Tania Schiliro

Photography by Liana Carbone

Occupation: I have my own translation/copywriting/proofreading company and I’m also a painter. I specialize in painting dreamy skyscapes. Age: 29 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Bronte, Catania, Sicily Mom’s side from: Montreal Raised in: Montreal Speaks: English, French, Italian and Spanish

What would someone be surprised to know about you? Art has always played a big role in my life; I’ve been painting since I was 12. As a child, I always chose crayons over toys. I’ve always wanted to travel the world for a year—and I’m finally doing it! I leave in January.

What’s the best thing about being Italian-Canadian? The food! I grew up in a family of chefs and restaurant owners. I think it’s beautiful that they were able to bring their love of food to Canada, as many Italian-Canadians have done.

What’s an Italian tradition you want to carry on? Making things from scratch. I love to cook and I’d rather spend two hours making fresh gnocchi than settle for a store-bought variety. 

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? I can definitely be loud at times, especially if I’m passionate about something.

What movie title best describes your life and why? Rush Hour. I’m always running around doing a million things at once; chasing my dreams!

Favourite Italian expression and why: “Cu nesci arrinesci.” Adapted to more recent times, this old Sicilian saying implies that we must step out of our comfort zone in order to succeed.

Photography by Liana Carbone/Makeup by Amanda Vecchio