Italian Day on The Drive 2017

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SUNDAY, JUNE 11 2017

Theme: life.

Italian Day on The Drive is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and respective immigrant contributions in Vancouver. Commercial Drive, also known as The Drive, is home to the annual festival which transforms the street into a lively 17 block, vehicle free, celebration and community festa.

Since Italian Day’s return in 2010, the event has grown significantly. Today, Italian Day on The Drive represents the largest one day cultural street festival in the city – and perhaps in Canada – drawing over 350,000 attendees of all cultures and ages. It is a multi-cultural and community embrace under the Italian Day umbrella; an embrace which extends itself to event partnerships, business participation, the performing arts, street animation, and the enthusiastic atmosphere shared amongst all Italian Day fans.

Vancouver's Little Italy on The Drive

In 2016, Italian Day marked an important day of celebration. In recognition of over 70 years of Italian heritage, an 8 block area of Commercial Drive was officially designated Little Italy by the Mayor and other officials, including a ribbon cutting and special visit from the Italian Ambassador to Canada. An achievement attributed to the support of government representatives, and community individuals and organizations, including the Italian Day Festival Society. The return of Italian Day on The Drive revived this heritage conversation and opportunity, and has proven to not only be a day of community celebration, but also an avenue encouraging collective goals and economic benefits for businesses and city.

Italian Day 2017 Theme: AMORE

In Italian, Amore means love. Whether in philosophy or in its endearing use of expression, it lies at the heart of Italian culture and its lifestyle. It is a universal language and an exchange evoking many things: affection, romance, passion, respect, creativity, and commitment. It is life, unity and the pursuit for an emotional connection; and is shared in relationships, arts and culture, at the dinner table, in our daily work, in pursued dreams, and in community.

For Italian Day 2017, we celebrate Amore in all aspects of life and the magical power it holds to inspire, connect and create infinite possibilities and experiences, both individually and collectively.

Balla come se nessuno stesse guardando,
ama come se nessuno ti avesse mai ferito,
canta come se nessuno stesse ascoltando,
vivi come se il paradiso fosse sulla terra

Dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth

Italian Day on The Drive is organized and produced by the Italian Day Festival Society in collaboration with:

The Commercial Drive Business Society
Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre
Anigraph Productions
City of Vancouver

The event would not be possible without the support of our valued sponsors and supporters. We look forward to working with everyone as pillars to the success of Italian Day 2017! Benvenuti a tutti!!


When and Where will ITALIAN DAY be held:
ITALIAN DAY will take place on 'The Drive' on Sunday, June 11, 2017, from noon to 8pm. Commercial Drive will be closed to motorized traffic with all festivities and stands positioned along The Drive from Venables to the Grandview Cut.


If interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit our website: or contact us as per below. Grazie!

For more information, please contact the Event Coordinator at:


Suite #4 1726 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V5N 4A3

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