The Year That Was

The end of the year is always a time to look back and assess what we have accomplished – and what we plan to do in the future (the stuff that didn’t get done in the year that just ended because we… ran out of time).

For us at Accenti, 2011 was an exciting year, despite the difficult economic climate, and the challenge of printing a magazine in an increasingly digital world. With this reality in mind, the past summer saw the re-launch of Accenti Online – – with expanded online content. Among these is the entire archive of the print magazine – 24-issues’ worth! But more importantly, the new site is designed as an online magazine, with exclusive regular features, a photo album, feature videos, and an arts calendar, where readers can post their upcoming community and cultural events for free.

Available for purchase through the Accenti Online Store is the new “Italian Moments” 2012 Calendar, comprised of the finest photos from the Accenti photo contests. The photos in the calendar are also available for purchase as large-format prints.

Also new in 2012 is the Accenti Wine Tour. Accenti is offering Italian food and wine lovers an exclusive travel experience – a wine and culinary tour of Tuscany and Piedmont. The ten-day excursion gets underway on October 12. Reservations must be made before April 30, and space is limited, so act now! See details at

Speaking of dates, February 7th is the deadline for Accenti Magazine’s 7th Annual Literary Contest and 5th Annual Photo Competition. Enter your stories and photos for a chance to win $1000 and publication in Accenti. Get the details at

Mark your calendars. The 3rd Annual Accenti Foundation Benefit Gala will take place on Saturday, April 14th, 2012. For more information and to reserve tickets, write to or call 514-329-3254 (104).

As you have been reading in the last few issues of Accenti, the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, Guernica Editions and Accenti Magazine have partnered in a project to commemorate the Internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War. The project is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada through the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP). This issue of Accenti features three contributions on the topic of the internment: Angel of Petawawa by Terri Favro; Hello to Our Friends, if We Have Any Left by Paula Mascioli and Giulia De Gasperi; and Horses by John Madott.

Also in this issue, Terri Favro recalls the impetuousness of young love with her story Flora and Bruno, and Robert Norton captures an Italian moment with his photo, Guanti Bianchi, which also graces the cover of this issue. Both are winners of last year’s Accenti contests. Marco Lo Verso, slows down the pace, as he takes readers through the canals of Venice, and Kim Clarke shatters the silence and rectitude of a church in Italy with her Devotion. Loretta Gatto-White offers readers a special culinary treat for the holidays.

Happy holidays and best wishes for 2012!

Licia Canton

First published in Accenti Magazine, Issue 24.

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