Canadian Day in Rome: July 5, 2013

Canada’s Music & Musicians Featured in Rome during Canadian Day, July 5, 2013

Evening Performances in the main garden

Evening Performances in the main garden

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Each summer, Rome’s Accademia Filarmonica Romana invites countries to present their music and culture in a week-long Festival of one-day events, called Le Nazioni, The Festival of Nations. This year, for the first time, Canada will be hosted, Friday, July 5 in the Accademia’s elegant and historic home and gardens in central Rome.

Other countries invited to present their music and culture from July 1 to 4 are Norway, Brazil and Morocco .

Canadian Day will include two concerts, featuring artists from across the country: the Borealis String Quartet from Vancouver, violinist Guillaume Tardif of Edmonton; clarinetist Kornel Wolak of Toronto; and Montreal soprano Jana Miller and conductor/pianist Jordan de Souza. Complementing the classical music will be jazz, performed by the Ontario combo the Dominic Mancuso Group from Vaughan.


All events will take place at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana in Rome.

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Glenn Gould - photo by Paul Rockett

5:30PM in the Sala Casella | film The Flight from Order: 1910-1920
Glenn Gould, with introduction by William Littler

Films about Canadian icon Glenn Gould, courtesy of the Gould Estate and the Gould Foundation will be shown. A special room, opening into the gardens, will serve as a video room, where the public can view DVDs of major Canadian artists and attractions.

7:00PM in the Garden | Remix V

Borealis String Quartet

7:30PM in the Sala Casella | Canada Happening Concert
Jana Miller soprano, Borealis String Quartet, Kornel Wolak clarinet, Guillaume Tardiff violin, Jordan de Souza piano
Featuring music by Mozart, Papineau-Couture, Wilhelm Ernst, Colin Eatock, Imant Raminsh and Schubert

The Canada Happening Concert will live stream on

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Evening Performances in the main garden

9:45PM in the Garden | Dominic Mancuso Quintet
Jazz concert from Vaughan
Dominic Mancuso voice and guitar
Rosendo Chendy Leon percussion
Francisco Paco Luviano bass
Antonio (Tony) Zorzi guitar
Gervasio (Jerry) Caringi accordion and piano

L'Anse aux Meadows - by James MacMullin

Per tutta la giornata Canada in Sala degli Affreschi sarà possibile visitare la mostra fotografica di James MacMullin

Canada’s participation is being organized by the charitable, Toronto-based International Resource Centre for Performing Artists and produced by IRCPA Director Ann Summers Dossena. More information will be posted at and at

Ann Summers Dossena says, “Canadian Day is an excellent opportunity for our country to offer Romans and visitors to the city 16 Canadian performing artists emerging on the world stage — six of them making their Rome debuts — as well as European premieres of Canadian music. Our films, videos and discussion about Glenn Gould will further deepen the experience of our culture.”


There is no program in Canada that can accommodate such international opportunities.  While more than half of the $70,000 budget has already been raised, $26,000 is still needed.  The costs of the artists, travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the guest countries.  The Accademia partners with the IRCPA by providing the venues, and production, technical staff and media office.

Donations can be made by sending cheques payable to the IRCPA,  43 Bright Street, Toronto, or by clicking the button at right for Canada Helps online giving.

All donations will be acknowledged and Donors of $50 or more will receive tax receipts. Donors of $500 or more will also receive a cd.  Donors of $1000 or more will receive a cd, and photos of the event in Rome.

Tax receipts will be issued by the IRCPA, a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization in Canada (Charitable B/N 100220417 RR0001).

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We also acknowledge with thanks our sponsors and Canadian Day Team.  

City of Vaughan
Faye Perkins, Glenn Gould Estate
Brian Levine, Glenn Gould Foundation
Mirvish Productions
Summers International
University of Edmonton, President’s Fund
Mario Romano
Lula Music and Arts Centre
Canadian Day Team:
Producer: Ann Summers Dossena
Executive Assistant: Madeleine Schultz, Canada
Webmaster: Mary Bella, Canada
Publicist:  Linda Litwack, Canada
Photographer: Anna Ambrosini, Rome
Stage Manager: Paola Sarcina, Rome


Established in 1821, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana is one of Europe’s leading artistic organizations, presenting a prestigious series of music and dance. Its buildings and grounds are located at Via Flaminia 118, a few steps from Rome’s largest public piazza, the Piazza del Popolo.

Entrance to main garden , Salla Casella at right.

Entrance to main garden , Salla Casella at right.

For Nazioni, performances and other events will take place in the air-conditioned Sala Casella (seating 200); and the Main Garden (seating 500), beautifully lit in the evening. The Bamboo Garden offers a comfortable place to sit and relax.

Most Nazioni events are free, and organizers expect that hundreds will pass through the venues between 4 p.m. and midnight on July 5. The event is also covered by the Italian media.

The IRCPA gratefully acknowledges, with thanks, the participating artists for rearranging their summer schedules to make Canadian Day in Rome possible.

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For further information, contact:

Ann Summers Dossena
International Resource Centre for Performing Artists
Tel: 416 362 1422