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Students from the Toronto Catholic District School Board celebrated Italian Canadian Heritage Month with a Mass and Cultural Exposé on June 4th hosted by Dante Alighieri Academy. Father Edwin Galea from St. Maria Goretti Parish was the celebrant of the Mass and performance by the choir of St. Albert.
The Cultural Exposé consisted of Italian Canadians who have played an integral part in our community such as Cavaliere Marino Toppan who arrived in Canada from Italy in 1955. He began his career in the labour movement as an activist and helped foster changes in terms of social justice and improved rights for the emigrant worker. Happie Testa, entrepreneur and active member of the community working in the non-profit sector appreciates the importance of language as it connects us to one another and acts as a bridge linking us to our past and into our future. Finally, Claudio Santaluce performed his unique style, a combination of traditional elements with a modern twist, which has helped revive an interest in Italian songs and folklore among Toronto’s Italian-Canadian youth with the traditional Italian instrument, the organetto.  
Also, performances by students from Regina Mundi, St. Bernard, St. Charles Catholic Schools and Dante Alighieri Academy showcased the Italian heritage and culture through song, dramatic as well as visual mediums.
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