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Message from Founder

Daniela Nardi

I would like to thank you. Vorrei ringraziarvi. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about TEMPO Fest, our groundbreaking, exciting, evocative festival of Italian music and creativity happening now. The Now Sound of Italy.

TEMPO Fest is momentous. For Italy, for Canada, for Music – and for me personally as an Italian-Canadian musician and producer. TEMPO Fest represents the next creative frontier of my cross-continent successes, Espresso Manifesto, the series of international recordings and performances, and Salone di Cultura, the multidisciplinary diasporic cultural series. I have built on these, added years of planning, dreaming, connecting and more planning – and eccoci TEMPO Fest.

Recently TEMPO Fest created TEMPO Connect, and partnered with Global Toronto, Italia Music Export and Puglia Sounds to bring together 25 leading members of the Italian music sector with Canadian and international delegates in an online forum, showcasing the three brilliant artists of Italy’s Fanfara Station. The result: new relationships to help open up the promising Canadian market for Italian music companies and vice versa and offer performance opportunities for artists.

And with TEMPO Connect, my TEMPO Fest team and I – are just at the beginning.

TEMPO Fest promises to become a cultural event of international significance. It will be a hub for Italian, Canadian and International artists and music sectors. A space to ignite creativity, foster collaborations, elevate our human experience. TEMPO Fest will be the platform for a next generation of creators and thought leaders. It will promote the cultural harmony that we all – people, nations and the world – need now.

Welcome to TEMPO!

Daniela Nardi
Founding Artistic Director / CEO
Daniela Nardi

About TEMPO Fest

Toronto-based, internationally focused, TEMPO Fest is a non-profit music experience and industry meeting place that celebrates the vibrancy and vitality of the Now Sound of Italy.

  • The TEMPO Fest Vision: to serve as the world’s premier festival and industry hub, igniting creative spirits, elevating experiences, and opening up opportunities for artists, audiences and music professionals through the celebration of today’s Italian music.
  • The TEMPO Fest Mission: to broaden perspectives on what being Italian today looks and sounds like, and to foster a deeply creative, inclusive and sustainable cultural network for artists and thought leaders from Italy, Canada, the World.
  • The TEMPO Fest Promise: to offer a space that brings people together to share and discover the passion, innovation and beauty of the Italian spirit through music.

TEMPO Fest is the dreamchild of Daniela Nardi, the Italian-Canadian musician, producer and arts leader.

TEMPO Fest is dedicated to artist selection, programming, and new works that create a bold and audience-galvanizing vision for the Now Sound of Italy, of Canada and beyond.

TEMPO Fest’s programming

  • Spans musical genres, from jazz to electronic, world to rap, folk to classical
  • Crosses boundaries from live to hybrid performances, immersive to multimedia experiences
  • Intersects borders by showcasing the Mediterranean roots of Italy, multicultural identities of Italy and Canada, and how this influences artistic expression
  • Unites cultures and generations by offering a diverse, inclusive space for the discovery of both emerging and established artists
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