Join Us for Our

Annual General Meeting on May 26

Villa Charities invites all members of the community to attend our Annual General Meeting. The meeting will include brief presentations to share highlights from the past year and Q & A sessions with Villa Charities Inc. and each of the Affiliate organizations. The evening will also feature a short performance from our DanzArts Toronto program and a showcase of activities on the Villa Charities campus.


Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022

Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre


This meeting is free to attend but advance registration is required. Please RSVP to or call 416-789-7011 Ext. 240 by Monday, May 23.

Villa Charities
Discuss Contemporary Italian Literature with “Club del Libro

Explore and discuss contemporary Italian literature while learning Italian through our online book club! Led by instructor Violante Binazzi, we will embark on our next literary adventure on May 25 at 7:00pm with "Il caffè sospeso: saggezza quotidiana in piccoli sorsi" by Luciano De Crescenzo

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Love Movies? Join Us for “The Italian Film Composers” Series

Don’t miss your chance to catch Part 2 & 3 of our Cultural Tuesdays series, following the musical journey of two of the most influential Academy Award-winning Italian composers: Luis Bacalov, and Nicola Piovani! On Tuesday, May 17 we’ll present film scores by Luis Bacalov (“A ciascuno il suo”, “La citta delle donne”, “Il postino”(Academy Award-winner “The Postman”), and “Polish Wedding”), followed by Tuesday, May 31 with a presentation on Nicola Piovani (“Ginger & Fred”, “La voce della luna”, “La stanza del figlio”, and “La vita è bella” (Academy Award-winner “Life is Beautiful”).

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Learn More About Antonio Canova’s “Italian Venus” Statues

On May 18 at 7:00pm, discover triumphant statues of neoclassic art with lecturer David Pantano in the second part of this lecture series celebrating Italian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822). His best-known works such as “Cupid and Psyche” and “The Three Graces” are world-renowned and depict the eternal sublime of human and divine interactions.

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Watch Italian Crime Thriller Diabolik on May 19

Join us for a special, one-night-only advance screening of the Italian box office hit film “Diabolik,” the dark and romantic story of the first meeting between master thief Diabolik and Eva Kant, set in the fictional state of Clerville in the late 1960s. Inspector Ginko is on the hunt for the criminal, trying to stop his evil plans. Enjoy this free screening before the film is available to stream in Canada May 20th, on the Apple TV app, Cineplex Store, and anywhere you buy or rent movies. Advance registration required. Presented by Villa Charities and TLN Media Group.

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A Concert of Baroque Music Inspired by the Sounds of Nature

Experience how the animal world has inspired the music world through composers such as Vivaldi, Biber, Monteclair, and Merula! On May 20 at 7:30pm, “All Creatures Great and Small” will explore how nature and art are connected in a concert of exquisite chamber music performed by featuring Marco Cera (oboe), Alison Melville (flutes), Cristina Zacharias (violin), Kerry McGonigle (cello) and Christopher Bagan (harpsichord). Presented by Villa Charities and North Wind. Tafelmusik is the Community Partner.

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“Il Giubilo: From Sicily to Toronto” is an Afternoon of Music and Refreshments

In his brindisi /drinking song, Turiddu expresses how a lover's smile inspires jubilation 'come il riso dell'amante mite infonde il giubilo!'. Villa Charities and TLN Media Group invite you to experience that feeling of joy when you join us on May 21, for an afternoon of music and refreshments celebrating the deep connections between Italy and Toronto. Featuring Toronto City Opera soloists Romulo Delgado and Angela Maria Sanchez, performing highlights from Cavalleria Rusticana, classic Neapolitan songs, Verdi and Rossini.

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“Papa and Other Superheroes” Book Launch Presentation

Join Villa Charities along with Sándor Vezér from publisher Giovan8, and a pre-recorded interview with author Edoardo Maturo, for this special book launch presentation on May 25 of “Papà and Other Superheroes”. This is an Italian series of funny, heartwarming and nostalgia-packed stories about loyal soccer fans who, after becoming parents, try to teach their children to be devoted AC Milan, Juve or Inter fans. Register today!

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Buy Your Tickets Early for “Taste of Abruzzo”

Don’t miss your chance to indulge in delicious and authentic Italian dishes on May 27 at “Taste of Abruzzo” through our Taste of Italy series. Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Slow Food Toronto President and Chef, Luciano Schipano. Be sure to check out the menu on our website and  get your tickets for a culinary experience unlike any other! 

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Save the Month! Italian Heritage Month 2022 Coming Soon

Mark your calendar now for June 2022! We’ll be announcing our exciting programming line-up for Italian Heritage Month soon. Watch the video below for a sneak peek of what’s to come including the return of the popular ‘behind-the-scenes’ video series with Sebastiano Bazzichetto.

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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, June 10. Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email

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Villa Charities Foundation

Villa Charities Scholarship Program Now Open

The 2022 Villa Charities Scholarship Program is now accepting applications! Four awards of $2,500 are available to Undergraduate students and four awards of $5,000 are available to Graduate level students. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2022. Click on the link below.

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Only Two Weeks Left Until Giro!

There are only two weeks left to register for the Giro cycling fundraiser on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at Veneto Centre in Woodbridge, presented by TLN Media Group. Proceeds raised at this year’s Giro will support the Canadian Red Cross’ Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. Register today! Minimum fundraising of $300 with a registration fee of $100. 

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Register Now for the Ital-Canadian Golf Open

Join us on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at The Country Club, as CIBPA Toronto, ICCO Canada, and Villa Charities Foundation come together again to celebrate our community and give back in a meaningful way. Proceeds from The Ital-Canadian Golf Open will support scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate and graduate level students across the country. Click on the link below for details and to register.

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Early Bird Offer for Forza Italia Night Extended to May 19! 

Get your family and friends together and come out to cheer on Toronto FC on Saturday, July 9 at BMO Field when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes, all in support of Villa Charities. $5.00 from every ticket sold will go to Villa Charities Foundation, in support of senior care, cultural programming, youth services, education and scholarships, and capital needs. Plus, buy your tickets by May 19 and be entered in our Early Bird draw for your chance to win a Toronto FC jersey and scarf!


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Columbus Centre

Master Your Painting Techniques with Artist Sam Paonessa

Professional artist and multi-award recipient Sam Paonessa will guide you on creating your very own masterpiece, while enhancing your understanding of specific painting techniques. In our next live virtual workshop, “Flower Garden” on May 12, you’ll learn to render convincing textures such as stone and wood and explore composition and use of a common subject as a focal point.

Athletic Club Spring Promotion On Now

Become a member and begin your fitness journey at our Columbus Centre Athletic Club! Offering over 11,000 sq.ft. in our main gym with state-of-the-art strength training equipment, personal training services and fitness classes – this is a deal you won’t want to miss.

Sign up by May 31 using promo code ACSPRING and take advantage of:

   • 20% off your first 2 months

   • Zero enrollment fees

For registration or more information, email or call 416-789-7011 ext. 213. 

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Sign Up for our Racquet Sport House Leagues

Master our racquet sport house leagues at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club. These competitive leagues allow players to compete with other players and accumulate points on their own time, with a final match between the top players for the win. Prizes and social will be held at Caffe Cinquecento following the final match. 

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New Two-Hour Pickleball Drop-in Clinics

Learn more about pickleball at our pickleball clinics! Our new two-hour sessions will introduce players to the rules of pickleball including scoring, strokes and proper grip, and providing knowledge and skills to start playing one of the fastest growing sports in North America. Contact us to find out more about dates and prices.

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Villa Colombo Toronto

GO-VAXX Bus Vaccination Clinic Coming on June 3

Villa Colombo Toronto in collaboration with the Ministry of Health is bringing a GO-VAXX Bus to the Villa Charities campus. The mobile vaccine bus will be administering 1st, 2nd, booster and paediatric Pfizer doses at Villa Colombo Toronto on Friday, June 3 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. By appointment or walk-in. While supplies last.

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VCTA Gears Up For 31st Annual Golf Tournament

After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the Villa Colombo Toronto Auxiliary (VCTA) is finally gearing up for its 31st Annual Golf Tournament! This year’s fundraising event will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Caledon Woods Golf Club. Come out and join us for a fun filled day featuring breakfast, a friendly game of golf, a delicious luncheon, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and trophies. There will be a Hole in One prize of $25,000 sponsored by St. Andrews Insurance Brokers Ltd.


Your participation, support, and generosity are crucial for the continual support of our seniors, who have been so greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Details regarding sponsorship opportunities and registration forms are available upon request. If you are interested, please contact the VCTA via email at

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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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