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apr6:00 pmapr8:00 pmFeaturedEuropean Book Club: Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life

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Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life (2009) by Ulli Lust

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the European Book Club! We would like to invite you to join us on a reading road trip as we meet to discuss novels that travel around and highlight Europe’s diversity!

In the next meeting of the European Book Club in Toronto, we will be discussing Ulli Lust’s Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life (2009).

A copy of the book can be ordered online or at your local bookstore. The Goethe Institut’s library also carries an English and German copy of the book.

The autobiographical comic epic is about the two-month journey of the seventeen-year-old Ulli and her nymphomaniac friend Edi: They travel without money, without papers, with only one sleeping bag between the two of them and a spare T-shirt for each to change into. Their trip takes them from Vienna via the Alps to Verona, Rome and Naples to Sicily. After an incident, the girls lose each other, meet junkies, street painters, and encounter Italian machismo, young mafiosi who act like full-grown Capos. Ulli soon realizes that her simple insistence on the most elementary of personal rights, in the face of archaic values as well as untamable rudeness, resembles a trench warfare under constant fire. The book deals with some heavy issues including sexual assault, misogyny and drug use. It is an honest look at Lust’s life and all that happened in Italy.

Content Warning: Please note this novel features graphic, sexual and violent information, which may be triggering for some readers.

The European Book Club meets periodically to discuss European literature that has been translated into English. This year the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) will discuss European authors that have written about another country that is not their homeland. Each institute will be hosting two book clubs including one meeting at a guest cultural institute location (based on the country the book takes place in).

EUNIC the network of the European cultural relations institutes in Toronto is formed by Alliance Française, British Council, Camões Toronto, Italian Cultural Institute and Goethe-Institut Toronto and exists since 2010.


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19apr7:30 pm10:00 pmFeaturedVesuvius Ensemble: Easter Procession

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Nel Venerdì Santo molti credenti nel Sud Italia si uniscono in processione sugli antichi sentieri verso un santuario, cantando potenti canzoni sul cammino. In questo speciale per il Venerdì Santo, i Vesuvius Ensemble vi accompagneranno in un viaggio nella musica sacra, attraverso sia musica tradizionale che composta da professionisti, esplorando i sacri misteri della vita e della morte.

Clicca qui per acquistare i biglietti

Heliconian Hall – 35 Hazelton Ave, Toronto
Orario di inizio 20:00 (doors open at 19:30)
Bilglietto intero: $30
GRATUITO per bambini accompagnati sotto i 12 anni

La missione di Vesuvius Ensemble è di contribuire alla conservazione e trasmissione dell’enorme patrimonio culturale delle tradizioni popolari dell’area di Napoli e il Mezzogiorno.

Questo patrimonio include le tradizioni musicali e culturali dei contadini delle campagne, che hanno trasmesso oralmente e per iscritto le loro usanze e canzoni per secoli, prima che queste venissero studiate da importanti accademici come Roberto De Simone, Diego Carpitella e Alan Lomax.

Fa parte di questo patrimonio anche il materiale di compositori di musica rinascimentale e barocca che lavorano in contesti urbani, ispirandosi alla musica popolare o utilizzando il dialetto regionale (Falconieri, Kapsberger, Kirscher, Vinci, Provenzale, Leo, ecc.).

Gli strumenti popolari (tammorra, chitarra battente, ciaramella, colascione ecc.) impiegati unitamente a quelli tipici del Rinascimento e del Barocco (chitarrone, chitarre, luti) contribuiscono a creare un’atmosfera musicale unica.


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Thursday April 25, 6:30PM (Dinner & Show)

Carmen’s Banquet Centre

1520 Stone Church Rd E, Hamilton

Box Office (905) 387-0007

inCanto press release 2019Feb5

Don’t miss the spectacular new Italian production inCanto: A Journey of Italian Music Through Time as the show makes stops in Guelph and Richmond Hill this summer. inCanto’s 14-piece band will take you through a journey of the Italian music that captured the world on radio and in movies with the perfect blend of romance, passion and humour. From Puccini to Il Volo — including Pavarotti, Sinatra, Modugno and Mina — La musica Italiana è bellissima! inCanto performs at Guelph’s River Run Centre on Thursday, May 23rd and Richmond Hill’s Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 27th. Producer Giuseppe Colonna grew up in a first-generation Italian family that immigrated to Canada. “This was a special generation of immigrants who knew when and how to celebrate, who had plenty of experience in taking the good with the bad. Even in hard times, they seemed to be able to find a hint of La Dolce Vita within their daily lives.” “I will guarantee you that every song that we do will bring a memory back to your mind,” said Colonna. Niagara-based inCanto was founded in 2017 to celebrate the music of Italy and its cultural influences in America from 1900 to the 1990s. The production focuses on material that dignifies Italian music.

The 2019 inCanto production includes 14 members assembled by Producer Colonna, visionary coproducer Giacomo Folinazzo and Musical Director Bruce Tournay: 3 vocalists, 2 backup vocalists, and 9 musicians. The show begins with an introduction and background to the music of Naples, or Le Canzone Napoletane, followed by America’s Italian Decade of 1947-64 highlighting the Crooners who dominated the pop charts of the time and lastly, the production showcases the music scene in postwar Italy, the influences of Italian music in the motion picture and television industries, and the rising popularity of Pop/Rock Opera groups like Il Volo.

Watch inCanto’s promo video here:

Tickets are on sale now for both shows:

Guelph: May 23, 2019 8pm.

Box Office (519) 763-3000 or online at

Richmond Hill: June 27, 2019 8pm.

Box Office (905) 787-8811 or online at

### CONTACT Jennifer Marcoux inCanto Production Coordinator PH: (905) 227-7175 Email: Website:


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apr7:00 pmapr10:00 pmFeaturedVilla Moda 2019

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FeaturedLibrissimi 2019 Opening Cocktail

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Have a glass of wine, brush shoulders with writers, poets and filmmakers, and sway and tap to the seductive brew of jazz, pop and romance served up by Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto. All to kick off the second edition of Librissimi – Toronto Italian Book Festival. Hosted by Villa Charities and organized by Comites Toronto.


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