Little Italy Proclamation & The Ribbon Cutting

Along with the Drive’s merchants and restaurants, many Vancouver’s favourite eateries were here ensuring that all of you got your hands on the most flavourful and popular Italian food from and drinks. With 20 different patios and more than 150 vendors well I doubt you had any problem finding something to satisfy your cravings this year! But the
theme “Mangiamo” is not JUST about the actual FOOD. Its about what the Italian Table offers: its conversation – our deepest ties of love and friendship are developed and strengthened around the table. Its celebration – our hearts are
open and loves greatest celebrations unfold around the food we share and its community. MANGIAMO is a big part of the passion for life in the Italian Lifestyle. Took it all in and had FUN … because “Ieri eravamo tutti Italiani!” We had an amazing raffle this year! We were so excited about it, there were not only fabulous prizes but we supported youth through our Raffle, with $1 of every ticket sold, going to Theatre Temp & Dream Big Productions at Templeton Secondary School, providing a mentoring culture through the arts. Its such a great cause and so worth the support because it is for our youth first. These were the prices gained by the winners yesterday
4TH PRIzE -Whitecaps VIP experience, two Macmillian Club seats, two scarves, two jerseys, warm-up viewing on Italian
Heritage Night, June 18th, 2016, courtesy of Whitecaps FC. Valued $500
3Rd PRIzE – Stainless Steel V-tech Milano Coffee-Plus-Pod Espresso Machine, donated by ECM Espresso Coffee Machines. Valued $800
2Nd PRIzE – pHhresh Spa Wellness Package, a personalized sanctuary balancing urban lifestyle with West Coast philosophies, courtesy of pHresh Spa, Valued $2,000
1sT PRIzE – Roundtrip for two (2) to Italy, Vancouver-Rome direct, taxes included, generously donated by Air Transat.
Valued $2,500
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing sponsors and partners who made Italian Day 2016 possible a great number from the ITALIAN community this year.
Our sIGNATURE PARTNERs: TheDrive, CAR2GO & Vancity
Our CULTURAL PARTNER: Il Centro – The Italian Cultural Centre
Our MANGIAMO ATTRACTION PARTNER: La Grotta Del Formaggio
Our MEdIA sPONsORs: Global BC, The WestEnder, TLN/Mediaset, Italia-96.9 JackFM, NEWS1130, The Vancouver Courier & Kiss 104.9
Our ITALIAN LANGUAGE&BUsINEss PARTNERs: The Consolate General of Italy&The Italian Chamber of Commerce
Our FRIENds OF ITALIAN dAY PARTNERs: Kalena’s Shoes, CannoliKing BMO, ONNI Group, Choices Markets Boffo Properties, Federico’s Supper Club Vancouver WhiteCaps, Milani Plumbing Fortis BC, Mastro, San Daniele, DaVinci Travel, Shoppers Drug Mart, Masi&The City of Vancouver, Cultural Services
Our MANGIAMO FAMILY PARTNERs: Via Tevere Pizzeria, Vancouver BMW Ducati, Carter FIAT Burnaby, Immix Group & Ciccone McKay Financial Group
Our PROdUCTION PARTNER: Anigraph Productions
Our GRAPHIC dEsIGN PARTNER: Barcelona Media Design
Our RAFFLE sPONsORs: AirTransat pHresh Spa & Wellness Club, ECM Espresso Coffee Machines, Whitecaps FC
But something new to this year’s event was the Piazza-style attractions from Venables to the Grandview Cut, where you can sit and enjoy the atmosphere and energy of the day, indulging in your favourite Italian bites, drinks, music and conversations.
There was the Grandview Park Piazza Napier Greenway Piazza, Parker Piazza Car2Go’s, Graveley Piazza, Our Little Italy Piazza on 3rd Ave., La Grotta Del Formaggio Piazza & 7th Ave Vancity Piazza.
I hope you took the chance to get off your feet so you enjoied these great places! Italian Day is NOT Italian Day
without MUSICA and with three separate stages, DJ tents and a mini stage at 3rd Avenue’s “Little Italy” piazza, Italian Day is packed with entertainment from one end of The Drive to the other. Fabulous singers and bands right here on 2nd Ave Main Stage, as well as Grandview Park Stage, Grant Street Stage (ICC), and Little Italy! And our amazing fashion show this year starred Vetrina Moda, and paired with Made in Italy shoes provided by long-time Drive merchant, Kalena’s Shoes & Accessories. We had Jazz and Opera and Theatre at Grant Street Stage as well as Italian Choirs and Improv Theatre at Grandview Park Stag and yes we had a PASTA EATING Contest on Grandview Park stage this evening. This year’s Italian Day offered something for the whole family with human foosball games, courtesy of BMO and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, as well as bicycle polo, crafts throughout the street, Il Centro’s Kid’s zone and ICSF Radar Gun Soccer Kick in the park.
There were the classic vehicle exhibits featuring vintage cars and motorcycles, including a 1957 Transit Bus which used to service Victoria Drive, also new Ducatis and Fiats, Car2Go and more. For those who don’t know, June is Italian Heritage Month and we’re celebrating all that is Italian along Commercial Drive today, thanks to our amazing volunteers and our wonderful sponsors! And the Italian celebrations continue throughout the month of June at the Italian Cultural Centre so please have a look at their website for details on the various events, celebrations and of course, the very fun outdoor festival basically a continuation of Italian Day on The Drive, called FEsTA ITALIANA on Sunday June 26th – and its free and fun for the whole family. We had some very distinguished guests with us, to kick off our festive day but before we hear from them,
Jenny Quan MLA for Vancouver-Hastings
Shane Simpson Vancouver City Councillors
Kerry Jang, Raymond Louie&Melissa de Genova
President of the Comites, Cavaliere Ezio Bortolussi
Former Lib MP for Van East, Cavaliere Anna Terrana
Our signature sponsor Representative from Vancity, Elvy del Bianco
Our Media sponsors: Host for the TeleLatino&Mediaset Network, Antonio Giorgi
From NEWs 1130, Stephanie Florian and Rogers Radio, Tamara Simpson
Our Friends of Italian day sponsor, Vancouver Whitecaps representative, Emilio Ekuba
Little Italy Advocate, Randy Rinaldo
Il Marco Polo Newspaper, Giorgio Moretti
Templeton secondary school drama and Film director, Tanya zambrano Theatre Temp sTUdENT, Mila sinal
FATHER Eugenio Aloisio The President of the Italian day
Festival society, Beppe de Lucio
Consul General of Italy, Massimiliano Iacchini
Gian Lorenzo Cornado Italian Ambassador to Canada
Minister for International Trade&Asia Pacific strategy and Multiculturalism, Honourable Teresa Wat
President of Il Centro The Italian Cultural Centre, Luca Citton
President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, Celso Boscariol
Our signature sponsor Representative from Vancity, Elvy del Bianco
The Host for the Telelatino&Mediaset Network, Antonio Giorgi.
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