Canada Holidays

There are at least 10 Canadian holidays in a year on a national level, but each province and territory also has its own separate public holidays, which makes it feel like there is a long weekend in Canada almost every month! While major Christian holidays are officially observed, other religious holidays are widely accepted as well in Canada. It’s normal for students and employees to take days off for religious holidays not observed officially. Below is a list of all the holidays.

National Canadian Holidays & Celebrations

First let me list the celebrations across Canada, which are not national Canadian holidays:

  • Groundhog Day – February 2
  • Valentine’s Day – February 14
  • FLag Day – February 15
  • Mardi Gras – February or March *
  • St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
  • April Fool’s Day – April 1
  • Mother’s Day – Second Sunday of May
  • Father’s Day – Third sunday of June
  • Grandparents Day – Sunday after Labour Day in September **
  • Halloween – October 31

* Celebrated only in Quebec City, Quebec, but according to one feedback I got, it’s known as Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday across other parts of Canada.
** Not so well known yet in Canada.

National Holidays

  • New Year’s Day – January 1
  • Palm Sunday – Sunday before Easter Sunday
  • Good Friday – Around March/April
  • Easter Sunday – Around March/April
  • Easter Monday – Around March/April
  • Victoria Day – Monday preceding may 25
  • Canada Day – July 1, but if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the following Monday is observed as the Canada Day holiday
  • Civic Holiday – First Monday of August *
  • Labour Day – First Monday of September
  • Thanksgiving Day – Second Monday of October
  • Remembrance Day – November 11
  • Christmas – December 25
  • Boxing Day – December 26

* Not recognized in all provinces and territories (see below under Provincial & Territorial Holidays for the observation of this holiday).

Canada/USA Holidays & Celebrations

Here is a list of American and Canadian holidays and celebrations both countries share (apart from the holidays celebrated worldwide), either on the same day, on different days or under slightly different names:

  • Groundhog Day – February 2 *
  • Valentine’s Day – February 14 *
  • Mardi Gras (in Canada celebrated only in Quebec City) – February or March *
  • St. Patrick’s Day – March 17 *
  • April Fool’s Day – April 1 *
  • Memorial Day (USA) – Last Monday in May
  • Remembrance Day (Canada) – November 11
  • Veterans Day (USA) – November 11
  • Flag Day (USA) – June 14
  • Flag Day (Canada) – February 15
  • Canada Day – July 1
  • Independence Day (USA) – July 4
  • Labour Day – First Monday in September *
  • Thanksgiving Day (Canada) – Second Monday of October
  • Thanksgiving Day (USA) – Fourth Thursday of November
  • ” Big Shopping Day” (USA) – Friday after Thanksgiving in November
  • Boxing Day (Canada’s “Big Shopping Day”) – Day after Christmas on December 26
  • Halloween – October 31 *

* Shared holidays and celebrations

Provincial & Territorial Holidays


  • Family Day – 3rd Monday of February
  • Civic Holiday – 1st Monday of August


  • National Day – June 24

Nova Scotia

  • Natal Day – 1st Monday of August, except in Halifax where it varies from year to year, usually in August or July

New Brunswick

  • New Brunswick Day – 1st Monday of August


  • Louis Riel Day – 3rd Monday of February
  • Civic Holiday – 1st Monday of August

British Columbia

  • British Columbia Day – 1st Monday of August

Prince Edward Island

  • Natal Day – by proclamation, usually on first Monday of August


  • Family Day – 3rd Monday of February
  • Civic Holiday – 1st Monday of August


  • Alberta Family Day – 3rd Monday of February
  • Heritage Day – 1st Monday of August

Newfoundland and Labrador    
     Celebrated on nearest Monday:

  • St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
  • St. George’s Day (April 23)
  • Discovery Day (June 24)
  • Memorial Day – always on July 1
  • Orangemen’s Day (July 12)
  • Regatta Day/Civic Holiday (fixed by municipal council orders)

Northwest Territories

  • National Aboriginal Day – June 21
  • Civic Holiday – 1st Monday of August


  • Discovery Day – 3rd Monday of August


  • Nunavut Day – July 9
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Electronic Dance Music Careers Options

It can be hard trying to find Electronic Dance Music Careers, although it’s possible. Many individuals choose to get involved in this electronic dance music field as a means of releasing their artistic talent into the general public. But, most who are successful have not simply chosen this career because it was “cool” or they thought it would make them some money. More often than not, these individuals have spent some time working with the music biz at the local level and understand how the business works. They understand what it takes to be truly successful in this field.

Most electronic dance music careers are short term, which makes the search for them even more difficult. This is because the DJ or the Music Producer must make contacts, which take time to develop. The producers then approach clubs and venues that will book them as a DJ, usually on a nightly basis. Once the DJ gets booked, contacts have to be made with recording studios and other promotional venues. Once those are in place, the producer’s schedule events and the parties start.

Many electronic dance music careers require you to be on call. This is because it’s difficult to keep in contact with your clients if you’re traveling around the country. When this is the case, the djs might want to consider taking Skype or Ventrillo as their method of communication. Both services allow the djs to make calls anywhere in the world and keep in constant contact with their client base.

While it might sound strange, two boyhood friends with nothing in common might find good careers in this industry. The two boys might have only one thing in common; they both like to be in electronic dance music careers. If they have hobbies that revolve around music that is popular, they can sign up for radio stations that cover their favorite genre. If they don’t have hobbies, they can simply get into clubs that specialize in electronic dance music careers. If they know somebody in a club that can get them a job, it’s worth talking to them about it.

There are other factors to consider when considering electronic dance music careers. For example, if a particular club is only getting a small amount of attention, a DJ might consider trying to work at a bigger venue. On the other hand, if a DJ already has a good reputation with one venue, he might feel less pressure there. It all depends on the type of DJ that you are. The Internet is a great resource for finding out more about the various DJ careers and the clubs that hire them.

One of the most common electronic dance music careers is being a dj. A DJ is responsible for turning music lovers into regular music lovers by providing them with a variety of songs at certain designated times. The songs that are played usually determine the time of day that the event will be held, so the DJ has to know what times people are more likely to be in front of the DJ table to be ready to dance. A typical dj salary is usually quite competitive but the better paying DJs often travel around and find gigs wherever they can. If you want to have the kind of career that makes you travel around, this could be an ideal choice for you.

Another common electronic dance music careers option is being in charge of promotions for smaller DJs who are school age kids. This might sound like a terrible thing to people who think of working as professionals, but because these children are school age, they have the ability to be managed by anybody, even older DJs who might be afraid of dealing with younger crowds. In addition to this, public relations experts might want to consider working with these two boyhood friends because they have something in common: they can both code, so it might be worth finding out if it would be possible for these two friends to work together.

The options mentioned here are just some of the many electronic dance careers options available to anyone with the passion and drive to make it in this industry. These careers options do not require experience, they do not require you to have your own equipment, and they do not even need you to know anything about computers. With just a passion for dance, you can be on your way to a new and exciting career tomorrow! Make sure to keep your eyes open for promotions, as there is always more coming out than coming in.

A$AP Rocky On Celebrity Cameos, Including His Girlfriend Rihanna, In New Documentary

For A$AP Rocky, his new documentary is a chance to tell his truth, and he feels “truly blessed” to have the support of his celebrity friends and girlfriend, Rihanna.

Rocky spoke with ET on the carpet ahead of “Stockholm Syndrome”s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Sunday, and he opened up about the film and his ladylove’s appearance in it.

When asked how important it was to have Rihanna’s support for the doc, Rocky said it was “important having that support in real life, you know?”

“It’s amazing and I’m honestly truly blessed, for real,” Rocky added.

Along with Rihanna — whom Rocky recently referred to as “the love of my life” during an interview with GQ in May — the film also features some notable appearances from some of artist’s A-list friends — including Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Tyler the Creator.

The movie itself follows Rocky’s rise to fame, as well as his high-profile legal troubles which landed him in a Swedish prison, stuck for a time in solitary confinement, in July 2019. The artist explained that “nothing is off limits” when it comes to what the movie is willing to explore in his life.

“I think making a documentary is all about vulnerability,” he explained. “The documentary is all about showing honesty, authenticity, purity.”

A$AP Rocky attends 2021 Tribeca Festival Premiere of “Stockholm Syndrome”at Battery Park on June 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)
A$AP Rocky attends 2021 Tribeca Festival Premiere of “Stockholm Syndrome”at Battery Park on June 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)

For Rocky, it was important to him to explore the nuances of his life and career, as well as his imprisonment, without casting him in any particular light, or in a way that tried to get people to feel bad for his circumstances.

“I just wanted to tell my story without really complaining or without, you know, seeming like a victim, or like I wanted a pity party or what not,” he shared. “So, here it is.”

This documentary marks a return to professional life, of sorts, for the artist after more than a year of quarantines and lockdowns amid the pandemic, and Rocky explained what he’s planning to work on in the coming year.

“What’s next for me was what I was doing before I went to prison,” he shared. “Me and the prettiest muthaf**ker ever, we breaking headlines and making history with creativity.”


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David James: why the footballer trains to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Footballer David James has revealed that he listens to classical music to help him stay calm, prepare for a game or gear himself up for working out. The former England goalkeeper told The Times, ‘I can very honestly say that classical music has kept me sane. It’s always been there for me and I will always listen to it.’

James also shared the classical music he listens to on a regular basis, with works by Beethoven, Holst and Saint-Saëns appearing among his favourites. Many of these works were featured on his new programme for Scala Radio, in which he explored the relationship between football and classical music.

‘The whole length of Beethoven’s Ninth is just long enough to do a good session on a gym bike,’ he told The Times‘s deputy arts editor Neil Fisher. He tells a story on his programme for Scala Radio about how the England football team created a playlist for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. ‘My fellow goalie Paul Robinson went for a Neil Diamond song; Peter Crouch chose Get Up (Everybody) by Byron Stingily. And I decided to have the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which is about 24 minutes long.’ Unfortunately however, his track was skipped over. ‘Paul was the No. 1 goalkeeper,’ James admits. ‘If I had been the No. 1 goalkeeper I might have got my music played and pulled rank.’

Find out more about the story behind Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony here.

David James is not the only famous Beethoven fan: others include former British PM Margaret Thatcher, tennis star Rafael Nadal and poet Sylvia Plath. We name some of the most famous fans of Beethoven here.

Read our reviews of new Beethoven recordings.

He also chose to feature Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, which he ‘imagined filming a match set to some of the score’ and the hoedown from Copland’s Rodeo. He suggested that if England win the Euros this year, ‘it would be wonderful if someone could compose a new piece – an English Ode to Joy? A proper, classical salute to England.’

Saint-Saëns appeared several times in David James’s round-up of favourite classical music, as he remembered hearing Danse macabre when he was first learning the cello at school.

James also sung the praises of the BBC Proms, which start next month at the Royal Albert Hall. Find out what’s being performed at this year’s BBC Proms here. ‘I’ve seen Jupiter from Holst’s The Planets performed at the Proms; to hear that live was just immense,’ says James. ‘At the Proms I’ve also seen the Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang play Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, which absolutely blew my mind.’ James appeared in the coverage of the 2020 Last Night of the Proms, which took place with a virtual audience and no live audience in the hall. Find out more about this year’s Last Night of the Proms here.

David James told The Times about his enduring love of classical music and how it intersected with his footballing career,’ he says. ‘I could be quite ritualistic about my music before big matches. To use a musical expression, you’d need to orchestrate the moments before a game to be in your best position — from time in the hotel room where you could play music, to getting on the bus. Some managers didn’t mind loud music in the changing room, but Fabio Capello was very against it. He wanted quiet.’

David James is not the only famous fan of both football and classical music. We recently named some of the most famous composers and musicians who loved football.

If you want to find out more about the music of Beethoven but aren’t sure where to start, check out our guide to the best Beethoven pieces of music for beginners.

What is the relationship between football and classical music?

David James explores the similarities between top performers in the worlds of classical music and football. ‘It goes beyond choice: when you realise the amount of sacrifice, or the amount of time you have to put in — like nine hours practising the piano. Only a certain kind of person can do that.’

What instruments does David James play?

Although he started out playing the violin, he moved onto the double bass and ended up playing the cello, which he played until he was about 14 when sport took over.

What music did David James feature in Football Scores on Scala Radio?

Lerner & Loewe: Main Title from Paint Your Wagon
American West Orchestra/Nelson Liddle

Handel: Zadok the Priest
Royal Choral Society/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Davies

Verdi: La Donna e Mobile from Rigoletto
Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera/Carlo Rizzi

Francis Poulenc: Gloria from Poulenc’s Gloria
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus/Seji Ozawa (Conductor)

Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
London Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Haitink 

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 4th movement
London Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Haitink

Rodgers and Hammerstein: You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel

Alfie Boe (Tenor), Crouch End Festival Chorus, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/John Owen Edwards

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Land of Hope and Glory)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko

Jerry Livingston & Ray Evans: Que Sera Sera
Andre Rieu (Violin), Johann Strauss Orchestra

Klaus Badelt: Pirates of The Caribbean: Suite
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Tolga Kashif

Parry: Jerusalem
Leeds Festival Chorus, English Northern Philharmonia/Paul Daniel

Puccini: Nessun Dorma from Turandot
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), John Aldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta

Barry Stoller: Off Side (Match of the Day Theme)

John Rutter: Lord of the Dance
Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia/John Rutter

Karl Jenkins: Palladio
London Philharmonic Strings

Holst: The Planets Jupiter (The Bringer of Jollity)
London Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis

John Hughes & William Williams: Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda)
Fron Male Voice Choir, Czech Film Orchestra/Cliff Masterson

Eric Coates: The Dambusters
Central Band of The Royal Air Force/Duncan Stubbs

Monty Python: Always Look on The Bright Side of Life

Where can you listen to David James’s show on Scala Radio?

Football Scores with David James is now available to listen back to on the Scala Radio website.

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PHOTOS: New Limited Edition Arrivederci MagicBand Motors into the Italy Pavilion at EPCOT

Ciao Bella! We were at Epcot today when we stumbled upon this new MagicBand style at Il Belle Cristallo in the Italy Pavilion. Along with other recent MagicBand releases, we think this could make a fun addition to your collection.

Arrivederci Magic Band- $39.99


The black band and the red front of the MagicBand appear simplistic at first glance.


But further inspection reveals Minnie looking particularly chic as she scoots through the Italian streets in her hat, scarf and sunnies.


For Italy enthusiasts, or particularly big fans of the Italy Pavilion, this MagicBand shouts “Ciao Bella” and includes images of St Mark’s Campanile and Doge’s Palace.


Minnie takes a break from her travels to pose for a fashionable photo atop her scooter.


The box even greets you in Italian!


There are only 500 of these limited edition MagicBands, so scoot on over to the Italy Pavilion to snag yours ASAP!

Will you be adding this MagicBand to your collection? Leave us a comment and let us know!

As always, keep following WDWNT for all of your Disney Parks news, and for the absolute latest, follow WDW News Today on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Celebrating 13 Years, Taste Of Little Italy Is Back With A Fresh New Feel

Foodies start making your plans – Little Italy’s 13th Annual Taste of Little Italy is on!

Attendees will once again be able to take in the summer air while walking through the neighborhood’s 48 square blocks, sampling mouthwatering bites from over 20+ of Little Italy’s culinary gems, although this time in a slightly different format than previous years.

To prepare for new guidance regarding the reopening of California, Taste will now be held over two days, Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23, from 4PM to 8PM each day, each evening showcasing different restaurants.

A Taste Passport is provided to ticketholders as a guide, listing all participating restaurants, menu offerings and COVID-19 procedures.

Be sure to bring your appetite!

“We are so excited to be able to bring back Taste of Little Italy for our 13th year, especially after such a difficult year,” said Chris Gomez, District Manager of the Little Italy Association. “It’s an opportunity to enjoy the sights and delicious bites of Little Italy’s many eclectic and diverse restaurants, so be sure to bring your appetite! We encourage purchasing your tickets early, since the Taste of Little Italy sells out quickly.”

Upon arrival, attendees will check-in at their scheduled time in the Piazza della Famiglia where they will be given their Taste Passport. Guests will then make their way to each restaurant stop, taking away their “tastes” to enjoy at their leisure.

Current participating restaurants and their menus:

Day 1

Ballast Point | Grapefruit Sculpin Ceviche
Bencotto|Homemade Gnocchi in a Creamy Bell Pepper Sauce
Bobboi Natural Gelato (Kettner) | Gelato Sample of Six Flavors
Caffe Italia | Cappuccino, House Coffee or Nitro Cold Brew
Civico 1845 | Check Website for More Details
The Crack Shack | Judori Fire Nugs
Davanti Enoteca | Check Website for More Details
Ironside Fish & Oyster | Check Website for More Details
Mikkeller Brewing | Choice of (1) 5oz. Mikkeller Tasting
Mr. Moto Pizza | Slice of Pizza & Garlic Knots
Nolita Hall | Check Website for More Details
Pali Wine Co. | Braised Spanish Meatball
Puerto La Boca | Skirt Steak & Wine Sample
Queenstown Public House | Cat’s Chili
Ristorante Illando | Check Website for More Details
Samsburgers | Chili Cheese Fries

Day 2

Allegro | Creamy Parmigiano & Truffle Infused Gnocchi
Bobboi Natural Gelato (Little Italy Food Hall) | Gelato Sample of Six Flavors
Born & Raised | Check Website for More Details
Buon Appetito |Melanzane All’Amalftiana
Craft & Commerce | Check Website for More Details
Farmer’s Table |Beef Ragu Rigatoni
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto |Various Pizza Slices
Frost Me Café & Bakery |Mini Key Lime Pie
Graze by Sam |Shrimp Udon Noodle Salad
M Winehouse | Sangria Samples
Isola Pizza Bar | Check Website for More Details
Monello |Homemade Shell-Shaped Pasta
Not Not Tacos |Mini Mashed Potato Tacos
Parakeet Café |Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookie
Petrini’s |Homemade Italian Sausage & Bell Pepper

Safety first!

To ensure the safest experience for everyone, attendees are asked to maintain proper physical distancing and are required to wear face masks when they aren’t sampling their “taste.” Attendees will also be split into two different time slots each day to disperse guests more evenly during event hours.

After visiting every stop on their Taste Passport, guests can eat while they stroll or will be able to enjoy their bites and sips at one of the many open-air piazzas Little Italy has to offer.

Purchase tickets now!

Tickets are priced at $50 for advance purchase, plus a small service fee, and increase to $55 one week before the event. A portion of every ticket sold goes directly back to the restaurants to provide some financial relief from the hardships they have suffered due to COVID-19.

For a full list of participating restaurants and to purchase your tickets to the 13th Annual Taste of Little Italy, visit HERE!

See you there….and stay healthy, San Diego!

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6 Perfect Stops On A Northern Italy Food Tour

The Northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is a foodie’s paradise. Along with the production of some of Italy’s most prized commodities — Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto — the food of the region presents a satisfying and seductive gastronomic persona all its own.

More affordable and less crowded than other Italian regions, Emilia-Romagna is replete with stunning landscapes: mountains, rolling hills, rich, verdant farmland, and a 55-mile-long Adriatic coastline. The combination makes this region a treasure trove of extraordinary food production and consumption.

Emilia-Romagna is hot and more crowded in summer, and parts of the region see snow in winter. The best times to take advantage of fewer vacationers, off-season prices, and a bounty of fresh options are spring and fall.

The following food experiences are located in Bologna or are an easy drive from the city.

1. Trattoria Del Rosso In Bologna

Bologna is the capital of Bologna Province and the heart and belly of the Emilia-Romagna food experience. My husband and I have delighted in several meals at Trattoria del Rosso. Although the interior is welcoming, there’s nothing like sitting outdoors and savoring a light evening breeze along with pasta and wine. Service was efficient and friendly, but it was the outstanding food that drew us back.

Tagliatelle Bolognese, long wide pasta with a thick, robust meat and tomato sauce, is one of the region’s signature dishes, and Trattoria del Rosso’s is superb. My favorite, however, was Tortellini in Brodo, tender pasta circles filled with meat and cheese basking in a rich chicken broth. Next time, I’ll try the Gramigna with Sausage, a squiggly egg pasta that makes it easy for the sauce to cling to its curls.

Trattoria del Rosso is wheelchair accessible. Make reservations, as this is a popular spot with locals, students, and tourists.

Pro Tip: An excellent way to work off all that pasta is to take a paid or free (tip-based) Bologna walking tour. It also serves as a perfect introduction to this remarkable city.

Seen in the Quadrilatero Area of Bologna—Gorgonzola so Ripe it has to be Served with a Spoon

Simon Lock / MyElecticImages

2. The Quadrilatero In Bologna

In Bologna’s historic center lies a magical network of enticing shops near Piazza Maggiore. This is the oldest market in Bologna, with some structures dating back to the 13th century. Although food is by no means the only commodity vying for attention, it nevertheless will tempt and enthrall. Mouthwatering displays of freshly sliced cured meats, Parma ham, salamis, and aged Parmigiano-Reggiano will call your name. And gorgonzola so ripe it will appear to be rushing to rendezvous with your tastebuds will beckon you.

The Quadrilatero has expanded since its medieval beginnings. Today, the market area is bounded by a large quadrant of streets. High-end boutiques, jewelers, blade-smiths, fishmongers, produce stands, and more will occupy you for hours. Of course, a bounty of cafes and restaurants will see that you remain fully fed and hydrated.

The cobblestone streets may make walking less than comfortable, so leave the heels at home. The terrain will also give wheelchair users somewhat of a bumpy ride.

Pro Tip:FICO Eataly World is a 20-acre foodie’s playground located outside Bologna’s busy city center. It features vendors and restaurants showcasing high-quality foods from all of Italy’s regions.

Barrels of Balsamic Vinegar Aging at Acetaia Cavedoni in Castelvetro

Simon Lock / MyElecticImages

3. Acetaia Cavedoni Balsamic Vinegar Tour In Castelvetro

Acetaia Cavedoni is a sixth-generation balsamic vinegar distillery owned and operated by Paolo Cavedoni and his son, Marcello. Take the small-group tour, and you will never see those mass-produced bottles of balsamic the same way again.

A history of balsamic from the Romans to today will lead to an introduction to the dedication, patience, and painstaking techniques that result in the world’s finest aged balsamic vinegar. A stop at the building where the aging barrels stand in perfect rows from largest to smallest will help put the process into perspective.

The Cavedoni family has been producing certified DOP, artisanal balsamic vinegar since 1860. Each generation has strictly adhered to the traditions and values that enable them to produce the finest balsamic on the market.

Shifting the focus from brain to palate. You will taste a range of vinegars from thin, lip-puckering acidity to smooth, thick, sweet liquid gold, giving you a unique understanding of how aging affects the final product.

Following the tasting, you will enjoy a generous sampling of crusty homemade bread, aged Parmigiano Reggiano, peppery mortadella, and of course, wine. The family also produces the ruby-red Lambrusco, a refreshing, slightly sparkling, organic wine.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for something to take away for a treat or gift, you can purchase aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic, and Lambrusco onsite.

Flavorful Bowl of Pasta e Fagioli Served at Casa Selene.

Simon Lock / MyElecticImages

4. Casa Selene Outside Modena

Located on Via Monticelli, a country road a couple of miles off the main road running between Bologna and Modena, sits Casa Selene on an incline overlooking gently rolling countryside. Here we feasted on a traditional Emilia Romagna lunch. This restaurant/hotel is an agro-tourism business. We had high expectations of freshness and quality, and Casa Selene didn’t disappoint.

We lunched with a group, so our meal was served family-style. This enabled us to sample small portions of several dishes. From the thick and savory pasta e fagioli to the beautifully presented rich, sweet creme caramel, each dish was an edible work of art.

Casa Selene makes its own pasta, and makes it well. I dream of someday sitting down with a hot bowl of their tagliatelle Bolognese and nothing other than a glass of wine.

Casa Selene is wheelchair accessible, and the staff is friendly and accommodating.

Pro Tip: Even if you’re not a car enthusiast, the Ferrari Museum in the nearby town of Maranello will fascinate you and keep your mind off food, at least for a couple of hours.

Just A Few of the Thousands of Wheels Of Parmigiano-Reggiano Aging in a Warehouse Near Modena

Simon Lock / MyElecticImages

5. Mercato Albinelli In Modena

Since 1931, this covered food market has been a go-to place for locals and tourists alike. We perused stalls offering fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as fresh and cured meats, cheeses, wine, flowers, and anything else one would want to grace a traditional Emilia-Romagna table.

Located near Modena’s Piazza Grande, this market is not as large as others in Europe, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quality and charm. The corner restaurant where we had lunch tempted us with homemade baked pasta, pizza, roasted chicken, and a variety of cold offerings. We shared a cheese plate and a hot pork sandwich, washed down with Lambrusco. All were excellent, but the pizza will be my next choice.

There is plenty of architectural eye-candy on which to feast, as well. Wrought iron spirals and a sculpture of a little girl holding a flower basket on her hip lend an artsy touch to the homey atmosphere.

Pro Tip: You don’t have to be an opera lover to be fascinated by Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti, the place Modena’s native singing son called home. Become acquainted with this operatic icon through his private collection of memorabilia, costumes, awards, and personal artifacts.

Massive Ball of Curds that will Form Two Wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano

Simon Lock / MyElecticImages

6. Italian Days Food Experiences Tour Originating In Bologna

Indulge yourself in a 10-hour Bologna Food and Wine Tour from Italian Days Food Experiences. This tour that dives into the production of Parmigiana-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto will feed both body and mind.

The small-group tour includes transportation to and from your accommodations in Bologna and tours of a Parmigiano-Reggiano production plant and a prosciutto production facility not generally open to the public. Also included are a tour and breakfast at the aforementioned Acetaia Cavedoni, generous samples throughout the day, and a sumptuous late lunch at a restaurant or winery serving traditional Emilia-Romagna dishes.

We took this tour and developed a strong affection and respect for the families who keep alive the traditions that result in some of the finest foods in the world. Our guide was friendly, informative, and highly entertaining, making the entire experience all the more enjoyable.

Disclaimer: My husband and I were guests of Italian Days Food Experiences. However, all opinions are entirely my own.

Pro Tip: Resist the temptation to nap in the van between stops. Instead, take in the lush landscape rolling by, and glean as much information as you can about what else to see, do, and eat in the area from your driver.

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AEGA ASA’s Acquisition Of Two Solar Parks In Sardinia, Italy

Deloitte Legal advised AEGA ASA in the signature of the final transaction agreement with 3T S.r.l. to buy two 1 MWp solar parks in Sardinia, Italy. Grimaldi Studio Legale assisted the sellers.

Both of the 1 MWp solar parks in Sardinia are elevated ground mounted power plants, benefitting from Conto Energia 4. Feed-in tariff end is 14 years from cut-off date for Rio Verde S.r.l., and 13 years from cut-off date for S.T.A. S.r.l., out of their respective 20-year concession period. Both plants are expected to deliver an internal rate of return (IRR) in line with Aega’s current assets and the group’s overall investment target.

The two new parks are located close to Villapiana Fotovoltaico S.r.l., a solar power plant acquired by Aega last year. Aega thereby has a cluster of three parks in Sardinia.

Fabio Buonsanti has led the process from Aega’s side. He has been assisted by the legal team of Deloitte Legal Italy lead by Managing Associate Emanuele Bottazzi alongside Associate Manuel Marangoni.

Grimaldi Studio Legale advised the sellers – holding 3T S.r.l. and Gas Più S.r.l. – with a team led by Partner Sergio Massimiliano Sambri (Picture) and Associate Sara Marini.

Involved fees earner: Emanuele Bottazzi – Deloitte Tax & Legal; Manuel Marangoni – Deloitte Tax & Legal; Sara Marini – Grimaldi Studio Legale; Sergio Massimiliano Sambri – Grimaldi Studio Legale;

Law Firms: Deloitte Tax & Legal; Grimaldi Studio Legale;

Clients: 3T S.r.l. (Meda Terzini Family); Aega ASA; Gas Più S.r.l.;

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Italy’s Gardaland Theme Park Provides Thrills and Entertainment With Symetrix

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Castelnuovo del Garda, Verona, ITALY — November 2020 Located near the southeast banks of Italy’s Garda Lake, the Gardaland Theme Park is one of the oldest and most loved theme parks in the country.

Opened in 1975, Gardaland’s theme is inspired by the world of history, geography, space, and fantasy with many rides to match. With over 3 million visitors each year, eight roller coasters (five rated as “extreme” by the Roller Coaster Data Base), three different water rides, over two dozen other rides, and a huge variety of attractions and shows, Gardaland satisfies the needs of a very diverse public from early childhood and adolescence to young adults and families.

Despite the park’s love by locals and tourists alike, Gardaland’s audio system had significant problems. Wear and tear of the components in place and the lack of flexibility of the signal distribution system posed issues that couldn’t be resolved with the system in use. It became very difficult for the technicians to evaluate the state of the audio signals in the various areas of the park. Constant failures, little to no flexibility, and non-existent ability to monitor remotely led Gardaland’s AV Technicians to seek a better solution.

Led by Eurolab SRL’s Managing Director, Alberto Colombo, in collaboration with Sisme SPA’s Sound Engineer, Simone Santarelli, Gardaland was presented with a new solution to provide audio distribution, processing, monitoring, and real-time system control throughout the entire 50-acre park. Combining years of audio and control system experience with powerful products from Symetrix gave Gardaland the confidence that they would have a world-class solution for their park.

At the core of the system, fiber optic lines link seven technical rooms in various parts of the park and are used to carry sixteen tracks of synchronized audio throughout the park. A Symetrix Radius NX 12×8 processor with a 4-channel analog input expansion card brings those sixteen channels of audio into the system, provides audio processing as needed, and transmits the audio over the park’s Dante network. 

Symetrix xOut interfaces (seven xOut 4 and one xOut 12) in the park’s various technical rooms convert the Dante network audio back to analog audio for the 40 channels of zone amplification. Designed exclusively for use with Dante-enabled Symetrix DSP units, the xOut 4 and xOut 12 are configured using Symetrix Composer software.

The Composer Software allows Gardaland’s technicians to quickly configure the entire audio network from anywhere in the park and SymVue control interfaces provide immediate control over all input and output processing, network routing, and paging. The fully custom SymVue interface provides Gardaland’s AV Technicians with simple and intuitive system control as well as the ability to have the features of the interface modified or expanded as needed.

Symetrix’s Web-Based Event Scheduler provides Gardaland with automatic activation of each zone’s audio when the park opens in the morning and automatically deactivates each zone when the park closes. Park staff can access the Web-Based Event Scheduler with a web browser from any phone, tablet, or computer to make temporary or permanent schedule adjustments as needed.

Creating a large, flexible system with simple management and monitoring is always a challenge. When that system is spread out over 50 acres of roller coasters, water rides, shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, the challenge becomes enormous. Combining powerful, flexible products from Symetrix with the expertise of Eurolab and Sisme made it possible to quickly and easily design and install a park-wide solution for Gardaland that’s reliable, simple to manage both centrally and remotely throughout the park, and easy to expand as Gardaland’s needs evolve.

“The system has allowed us to obtain a truly optimal result, thanks to the great reliability of the Symetrix products and the simplicity of configuration and management through the Composer software,” said Santarelli. “Symetrix products and technology made it possible to create a scalable system, suitable for any future audio expansions in the park.”

Ecstatic with the results, Gardaland Park’s AV Technicians now have flexibility in their audio routing, the ability to remotely monitor any part of the system, and peace of mind that their system will reliably perform every day for years to come. The audio quality in all areas of the over 2,150,000 square foot park has significantly improved and as the park and attractions continue to expand, the new system in place is ready to adapt to the upcoming additions.

“Our favorite thing about Symetrix is the excellent scalability and flexibility in large systems that allows us to manage complex installations very easily,” said Santarelli. “We are very happy with the result and with the trust that our customer has placed in the Symetrix brand, identifying these products as the perfect solution for the renovation of the Gardaland Park.”

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