Don Your Best Red Outfit For

Cena in Rosso / Dinner in Red 

An Evening of Dinner and Laughs

Join us for a special dinner celebrating what makes us Italian: passion, love, wine, and tomatoes! Enjoy a memorable evening with a ‘red’-themed menu of Italian specialties from Chef Luciano Schipano, jazz music by guitarist Andrew Marzotto, and a performance by popular stand-up Italian comedian Lu Sicilianu Raggiatu.


Who is Lu Sicilianu Raggiatu? Best known for his sketch comedy videos on social media platforms, he brings joy and sparks memories with all who cross his path. Now he’s moved on to the stage to try his hand at stand-up comedy and has sold out every show since.

Dinner Menu


Watermelon caprese and Buffalo Mozzarella

Bresaola roll with sheep ricotta and beet

Focaccia Toscana


Ricotta and Parmigiano filled Beet in Ravioli on a red bell pepper compote


Braised beef short ribs served with red wine reduction, tomato confit and red skin

mashed potato topped with caramelized red onion


Strawberry Panna Cotta


Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Price: $120.00

Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Villa Charities

“Italy At Home” Film Festival on TLN TV

Villa Charities is the Presenting Sponsor of the “Italy at Home” Film Festival on TLN TV, a specially curated month-long TV event from May 29 - June 26, featuring 15 HIT COMEDIES from Italy. Discover the Italian in all of us with a spectacular lineup of English subtitled films from some of the most acclaimed names in Italian cinema.

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Villa Charities on TLN TV and Mediaset Italia

Villa Charities President and CEO Marco DeVuono recently spoke with TLN TV host Antonio Giorgi about the Villa Charities Scholarship Program and our Italian Heritage Month events. Thanks to TLN Media Group for their support!


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Watch the “Nota Bene” Segment 

IHM Event: “Let’s Kiss”, Toronto!

Join us on June 17 at 7:00pm in the Columbus Centre Courtyard for the Toronto premiere film screening of “Let’s Kiss,” the award-winning documentary portraying the life of Franco Grillini, the founder of ArciGay and a leading proponent of the Italian LGTBQ movement. Directed by Filippo Vendemmiati and produced by GenomaFilms, the film is an in-depth look at the fascinating life of a pioneer of equality rights and provides a vivid perspective on the Italian gay movement. The evening includes conversations with Franco Grillini as well as the film’s director and producers. There will also be a food demonstration and wine tasting featuring specialties from the Emiglia-Romagna region.

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IHM Event: In My Own Words – Spotlight on Italian-Canadian Authors

As part of Italian Hertitage Month, Villa Charities is pleased to invite you on June 22 at 7:00pm to free virtual readings of selected works by the Italian-Canadian authors Guglielmo D’Izzia and Annalisa Panati.


Guglielmo D’Izzia: Multiple award-winning author of “The Transaction” and 2022 AICW Bressani Literary Prize Finalist.


Annalisa Panati: Writer, playwright, researcher and award-winning author of “La venditrice di sogni” and “Storie di donne e di pianura”.


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IHM Event: An Evening of Dance

Villa Charities presents this special performance on June 24 at 7:00pm in celebration of Italian Heritage Month, featuring some of the top works by the DanzArts Toronto Company and special guest professional artists from ACE Dance Theatre.

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Celebrate Italian Cinema at the 11th Edition of ICFF!

Villa Charities is proud to support the Italian Contemporary Film Festival for the 11th edition of its initiative taking place from June 24 to July 16 at the Distillery Historic District in Toronto, and in the cities of Vaughan, Hamilton, and Montreal, as well as online Canada-wide on the ICFF digital platform. Since its inception, the ICFF has been proudly promoting the best of Italian cinema in Canada with heartwarming screenings, red carpet affairs, special events, and outstanding stars in attendance. We also join ICFF in presenting the North American Premiere of “Il Silenzio Grande” on June 28, by award-winning director Alessandro Gassmann, who will be in attendance at the event.

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Discuss Contemporary Italian Literature with “Club del Libro

Instructor Violante Binazzi will be leading our online book club to explore and discuss contemporary Italian literature while learning Italian. Join us for our next session, Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00pm, where we will embark on our next literary adventure with “Carta Bianca / Carte Blanche” by Carlo Lucarelli.

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Villa Charities Invites You to “Luna Nova”

Experience a live performance of Vesuvius Ensemble’s album “Luna Nova” on July 5 at 7:00pm. Released in December 2020 during the pandemic lockdown, the title “Luna Nova” is a symbol of the light in the darkness, reflecting our lockdown experiences. The luna nova (new moon) represents hope and new dreams. Vesuvius Ensemble is pleased to finally share this beautiful album with a live audience. Presented in collaboration with Vesuvius Ensemble and ICCO Canada.

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Enjoy an Evening of Music with “Dances and Overtures”

The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra (GTPO) on July 8 at 7:00pm will perform a selection from their popular program “Dances and Overtures”. Under the baton of Maestro David Fallis, the performance features a music selection including Italian opera overtures by Verdi, Viennese waltzes by Strauss and pieces by composers Antonín Dvořák and Edward Elgar.

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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

Three Weeks Left to Apply to the Villa Charities Scholarship Program 

The 2022 Villa Charities Scholarship Program is accepting applications until June 30, 2022! Four awards of $2,500 are available toUndergraduate students and four awards of $5,000 are available to Graduate level students. For a full list of criteria and more information on how to apply, visit

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Join Us at a TFC Game for Forza Italia Night!

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. We hope to see you there! 

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Register a Foursome or Sponsor 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. Visit for details and to register.

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Columbus Centre

Master Your Painting Techniques with Artist Sam Paonessa

Create your own masterpiece with professional artist and multi-award recipient Sam Paonessa! In our next live virtual workshop, “Pomodorini” on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30pm, learn how to render form using values, edge quality and the use of complementary colour.

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NEW Pickleball Clinics Added – Register Now!

By popular demand, new pickleball clinic dates have been added. Available to Members and Non-Members as two-hour clinics and now one-hour clinics to accommodate busy schedules. Clinics will introduce players to the rules of pickleball including scoring, strokes and proper grip, and demonstrating the skills to start playing one of the fastest growing sports in North America. See the website for full schedule and prices.

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Join Our Adult “Learn to Play” Tennis Program – Beginners Welcome!

From June 21 to July 26, our Adult “Learn to Play” Tennis program is open for all to learn and improve their tennis skills. The program will cover basic stroke fundamentals, technique, and form. Game play and scoring will also be covered. No experience required so grab your racquet and sign up today! 

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Summer Tennis House League at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club

Our Summer Tennis House League runs from July 4 to August 8 at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club. Players can enter competitive tennis leagues to compete against other players for points to win prizes! Prizes and social will be held at Caffe Cinquecento on August 20 following the final match. 

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Summer Sports Programs for Kids: Racquet Camp

Do you want your kids to keep active and learn something new this summer? Young athletes ages 7 to 14 will enjoy tennis, squash, spike ball and more, with Coach Niki and Coach Max at our Children's Racquets Camp in July and August on the following dates:

July 11 to July 15 / 12:00 - 3:00pm

July 25 to July 29 / 12:00 - 3:00pm

Aug 8 to Aug 12 / 12:00 - 3:00pm

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Villa Colombo Toronto

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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