Alyssa Rubino

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

Italian Heritage Month at Columbus Centre

What a great day today, I’m so thankful that mother nature didn’t rain on our amazing celebration for Italian Heritage Month at the Columbus Centre. Free entertainment and food open to all that ventured their way to the iconic grounds at Dufferin and Lawrence where Italians have communed for years now to a place where they can feed their mind, body and spirit.

Today tons of people came out to enjoy the day with sponsors such as Pizza Nova, Sicilian Ice Cream, Active Green & Ross. The event was also sponsored by Z-103 and none other than Tony Monaco was on hand always proud to celebrate his Italian roots and support IMH.

The line-up of singers, artists, comedians and dj’s was impressive. Alyssa Rubino, Danny Rubino, Mimma Palazzolo-Elissa, Zoe, Gabriella, Jessica, Christopher Dallo, Claudio Santaluce, Angelica Dicastro, Frank Spadone, Jack Dani, Michael Ciufo, Bruno Falvo, Melissa Rose and Dj Zee(Zio) .

A big thank you to all the supporters, sponsors and volunteers that worked tirelessly to prepare and make sure all went well. Check out more at

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