Friends of Italian Day

BMO_commercial_drive_banner-01At BMO Bank of Montreal we bring clarity to customers’ financial decisions. And since money is personal, we also bring a human touch to everything we do. Established in 1817 as Canada’s first bank, BMO has been serving customers in British Columbia since 1887 when the first Bank of Montreal branch in the province opened in Vancouver. BMO is committed to corporate social responsibility. Through our donations and sponsorships, BMO supports families in neighbourhoods and cities where we operate. By helping to create vital and healthy communities, we best serve our customers and employees. The 3,000 BMO Financial Group employees in B.C. are dedicated to making BMO the bank that defines great customer experience, serving customers through 123 branches. We’re people first, bankers second and above all, we’re here to help.


BoffoLogo-red high rezFounded in 1963 by Tarcisio Boffo, Boffo Properties approaches development from a neighborhood-building perspective, essentially focusing on how each new project can add to and enhance each community. Our Boffo Properties residential development experience ranges from stacked townhouses in Burnaby to mixed-market and non-market homes in East Vancouver, to cityhomes and apartments near Queen Elizabeth Park. Additionally, our experience encompasses significant social partnerships in market and non-market multi-family development. Working for the past five years in partnership with The Kettle Society, we have experience navigating ongoing Community Planning processes in conjunction with more complicated rezoning applications. Furthermore, our income producing portfolio includes a combination of commercial and industrial space in New Westminster and Vancouver. And throughout this, our Boffo Building team manages the entire construction and build out process for both our residential and commercial/industrial portfolio. With a strong team both at the forefront and behind the scenes, we believe in a creative and thoughtful approach to development, designing and building new homes and places to work.



BOSA Foods was founded in 1957 by Augusto Bosa who recognized a need for traditional Italian food in the lower mainland. A pioneer of his time, in the 1940’s Augusto Bosa began to import Italian specialty food into Powell River where there were a large number of Italian immigrants working in the mines and the lumber and pulp mills. Sourcing and bringing the finest and sometimes most obscure traditional Italian products to the Italian community gave the community a feeling of home. In 2006, the third generation of the family built a modern 54,000 square foot distribution centre and flagship retail store as the need for space surpassed what the original location on Victoria Drive could provide. With over 7,000 SKU’s of specialty products, it is possible to find nearly any traditional Italian or Mediterranean food product at Bosa Foods. In 2016, Victoria Drive location went under construction and Bosa Foods found a temporary home on Commercial Drive, remaining in the area that has represented its roots for 60 years.  Stay tuned for the grand re-opening of the Victoria Drive location in late 2017.

Augusto Bosa Food Show
Founder, Augusto Bosa at the first trade show Bosa Foods attended in 1962 at the PNE with Vince Abalini.

Cannoli King_Crown Logo_Option 2Cannoli King Vancouver has been locally handcrafting Vancouver’s “ORIGINAL” Sicilian cannoli for over 35 years.  We take pride in making it all by hand right here at our local bakery “Italia Bakery Vancouver”, using a signature recipe made all from scratch, to cutting, rolling, and deep frying, and of course – fresh filled to order.  Cannoli King Vancouver all started because of Italian Day on Commercial Drive, and we are happy to be back every year, and this time in 2 locations. You can find us at local markets and events by checking out our website or our social media:
Instagram @cannolikingvancouver
Twitter @cannolikingvan
FB @Cannoli King Vancouver


ChoicesMarketWeb-03Being a locally owned, family grocer, Choices Markets recognizes the importance of supporting the local community. Choices has been a strong supporter of not only the local farmers and food makers, but also local organizations that work toward building healthy, sustainable communities, whether through food, education, health or environmental initiatives. At the core, we believe that it takes more than great food to build strong communities. Choices also places a lot of value on education. Not only do we keep our staff knowledgeable and passionate, we also do our best to educate the customer. We employ a team of Registered Dietitians and Holistic Nutritionists to answer any questions the customer might have about the often confusing and ever changing landscape of food and nutrition. We even offer free 60-minute store tours with our nutrition consultants to our customers. We’re committed to helping customers make informed choices.


DaVinciLogoWebFounded by Vince De Marinis, Da Vinci Travel opened their doors 37 years ago on Italian Day (Jun 22, 1980). We are a family run business with 5 sisters working together, 3 of which are professional sales agents with tremendous travel experience, having won many Airline Service Awards as Top Agency in Vancouver: Lufthansa, Air Canada/Canadian Airlines, Alitalia and Trafalgar Tours, just to name a few. Situated in the hub of the infamous Commercial Drive and the iconic Italian district of Vancouver,  we have been there to see all the progress and changes of the neighbourhood.  Our clients become our friends the moment they step in our offices. We specialize in itineraries to Italy,  Europe, and the Middle East; domestic and far and wide, the world is our playground.  Be it either leisure or business travel, by planes, trains and automobiles, we can accommodate all of your travel needs.  We welcome everyone to come visit us.


Fortis BC - Bronze SponsorFortisBC works hard to provide the energy you need. As a Canadian company, we understand the unique needs of British Columbians. From natural gas and electricity to piped propane and thermal energy solutions, we serve about 1.1 million customers in 135 B.C. communities. Giving back to the communities where we live and work is important to our 2,260 employees across the province, whether it’s supporting local events and charitable organizations, providing economic and employment opportunities or helping our customers become more energy efficient and save money.
Together, we are developing energy solutions to meet the needs of our customers—now and for the future—safely, reliably and at the lowest reasonable cost.



Galbani® was founded in 1882 by Egidio Galbani, a man whose passion for crafting the finest Italian cheese available was widely recognized. His attention to detail was impeccable and the brand quickly became Italy’s favorite and most trusted cheese brand.
Around the globe, our employees work tirelessly to carry on in the spirit of Egidio Galbani, so that cheese lovers around the world may enjoy the same quality of specialty cheese Mr. Galbani always insisted on. And though we are still Italy’s #1 cheese brand, we are proud to bring to Canada the same tradition and passion for excellence that Egidio Galbani had when he first began crafting fine Italian cheese more than 125 years ago.
Truly Italian Taste:
• Experience the true taste of Italy with Galbani Fresh Mozzarella.
• Unique soft, moist and melt-in- your mouth texture and mild delicate taste.
• Galbani has been Italy’s favorite cheese brand since 1882.
Always Fresh:
• Unique fresh sealed packaging ensures product freshness.
Wide Application:
• Fresh mozzarella is a soft, mild, and fresh white cheese that originated in Southern Italy’s Campania region, and quickly became a quintessential part of Italian food culture.
• Fresh Mozzarella is ideal for salads, pasta, pizza and other Italian recipes.



The Président brand was formally established in 1968. Président has become #1 brand of Brie in France and the US and bringing cheese making excellence to many other countries in the world.
French Tradition of Quality
• Président Brie is crafted to perfection by cheese makers who are proud to bring to Canada the same tradition and passion for excellence that has made Président Brie #1 Cheese in France
Tasting is Believing
• Président Brie will delight you with its complex, ‘earthy’ aroma, soft, creamy texture and white bloomy rind.
“King” of Entertainment
• Président Brie is a staple at any gathering. As one of our most multifaceted cheeses, add it to a cheese plate, bake it for a warm snack or include it in a torte to complement the sweetness of fruit.


logo_MASI-Black-WebMasi is a world-famous company deeply rooted in the Venetian region with strong links to centuries-old Venetian culture. Founded by the Boscaini family at the end of the XVIII century, Masi is a world leader and pioneer in the unique Appaxximento process of winemaking, concentrating aroma and taste in their wines. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first vintage of Campofiorin, the best-selling quality non-DOC wine in the world. Masi’s cultural vocation, supported by its Foundation, is directed just as much to contemporary art in the present as to the past. Recent collaborations with internationally famous artists have included working with Chinese “chameleon” artist LiuBolin, and the versatile Swedish artist Ernst Billgren as part of the Costasera Contemporary Art project.  Now the #1 Selling Italian brand in Canada, Masi is proud to support the celebration of Italian culture around the world.


MilaniLogo_TaglineUnderneathMilani has been a staple within the community for decades. Starting out with a single man and a lot of perseverance, it has grown into one of the most recognized plumbing names in the Greater Vancouver Area. When you need the absolute best, Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating comes through every time. For nearly 60 years, Milani has carved out an unbeatable reputation and stood in a league of our own. We stand behind every turn of the wrench, we’re committed to every customer, and we get the job done right – the first time. This year, just like last year, Milani is a proud supporter of Italian Day and the community it represents. We’re excited to take part in this year’s festivities and consider it the highlight of our summer.


The Onni Group is one of North America’s leading private real estate developers, with extensive experience designing, developing, building and managing innovative projects.  As a fully integrated company that directly oversees every step in the development process, Onni has built over 6,000 homes in the past decade.  In addition, the company owns and manages 5 million square feet of commercial property and over 4,600 rental apartment units.  With offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Mexico, Onni continues to expand and diversify into new markets throughout North America. The Onni Group is actively involved within the Italian community, and is a proud supporter of Italian Day 2017. Viva Italia!

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High on a hill in Tuscany, not far from Siena and Perugia, rises the historic town of Cortona. One can enjoy the beautiful panorama view of Cortona from the new Santa Cristina winery, which came into existence in 2006 with the goal of acknowledging and renewing the tradition of the wine known by the same name, 60 years after the release of its first vintage in 1946. The care and attention that are put into the winemaking are fundamental in its continuous innovation in dealing with indigenous and international varieties. This gives rise to a family of different products that bear the same style, establishing the link between the vineyard, terroir and man’s work. The products of the family Santa Cristina were born from this simple philosophy thanks to a continuous bond with the land. Since 1946, we continue this dedication to preserve the quality of Santa Cristina.


Shoppers Drug Mart“As the owner of the Shopper’s Drug Mart at Broadway and Commercial as well as the two Shopper’s Drug Mart Simply Pharmacies at Commercial and 10th, and Commercial and Grant, and on behalf of my family and my staff I would like to wish everyone a wonderful time at this years Italian Day Festival! I feel privileged to be an owner of these  businesses in this diverse and growing community in the heart of East Vancouver.  I am proud to be part of The Drive!” -Dan Kooner


Via Tevere Logo--FINALIt began in a small palazzo on Via Tevere—a street in the heart of Naples where our father and his four sisters were raised. Throughout childhood and to this day, we have spent countless summers on Via Tevere, where we quickly learned about the importance of food in the Neapolitan way of life. Of the utmost significance is the iconic pizza, which has become the symbol of Naples. Pizza Napoletana is lauded for its rustic simplicity, its traditional wood-fire cooking method and its celebration of Neapolitan ingredients. Our goal is to honour our family heritage and the tradition of pizza-making by serving up la vera pizza Napoletana—the true Neapolitan pizza.