Interested In Theatre?

Join us for Stories, Strange Stories” (“Storie, strane storie”)

5-Week Theatre Program and

Experimental Theatrical Performance


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of famous Italian writer and dramatist Dino Buzzati, Villa Charities and Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Toronto, in partnership with Ponte tra Culture Society, presents “Stories, Strange Stories” (“Storie, strane storie”). This 5-week intensive theatre program, led by Italian theatre actor and director, Gianluca Barbadori, invites individuals of any age, nationality and experience level to come together, connecting through the Italian language and dramatic theatre for a unique social experience featuring ‘strange’ spaces and ‘strange’ stories. 


Everyone is welcome! No previous theatrical experience required. Open to professionals or amateurs, and no knowledge of the Italian language is necessary.


Price: $95.00

Location: Columbus Centre

Program Schedule


Information & Orientation Session (Virtual)

Monday, September 12, 7:00pm

Saturday, September 17, 10:00am

Attendance required for only one orientation session prior to registration for the 5-week program.


Theatre Classes

September 19 – October 22, 2022

6:30 – 9:30pm

Program requirement is 20 in-person classes and rehearsals. Participants must register for their theatre classes by September 23, 2022.


Final Performance

October 22 and 23, 2022

Participants must be available for both dates.  


Fall & Winter 2022-2023

Program Guide Now Available!  

Check out our new digital Program Guide and enjoy everything we have to offer at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre beginning this fall. We have programs for all ages and interests including cultural events, art exhibitions, Italian language workshops, health and fitness, dance, visual arts, music, special culinary events and more. Download your copy from our website today!

Villa Charities

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Register for Priority Access to the Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute 

There’s still time to sign up for our pre-sale list for the Villa Charities Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute! Registering for our pre-sale list ensures you’ll get priority access to be among the first to purchase your name plaque when they go on sale this fall.


The tribute installation at the Columbus Centre will honour Italian Canadian immigrants by featuring individual plaques with the names of family members and the year they immigrated from Italy to Canada. As a donor you’ll also be able to submit your family photos and a brief history of your immigrant journey for our website.

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Cultural Tuesdays: Join Us on September 6 for “Eroine Italiane”

Cultural Tuesdays return on Tuesday, September 6! In collaboration with Opera Sustenida, join us for a special concert showcasing our favourite operatic heroines from beloved Italian operas and beyond! The ensemble features the talents of Canadian musicians Stephanie DeCiantis (spinto soprano), Nicole Whitney Dubinsky (coloratura soprano), Daniella Theresia (mezzo-soprano), and Suzanne Yeo (pianist).

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Last Chance to View Aba Bayefsky’s “The Streets of Italy” / “The World of Tattoos”

There’s only a short time left to experience this extraordinary collection of paintings from artist Aba Bayefsky’s ‘Italian Series’ and ‘Tattoo Series’, created during the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery only runs until Thursday, September 8, 2022. Presented in collaboration with Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, University of Toronto and sponsored by The Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation.

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Cultural Tuesdays: “Nonna and The Girls Next Door” Book Launch

Join Villa Charities along with prize-winning author Gianna Patriarca on September 13 at 6:30pm for this special family-friendly book launch event. “Nonna & The Girls Next Door” is a heartwarming story dotted with Italian cultural touchstones about the bond between grandmothers and grandchildren. The universal experience of overcoming envy and coming to appreciate our own situation combined with nostalgic illustrations by Ellie Arscott make this a timeless classic. Participants will be given the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book.

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“Mary Magdalene Resurrected” Coming to the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery

You are cordially invited to the opening night reception for the exhibition, “Mary Magdalene Resurrected”. This mosaic series is created by Lilian Broca, who explores the figure Mary Magdalene and the stories which have painted her as a woman in desperate need of salvation.


Hear Broca’s thoughts about Mary Madgalene at the opening reception on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 7:00pm. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Angela Clarke and runs to October 20 at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. 

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Reserve Your Table Now for “Taste of Sicily”

Savour the flavours of Sicily with “Taste of Sicily” on September 16 at 7:00pm! Indulge in delicious and authentic Italian dishes prepared by Slow Food Toronto President and Chef, Luciano Schipano. Check out the menu for this delectable four-course dinner and book your tickets now! 

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Sagra del Pomodoro/Tomato

Sauce-Making Festival on September 17

We invite you to celebrate this annual Italian tradition with us on Saturday, September 17 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Join us for a pasta lunch and live music and receive a complimentary jar of fresh tomato sauce to enjoy at home, courtesy of Villa Charities. This event is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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Get Your Tickets Now for “Il Trovatore” by Opera Sustenida

Villa Charities invites you to experience Verdi’s most beloved opera “Il Trovatore” in a series of hybrid multimedia-enhanced live performances by Opera Sustenida on September 24 at 7:00pm.


This performance is created, directed and performed by Stephanie DeCiantis (soprano), Nicole Whitney Dubinsky (soprano), Daniella Theresia (mezzo-soprano) and Suzanne Yeo (pianist and conductor). 

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Spend an Enchanting Musical Afternoon with Beatrice & Adolfo

On Sunday, October 16 at 3:00pm, Villa Charities will be hosting “Beatrice & Adolfo: Doing What They Love”. This concert will feature musical duo Beatrice Carpino (singer) and Adolfo De Santis (pianist) as they present a selection of popular Italian and English songs, Neapolitan songs, and Broadway songs.

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Practice Your Italian with our Learn Italian by Doing Workshops

Don’t miss any of our Italian language workshops with our Learn Italian by Doing program this fall! Our online book club “Club del Libro” will take you on a literary adventure with extraordinary works by acclaimed authors. Or, enjoy a drink and snacks while you discuss and explore Italian art with “Art & Aperitivo”. Join us in a relaxed and “simpatico” atmosphere outside of a traditional classroom to learn or just to polish your Italian!

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Book Your Virtual One-on-One Meeting for Friday Chats with Marco

Have a question about our programs and services? Take the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Marco DeVuono, President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc.!

Appointments are 20 minutes each and must be scheduled in advance. The next Friday Chats is scheduled for Friday, September 9. Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 or email

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Villa Charities Foundation

Win Exclusive Prizes at the Ital-Canadian Golf Open

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, CIBPA Toronto, ICCO Canada and Villa Charities Foundation are coming together again to celebrate our community and give back in a meaningful way at The Country Club in Woodbridge.


Guests who attend our Ital-Canadian Golf Open will have the chance to win exclusive prizes including: Two (2) Business Class Tickets for travel within Europe from Air Canada*, and Four (4) Tickets to the EROS RAMAZZOTTI “Infinito Battito World Tour” concert on November 18, 2022, at the Scotiabank Arena**.


Proceeds from the Ital-Canadian Golf Open will support scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate and graduate level students across the country. Visit for details and to register.


*Blackout dates and some restrictions apply.

**Concert Tickets: Non-transferable.

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Columbus Centre

Registration for Music Programs is On Now 

Registration for the Columbus Centre School of Music’s 2022/23 season continues. Register for the fall term today and discover your musical passion. Learn a new instrument or hone your skills in vocal, piano, drums, guitar, violin and more! Classes begin September 12.

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Registration For Our Fall 2022 Programs begins September 6

Sign up for the Columbus Centre Athletic Club's fall athletics and aquatics programs! Member registration begins for athletics programs on September 6 and aquatics programs on September 13. Non-Member registration begins for athletics programs on September 8 and aquatics programs on September 15. We offer a variety of classes for a range of ages, abilities and interests!


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See Aquatics Programs

You’re Invited to the Columbus Centre Athletic Club’s Open House

We invite you to visit the Columbus Centre Athletic Club on Saturday, September 10, from 12:00 to 2:00pm and check out our four squash courts, racquetball court and new games room including pickleball, badminton and volleyball.

And join our 8-week Monday night Squash House League with matches for beginners, intermediate and advanced players beginning September 19.

To attend the open house or register for the house league, please email or call 416-789-7011 Ext.229.

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Dive In and Experience your own Private Aquafitness Class! 

Using water as resistance, Aquafitness training provides a great aerobic workout in a pool, while being low impact and easy on joints. 

Perfect for any fitness level, your private instructor will guide you through a series of exercises for flexibility, muscular strength, cardiovascular health and stretching.

Register today via email at, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 215.

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Recreational and Competitive Dance Classes with DanzArts Toronto

Registration is now open for our recreational and adult dance programs beginning this fall at DanzArts Toronto. Recreational and competitive programs offer training for all levels, from the beginner dancer to pre-professional, and adults who want to combine their love of dance with great exercise. Many classes are available including Kinderdance, tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, acrobatics and more. Register today to reserve your spot for the 2022/2023 season.  

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Express Your Creativity in our Fall Art Programs 

Register today for our fall art classes for children and adults, including our new Fundamentals of Photography (ages 10-14), Clay “Bas-Relief” Sculpture, Textile and Decoration Painting, Artista Painting Workshops, Less Defined Landscape Workshops and Painting Masterclasses. 

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Our Mission:

Enriching lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage.

Our Vision:

Inspiring people to explore the Italian in all of us.

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901 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto, ON, M6A 1C3 I About Us
Villa Charities Foundation Charitable Registration Number: 89337 0767 RR001

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