1st Annual Saluting Italian Heroes. This event commemorates the efforts of the Italian people who courageously risked their lives to save Jews during WWII. Remembered were Giorgio Perlasca and Gino Bartali, now inducted in the Yad Vashem Memorial in Isreal. In photo - Fabio Gesufatto and Melina Zeppieri