Cultural Tuesdays Return for 2022!
Don’t Miss “The P.P.P. Speech” with
 Daniele Bartolini
Our popular Cultural Tuesdays lecture series returns to kick off the new year! These illustrated talks are designed to engage our community on a wide range of topics, spanning from culture, lifestyle, history, cuisine, art, and much more.

“The P.P.P. Speech”
Live virtual dramatized lecture created and spoken by Daniele Bartolini
January 25 & February 1, 2022
An open dialogue, “The P.P.P Speech” attempts to retrace Italian intellect, film director, poet and writer, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s (P.P.P.) creative gestures through his cinematic work and words by both friends and enemies.

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Pasolini’s birth. “The P.P.P. Speech” is created by DLT Artistic Director Daniele Bartolini: This dramatized two-part lecture tries to find a flame of light through the work of this master of the Italian cultural constellations (next to Dante, Ariosto, Giordano Bruno, Calvino, Moravia…). A violently fallen star, Pasolini left a still-smoking crater one hundred years after his birth and forty-seven after his death.

VCI Artists in Residence – DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) / Daniele Bartolini
Daniele Bartolini is the Artistic Director of DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT), an international award-winning company founded in 2006 in Florence, Italy. DLT is known for city-spanning experiences where the participants take on the role of protagonists. 
Daniele has been nominated for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production at the
Dora Awards for “The Stranger 2.0” and he is the recipient of other awards. In 2021, he directed “Six Characters In Search of An Author” by Luigi Pirandello for Soulpepper Theatre’s Around The World in 80 Plays and “The Spectators’ Odyssey - o dell’Inferno”, a large-scale immersive voyage in the backstage of the St Lawrence Centre for The Arts and St. Lawrence Market at nighttime, with support from Villa Charities.
As Artists in Residence for Villa Charities, DLT has created and presented original productions including “The Nonna Monologues”, “Leonardo's Last Supper”, “If on a Christmas Night…”, and “The Stranger 2.0.”
Part 1: Tuesday, January 25 at 7:00pm
Part 2: Tuesday, February 1 at 7:00pm

(Suggested $5.00 donation per lecture. Booking fees not included.)
Or call 416-789-7011 ext. 248. Zoom log-in details will be provided upon registration.
Villa Cucina Returns with Virtual Cooking Classes
Our Villa Cucina cooking class series returns with online classes, so you can experience authentic Italian dishes with professional Chef, Luciano Schipano from the comfort of home. Chef Schipano and his team will discuss select dishes in detail and provide step-by-step demonstrations. Participants will learn hands-on cooking techniques, how to best use essential ingredients and foolproof recipes to recreate for family and friends. Don’t miss our first two classes: “World Nutella Day – Free Virtual Party” on Saturday, February 5 at 12:00pm and “Kids Cooking Class – Carrot & Bran Muffins” on Wednesday, February 9 at 5:30pm.

Club del Libro” Explores Contemporary Literature
Our online book club is an opportunity to explore and discuss contemporary Italian literature while learning Italian. Join us for the winter 2022 sessions where we will embark on literary adventures with extraordinary works by acclaimed prize-winning authors. Register now for “Solo io Posso Scrivere la Mia Storia. Autoritratto di una Donna Scomoda” by Oriana Fallaci, on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00pm.

Escape to Italy with our “Travel Through Italy” Online Series
Take a virtual journey through the beautiful regions and cities of Italy! From North to South, get inspired by landscapes, recipes, small towns, poems, art, literature masterpieces and local tales. Whether you are sharing your Italian origins with your classmates or simply your love for the country, you will get to know lots of new Italian words, customs and friends! Don't miss the winter term workshops starting Monday, January 31 at 7:45pm for the Italian-speaking class and Tuesday, February 1 at 7:45pm for the English-speaking class.

Practice Your Italian in “Art & Aperitivo”
“Art & Aperitivo” is an opportunity to talk about art in a relaxed environment, while enjoying our favourite drink together virtually. In this online interactive workshop, we will discuss the most significant art news and events from around the world, using Italian magazines and newspapers. We invite you to practice your Italian while expressing your views. The next online series with Angelita Papa begins Thursday, February 3 at 7:00pm.

Get Your Tickets Now for “So I Married A Mangiacake” 
Villa Charities is proud to present “So I Married A Mangiacake,” for two performances only - Saturday, March 5, 3pm & 8pm at The Royal Theatre. Through memories, family footage, and music, professional stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Guido Cocomello comedically explores how meeting his wife (Mangiacake) and his father’s death, influenced his life. This one-man show is a feast for your senses that will have you howling at our cultural differences and will make you want to hold your loved ones closer. Best availability for the 3pm matinee.

Book Your Virtual
One-on-One Meeting for Friday Chats with the CEO
You can have a virtual meeting with Marco DeVuono, President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc., for a one-on-one conversation to answer any questions or to share your thoughts on our programs and services. These informal chats with Marco will be held using GoToMeeting on the 2nd Friday of every month, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Appointments are 20 minutes each and must be scheduled in advance. Upcoming Friday Chats are scheduled for Friday, February 11 and Friday, March 11. Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email

Villa Charities is Hiring: Digital Marketing Specialist
Our Marketing and Communications department is currently looking for a Digital Marketing Specialist to join our creative team. This role is perfect for a marketer with strong writing skills, who lives and breathes digital and knows how to effectively grow an organization’s online footprint through multiple platforms. If you are interested in the opportunity to work with a collaborative, progressive and high-performing team, please forward your resume and cover letter to: Anto Mathew, Director, Human Resources by email:

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Sign Up for Giro with FREE Registration
We are once again gearing up for Giro! After a short hiatus, Giro will return to the Veneto Centre in Woodbridge on Sunday, May 29, 2022. Register before February 15th and you will receive FREE registration (regular $100).

We Can’t Wait to Get You Fit - Join Now and Pay Later!
A special pre-opening offer for new members! Join the Columbus Centre Athletic Club before February 15th and take advantage of zero enrollment fees, 50% off your first 2 months, free fitness assessment, and a chance to win a FREE general membership for a year! Applicable to new members only with a minimum three-month commitment. Monthly membership fees will not be charged until on-site facilities reopen. Register today with Promo Code CCAC2022.
Explore Your Musical Talents with our Online Music Classes
There has never been a better time to pick up a new musical skill! The Columbus Centre School of Music offers a wide variety of music lessons that are open to anyone of any skill level. Our seasonal one-on-one private lessons in vocals, guitar, piano, violin, clarinet, flute or drums are taught by our professional instructors virtually via apps such as ZOOM, Facetime or Skype. For scheduling and availability, visit our website today!

Maintain Your Fitness Regimen with Virtual Classes and Training
The Columbus Centre Athletic Club’s Virtual Group Fitness classes are the perfect workout from home. From HIIT on Mondays to Total Body Challenge on Saturdays, let’s achieve your fitness goals together. Monthly membership fees are only $24.99 + HST and includes access to our full fitness class video library. Need one-on-one instruction? Try our Virtual Personal Training, available over Zoom. For more information, visit our website and register today.
Massage Therapy Available at Columbus Centre Athletic Club
Columbus Centre Athletic Club is offering in-person massage therapy by appointment only. Please call us today at 416-789-7011 Ext. 268 to book your session and experience the health benefits of massage!

Take Your Art to the Next Level with our Virtual Landscape Painting Classes
Join us for the Less Defined Landscape online painting workshop with Sam Paonessa. Integrating both landscape and abstract, this 8-week workshop will inspire students to interpret, simplify and edit photo references using less traditional techniques and colour palettes, while encouraging creativity and imagination. Classes begin February 1.
Masterclass Painting Workshops Begin Next Week
Join professional artist and multi-award recipient Sam Paonessa, as he guides you on creating your very own masterpiece, while enhancing your understanding of specific painting techniques. On Thursday, January 27 at 6:30pm in our “New Year Dawning” class, the focus will be on revealing brushwork using medium and layering techniques, to build textures and render delicate branches laden with fluffy snow. Register for all 3 masterclasses and save $10.00.
Express Your Artistic Creativity in our Artista Painting Workshop
Register today for our winter 2022 online painting workshops and start expressing your artistic skills. Suited for participants of all skill levels, our oil or acrylic Artista Painting Workshop with Sam Paonessa is for students who have a passion for painting and wish to further develop their skills. A variety of subject matter will be explored including urban and abstract landscapes, wildlife and still life.
Explore our Beautiful Virtual 3D Tours for Seniors’ Apartments
Are you interested in applying to live in one of our three apartment buildings designed for seniors in our community? You can now experience a virtual open house for our apartments. View a 3D tour of the units, as well as photos of the buildings’ many features and beautiful nearby green spaces. Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo offer an independent living lifestyle to seniors with residences that provide excellent amenities and services in a central GTA location. Interested applicants aged 59+ are encouraged to fill out the contact form on our website today. 
Villa Colombo Toronto is Hiring!
Are you a dedicated and passionate health care professional? We invite you to join our highly trained and dynamic team at Villa Colombo Toronto. Villa Colombo Toronto is a RNAO Best Practice Spotlight Organization and offers competitive compensation and benefits on par with hospital rates, HOOPP pension program and other benefits including access to cultural and fitness programs at the nearby Columbus Centre. We are now hiring for many positions including RNs, RPNs, PSWs and Recreational / Dietary Aides.
Special Discount for Villa Charities Members
to Subscribe to VIVA Streaming TV!
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As a valued partner, TLN Media Group is extending an exclusive discount subscription offer for VIVA TV, which includes a 7-day free trial of the service and 50% off the already discounted introductory price for the first six months. Go to, and use code VIVAVC50 to start your free trial today! Your special discount code is valid for a 1 week period.