Villa Charities Launches New Brand Spot
Villa Charities is excited to unveil our new organizational brand spot, to begin airing this month on TLN Television and Mediaset Italia. The new brand spot was developed in partnership with TLN Media Group and produced by longtime TLN collaborator and award-winning film and television director Sean Cisterna.

The creative was developed to showcase Villa Charities as a leader in providing Italian arts and culture in Toronto and the GTA, and highlights our core priorities – Italian culture, heritage, arts, food, family and community life. Using engaging visuals, the spot powerfully reinforces and brings to life our new Mission and Vision, which were recently introduced as part of the Villa Charities 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

Inspiring people to explore the Italian in all of us.

Enriching lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage.

With their corporate offices on the Villa Charities campus, TLN Media Group is Canada’s most influential multicultural media company, connecting cultures on television, online and in communities through storytelling and shared experiences. Sean Cisterna is an award-winning television and film director with credits that include the multiple award-winning Canada-Italy co-production “From the Vine” (2020), “Kiss and Cry” (2017) and “Full Out” (2015) and TLN’s popular children’s Spanish language series, “Mi Nombre es Ripley”.

Click on the image or the link below to watch the brand spot now or be sure to catch it on TLN Television and Mediaset Italia beginning this month.

Our Fall & Winter 2020/2021 Program Guide is Here!
Explore everything we have to offer at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre in our new Fall & Winter 2020/2021 Program Guide, including cultural events, health and wellness, classes and workshops, children’s programs and more! Click on the link below to view or download your digital copy now.

IREM® Selects Villa Charities as a 2020 REME Awards Finalist
Villa Charities is among the group of finalists chosen for the 2020 IREM® Innovator Award, part of the Real Estate Management Excellence (REME) Awards, which recognizes the contributions of standout property managers and real estate management companies. Villa Charities was selected for the numerous innovative and culturally sensitive customer service initiatives they implemented to strengthen senior tenant health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Award winners will be announced and recognized at a virtual awards ceremony in October.

Villa Charities Awarded Grant to Launch New Tech Project for Seniors
Villa Charities has launched a new initiative in September called [Re]Connected Seniors! Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund and administered by the United Way of Greater Toronto. [Re]Connected Seniors will lend qualified senior participants a FREE iPad, if you tell us how you want to use it and what skills you need to develop to be successful. Created by Villa Charities, [Re]Connected Seniors is a project that strives to include seniors and older adults who feel isolated in their community due to COVID-19 and lack access to digital tools and skills. Complete the online application for yourself or on behalf of a senior now.

Cultural Tuesdays Returns With “Scuola Veneta - Famous Venetian Painters”
Our popular Cultural Tuesdays series is back at the Columbus Centre this fall, beginning with presentations by Violante Binazzi on Venetian influence on art and the lasting impact of four famous Venetian painters. The first lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery where we will explore “The Dialogue between Venice and Byzantium.” To ensure the safety of all attendees there will be limited seating capacity for this event. Please RSVP in advance to reserve your spot.

Hone Your Italian Language Skills in New “Learn Italian By Doing” Classes
Learn or polish your Italian in our three new “Learn Italian By Doing” free online weekly classes! In our new online book club, you can explore and discuss contemporary Italian literature while learning Italian in “Club del Libro” with Violante Binazzi, beginning September 30. Plus, take a virtual journey through the beautiful regions and cities of Italy in “Travel through Italy” with Angelita Papa, beginning Monday, October 5, or talk about art in a relaxed environment, while enjoying our favorite drink together in “Art & Aperitivo” with Violante Binazzi, beginning Thursday, October 8. Customized Italian classes are also now available! Contact us now for more information and to RSVP.

Enjoy a Book Reading & Presentation in Next Diaspora Series Event
Join Rosanna Lo Presti on Saturday, October 17 at 3:00pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery for a reading and presentation about her book “Ritorno alle Origini”. It is the story of a migrant who sought well-being in another country that was not possible in her own. Rosanna Lo Presti helps the reader understand the human side of being a migrant, the adversity they are faced with and the important goals that, with commitment and dedication, with love and passion, everyone can reach. To ensure the safety of all attendees there will be limited seating capacity for this event. Please RSVP in advance to reserve your spot.

Book Your Virtual One-on-One Meeting for Friday Chats with the CEO
You can have a virtual meeting with Anthony DiCaita, 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 Anthony 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 dates for these chats are Friday, September 11 and Friday, October 9. Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email
Villa Charities Partners with Istituto Italiano di Cultura for Upcoming Concerts
In collaboration with Villa Charities, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto is presenting outdoor concert events throughout September! On Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm, join singer/pianist/composer Elizabeth Shepherd and guitarist Michael Occhipinti and enjoy a brilliant performance from the two JUNO-nominated artists. On Thursday, September 17 at 6:30pm, join JUNO and Canadian Folk Music Award-winner, Dominic Mancuso as he presents a multi-lingual repertoire taken from his last two albums. Both concerts will be held at 496 Huron St. and will have limited seating. RSVP now to reserve your spot!

Join Us for the Next Virtual Town Hall With the CEO
We invite you to join us for the next Virtual Town Hall with Anthony DiCaita, CEO of Villa Charities, on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00pm to ask any questions or share your feedback on our reopening with the new safety protocols and procedures. If you would like to participate, please RSVP by Friday, October 2nd to and we will send you the meeting link to use. The meeting will be recorded and posted on our website.

Calling All Students! Sign Up for the Columbus Centre Athletic Club with Back to School Special
Improve your endurance, strength and overall physical fitness with our state-of-the-art treadmills, cross-trainers, spinning bikes, weight room and more! For a limited time only, students ages 14 – 17 can sign up for a membership at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club for only $9.99/month for your first 2 months and $29.99 each month afterwards. Plus, receive 50% off enrollment fees. Offer valid until September 30 and conditions apply. Contact the Membership Office today to learn more and register!

Registration for Fall Athletics & Aquatics Begins September 8
Sign up for the Athletic Club's fall athletics and aquatics programs! Member Registration begins for athletics and aquatics programs on Tuesday, September 8. Non-Member Registration begins for athletics and aquatics programs on Thursday, September 10. We offer a variety of classes for a range of ages, abilities and interests!

Express Your Creativity in our Fall Art Programs
Register today for our fall 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 setting, which provides for one-on-one instruction. We have implemented all the required COVID-19 safety measures in compliance with public health recommendations and provincial guidelines. Register today!

Registration for Music Programs is Open
Registration for the Columbus Centre School of Music’s 2020/2021 season is now open. Fall term classes begin on Monday, September 14 with both on-site and online options available. Learn a new instrument or hone your skills in vocal, piano, drums, guitar, violin and more! We have implemented the required COVID-19 safety measures in compliance with public health recommendations and provincial guidelines. Register for the fall term today and discover your musical passion. 

Recreational Dance Classes with DanzArts Toronto
Foster your artistic expression with our recreational dance programs beginning this fall at DanzArts Toronto at the Columbus Centre including Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics and more! Plus, try our new 8-week combo classes to learn the fundamentals of both Jazz & Ballet or Jazz & Hip-Hop. DanzArts Toronto has implemented strict measures to ensure the safety and health of our dancers and will be providing both in-studio and online class options. Classes begin Monday, September 14, so register today and let your passion for dance take centre stage!

Try Your Hand at Impressionist Painting in Fall Term Workshops
Join us for our first Impressionist painting workshop of the fall term on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, where we will be crafting our own interpretations of Van Gogh’s “Landscape.” We have implemented the required COVID-19 safety measures in compliance with public health recommendations and provincial guidelines. Register today!

Villa Colombo Toronto Thanks Humber River Hospital for Support During COVID-19
Villa Colombo Toronto would like to thank Humber River Hospital and their entire team for the tremendous support that was provided to the staff and residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. VCT’s relationship with Humber River Hospital has strengthened during the past few months and will advance as things continue to stabilize within the home. Villa Colombo Toronto continues to receive new admissions from the community with safety measures and guidelines post COVID-19 now in place, and is also scheduling virtual calls and garden visits for family members and loved ones. Please call VCT at (416) 789-2113 to request a virtual call or garden visit.

ICFF Launches New “Lavazza Drive-In Nights” in Vaughan and Markham
ICFF Canada - Italian Contemporary Film Festival, presented by IC Savings, is teaming up again with multicultural media company CHIN Radio/TV, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Canada, to launch the “Lavazza Drive-In Nights”, presented in collaboration with Rogers Communications. After the tremendous success of the Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival in Toronto, the experience has been replicated with new events in Vaughan and Markham. The Lavazza Drive-In Nights Vaughan is taking place at the Chateau Le Jardin from August 31 through September 3, and the Lavazza Drive-In Nights Markham will be a 1-night special at the Markham Fairgrounds on Friday, September 4.