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Beyond Bella: Daniela Nardi’s Salone di Cultura



Beyond Bella: Daniela Nardi’s Salone di Cultura

Artistic Director Daniela Nardi tackles the myths surrounding Italian-Canadian women with Beyond Bella, the seventh edition of the bold, engaging Salone di Cultura. Coinciding with Italian Heritage Month, the June 8, 2018 Salone celebrates Italian-Canadian women artists and creators. For the first time, the Salone takes place at Toronto’s 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education, where Nardi was recently appointed Executive Director.

This year’s theme, “Beyond Bella”, reinforces the Salone’s mandate of shining a light on Italian contemporary culture in Canada while looking beyond stereotypes. “Staying true to the Salone’s vision, we will explore the many myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings around what it means to be an Italian-Canadian woman, and how that informs our art,” says Nardi.

Drawing inspiration from Italian salon gatherings, the Salone di Cultura is a bold initiative created to explore and promote contemporary Italian-Canadian arts and culture within an inclusive and diverse setting. Founded in 2013, this popular series has become a go-to celebration of all things Italian-Canadian within the context of the vibrant cultural fabric of Toronto.

The Beyond Bella edition of the Salone consists of two components, Musica and Arte.

Performances by Daniela Nardi’s “very playful, poised, vivacious, sexy and suave” Espresso Manifesto (Broadway Baby), with guest Andrea Ramolo, one half of acclaimed Canadian folk-pop duo Scarlett Jane, begin the Musica segment at 8 PM. The evening opens at 7 PM with a classic aperitivo curated by culinary partner Dinah Koo — caterer and cookbook author, and one of Toronto's best-known and longest-serving female chefs.

The Arte segment takes place in the Great Hall and Gallery at 918 Bathurst. Projection artist Cinzia Cavalieri will collaborate with the musicians in the Great Hall to set the mood for the Salone. The works of artists Julie Campagna (sculpture), Frances Patella (photography) and Sandra Tarantino (mixed media) will be exhibited in the 918Gallery spaces, where they will remain on display for the month of June.

Beyond Bella is presented with community partners Villa Charities/Carrier Gallery, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, Abbozzo Gallery at 401 Richmond and Hamilton Arts Council to celebrate Italian-Canadian women artists and creators during Italian Heritage Month 2018.

Beyond Bella:
Daniela Nardi’s Salone di Cultura on June 8 | 7pm Aperitivo and 8pm Live music and art

Shatters Myths About Italian-Canadian Women
via All-Female Showcase of Contemporary Music and Visual Art
with Espresso Manifesto | Andrea Ramalo | Julie Campagna
Sandra Tarantino | Frances Patella | Ciniza Cavalieri

TICKETS: $50 online at Eventbrite:




Date: Friday, June 08, 2018

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : Salone di Cultura, Espresso Manifesto

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


918 Bathurst Centre for Culture Arts Media and Education


Daniela Nardi