Italian Day on The Drive

About Italian Day

Sunday, June 10 2018 – 12pm to 8pm

Italian Day on The Drive is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community in Vancouver. Commercial Drive, also known as The Drive – and home to Little Italy, is the designated location for the annual festival which transforms the street into a lively 14 block, vehicle free, celebration and community festa. Since Italian Day’s return in 2010, the event today represents the largest one day cultural street festival in Vancouver – and perhaps in Canada – drawing over 300,000 attendees of all ages and cultures. A festive community embrace, The Drive comes alive with over 150 street participants showcasing food, live music, fashion, retail vendors, animated piazza’s, patios, activities, vehicles, children’s zones and more.

Welcome to 2018 – A Flavour…

Italian Day 2018 Theme: Musica

Music has traditionally been one of the cultural markers of Italian national and ethnic identity and holds an important position in society and in politics. Italian innovation in musical scales, harmony, notation and theatre enabled the development of opera in the late 16th century and much of modern European classical music. Instrumental and vocal classical music is an iconic part of Italian identity, spanning experimental art music and international fusions to symphonic music and opera. Opera is key to Italian musical culture, and forms a principal segment of popular music. The Neapolitan song (canzone napoletana), and the singer-songwriter cantautori traditions are also popular domestic styles that form an important part of the Italian music industry, alongside imported genres like jazz and rock. Also forming an integral component of the Italy’s musical heritage is Italian folk music, which spans a diverse array of regional styles, instruments and dances.


‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything’ – Plato

‘La vera musica, che sa far ridere e all’improvviso ti aiuta a piangere…’ – Paolo Conte
‘Real music can make you laugh and without expecting it can help you cry…’

‘Music can change the world because it can change people.’ – Bono

‘Where words fail, music speaks’ – Hans Christian Andersen

This event would not be possible without the valued and generous support of our partners and sponsors whose contributions have provided us the opportunity to share the festival with Vancouver’s community since 2010. It is with much appreciation that we acknowledge this foundation of support which facilitates the continued growth, success and return of Italian Day on The Drive. Grazie del cuore.

Italian Day on The Drive is organized and produced by the Italian Day Festival Society in collaboration with:

The Commercial Drive Business Society
Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre
Grace Choi Events
Anigraph Productions
City of Vancouver