The Vitanova Foundation


The past 3 months I’ve been running a choir group at The Vitanova Foundation,, 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

Carassauga-Mississauga’s Festival of Cultures

carassaugaI am honoured to be invited as this year’s host for the Italy Pavilion at Carassauga by MICBA (Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association) happening this weekend May 24, 25 & 26. Experience the tastes and sounds of more than 72 countries at the largest multicultural Festival in Ontario.

Walk through Italy and delight your senses with authentic foods, fashion, arts and culture, Ferrari, Fiats, Vespas and more! Fun for all, there will be a Kids Corner as well as a main stage stacked with great entertainment by well known performers such as: David Michael Ciufo and the 3 Tenors, Canadian Idol Finalist Vincenzo Benenati, Claudio Santaluce, Belinda Naccarato, Victoria Fragomeni, Zingaro Baci, myself and many more. Also, direct from Italy, my friends Lucrezia Liardo and Roberto Mauri of I Mediterranea. Come celebrate all things Italian right here in your own backyard.

Valentine Dinner & Dance-Heart to Heart Foundation

Great night of entertainment, food, silent auction and prizes to be won…all in support of the Hospital for Sick Children’s Cardiology Department

$100 per person, children under 12 are $30 and special table reservations are available.

Feb. 10th 2010

The 2011 Italian Walk Of Fame

What a glorious day and splendid evening we had celebrating the 2011 Italian Walk Of Fame. The 3rd annual IWOF (co-founded by Marisa Beaco-Lang and Jimi Bertucci) was held Sept. 5th and I was honoured to be invited as a special guest performer at the the Gala ceremony held at the Riviera Parque Convention Centre.

This year’s inductees included singer and Order of Canada recipient Bobby Curtola, singer/actress Connie Stevens, award winning international actor Franco Nero, Olympic Gold Medallist and Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, real estate/agricultural entrepreneur and owner of the Vancouver Canucks Luigi Aquilini, and contractor/developer/builder Alfredo DeGasperis.

It was such a pleasure meeting all of this year’s inductees who shared their stories, speaking of their pride being of Italian descent to the hardships and sacrifices they and their families endured to make a better life. All the while their culture and the values associated to it were key factors in the steadfast dedication and hard work they put into their careers and families. Congratulation to your successes, much deserved!

The event was emceed by masters of ceremonies Andrea Trentadue and Massimo Nicoletti of CHIN with additional performances by Michael Burgess, Laura Palumbo and Peter Marino. Be sure to stay tuned for next year’s celebration which has currently begun accepting nominations. For more information, visit                                                       See more images on my photo page.

3rd Annual Italian Walk Of Fame

Mark it off in your calenders, September 5th/2011 the stars will come out for the 3rd Annual Italian Walk Of Fame.

I’ve been invited to perform at the Gala Awards dinner and from what I witnessed last year,

it will definitely be the place to be and become a highlight of my year.

The IWOF, co-founded by Jimi Bertucci(Abraham’s Children) and Marisa Beaco-Lang, aims to contribute to the preservation of Italian Heritage by recognizing and celebrating the acheivements of Italians locally and worldwide.

It is appropriately located on College St. in Toronto’s Little Italy, the city that is home to the largest community of Italians outside of Italy. Stars are placed permanently in the sidewalk and unveiled during a red carpet ceremony followed by a gala awards dinner.

Previous inductees include:

2009-Connie Francis, Giancarlo Giannini, Johnny Lombardi, Julian Fantino, Phil Esposito and Rudolph Bratty.

2010-Armand Assante, Enrico Colantoni, Dean Martin, Frank Mancuso Jr. and Frank Iacobucci.

Come and celebrate the stars at this year’s Italian Walk of Fame, you won’t be disappointed.

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Corso Italia Festival

What an amazing Canada Day weekend, the weather was superb and the people were out in numbers on one of the busiest weekends of the summer. I had an awesome time performing for this years 14th Annual Corso Italia Festival. The festival is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to experience the food and culture of Toronto’s own Corso Italia on St. Clair.

Over 30 bands/musicians perform live on street corners, patios and balconies.
Lined up along the street as well you’ll find vendors, games and fun for all.
In addition, food and beverage retailers offer a mouth-watering selection of tastes and flavours.
Corso Italia boasts a variety of superb stores and services,including bakeries, book stores, fashion boutiques,
food markets, beauty salons, gift shops, jewellery stores and more.

This year’s line up saw the likes of some great acts like: Cobra Kings, Yiannis Kapoulas, Claudio Santaluce, Sambacana, Inner Soul, Puente del Diablo, Mississauga Big Band, Grupo Rey, Havana Express, Toronto All Star Big Band, Imbayakunas, Silver Elvis, Magic Matt and Johnny Scat.

Thank you to the wonderful festival organizers, Lido, Fernando and Pat who work tirelessly with so much passion along with the help of the following sponsors: Panoram Italia, TTC, Corso Italia, Yelp, CIRV Radio, Sol Melia Hotels.


R.A.V.E. Awards

Tonight a community that gave me so much honoured me with an award for practicing artist at the third annual R.A.V.E. Awards
(Recognizing Arts Vaughan Excellence) held at City Hall.
Established in 2008, the R.A.V.E. Awards formally recognize the contributions made by individuals, businesses
and organizations to the visual, performing and literary arts in Vaughan.

Within each art discipline, nominations were received in one of the following four categories:
patron of the arts, art educator/mentor, practicing artist, and rising star.
All nominations were reviewed by a panel of professionals representing the three disciplines of visual arts, performing arts and literary arts.

This year’s winners in each category are as follows:

Visual arts discipline:

Renuka De Silva, art educator/mentor
Farhad Nargol-O’Neill, practicing artist
Isabella Suppa, rising star

Performing arts discipline:

Amy Clements-Cortes, art educator/mentor
Carlo Coppola, practicing artist
Sara Papini, Alyssa Rubino and Sundown (Shane Preston, Vince Sasso, Christian Selvaggi, Nicolas Selvaggi, Tyler Tsang), rising stars

Literary arts discipline:

Deborah Kerbel, art educator/ mentor
Edmee Nataprawira and Simon Paluck, rising stars
Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to the City of Vaughan and the following event sponsors for their contributions and financial support
of the arts and the R.A.V.E. Awards.

Eagles Nest Golf Club
Liberty Development Corporation
SNAP Newspaper Group Inc.
Expo by Cortel Group
The Remington Group Inc.
Vermont Floral Designs Inc.
TACC/Fieldgate Developments/Paradise Homes

3rd Annual Italian Walk of Fame Gala

The Italian Walk of Fame Gala includes: hors d’oeuvres reception, three-course dinner, open bar, live entertainment, hostess gift, collector’s edition of The Common Spirit Magazine, meeting with the celebrities, and free parking. Call your friends and make it a memorable group affair.

For tickets and information, visit: or call 416.941.9905.

The Rotary Club Woodbridge

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