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article imageThat's Amore: Corso Italia brings the best of Italy to Toronto Special

By Andrew Moran     Jul 3, 2011 in Food
Toronto - The best of Italian food, fashion, music and cars were featured at the 14th annual two-day Corso Italia Festival in Toronto this Canada Day long weekend. For 10 blocks, attendees had the opportunity to embrace the Italiano culture.
The Canada Day long weekend is the weekend of “festivals for everyone.” From the big annual Pride Parade festivities to the Canada Day celebrations to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, everyone is at least doing something.
One annual event that has drawn a large crowd every year is the Corso Italia Festival. Celebrating its 14th year, the Toronto Corso Italia Business Improvement Association features the best of Italian culture along St. Clair Avenue West.
Classic Fiat cars.
Classic Fiat cars.
The strip’s vendors, shops and businesses provided the estimated 150,000 Torontonians Italian sausages, gourmet pizzas, souvlaki, steak on a bun and much, much more. Meanwhile, others displayed vintage cars and others had sales on their clothing imported from Italy.
All of this was accompanied by music performed by several bands, including the Imbayakunas, the Cobra Kings, the Toronto All Star Big Band, Sambacana and others.
In years past, there have been special events. In 2003, the festival held a Super Spaghetti Event where they garnered a Guiness World Record for the longest spaghetti noodle ever made (503 feet or 160 metres).
Vendor making Italian sausages and souvlaki.
Vendor making Italian sausages and souvlaki.
“Whilst Corso Italia is recognized as the centre of the Italian community in the City of Toronto, the area has evolved—as Canada has evolved—over recent years to welcome people from many different lands,” said the festival organizers in a press release.
“In addition to the Italians and Portuguese (with the Portuguese now making up 26% of the residential population), the area is a welcome home to many other nationalities including Turks, Africans and South Americans. It is truly a melting pot reflecting the unique population of Canada.”
The Corso Italia festival ends Sunday night. St. Clair Avenue West between Dufferin and Lansdowne will be closed off. The Toronto Transit Commission will provide shuttle buses.
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