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Testimonial (Books)

Book: CU’FU

written & performed by Charly Chiarelli (Sicialian storytelling magic)

  • “… achingly tender … deliriously funny” The Hamilton Spectator newspaper

  • “… CuFu is marvellous TV, a rich collaboration of the sights, sounds and smells of family life, of life itself” by Globe &Mail

  • “… Sizzles with intensity, brilliant, howlingly funny and perceptive” by Ottawa Citizen

Book: CU’FU by Ronald Weihs (Editor)

CU FU - Stories of a Sicilian family in Canada. Calogero (Charly) Chiarelli is one of Canada's best known storytellers, and a virtuoso harmonica player. Cu’Fu is Charly’s hilarious and touching tribute to his crazy Sicilian family in the North End of Hamilton. His father’s bewilderment at the automatic record changer, his mother’s uncanny ability to read faces, and the unexpected reaction of both when they discover Charly is smoking “Mario Lanza”, create a portrait at once affectionate and funny.

Book Review: Scroogissimo by Ryan Sero (2018)

A zany Christmas play based on the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, and a perennial favorite at Artword Artbar, in Hamilton Ontario. "Ebenezo Scroogi" is a crusty old Sicilian from the Hamilton's Sicilian North End, who thinks Christmas is an "umbaggo". The Ghost of Christmas Past flies him back to his home town of Racalmuto, and then back for a party thrown by "Don Fezziwiggi", whose business is "none of your business". Christmas Present is a glamorous Sicilian mama, and Christmas Future is a silent clown who communicates by honking a bicycle horn. Scroogi is played by Charly Chiarelli, whose one-man shows about growing up Sicilian in Hamilton have been seen across Canada, in Europe, and shown as films on television.  


written & performed by Charly Chiarelli (Sicialian storytelling magic)

  • “Heart, humour and generosity of Spirit …”

  • “Chiarelli has an engaging stage personality and a novelist’s eye for the telling tale, delicator or bowdy …” the Globe & Mail Newspaper

  • “… real life magic ..” Tendem Magazine

  • “… lively and entertaining …” Eye Magazine


Written & performed by Charly Chiarelli (Sicialian Storytelling Magic)

  • “There’s laughter for All” – Now Magazine

  • “… story from the heart to it’s joyous end” –

  • “Mangiacake is brilliant.  Chiarelli is a master a t moving you through the gamut of emotions before making you fall off your chair with laughter” – 580 CRFA

  • “Charly’s storytelling and harmonica playing is spellbinding” – Bravo (New Style Arts Channel)

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