Winter Zoom talks organized by the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club

November 18, 2021 at 9:59 pm
  November 16, 2021   ICAP is pleased to announce a series of Winter Zoom talks organized by the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club, one of ICAP’s most recent and active members. Talks include:   1) A special preview of plans for “Our Legacy Project/La nostra famiglia italiana” by LNFI Co-Chairs Gord Hotchkiss and Don Rampone and news about their partnerships with the Kelowna Museum and ICAP. 2) The story of one of the West’s most notorious bootleggers, Emilio Picariello. 3) The unbelievable story of one of Canada's most recognized artists, Sveva Caetani. 4) The story of Giovanni and Rosa Casorzo and how early Italian families planted some of the first seeds of agriculture in the Okanagan. 5) A look at Italian dialects and their evolution in Italian-Canadian and Canadian Italian emigrant communities. 6) The screening of the short documentary, Coming to Halifax, Conversations with Italian Women, the very personal experiences of ten women with Halifax’s Pier 21, to be followed by a conversation and Q&A with filmmaker and professor Nancy Spina.   All events are free of charge and managed by Eventbrite. To register, please visit   The Kelowna Canadian-Italian Club is the social and cultural centre of the Italian community in Kelowna. Their members carry on cultural traditions by promoting the Italian language, heritage and culture, through education, food, music, and wine. Constituted officially on March 22, 1966 by twenty-one proud members, their club activities comprise social and service events with members giving back to the community through unselfish dedication and friendship.    
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ICAP Chat with Adriana Davies on "Alberta's Italian History"

June 16, 2021 at 3:21 pm
  Date: June 16, 2021 Time: 7:00 PM TORONTO TIME (EDT) -- 5:00 PM ALBERTA TIME Location: Online Event   Join ICAP members Antonella Fanella and Maria Cioni as they engage Adriana Davies in discussing her findings. 5pm Alberta Time (7pm EDT)   “I want to make the people who lived ‘Alberta’s Italian history’ come alive,” says the author and ICAP member. Inspired by her family’s story and her new book, Dr. Davies will talk about why it is important to contribute to the Italian-Canadian historical narrative and how her research went beyond archives and museums to weave community histories and family material into her book. Adriana’s work-- to find, identify and bring together a vast array of materials-- ensures that Alberta’s Italian-Canadian narrative will not be lost.   Join ICAP members Antonella Fanella, author of "With Heart and Soul Calgary’s Italian Community" and Maria Cioni, author of "Spaghetti Western How my Father brought Italian Food to the West" as they engage Adriana Davies about her new book, "From Sojourners to Citizens, Alberta's Italian History".   ICAP members free. Non-members, donation or membership please.   Register here:
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Coming to Halifax:
A Conversation with Italian Women

June 9, 2021 at 10:37 pm
  Date: June 29, 2021 Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (ADT) Location: Zoom Webinar Language: English, some Italian   Beginning with a screening of the short documentary, Coming to Halifax, and followed by a conversation with filmmaker Nancy Spina, join us via Zoom Webinar for an evening of film! Coming to Halifax is a closer look at female Italian immigration experiences, focusing on those settling in Halifax. Opening remarks provided by Carrie-Ann Smith, Vice President of Audience Engagement at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and Maria Cioni of the Italian Canadian Archives Project. Partnered with the Italian Canadian Association of Nova Scotia and the Italian Canadian Archives Project.   Register here:
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Spring 2021 President Update & Announcements

April 9, 2021 at 4:16 pm
Greetings to all! ICAP is delighted to report the following: 1) The Mariano A. Elia Chair has renewed its support for an ICAP grant writer; Sharon Findlay was rehired and immediately applied to the YCW’s program for 2021. 2) Congratulations to Teresa Russo and to her students who were named young leaders of 2020 in heritage conservation. Teresa expressed her many thanks to Marcus Stock and Emily Gilbert for their support during my time at UC, to Sandra Parmegiani for including undergraduate research with the ICNS project at Guelph University, to archivists David Sharron at Brock University and Charlotte Chaffey at the Royal Ontario Museum who always welcomed CDN240 students in the archives, and to Carmela Colella at Brock University for nominating all the students who made contributions to ARICIC issues one and two. (More issues to come; students at Brock University just completed projects on ethnic and gender inequality in sports and decolonizing high performance sports in anticipation of the Canada Summer Games 2022 to Niagara.) “UofT celebrates” will be honoring the UC recipients as well. Here is part of the text of her official announcement: Elizabeth Colantoni, Sam Caravaggio, and Daniella Pace of Brock University and Christina Ioanna Coutsougeras; Cristian Delfino; Stefania Di Leo; Natasha Fares; Samantha Greco; Sebastian Gri; Fiona McLean; Joseph Rossi; Carmen Russo; Garima Saini; Faye Varanesi; and Mackenzie Velocci of University College received the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Youth Achievement and Young Leaders Award for their contributions to Archival Research of Italian-Canadian Immigration and Culture (ARICIC). Below is the statement from the Ontario Heritage Trust and the official photograph of all the recipients at the February 18 virtual ceremony with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and John Ecker, Chair of OHT, presiding. Statement from Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Ontario Heritage Trust: The Ontario Heritage Trust recognizes that “The Archival Research of Italian-Canadian Immigration and Culture Project identifies and preserves the cultural heritage of Italian-Canadian immigration in Ontario, and shares these stories at conferences and through an online archive. The students’ work is supported by Brock University, University College (University of Toronto) and the University of Guelph. The students’ research unearthed oral traditions, expressions, language, art, music, social practices and traditions in Ontario’s historical Italian-Canadian community. These stories fit within a breadth and range of heritage interests. Through their academic projects, students have created oral histories and have included new archives, which include materials such as passports, photographs and educational training documents from private collections of immigrant families, as well as union documents and local heritage club activities. The students’ work has preserved historical documents, archives and oral histories, and has made these resources easily available to an international audience through an online platform.”   2020 recipients - Ontario Heritage Trust Youth Achievement – Individual Charlene Rocha Charlene Rocha is a community organizer and public speaker at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Pickering, whose dedication to the conservation of the natural environment has inspired the student body, and whose leadership and community organizing skills are having a substantial impact on the wider Pickering community. 3) New publication by Adriana Davies titled From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta's Italian History, which includes the story of Gene Cioni, in the context of tradesmen and entrepreneurs. From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta's Italian History - Guernica Editions From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta's Italian History brings to life the untold story of Italian immigrants in Alberta from the 1880s to the present. It places them in the narrative of province building from work on railways, mines and other industries to breaking the land for agriculture. 4) April 8, 22, 29, 2021. Dr. Adriana Davies presents online reading and lectures based on her new book. Please see visit the Canmore Museum and instructions for registration on EVENTBRITE.   Progress continuing on the following projects: 1) Inventory and archival placement of Leopoldo Mascioli artefacts and documentation 2) Negotiations concerning the placement of and possible destination exhibit of the Franco Grosso cart at Canadian Museum of History 3) ICAP Waterloo committee.  Established and renowned poet, Dr. Anna Ciardullo Villapiana, and an esteemed teacher and community leader, Prof. Stella Paola, are in the process of collecting objects and memorabilia from the local Italian-Canadian community.  The project has been conceived as a “studio poetico”, a poetic space which, questioning the symbolic function of migratory objects and the enduring sense of identity they bestow on their holders, intends to restore the lyrical sense of journeying through these secluded relics of the soul, rediscovering in so doing perhaps previously unseen lines and shades. Objects, heirlooms, relics, memories of wandering, settling, and returning whose tales by the owners we interviewed will be masterfully etched by the sensory ink of poetry. 4) TLN, soon to become ICAP’s official media partner with lecture and destination viewing of Sbarco a Ellis Island, planned for June 2021, Italian Heritage Month. Membership renewal underway! We invite to you renew here:      
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