Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Vitanova Foundation

Vitanova

The past 3 months I’ve been running a choir group at The Vitanova Foundation, www.vitanova.ca, a Canadian charity that provides a range of addiction-related services. We recently performed for nearly a thousand people at the annual Celebration of Life gala. I am very proud of my group’s effort, dedication and passion and I am also very greatful to have met so many amazing individuals with incredible stories, strength and courage. Everyone has their own story so don’t judge people before you know them. The truth might surprise you.

Volare-The Great Story of Domenico Modugno

EU Film FestivalI was very honoured to be asked to perform for the European Union Film Festival 2013 Canadian premiere of “Volare-The Great Story of Domenico Modugno” starring Giuseppe Fiorello and directed by Riccardo Milani. Held at The Royal theatre in Toronto, it was a packed house. This is an inspirational film that shows off the spirit of Italy through the journey of a young singer and his life as a struggling artist through the 1950s and 60s. “Volare”, “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu”, co-authored by Domenico Modugno and Franco Migliacci, won the Sanremo Music Festival contest in 1958 and became an enormous success worldwide, including the United States. It received two Grammy Awards with sales above 22 million copies. I would definitely recommend this film to any and all audiences. It is beautifully crafted and acted and it is quite refreshing. Thank you to the sponsors and partners for helping make this such a great success.

Partners: Italian Cultural Institute, British Council, Alliance Française, Spanish Centre, Camões-Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal, Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Co-presented by icffItalian Contemporary Film Festival and IC Savings

www.eutorontofilmfest.ca

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