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 with over 150 street participants, comprised of partners, merchants, vendors and community organizations – and an estimated 300,000+ attendees of all ages and cultures. Commercial Drive (The Drive), home to Little Italy, is the designated location for the annual festival where the street is transformed into a lively 14 block 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. A festive community embrace, The Drive comes alive in green, white and red with piazza style animated zones, live music, food, patios, fashion, retail vendors, vehicles, activities, children’s zones and more.

Welcome to 2018 – A Flavour…

Italian Day 2018 Theme: Musica

As a centrepiece theme of this year’s event, we feature Musica. Important in the realm of Italian heritage and culture, Italy’s music has been traditionally considered one of the cultural markers of Italian national and ethnic identity. 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. The music of Italy ranges from opera and instrumental classical music to a body of popular music drawn from native and imported sources. Key domestic styles include Canzona Napoletana (Neopolitan Song), singer-songwriter cantautori traditions and Italian regional folk music, which spans a diverse array of styles, instruments and dances. Jazz found its way to Italy in the 1920s and today is nurtured in music conservatories, annual jazz festivals and publications. Italian pop rock has produced major international stars like Zucchero resulting in many national and worldwide top hits.

A perfect setting throughout the 14 block festival, the 2018 festival shall see Italian music, showcasing local and national artists from Italy, transport attendees to villages, streets and piazza’s of Italy – full of song, dance and life.

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‘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