Historically, a Filò:

In rural villages of Italy during the long winter months, families and friends used to gather in the warmest place in the house or barn to weave, sew, knit, repair and make tools, and to have a good time. Storytelling and singing formed a large part of the evening. In some parts of Italy, women got together alone for evenings where they had a meal with special delicacies, told jokes and sang.

Today, the Ottawa Italian Women's Filò:

We bring together women of Italian origin in order to celebrate their accomplishments, recognize community service, educate others in the Italian culture, and acknowledge each other as outstanding role models in a spirit of friendship, light heartedness and camaraderie.