Fest takes over St. Clair tonight



Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta will feature many musical performances.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not take a stroll and enjoy the tastes and sounds of the 10th Annual Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta?

This weekend’s free festivities gets underway this evening, as 30 bands scattered across St. Clair West, from Westmount Avenue to Lansdowne Avenue, perform live, giving visitors the best experience of this community’s vibrant culture.

Lido Chilelli, co-producer for Corso Italia, says what makes Corso Italia so special is its unique multicultural neighbourhood celebrated through culture, fashion and food.

“Year after year, the smiles and the excitement of the World Cup fever and the World Cup festival feeling that ignites the people of St. Clair is one big family,” Chilelli says. “(In) no other area can you find children, seniors and different ethnicities play together, sing together, dance together and have a great time all in one neighbourhood during the festival.”

This year Corso Italia put together the best bands, the best food, and the best vendors. And in keeping with the spirit of World Cup fever, Chilelli says they are the official World Cup under-20 shopping headquarters.

Highlights for this year’s 10th Anniversary includes cake for participants on Saturday afternoon, with donations going to The Toronto Western Hospital, children’s games and activities, and music from jazz to big band, swing to Latino, and classical to folklore.

With more than 240 shops, restaurants and services to explore, Connie Lamanna of the Corso Italia BIA says the fiesta recreates the atmosphere of an authentic Italian marketplace.

During the day, visitors can take advantage of promotions and samples provided by local food and beverage retailers who will offer a mouth-watering selection of tastes and flavours.

“This neighbourhood is a little jewel in the city that more and more people are finding out about from near and far,” Lamanna says. “Benvenuti a tutti — welcome to our neighbourhood.”

For more information, visit www.torontofiesta.com.