We Invite You to Attend the Opening Night Receptions for our New Exhibitions
Villa Charities invites you to attend the Opening Night receptions for our September exhibitions at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre. Join us on Friday, September 13 at 7pm in the Lower Gallery for “Sicilia in Piazza”, the striking photographic exhibition of 100 Sicilian squares of famous cities and other lesser-known towns, co-presented with Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Also, we will be opening the “International Watercolour Exhibition – Italy-Canada” on Friday, September 27 at 7pm, which presents artists from different environments: Italy, with its Mediterranean expressiveness and Canada, with its multilayered cultural tapestry and Indigenous artists who retain the roots of their heritage.

Fall & Winter 2019/2020 Available Now
Explore everything we have to offer at the Columbus Centre and Villa Charities in our new Program Guide, including cultural events, health and fitness, art programs, child care, culinary workshops and more! Click on the link below to download your digital copy now or pick one up at the Columbus Centre.

Experience an Outstanding Opera Performance at “Serata d’Opera e di Canzoni”
Presented by Villa Charities, join us on Sunday, September 29 at 6pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery for an evening of Italian opera favourites including selections by Verdi, Puccini, Tosti and more, featuring Tenor, Enrique Pina, Soprano, Stephanie DeCiantis and Pianist, Adolfo de Santis.

CONTEST ALERT: Win Tickets for “The Stranger 2.0: Above & Below”
We are giving away two tickets to the critically acclaimed walkabout performance, "The Stranger 2.0: Above & Below", presented by our Artists in Residence DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) on September 25 at 7pm. From now until September 20, enter our contest for your chance to WIN! All you have to do is follow our Facebook page, like our contest post, and tag your +1 in the comments! Good luck to all!

Book Now for Lazio e Roma Theme Night at Ristorante Boccaccio
Reserve your table now for our Lazio e Roma Theme Night Dinner on Friday, September 27 at 7pm at Ristorante Boccaccio. Rome and Lazio form a large region whose cuisine draws from popular and peasant traditions with Mediterranean, Jewish and Tuscan influences. Tickets are $85.00 inclusive of tax and gratuity. Save your appetite for this metropolitan feast!

Don’t Miss the Debut Performance of the Gaudeamus Ensemble
Different musical worlds come together in one breathtaking concert! For their debut professional performance, Gaudeamus Ensemble is thrilled to bring their unique brand of entertainment to the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. On Thursday, September 19 at 7pm, vocalists Angelina Gulla, Danielle MacMillan and Jessica Scarlato will perform an exciting musical concert that you won’t want to miss.

Join Luciano Bellini for an Evening of Classical Italian Music
Luciano Bellini is a composer, conductor and pianist who has written musical pieces for theatre, film, television and ballet, which have been performed and recorded around the world. Enjoy selections by Scarlatti, Leoncavallo and Busoni in this free musical event, “Concerto Italiano” on Friday, September 20 at 7pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. 

Master Your Cooking Technique in Fall Term Culinary Workshops
In partnership with Cucinato Italian Culinary Studio, Villa Charities presents a series of unique culinary workshops, with a distinct Italian flair! All workshops are interactive and provide an opportunity for students to make their own meal on an individual stove. Join us on Wednesday, October 2 for the first workshop of the fall term, where we will be cooking Risotto dal Nord / Wild Seasonal Mushrooms. Workshops will include a communal meal to enjoy your culinary creations with the other participants.

Reconnect with the Italian Language in “Learn Italian by Doing” Program
Join facilitator Violante Binazzi as we enjoy a delicious prix fixe dinner at Ristorante Boccaccio while engaging in lively Italian conversation. These are drop-in classes and don’t require a full-term commitment. Beginner and intermediate levels are available. Make your reservation today!

Presentations on “Divas and Divos” of Italian Cinema Continue at Cultural Tuesdays
The great film stars of Italy have travelled around the globe on the silver screen. Knowingly and unknowingly, they have painted a portrait of Italy. Join us on Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, where professor, academic and renowned lecturer, Dr. Franco Gallippi will discuss Marcello Mastroianni: The Latin Lover.

Book Your Appointment for Friday Chats with Anthony DiCaita
Come and meet with Anthony DiCaita, President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc., for a one-on-one conversation, and share your thoughts on our programs and services. These informal chats with Anthony will be held on the second Friday of every month, from 10am – 3pm. Appointments are 20 minutes each and must be scheduled in advance. Upcoming dates for these chats are Friday, October 11 and Friday, November 8. Contact us today to schedule your appointment – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email  csimpson@villacharities.com .

NEW! Nutritional Seminars at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club
New this fall, we are excited to offer free, engaging and interactive nutrition seminars for small groups that address a variety of nutrition topics. Learn tips and tricks on what foods to include in your diet and how to decode nutrition labels. Join us on Tuesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 19 for the first seminar “Carbohydrates: The Good, The Bad, And The Not So Evil”, and learn how carbohydrates can fit into part of your healthy, balanced lifestyle. 

Register for Adult Dance Programs with DanzArts Toronto
Geared towards adults who are interested in full-body exercise, our adult dance programs at DanzArts Toronto provide a complete body workout, which will improve muscle tone and posture. Everyone can benefit from developing their strength, coordination and flexibility. No prior experience is necessary, just come out and have fun! Classes include Adult Barre Fitness, Adult Hip Hop and Adult Ballet. 

Last Chance to Register for Fall Art Programs
Don’t miss your final chance to register for our fall term art classes for children and adults, including Children’s Painting and Drawing and Adult Landscape Painting classes. The children’s class focuses on fostering creative confidence and explores a variety of mediums while the adult class focuses on landscape studies in an intimate group setting, which provides for one-on-one instruction. Classes begin on September 16.

Casa Abruzzo Social Club Host Bingo Night for Residents
On Monday, September 9, the Casa Abruzzo Social Club invited all residents and their families for Bingo Night in the Casa Abruzzo Social Room. To learn more about future events, please contact Filomena Putton at 416-346-9112.

Villa Colombo Toronto to Host Annual Career Fair
Villa Colombo Toronto is hiring! Join us at our Career Fair on Thursday, September 19 from 10am – 4pm at Sala Caboto, 40 Playfair Avenue, Toronto. Bring your resume, references and availability for on-the-spot interviews. For any questions, please contact jobs@villacolombo.on.ca .

Tickets are Now on Sale for Opera Atelier’s Mozart Don Giovanni
Opera Atelier presents: Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Starring bass-baritone Douglas Williams as the Don, this comic masterpiece tells the story of the world’s most irresistible lover, who blazes a path to his own destruction in just 24 hours. Performances run Oct 31 – Nov 9 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria St). Tickets start at just $39 – buy now!

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