Coming Up: Italian Heritage Month!

Italian Heritage Month begins next week, and we’re excited to bring you a full roster of events highlighting Italian culture and heritage throughout June. Here are the first events to kick off our month-long celebration!

Mario Lanza: A Life in Song

June 3

Exploring the life of Italian actor and singer Mario Lanza through discussion and musical performances.


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La Mia Terra Lontana / My Distant Homeland

June 5

Coro San Marco performs a selection of music centred on the theme of Italian immigrant journeys and stories.


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The Quiet Immigrant Project

Looking Out for Our Seniors: Health and Wellness

June 7

Learn about the value of health and wellness in a senior population.


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June 9

A historical culinary journey into the 1950s and the GTA’s Italian-Canadian food landscape.


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For the complete schedule of programming and to register for Villa Charities’ Italian Heritage Month events, visit


We hope you’ll join us for the festivities!

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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Discuss Contemporary Italian Literature with “Club del Libro

Our online book club led by instructor Violante Binazzi is an opportunity 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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Final Event for “The Italian Film Composers” Series!

Don’t miss your chance to catch Part 3 of our “Italian Film Composers” series, following the musical journey of one of the most influential Academy Award-winning Italian composers: Nicola Piovani! On Tuesday, May 31 we’ll be presenting the films of Nicola Piovani includingGinger & Fred”, “La voce della luna”, “La stanza del figlio”, and “La vita è bella” (Academy Award-winner “Life is Beautiful”).

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Toronto City Opera’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” Now on Sale

Villa Charities is proud to support Toronto City Opera’s new production of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana”, on June 2, 4 and 5 at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Theatre. This new production highlights that between 1951 and 1961, more than 300,000 Italians emigrated to Canada, primarily from the South of Italy, many of whom settled in ‘Little Italy’ on College St. Get your tickets today!

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Villa Charities Sponsors Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Villa Charities is a Film+ Sponsor of the 2022 Italian Contemporary Film Festival and the Presenting Sponsor of the film “Il Silenzio grande” / “The Great Silence” on Tuesday, June 28 at the Trinity Cinema. The ICFF will once again celebrate the best of Italian contemporary cinema with a selection of films celebrating Canada’s multiculturalism and the best of Italian cinema from June 24 to July 16, 2022, including the launch of the Lavazza IncluCity Festival at The Distillery Historic District.

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Villa Charities Commemorates Seniors' Month in Ontario

June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario, when we celebrate and recognize the incredible contributions seniors make to our communities, and the lives they have impacted –across generations. We are committed to supporting the seniors in the Villa Charities community and recognize the efforts of everyone who has helped to keep them safe and healthy. The 2022 theme is Stay Active, Connected, and Safe.

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 [email protected].

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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. 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 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. 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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Spring Promotion for New Athletic Club Members: Join by May 31 and Save! 

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 [email protected] or call 416-789-7011 ext. 213. 

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Join our “Learn to Play” Squash Program

Our Adult Beginner "Learn To Play" six-week squash program is open for Members and Non-Members, running Wednesdays to June 29. Learn squash fundamentals including strokes, footwork, grips and rules of the game. No experience required. Contact our Membership Office and sign up today!

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Shallow Water Gentle Aquafitness Premium Program

Register today for our Shallow Water Gentle Aquafitness program! This program provides a great stretching, strengthening, and low-impact aerobic workout, in warm, soothing waist to chest-deep water. A great aerobic workout for toning muscles and improving flexibility. No previous swimming experience necessary.


For registration or more information, email [email protected] or call

416-789-7011 ext. 231.

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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 [email protected].

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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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