Past Highlights











On Saturday April 25th, Il Centro with our partners, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, welcomed the brilliantly talented Isabella Rossellini to the Vancouver Playhouse in ‘Green Porno’.
Green Porno, Live on Stage is the iconic Isabella Rossellini‘s provocative and comedic performance that explores the fascinating sex lives of land and sea creatures. Originally a popular web series for the Sundance Channel, Green Porno features Rossellini live on stage discussing and acting out the reproductive habits of marine animals and insects, both scientifically accurate and extremely entertaining. Rossellini exposes the intricate and often surprising reproductive rituals of the natural world—from pachyderms to bugs—to shed light on the fragile balance of our ecological future, to which humans are inextricably linked. From stage, Rossellini delivers a riveting presentation with props, costumes and remarkable wit and charm, accompanied by her Green Porno short films.

Check out some of her incredible performance on Youtube.













On April 22nd, Il Centro welcomed the Il Centro Community Gardem Gardening Team to our very first ever ‘Meet & Greet’!

Il Centro’s team, along with the ICCG gardeners enjoyed a fun evening of getting to know one another, learning about the development of the garden and touring the Community Garden and Bee Hive Apiary.








Il Centro’s talented Chef Nevada Cope collaborated with local brewery Parallel 49 on April 16th .

The dinner featured an inventive, delicious 5 course meal paired with complimentary craft beer from the popular brew company.


2014.08.15 - Mercato
Our first ever Italian Night Market has passed and was a great success. Please come to il Centro for the remaining Night Market Events, every third Friday of the month, ending on November 21.

2014.05.23 - Pauline's Reception (M. Atwood)
Il Centro was proud to have Canada’s own award winning and world renown author Margaret Atwood for the world premier of the opera Pauline.

2014.05.01 - The Good Son Ray Boom Boom Mancini
Il Centro was honored to host the screening of the documentary movie The Good Son, starring Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. Ray was present during the evening and answered questions from the audience after the projection.

2014.02.28 - Taste of Carnevale
Taste of Carnevale was il Centro’s very own masquerade party featuring fine Italian cuisine, music and dancing.

2013.12.16 - VSO
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra delivered a fantastic Christmas themed performance with the company of The UBC Opera Ensemble and EnChor.

2013.10.28 - Lidia Bastianich - lightLidia Bastianich visited Il Centro to launch her new cookbook Lidia’s Common Sense Italian Cooking, with Barbara Jo from Books to Cooks and Umberto Menghi.

2013.10.10 - Viva Verdi
In collaboration with City Opera Vancouver, we presented “Viva Verdi!”, on the 2ooth anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, October 10, 2013.

VSO @ Il Centro
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performed “An Italian Rhapsody!” on July 25, 2013.

Visit from the Ambassador of Italy, Gian Lorenzo Cornado – June 7, 2013
The new Ambassador of Italy in Canada, Gian Lorenzo Cornado, who took office on April 2, 2013, visited Il Centro and met with the representatives of our community in the museum.
(L-R): TRIUMF Group Leader, Franco Mammarella; Il Centro Executive Director, Mauro Vescera; ComItEs President, Alberto Leone; His Excellency Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado; Il Centro President, Michael Cuccione; COnsul General of Italy, Fabrizio Inserra.

A Taste of Tuscany – June 1, 2013Taste of Tuscany Poster R-PS
The first appointment of a new series of buffet banquets featuring traditional Italian regional and rustic food at affordable prices: this time we explored the culinary tradition of Tuscany, with a signature menu created by our Catering Manager, Fabio Rasotto, and Il Centro Executive Chef, Nevada Cope.

Naomi’s Road – April 23, 2013Naomi's Road (GOOD)
Through a strong multicultural collaboration with the Historic Joy Kogawa House and the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Il Centro was able to bring Vancouver Opera‘s Naomi’s Road to its Grand Ballroom. Adapted from Joy Kogawa’s novel Obasan, this opera told the story of the Japanese-Canadian internment during WWII through music and bel canto, and made this little know part of Canadian history and the message of brotherhood, respect and multiculturalism that came with it, accessible to children and adults alike.

Cibo & Birra ~ Food & Beer – March 25, 2013IlCentro-CiboandBeer
Il Centro teamed up with renowned Vancouver restaurant Cibo Trattoria for a one-night special collaboration dinner. The meal was influenced by Chef Faizal Kassam of Cibo and Il Centro Executive Chef Nevada Cope. Each of the five courses of authentic rustic Italian cuisine was paired with unique craft beers courtesy of Viti Wine & Lager and BeerThirst.

F.G. Bressani Literary Prize Award Night – November 7, 2012
Il Centro established the biennial F.G. Bressani Literary Prize in 1986 during the celebrations for Vancouver’s Centennial and the launch of the First National Conference of Italian Canadian Writers, accepting the proposal put forth by Dino Minni and Anna Foschi Ciampolini for the creation of a literary prize aimed at honouring and promoting the literary work of Canadian writers of Italian origin or Italian descent.

The winners of the 2012 Edition of the Prize were: George Amabile, Dancing, with Mirrors (poetry); Vince Agro, The Good Doctor (fiction); George Amabile, Small Change (short fiction); Lynne Bowen, Whoever Gives Us Bread (creative non-fiction); and Honourable Mention: Ray Culos, INJUSTICE SERVED, The Story of BC’s WWII Italian Enemy Aliens (creative non-fiction)..

A Question of Loyalty Project Launch – March 6, 2012
On June 10, 1940, Mussolini joined forces with Nazi Germany and Italy became the enemy of Canada. Thousands of Italians who had made Vancouver home immediately became “enemy aliens” and some of them had to suffer a period of internment.
Il Centro was proud to present this multifaceted project, funded by the Government of Canada, which explored this little known chapter in the history of our community.
A Question of Loyalty featured the museum exhibit Beyond the Barbed Wire: Experiences of Italian Canadians in WWII, running from March 6 until August 31, the play FRESCO by Lucia Frangione and BellaLuna Productions, and local historian Ray Culos’s book INJUSTICE SERVED, The Story of BC’s WWII Italian Enemy Aliens.