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Welcome to the 50 th Anniversary of the Italo -Canadian Club of Kingston.

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The Organizing Committee on behalf of the Italian-Canadian Community of Kingston wish to recognize our founding builders for their vision, hard work and sacrifices.

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The HOME that you constructed, VOSTRA CASA, will forever remain as a monument to your talents, love and community spirit.

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Mille Grazie and Thank you!

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A short History of the Italian-Canadians o f Kingston By: Filippo Scarpazza Special Thanks To: Luciana Carfa , Sergio De Longhi Paola Gemignani , Maria Gencarelli and Phil Quattrocchi

The First Italian Explorers:

The First Italian Explorers The first Italian explorer to Canada was Giovanni Caboto whose expedition dates back to 1497 . Almost 200 years later, in 1680 , Henri Tonti , a Sicilian sailor for Robert LaSalle, discovered Tonti Island which is today called Amherst Island . Wikipedia.ca

The first Italian-canadian immigrants of 1880 :

The first Italian- canadian immigrants of 1880 It wasn’t until the late 1880’s that Italians started to emigrate to Canada. In 1881 there was a total of 1,849 Italian-Canadians in all of Canada with most of them working on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Wikipedia.ca

1900’s and the First Wave of Italian-canadian Immigrants:

1900 ’ s and the First Wave of Italian- canadian Immigrants The first large wave of Italian immigrants began 20 years later in the early 1900’s when over a hundred thousand Italians moved to Canada. These were largely peasants from the south and farming parts of the Veneto and Friuli regions . Once in Canada, they mainly immigrated to Toronto and Montreal, both of which soon had large Italian communities. Other groups also went to Hamilton, Vancouver, Windsor, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Sherbrooke, Quebec City and Sudbury. Wikipedia.ca

World War II 1939-45:

World War II 1939-45

1945-50 The second wave of Italians:

1945-50 The second wave of Italians The second wave Italian immigrants to Canada occurred after World War II when Italians from the Abruzzo , Sicily, Liguria, Friuli, Veneto, Tuscany, Emilia- Romana and Calabria regions, left the war-impoverished country for opportunities in a young and growing country. Wikipedia.ca

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Welcome to Canada Pier 21 Most Italians who came to Canada in the 1940’s and 1950’s landed on the shores of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Travelling for up to two weeks on ships like the Saturnia, people brought all their belongings, some food, and a lot of hope. Cold, tired and many ill from the trip, Pier 21 was their first sign of hope and a new home.

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Off the boat, poor and hungry, the first goal was to find work. For many of our local Italians, they would continue their journey to Cornwall, Montreal, Windsor, London and even Bancroft to find work. Working countless hours, some holding down two jobs, they quickly realized the land of opportunity came with a price. Never forgetting their family back in Italy, many also sent money to help their parents start over.

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Kingston 1940’s

Kingston 1949 :

Kingston 1949 Eventually, many would end their travels in Kingston. Here they would find a very small Italian community in a city whose population in 1941 was 30,126. By 1949, there were only 82 Italians in Kingston with some of the early families being; the Amodeo’s , the Cantarutti’s , the Deodato’s , the Fabri’s , the Fardella’s and the Spada’s . (Ministry of Citizenship and Culture) Kingston 1 940’s

1946 and a dream begins:

1946 a nd a dream begins Eventually, more Italians moved to Kingston to find jobs with established Italian companies such as Mario Terrazo and Spada Tile . Again, long hours and working more than one job was the norm. Eventually, many of these industrious workers would become successful Contractors in their own right.

1946 The beginning of a dream:

1946 The beginning of a dream Caught between accepting Kingston as their new home and a longing for their Italian homeland, many local Italian-Canadians wanted a place to meet, play cards and socialize. According to legend, two local businessmen, Gaetano (Tony) Romeo and Jack Cottini started meeting in 1946 with a dream of constructing such a club for the Kingston Italian community. Unfortunately, this idea would remain a dream for many years to come. Money, volunteers and a location were all required before the dream could become a reality.


1954 For over 10 years, these lonely young hard working men and their families continued to dream of this club, a place to go ’ Dopo Lavoro .’

A community club begins:

A community club begins As a community, people would meet at grocery stores such as Quattrocchi’s to share stories and shop. Another meeting place was owned by Lino Bonucchi who operated a lunch counter at the Bowling lane across from Bell Canada on Princess Street. It was the place to go for spaghetti, gossip and soccer scores from Italy.

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Also, at this time Tony Romeo and Jack Cottini began a bowling group that met for fellowship and companionship on a weekly basis. This could be considered as the first Italian social group.

The 1959 original Members:

The 1959 original Members Finally, the time had come to organize a Kingston Italian club. A President and Executive would be elected from the local community. The first elected Italian Club executive was; Gildo Spada President Tony Romeo Vice President Jack Cottini Treasurer Liliana Capobianco Secretary

The 1959 original Members:

The 1959 original Members The first members were; Luigi Archetti Mario Fasan Alex Cerini Giovani Garofalo Ceo Cestallan Tony Garofalo Marcelo DiBarbora Arduino Santin Sergio De Longhi Phil Quattrocchi Carlo De Longhi Arduino Scarpazza Nick DiPietrantonio Mario Troiani Jack Cottini Atillio Michelin Tony Romeo

1959 The Italo-Canadian :

1959 The Italo -Canadian Recognizing that the Italian community had been wanting to build a club for over 13 years , the first objective was to make this dream a reality. Unfortunately, money was still an issue. So for the next few years, the Executive would meet at different stores in Kingston.

The Italo-Canadian Club The beginning of a dream:

The Italo-Canadian Club The beginning of a dream Some of the meeting locations were; 1960 Cottini’s Shoe Repair Kingston Shopping Centre Phil Quattrocchi , President 1961 Cottini’s Shoe Repair Kingston Shopping Centre Carmen Lanzo , President 1962 Imperial Restaurant Kingston Shopping Centre Phil Quattrocchi & Carmen Lanzo , President 1963 Imperial Restaurant Kingston Shopping Centre Ernie Pizzinato , President 1964 Sinclair’s Clergy & Colbourne St Ernie Pizzinato , President

The Italo-Canadian Club 1960 The beginning of a soccer team:

The Italo -Canadian Club 1960 The beginning of a soccer team Even without a club, there existed an incredible desire to showcase the Italian soccer pride against other Kingston teams. In 1960, Ernesto Pizzinato and Carmen Lanzo organized the first soccer team. Uniforms were purchased by the players who were selected for the team.

The 1960 Italo-Canadian Club soccer team:

The 1960 Italo -Canadian Club soccer team The Italo-Canadian Club team would play in the Kingston District Soccer Association against other clubs and ethnic teams such as the; Flying Dutchmen , the Austrian Club , Cornwall, Belleville, Kingston City, Smith Falls & Brockville. The first team players were; Federico DeLamora, Luigi Villalta, Ceo Castellan, Pietro Costa, Carmen Lanzo, Mariano Gherbassi, Antonio Viscardi, Giuseppe Toffolon, Sergio DeLonghi, Pietro Mogno & Dante Plazzota.

The Italo-Canadian Club soccer champions 1960:

The Italo -Canadian Club soccer champions 1960

The Italo-Canadian Club Soccer champions 1960:

The Italo -Canadian Club Soccer champions 1960 Much to everyone’s surprise, the Italo -Canadian club soccer team won the Whig-Standard trophy in its first year. Italian pride ruled the city and a party was held at the LaSalle Motel to celebrate this event.

1961 Soccer Italian style:

1961 Soccer Italian style In 1961, two teams were organized with Spada Tile sponsoring the Northern Italian group and the Italo-Canadian club with all other players. For the next several years, both teams would challenge and win the league championship.

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1962 Soccer Italian style

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1962 ITALO-CANADIAN SOCCER TEAM Ernie Pizzinato, Manager M. Gherbasi, C. Castellan, F. Massitelli, A. Salvador, F. Zanet, S. Giugovaz, B. Witjes, D. Dela Mora, G. Buosi N. Di Pietrantlonio, G. Toffolon, G. Ropking, J. Witjes E. Pizzinato C. Castellan F. Massitelli A. Salvador F. Zanet S. Giugovaz B. Witjes D. Dela Mora G. Buosi N. Di Pietrantlonio G. Toffolon G. Ropking J. Witjes M. Gherbasi

Italian club soccer:

Italian club soccer


1968 ITALIA TEAM Many different teams would add to the rich Italian club success over the years including the 1968 Italia team.

1963 :

1963 Following the success of winning soccer teams, the next goal was to build the club. This goal had been a dream for almost 17 years. To their credit, the Italo-Canadian club had many talented construction working members and a desire to succeed. President Ernie Pizzinato accepted the challenge. This job would no doubt require countless hours of volunteering and leadership with a smile. Mr. Pizzinato was clearly the perfect man for the job.

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A committee lead by Marshall Spada purchased the current property which at the time was a car garage and 42 acres of vacant land from James St. Remy. All for the price of $6,198.92. April 29, 1963 … the land purchase

April 29, 1963 … the land purchase:

April 29, 1963 … the land purchase Soon after, members were asked to loan the Club $100.00, (four weeks of pay) or more to help finance the land purchase. Needless to say, for many members this was a lot of money and very difficult to do.

1963 … construction begins:

1963 … construction begins Throwing caution to the wind, an eager band of volunteer workers started working including; – Bricklayers – Plumbers – Carpenters – Terrazo workers – Painters – Electricians – Cement Finishers

1963 … and construction begins:

President Ernie Pizzinato and the very enthusiastic volunteers would take over 2 years to construct the club. No one was turned back, and most of the work would be completed on weekends. Slowly, the 16 year old dream was becoming a reality, all in the name of friendship, I talian pride and community spirit. Lino Bonucchi continued to be the ‘chef du jour’, with his famous spaghetti and meatballs for the workers. 1963 … and construction begins

1963-65 under construction:

1963-65 under construction Frank Gemignani getting ready to work on the plumbing.

1963-65 under construction:

1963-65 under construction

1965 the Italo-Canadian Club of kingston:

1965 the Italo -Canadian Club of kingston Finally, in the Fall of 1965, the club was completed.

1965 … a new Club is born.:

1965 … a new Club is born. Measuring over 3,000 ft2, it featured a very large dance floor, a kitchen, bathrooms and an office. The first wedding was in December of 1965 for Lydia Saccon and Mr. Zanetti from Toronto. The first social event was the 1965 New Years Eve party. On that evening, Jack Cottini representing the ‘new’ was brought in clothed in a diaper while Angelo Sartor with a long beard represented the ‘old’. Fellow members Onelio Quarin and Johnny Toffolon also assisted with the production.

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The Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston would quickly be considered as one of the largest banquet halls in Kingston. A great location with ample parking, it was ideal for weddings, parties and International music shows such as the Beniamini Della Canzone Italiana Nell Anni ’50 with Nilla Pizzi and Giorgio Consolini .

…a place to celebrate:

…a place to celebrate

…a place to serve:

…a place to serve Mario Fasan, Antonina & Arduino Scarpazza

…a place to meet and…:

…a place to meet and… Mario Fasan, Settimio Bagniarol, Mario Troiani

…A place to feel like home.:

…A place to feel like home . Nilla Museo, Anna Quarin, Loretta Bagniarol,

The Bocce group 1970 The beginning of a dream:

After the club was constructed, plans were made to add a 3 lane Bocce court. Spearheaded by Marcello Spada , Forese Bertoia and Ricci Mussio , the court was completed in 1970 . During the tournament celebration which also marked the Clubs 5 th Anniversary, pastry cook Lino Toffolon and Rose Quattrocchi presented the members with a large birthday cake. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes outnumbered the members and the party was brought indoors. The Bocce group 1970 The beginning of a dream Luciano Quarin, Arduino Scarpazza, Arduino Santin and the boys playing Bocce

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