A once in a lifetime experience! Toronto 2015

November 19th, 2014

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games are looking for volunteers! Click here for more information on how you can be a part of this amazing, once in a lifetime experience.



November 18th, 2014


As our listener, we value your input! CRI (China Radio International) programming airs daily, from 7pm to 7am on CHIN AM 1540 and FM 91.9, and in Ottawa on FM 97.9, and we want to know what you think! Tune into CRI’s English and Mandarin programs, and give us your opinion for a chance to win!

CHIN Radio International offers a window into the world of China regarding topics such as entertainment, current affairs, tourism, international politics and much more!

Tune in and send us your comments on CRI. We’ll post the winning entry and the winner will receive a cash prize of $500!

Participate by sending your comments to [email protected]

Time is running out. Send in your comments by
Sunday November 23!
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Lombardi family honoured by Villa Marconi

November 4th, 2014

On October 29, 2014, the Lombardi family was recognized at the Raising The Roof Corporate Gala hosted by Villa Marconi in Ottawa, Ontario.

“Raising the Roof is a celebration of Corporate, Community, and Personal Excellence that recognizes exceptional leaders who have achieved excellence within their respective fields and community endeavors and who have a link to the Italian-Canadian Community.    Since its launch in 2005, this gala dinner has netted over 1 million dollars for Villa Marconi and is one of the largest and most prestigious fundraising events in Ottawa.

This year, we are privileged to pay tribute to the Lombardi Family pioneers and proprietors of Ontario’s first multicultural and multilingual radio station, CHIN Radio, an iconic station that continues to enrich the quality of life for many immigrants to Canada.  For the vast majority of Italian immigrants, CHIN Radio and TV became lifelines and daily/weekly staples that created a sense of belonging to, and pride in, their cultural background within a newly adopted country.   Today CHIN Radio/TV International continues to remain at the forefront of multiculturalism by embracing and showcasing the diversity and talent of more than 30 cultural groups.  A vision that began in 1966 with Mr. Johnny Lombardi has grown into an ongoing legacy by members of the Lombardi family, Mr. Lenny Lombardi and Ms. Theresa Lombardi, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, commitment and acumen in successfully cultivating this very important Canadian resource.” – 10th Annual Raising The Roof Corporate Gala, www.villamarconi.com


Thanksgiving Day on CHIN Radio

October 9th, 2014


Fausto Leali & Marcella Bella @ Casino Rama! Sunday November 16, 2014

September 24th, 2014

faustolealiOn Sunday November 16, two Italian legends grace the stage at Casino Rama – for the first time together! Fausto Leali, with hits like “A chi,” “Mi manchi” and “Ti lascerò,” has lent his powerful voice to the Italian music scene for over 50 years. He is joined by Marcella Bella, whose pop career has produced successes like “Montagne verde,” Nell’aria” and “Nessuno mai.”

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The 2015 CHIN Winter Picnic is coming! Book today

September 15th, 2014



CHIN Portuguese Winter Picnic: January 16-30, 2015 Click here to download details!

CHIN German Winter Picnic: January 23 – February 6, 2015 Click here to download details!

CHIN Croatian Winter Picnic: January 30 – February 13, 2015

CHIN Italian Winter Picnic: February 6-27, 2015 Click here to download details!



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Luciano Ligabue @ Casino Rama! Saturday October 18, 2014

August 29th, 2014


Alternative-rock icon Luciano Ligabue is set to perform live at Casino Rama on Saturday October 18.

Singer, song-writer, film director, writer, father of two sons. Luciano Ligabue represents the most renowned and credible personification of rock music in Italy in the latest quarter of the century. Born in Correggio in 1960, he made his official debut when he was thirty years old, with the album Ligabue, making one of the most successful debuts in the history of the Italian recording industry and proving himself worthy since the beginning thanks to a formula capable of combining a straightforwardly rock attitude with the narrative finesse of a singer-songwriter. During his artistic carrier, he has developed an unparalleled relationship with his audience: his live activity has been characterized by several achievements, starting from his first tour, which lasted three years non-stop (from 1990 to 1993), with 250 concerts around Italy. At the end of this first phase of his career, Ligabue changed the layout of his band completely and brought forth an album destined to leave a profound trace in popular culture: in 1995, Buon Compleanno Elvis sells over a million copies, remains among the top-selling albums for 15 months and every single one of its tracks is played by the Italian radio stations. The seal of this extraordinary period is another live “fist performance”, in the temple of soccer (and of rock music), of the San Siro arena, in the summer of 1997: a show that legitimates him as an high-class performer. Almost at the same time, Ligabue makes his debut – super successful as well – as a writer (with the collection of short stories ‘Fuori e Dentro il Borgo’, published in 1997, winner of the Elsa Morante award) and as a film director (‘Radiofreccia’, blockbuster in 1998 and winner of 3 David di Donatello awards and of 2 Nastri d’Argento awards). His extra-musical successes are not fortuitous, as confirmed by the further performances, and underline a carrier which still finds in the “live performance experience” its most authentic celebration. In 2005, at the same time as the release of the eight studio album Nome e Cognome, is celebrated, at the Capovolo arena of Reggio Emilia, in the land where Ligabue poetics and aesthetics are deeply rooted, an event which will remain in history: on September 10th, 165.264 people attend the concert that marks “Liga’s” return and breaks the European record for tickets sold by a single artist. During the following season, Ligabue reaches a record-breaking share of public by developing an unbelievable tour which takes him to 4 different types of locations (clubs, indoor sport arenas, stadiums and theaters) with 4 different shows, that register a striking series of sold-out: an exception that becomes the rule in the following years. In 2010 Arrivederci, Mostro! is released, associated, as always, to a series of concerts that allow him to conquer the Tour dell’Anno award. As an additional treat, on September 5th 2013, the video and the single of the song ‘Il sale della terra’ are released as a sneak-peek of the tenth album “Mondovisione”: the most mature work of an artist able to look the crowd in the eyes, to tell stories about each and every one of us, to write songs that truly resemble “quel vizio che non si vuol smettere mai” (“that bad habit that you would never want to quit”).

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19+ event

Albano @ Casino Rama! Sunday October 5, 2014

July 11th, 2014

albanoAlbano, who has voiced so many Italian hits like “Nel Sole,” “Felicita’,” and “La Siepe,” joins us at Casino Rama on Sunday October 5 for a much anticipated live performance!

With an extensive repertoire of albums (since 1966 to today), Albano has starred in an array of films (Nel Sole, L’oro del Mondo, Una Vita Emozionale), is a published author, and has even ventured into winemaking.

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IC Savings presents CHIN Radio’s Dance Taranta!

July 7th, 2014

IC Savings and CHIN Radio are proud to present a truly authentic Italian festival – Dance Taranta “The Women of Taranta!”

Excited to be a part of both the Mississauga Italfest and Rotary Club of Woodbridge Ribfest, three Taranta groups from southern Italy will perform – Orchestra del Sud, Pietra Montecorovino, and Muse del Mediterraneo.







Two shows with these incredible groups from Calabria, Puglia, and Campania:

Saturday August 9 – Mississauga Italfest (Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr.)

Sunday August 10 – Rotary Club of Woodbridge Ribfest (Woodbridge Fairgrounds)

Join us!

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Download the 2014 Dance Taranta media release here.

Italian Contemporary Film Festival, Toronto, June 12-20, 2014!

June 12th, 2014

ICFF coverThe only Italian Film Festival in Canada returns to Toronto Thursday June 12 until Friday June 20 – the Italian Contemporary Film Festival!

The ICFF, now in it’s third year, is a showcase of contemporary cinema of  Italian origin from all over the world.

Visit www.icff.ca for a complete film schedule and list of special guests – like Carlo Verdone and Vittoria Puccini!