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.

bmo

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.

boffo

BosaFoods.V4

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. Bosa Foods’ flagiship store on Victoria Drive reopened its doors in late 2017, come visit soon!

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 www.cannoliking.ca or our social media:
Instagram @cannolikingvancouver
Twitter @cannolikingvan
FB @Cannoli King Vancouver

cannoli

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.

choices

Founded by Vince De Marinis, Da Vinci Travel opened their doors 38 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.

davinci

High Road Vancouver are proud dealers of Ducati and have locations in Vancouver and Langley. Thriving within the Vancouver motorcycle community ever since our doors opened in 1999, what makes us so successful is our core value of “it’s our people that make the difference”. Engaged people drive customer loyalty and are at the heart of the relationship model.

As riders ourselves, we’re devoted to the community, friendships, and memorable experiences built around motorcycles. Brought together by a passion for the thrill of life on two wheels, we’re always planning and running events both independently and with other riding organizations.

We are proud dealers of Ducati and have locations in Vancouver and our newly opened store in Langley.

Throwback themes and Italian charm, Federico’s Supper Club, located in Vancouver’s Little Italy, is one of the best dining experiences the city has to offer. Welcoming hospitality in an old school atmosphere, an evening at Federico’s comes complete with dinner, live music and dancing, five nights a week, including monthly guest performers and world class tributes. Boasting Italy’s prestigious Quality Seal Certification, as well as multiple Dine Out, Diner’s Choice and hospitality awards, Federico’s is about feel good moments from palate to heart – a truly unique experience.

Federico Fuoco, owner of Federico’s Supper Club, and also one of the founding members of Italian Day’s resurrection in 2010, grew up in the area and is a Queen Victoria Elementary and Britannia Secondary School’s alumni. As a young adult, he performed at what once was called ‘The Moka’ on Commercial Drive with his father, also the same location where today Federico’s Supper Club is located. He is passionate about the district and is proud of its Italian heritage, and all the contributions Italo-Canadians have made to this city.

 

Our grand opening of Fiat of Vancouver was in 2011 at 1620 Main Street (on Main at Terminal) and being the number one dealer in Canada earned us the opportunity to open the luxury Alfa Romeo brand in 2015 when it returned to Canada.

The Alfa brand currently includes the 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year – the Giulia Sport Sedan, the high performance 4C Coupe and Spider that leaves others behind with its perfectly proportioned dynamic lines and power and the Stelvio SUV, whose Quadrifoglio sports the title of Fastest Production SUV in the World!

The full Fiat line of vehicles is perfectly matched to our urban landscape and the current fuel prices in Vancouver.

Our team invites you to join us for a gelato and espresso while you relax and enjoy the beauty of Italian styling, designs, and colors in our boutique showroom. Then thrill to the technology and performance of your aesthetic choice as our team demonstrates your Alfa Romeo or Fiat to you.

See us at Italian Day on the Drive on June 10 at 4th Avenue and Commercial or visit us any time at 1620 Main Street, Vancouver.

RozeMerie Cuevas – Designer and founder of two Canadian Brands, Jacqueline Conoir and JAC by Jacqueline Conoir. Educated in Paris, France at ESMOD L’ECOLE DE STYLIST ET MODELIST. During a 33-year design and business career, both the brands and RozeMerie Cuevas have received numerous design, influential women in business, and business innovator awards in Canada establishing them as Fashion Icons in the Canadian Fashion Industry.

In 2013, China became a business interest. A fortunate and chance meeting with a Chinese brand developer landed a partnership agreement to bring the JAC by Jacqueline Conoir brand to China. During the past 4 years, the JAC by Jacqueline Conoir Brand has grown to 110 stores through out better department stores across 2nd, 3rd, and 4th level cities China.

In Canada the JAC by Jacqueline Conoir Brand continues to be strong and in China will expand this year with 50 new stores in the projected plan. World wide the projection is to open more JAC by Jacqueline Conoir Brand stores in Canada, USA and Europe.

Established in 1967 by Carmine and his wife Isa, Kalena’s is named after its owners’ hometown in Italy. Offering a large selection of men’s and women’s Italian-made shoes and accessories, Kalena’s edge on the market has been the advantage. Because we travel to Italy every year and deal with designers and manufacture directly, we will always have unique styles from the best in the business. Kalena owes its longevity to its loyal customer base that includes generations of families who have supported the business over the years. Kalena’s incredible selection of classic and traditional shoes is as much a tradition as the store itself.
The next generation of Kalena’s is thrilled to continue bringing a little bit of Italy to Canada, and now offers online shopping too. Shop online today!

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.

masi

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.

milani

“We are just eastside gardeners doing what we love!”

When Tony Moscone founded his landscaping company in 1948, his dream was to build a solid, professional company that people could depend on. With his three brothers, Angelo, Irvano and Vincent, Tony built an exciting new company that flourishes today as one of Canada’s finest industrial landscaping companies.

T. Moscone & Bros. is still a family-run business celebrating its 70th year. Tony’s sons, Michael and Sandro, and grandchildren, Paul, Barry and Michelle are proud to carry on Tony’s legacy since his death in 1980.

onni_newlogo2013-dark-grey-R
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!

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

shoppers

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.

IMG_2288