Dairy Queen
Art Scene

Dairy Queen

Influenced by the pop art movement of the 1960s and…

Marinella
Books

Marinella

An excerpt from the novel The Transaction. De Angelis, an…

At a Loss – The Science and Art of Being a Hairstylist
Profile

At a Loss – The Science and Art of Being a Hairstylist

Victor DiBenedetto has spent a lifetime discreetly making his customers look and feel their best. For nearly five decades, the 77-years-young Italian immigrant has been quietly solving the problem of Hamiltonians’ hair loss – including his own. The once-bald barber, whose grizzled, horseshoe moustache rivals Hulk Hogan’s, has owned and operated “Unique Hairstyling and Hayers” in Hamilton’s east end since 1972. Inside his peeling, brown-brick duplex, Victor specializes in the fitting, colouring, cutting, and maintaining…

Circolo Ricreativo
Featured Photo

Circolo Ricreativo

“Circolo Ricreativo” was a finalist…

Drunk Promises Are Hard to Keep
Essay

Drunk Promises Are Hard to Keep

Beginning is easy. Finishing is…

Northern Blues

Northern Blues

Northern Blues is a play on words. This piece was created in February when many people experience the “blues” in…

Biodiversity and the “Gnoseosphere”

Biodiversity and the “Gnoseosphere”

The vertical garden, climbing up the north wall of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures of the…

The Artist and the Assassin

The Artist and the Assassin

The year is 1596. The young Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio has recently come to Rome and is working for an…

Advertisements

In Conversation with Nino Ricci

In Conversation with Nino Ricci

Nino Ricci was the featured guest of the third edition of the Librissimi Toronto Italian Book Festival, held online on…

Piazza Navona, Rome

Piazza Navona, Rome

“Piazza Navona, Rome” is the grand prize winner of the 2020 Accenti “Capture an Italian Moment” Photo Contest. The photo…

Queer and Italian Canadian, A Video Documentary

Queer and Italian Canadian, A Video Documentary

Relatively few Canadian writers and artists of Italian heritage openly identify as queer through their writings and in interviews. In…

Why I Sometimes Don’t Wear Shoes

Why I Sometimes Don’t Wear Shoes

What I've Learned From Fishing All Summer Long The other day I visited my neighbours and we played croquet. The…

Calabrese Moon

Calabrese Moon

Some dreams are meant to come true. I am living proof. My teenage years were not the easiest. Nonetheless, I…

Where Angels Come To Earth: An Evocation of the Italian Piazza

Where Angels Come To Earth: An Evocation of the Italian Piazza

Every type of communal life that goes on in the Italian city touches upon the piazza at some point. It…

At a Loss – The Science and Art of Being a Hairstylist

At a Loss – The Science and Art of Being a Hairstylist

Victor DiBenedetto has spent a lifetime discreetly making his customers look and feel their best. For nearly five decades, the…

But For Now We Stay Home

But For Now We Stay Home

For our mammas! Francesca LoDico’s radio special, "But For Now We Stay Home,” is about her mamma coping with the…

IN MEMORIAM: The Legacy of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

IN MEMORIAM: The Legacy of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

Poet and priest Pier Giorgio Di Cicco passed away on December 22, 2019. As a poet and editor, his contributions…

Advertisements

Italy’s Years of Lead

Italy’s Years of Lead

"If you look at events in Italy from the late 1960s to the late 1980s without any context, it would…

A Rusting Freighter Spurred World Attention to a Refugee Crisis

A Rusting Freighter Spurred World Attention to a Refugee Crisis

When Saigon was overrun by Communist forces on April 30, 1975, thousands of Vietnamese began a rush for freedom. One…

Blurred Nationalities across the North Atlantic

Blurred Nationalities across the North Atlantic

Long before the mid-nineteenth century, thousands of people were constantly moving between the United States and British North America, and Leghorn,…

In Conversation with Nino Ricci

In Conversation with Nino Ricci

Nino Ricci was the featured guest of the third edition of the Librissimi Toronto Italian Book Festival, held online on…

Paula Brancati on Her New Film, Acting, Family, and Coping with a Pandemic

Paula Brancati on Her New Film, Acting, Family, and Coping with a Pandemic

Paula Brancati stars in the film From the Vine (2019), directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Sean Cisterna. Brancati co-produced the…

Silvia Vecchini on Translation and Her Graphic Novel: The Red Zone

Silvia Vecchini on Translation and Her Graphic Novel: The Red Zone

In The Red Zone: An Earthquake Story (Amulet Books, 2019), graphic novelist Silvia Vecchini provides a look at how a…

More Precious than Diamonds

More Precious than Diamonds

Despite my frequent trips to Italy, I consciously decided never to learn the language. With blissful ignorance, I always preferred…

Italian San Francisco

Italian San Francisco

It is impossible to think of San Francisco without its Italian heritage. There are the notables: A.P. Giannini, who founded…

Canadian Problems

Canadian Problems

It’s a Canadian problem. When you’re overseas, people don’t know what to make of you. You’re not American but you…

The Past Is Not Such a Foreign Country

The Past Is Not Such a Foreign Country

It was 1811, the year of Napoleon's Comet and the birth of his son. It was a time of a…

Making Sense of a Troubled Life in My Father, Fortune-Tellers & Me by Eufemia Fantetti

Making Sense of a Troubled Life in My Father, Fortune-Tellers & Me by Eufemia Fantetti

Eufemia Fantetti’s most recent book, My Father, Fortune-Tellers & Me: A Memoir (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2019) is a gripping outpouring…

Inside the Noisy Bubble of a Totalitarian State: Possess the Air by Taras Grescoe

Inside the Noisy Bubble of a Totalitarian State: Possess the Air by Taras Grescoe

Taras Grescoe presents himself as a travel writer who falls for a place and then looks around for a book…

Life, Possibilities, and the Kalahari’s Many Secrets in The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino

Life, Possibilities, and the Kalahari’s Many Secrets in The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino

Arianna Dagnino was born in Genova, Italy. After Moscow, London, and Boston, she worked in South Africa as a foreign…

Drunk Promises Are Hard to Keep

Drunk Promises Are Hard to Keep

Beginning is easy. Finishing is hard. I often have grand ideas for a poem that will never be written. Today,…

A Letter to Mike, the Angsty Squirrel I See on My Porch Sometimes

A Letter to Mike, the Angsty Squirrel I See on My Porch Sometimes

Dear Mike, Did you know that if you lie very still, and very flat, and make sure not to move…

On Meeting Irving Layton

On Meeting Irving Layton

In the early seventies, Irving Layton came to our High School in Montreal-North upon the invitation of our eleventh-grade North…

Twin Chef

Twin Chef

Emma’s hand shook as she presented her dish to the judges. Her lower lip trembled, as did the lavender-infused pannacotta…

Marinella

Marinella

An excerpt from the novel The Transaction. De Angelis, an inscrutable northerner, comes to a rural village in Sicily to negotiate…

Translation As Metaphor for Migration

Translation As Metaphor for Migration

In her Italian-Canadian Narratives of Return. Analysing Cultural Translation in Diasporic Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 436) Michela Baldo maps…

Paola Breda on Land of Triumph and Tragedy

Paola Breda on Land of Triumph and Tragedy

Compiled after decades of research by Marino Toppan, Land of Triumph and Tragedy: Voices of the Italian Fallen Workers is…

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli on La Brigantessa, Her Historical Novel Set in 19th Century Calabria

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli on La Brigantessa, Her Historical Novel Set in 19th Century Calabria

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli is the author of La Brigantessa (Inanna Publications, 2019), a novel based on true events in the…

2020 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

2020 Accenti Contests – Winners Announced

Montreal, May 26, 2020 – Publisher Domenic Cusmano and Editor-in-chief Licia Canton are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020…

Italian-Canadian Writers Gather for Conference in Winnipeg

Italian-Canadian Writers Gather for Conference in Winnipeg

If you could choose a first conference to attend as a speaker, the Biennial Conference of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers…

Premio Italia nel Mondo 2018

Premio Italia nel Mondo 2018

  Life and passionate pursuits deserve celebrating. The Premio all’eccellenza del lavoro e alla cultura Italiana nel Mondo, bestowed upon four…

Accenti Supporters Gather at Gala

Accenti Supporters Gather at Gala

Accenti Magazine and its newly-formed Foundation welcomed the vernal equinox with a dazzling dinner and dance gala. On the eve of…