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"Serenata Italiana: A Lume di Candela"

Due to popular demand, Villa Charities presents “Serenata Italiana: A Lume di

Candela.” Surrounded by candlelight, Italian-Canadian tenor Giacomo Folinazzo

with special guest, classically trained soprano Elisa Rose perform a repertoire of

canzoni, arias, duets, and popular songs in English and Italian.


Accompanied by the warm tone of a cello and the timeless sound of the piano,

Folinazzo and Rose lend their highly distinctive voices, passion, and versatility to

this acoustic concert, awarding the audience with a unique intimate acoustic

experience like no other.

Tickets: $22.00 / $12.00 (Seniors)

Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre


Villa Charities Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute

#TributeThursday – Donor Spotlight

It’s #TributeThursday, and we’re featuring immigrant histories from the Villa Charities

Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute Project. This week, we are highlighting Salvatore

and Ida Cundari, who immigrated from Cosenza, Calabria in 1952 and 1953,


“Salvatore Amedeo Cundari was born in Rende, Cosenza, Italy on April 23, 1924,

and at the age of 27 married Ida Francesca neé Ferraro who was 20 years old. Ida

was born in Rende, Cosenza on January 23,1931. Shortly after their marriage they

had their first of 4 children Marcello Cundari on November 15,1952”.

Read their full family story and explore our collection of other donor histories

on ouImmigrant Map.

Don’t miss your chance to honour your family’s history and legacy for future

generations. Buy your personalized name plaque today!

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Virtual Town Hall for Tribute Project on November 3

We invite you to join us on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00pm for our next Virtual Town Hall with Marco DeVuono, President and CEO of Villa Charities. At this meeting we will be sharing information and answering questions about the Villa Charities Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute project, honouring Italian immigrants and their families. If you would like to participate, please RSVP by Tuesday, November 1 to and we will send you the GoToMeeting link to use.


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“Mimmo Baronello: Sustenance” Opens Tonight!

Join us for the opening night reception of Mimmo Baronello’s “Sustenance” exhibition, tonight at 6:30pm at the

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery.

In "Sustenance" Sicilian-born Mimmo Baronello explores the morphing of nature in a polluted environment, mirroring our own struggle to adapt to constant and pervasive technological changes.

His art blends the mannerist and baroque styles present in Sicilian culture and architecture, with contemporary iconography and Canadian natural imagery. The exhibition runs to December 3, 2022.

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Cultural Tuesdays: Andrea Ramolo Explores Southern Italian Folk Music

Join singer-songwriter, dancer and actor Andrea Ramolo on Tuesday, November 1 for a Cultural Tuesdays lecture that explores the ancestral music of the “Tarantella” and “Pizzica.” With a focus on the Salento region of Italy, we’ll discover the cultural phenomenon of the Taranta spider, and Southern Italian music as a form of healing. Topics such as tarantism, the tamburello and zampogna, Ernesto De Martino, le seranate, and more will be discussed. Andrea will also reflect on her time filming her first documentary in Salento. 

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Cultural Tuesdays: Financial Seminars for Young Expats and Seniors 

Villa Charities in collaboration with the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Toronto (CIBPA) presents two lectures about finance. Experienced financial specialists and planners will focus on several topics and provide helpful advice. Join us on Tuesday, November 8 for “Finance for Young Expats” and Tuesday, November 15 for “Finance for Seniors.” 

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Celebrate with Us at Sagra della Castagna / Roasted Chestnut Festival

Sagre (festivals) are traditional events where we come together as a community to socialize, discover and enjoy seasonal Italian food and traditions. Each month we present a sagra featuring a different Italian food theme. Join us for our next festival of the season on Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30pm with Sagra della Castagna / Roasted Chestnut Festival. This event will coincide with Ballo Liscio, featuring live musical performances and dancing! Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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Learn Italian and Socialize at “Art & Aperitivo”

Our friendly and interactive “Art & Aperitivo” sessions are an opportunity to learn and practice Italian, in a relaxed and social environment. Enjoy a drink and snacks together with instructor Daniela Sanzone and fellow classmates as we discuss and explore Italian art, from frescos to magnificent fountains, paintings to monumental architecture and hidden treasures of Italy. Register now for classes beginning November 7, for both English and Italian speakers. 

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Villa Charities Supports Festa Calabrese

Villa Charities is a proud Community Partner for the 4th annual Festa Calabrese, presented by Heritage Calabria, on Friday, November 11 at the Columbus Centre. This special evening includes a classic Calabrese meal, tastings from local Calabrese food vendors, homemade wine competition, tarantella and dancing, awards ceremony, after party and more! For tickets and information, visit


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Reserve Your Table Now for “Taste of Tuscany”

Savour the flavours of Tuscany with “Taste of Tuscany” on November 25 at 7:00pm. Indulge in delicious and authentic regional specialties prepared by Slow Food Toronto President and Chef, Luciano Schipano.

Check out the menu for this delectable four-course dinner and book your tickets now! 

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Read Acclaimed Contemporary Italian Literature at “Club del Libro

Do you want to learn Italian while reading critically acclaimed and popular novels? Register now for our next workshop on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00pm, when we will be discussing

Dove mi trovo” / "Whereabouts” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. Our online book club is an opportunity to explore and discuss contemporary Italian literature while learning Italian. 


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Learn How to Make Fresh Filled Pasta Shapes 

On December 6 at 6:30pm, learn about making fresh egg dough including the process beginning from the “well” method, the importance of resting and choosing the right flours. Chef Anthony Sestito from Pastaio will teach participants about some simple, yet significant filled pasta shapes and styles as well as different types of fillings and their pairing with shapes and sizes. At the end of the class, enjoy a simple sauce and final dish of Cappellaci Di Zucca, with sage, pine nuts and pancetta

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Explore our Fall & Winter 2022-2023 Program Guide

Download your copy of our digital Fall & Winter Program Guide and enjoy everything we have to offer at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre. We have programs for all ages and interests including cultural events, art exhibitions, Italian language workshops, health and fitness, dance, visual arts, music, special culinary events and more. 

View The Program Guide

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, November 11.

Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 or


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Columbus Centre

Shallow Water Gentle Aquafitness Provides a Great Workout

Shallow Water Gentle Aquafitness 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. Extra charges required for Premium Programs.

For registration or more information email or

call 416-789-7011 Ext. 231.

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Register for Your Own Private Aquafitness Class

Using water as resistance, aquafitness training provides a great aerobic workout in a pool, while being low impact and easy on joints. Perfect for any fitness level, your private instructor will guide you through a series of exercises for flexibility, muscular strength, cardiovascular health and stretching. Dive in and experience your own private aquafitness class! Extra charges required for Premium Programs.

For registration or more information email or

call 416-789-7011 Ext. 215.

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Meet Your Fitness Goals with Small Group Personal Training 

Our new Small Group Personal Training program is a great opportunity for Columbus Centre Athletic Club Members to benefit from the energy and camaraderie of group fitness with the individualization and the attention of a personal trainer, at a fraction of the cost. Sessions are designed to provide motivation and accountability, ensuring consistency in reaching your fitness goals. Our trainers specialize in providing results for those who are looking to build muscle, gain strength, improve endurance, and boost fat loss.  

For more information, visit the Membership Office or email

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Online Painting Masterclasses Continue with “November Sky”

Join professional artist and multi-award recipient Sam Paonessa, as he guides you on creating your very own masterpiece, developing your skills of specific painting techniques. Masterclasses continue with “November Sky” on November 24 at 6:30pm. Students will learn to tell a story through painting, creating a narrative utilizing atmosphere, mood and colour. A lone tree stands against a dramatic steel gray sky creating a symbolic image of isolation. Ochre corn fields provide a feeling of warmth and provision.

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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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