Mississauga

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. www.carassauga.com

2011 MARTY AWARDS

MARTY AWARDS – Tonight I was at the Living Arts Centre where they rolled out the red carpet for the 17th annual MARTY Awards sponsored by the Ontario Arts Council and the Mississauga Arts Council. I was honoured to be nominated for Established Performing Artist of the year. My category was slammed with amazing artists and I was humbled to be included in such good company.
The MARTYS began with a red-carpet television special recorded live by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Liberty Silver. Over 100 nominated artists walked the carpet and mingled with the numerous media companies who covered the event. Following the red-carpet launch, the MARTY award ceremony was hosted by celebrity writer Kathy Buckworth who had the audience in stitches with her infectious brand of comedy. The audience enjoyed performances by jazz vocalist Shannon Butcher, the “I Rock with the One” dance troupe, the Jay Boehmer Jazz Trio and the Patrick Panus Trio. Kathy proudly announced the winners of the awards…

2011 MARTY AWARD WINNERS:
Emerging Literary Arts – Zohra Zoberi
Established Literary Arts – Peter Jailall
Emerging Media Arts – Jeffery Pike
Established Media Arts – Peter Rowe
Emerging Performing Arts – Vikas Kohli
Established Performing Arts – Don Breithaupt
Emerging Performing Arts Group – Cut Throat Kids
Established Performing Arts Group – Orchestras Mississauga
Emerging Visual Arts – Jeff MacIntosh
Established Visual Arts – Leszek Wyczolkowski
Creative Community – Ian Greening
Laurie Pallett – Gerry Townsend
Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year – Kofi Sankofa
People’s Choice – Liberty Silver

A big CONGRATULATIONS to all of them for the much deserved recognition!

For a full list of the 2011 MARTY AWARD NOMINEES click here

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