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George Amabile on War, Trauma, the Creative Process, and His Latest Collection Martial Music

by Liana Cusmano


...Good and Evil are not forces that exist outside of us, but are the result of choices we make as individual beings. It is dangerous to succumb to the attractive belief that we, Canadians or Americans, Chinese or Russians, are the good guys and everything we do, however violent or destructive, is right because our cause and our intentions are goodMore...




History of a Dress



Between Two Worlds

by Tania Zampini


It has been my experience as an educator and a self-proclaimed ambassador of Italian culture that when people think of Italy, they think of three things: the food, the history, and the trains never running on time. They are right on all three accounts (although, unbeknownst to them, the third is a direct result of the second). More frequent travellers to Italy might add a few other items to this list: the vineyards, the beaches, the scenery, the hospitality, the more relaxed lifestyle, the romance — that’s amore! More...





The Good Country Index: A New Way of Looking at the World

Marijuana Legalisation: An Italian-Canadian Perspective

by Alex Vaillant-Gamelin


A new law came into effect in Canada on October 17 that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. The legislation was met with praise by some and criticism by others. But what do Italian Canadians think of this new state of affairs? We put the question to a random group of people. Based on our sample’s response, the only thing that is clear is that the views are very nuanced, even ambiguous.  More






History of a Dress

Italian-Canadian Writers Gather for Conference in Winnipeg

by Mélanie Grondin


If you could choose a first conference to attend as a speaker, the Biennial Conference of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers (AICW) should be the one. An interdisciplinary conference, it includes academic and creative writing, film, photography, art, and translation, and you never feel like you don’t belong –even if you’re not Italian-Canadian, like me More...





Premio Italia nel Mondo 2018

by Darlene Madott


Life and passionate pursuits deserve celebrating. The Premio all’eccellenza del lavoro e alla cultura Italiana nel Mondo, bestowed upon four honourees at a gala dinner and fundraiser on October 25, 2018, certainly was that – celebration in grand style. This was the 18th edition of the Premio, and third to take place in Toronto, since its inception in New York, in 1994, with Luciano Pavarotti as one of the first honourees. More...





Aldo Del Col – Meritorious Service Medal Recipient

by Alex Vaillant-Gamelin


“The doctor gave me three to five years to live. I thought that wasn’t enough. I decided I would get ten.” This is how Aldo Del Col described his reaction to a diagnosis for multiple myeloma, the second-most common form of blood cancer. Sixteen years later he is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal by Governor General Julie Payette, in recognition of his work with Myeloma Canada. He spoke to Accenti just after receiving the award.More...





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Castagne to Go: Chronicle of a Chestnut Lover

by Luciano Pradal


A mother and child come towards me. I take a warm chestnut and 

wrap it in a paper towel. I put it in the child’s hands and her face lights up. Children always look at me in wonder when I put a warm chestnut in their hands. Imagine their reaction after they taste it! Though they see the sign on the front of the cart, the uninitiated curiously ask, “Roasted chestnuts?” More...






Return by Genni GunnA River of Oranges

by Aldo Nazarko


Fiume has a unique place in the history of Europe, and Italy in particular. The official language of Fiume was Italian until it was ceded to Yugoslavia in 1947; but the majority of the population has Slavic roots, predominantly Croatian and Slovenian. Before I began this book, I thought of myself as Italian but through my research I discovered that my background is Slavic. I am Italian only by the fact that I was born in Fiume while it was under Italian rule.  More...


From Our Archives


Filò: An Olde-Tyme Christmas Story

by Giulia De Gasperi


The ritual demanded that if the girl wasn’t interested in a suitor, she would decline his request to sit next to her. But since she approved, the courtship could begin. More...
















by George Amabile


to J. Michael Yates


What was all that

organized chaos but an intelligent

storm, words, marching down the page

like a biological imperative, and the bright

mischief, the challenge when you pushed





All a Whirlwind

by Glenn Carley


It is all a whirlwind; a life constructed in little vignettes, little parables that pass by like clouds in full bore – over in a second. We made our way south by southeast to North York and the aftermath of the windstorm the previous day. The usual post-blustery bedlam: cops with flashing lights making you wait and then waving you on. More...


Famous Poet: Please Give Me a Dollar

by Ralph Alfonso


Sometimes I have to laugh. I’ve got three dollars in my pocket. There’s a blinking phone message from my country music pal reminding me that his show is tonight. It’s at a smoky joint full of unshaved loudmouths and their giggly girlfriends with too much makeup clutching beer glasses smudged with lipstick all shades of red. More...




Feature Image

“Lights of Bari Vecchia” by Giorgio Tinelli (Toronto, Canada) – Grand prize winner of the 2014 Accenti Photo Competition.



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