Il Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino è un’orchestra di musica popolare salentina nata nel 1975. Oggi il Canzoniere rappresenta un’istituzione nel panorama della pizzica (la danza tipica del Salento, in Puglia) e della musica popolare. Durante la tappa canadese del tour internazionale del Canzoniere, abbiamo intervistato Massimiliano Morabito, il suo eccellente organettista. La sua storia ci fa riflettere sul salvifico e sacro potere della musica e le sue parole illuminano alcuni aspetti, spesso poco conosciuti, della tradizione musicale orale.
Amateur winemaker Sam Maggisano is waiting on Mother Nature. After all, it’s up to her to decide when his winemaking season will start. “The season looks sooner than last year by one to two weeks,” Maggisano predicts. But until his grape supplier in California calls to say the fruit is ready, Maggisano and his group of fellow winemakers will just have to be patient. He’s no stranger to the process though – on the contrary. Forty-four-year-old Maggisano’s been making wine in the Toronto area since he was 19. “When I was in school, one of the guys I used to work with was an amateur winemaker with a club. He won medals. It kind of piqued my interest,” he says.
JFK students celebrate 50th reunion
When Oliviana Mingarelli visits her grandmother in Montreal, she admits she speaks “Frenchtalian”, a combination of French and Italian. For someone who can speak English, Italian, French and Spanish, mixing two languages or more comes easier than one might expect.
Italy is a land of rich history and culture, but it’s also become a country still struggling from the 2008 financial crisis. Insurmountable debt, chronic unemployment, and rampant corruption estimated to cost 60 billion Euros each year are just some of the issues plaguing Italy. The problems have left nation leaders scrambling to find solutions.
Imagine being so close to someone you could physically feel their pain. In the small Italian town of Grazzano Badoglio (Monferrato), Piedmonte, conjoined twins Santina and Giuseppina Foglia were once afflicted by this rare reality. The little ones were born in 1958 connected by the pelvis and lower spine, with some skin and internal organs fused together. From very early on, pictures of the carefully dressed girls made the rounds of mainstream Italian media and newsprints worldwide, until their successful separation at the age of 7.
Angelo and Barbara Sposato are first generation Canadians and have lived their whole lives in LaSalle. They both grew up on the taste and smells of authentic Italian cooking, homemade wine, and Sunday mass at Madre Dei Christiani Church on Thierry Street. Now married, with two children, they help us paint a picture of how Italians in LaSalle are living today, and what they see for the future of the Italian community in their district.
In an era when so many people are unsure of the path they’d like their life to take, Dr. Eva Pizzoferrato has always had strong convictions about hers. “I always knew I wanted to be a scientist,” she says.