Note to Readers
Please note that this will be the last issue of the Villa Charities Newsletter in 2017. We will be resuming our regular newsletter schedule beginning January 4, 2018. We hope you have a fantastic holiday season and stay tuned in the new year for more great events, fitness and cultural programs, special offers and more!
Columbus Centre/Villa Charities Redevelopment
"Columbus Centre: REIMAGINE 2020" TV Special Available to View Online

Check out our 30-minute television special on the new Columbus Centre/Villa Charities & Dante Alighieri Academy Intergenerational Community Hub. The show provides insights into the project from our CEO Anthony DiCaita, VCI Board Chair Aldo Cundari and Board Director Gina Valle, and highlights key features and benefits of the proposed joint facility with the TCDSB.

Join us at Ristorante Boccaccio for New Year's Eve

Ring in the New Year at Ristorante Boccaccio! Enjoy a special four-course, prix-fixe menu that features dishes including risotto with champagne and lobster and d uck leg confit with Jerusalem artichokes, thyme-roasted pear and shaved black truffle . Seatings are at 6:00pm and 8:00pm and tickets are $65 per person. Reserve today!

DanzArts Toronto Dancer and Staff Featured in New Video by The Tenors

DanzArts Toronto Artistic Director Tara Pillon co-choreographed the new Christmas music video by internationally acclaimed vocal group The Tenors. "Santa's Wish (Teach The World)" also features DanzArts Toronto dancer Katerina Servello along with faculty members Liana Bellissimo and Kathleen Legassick.

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery Exhibit Brings Together Masters and Apprentice

The "Learning From The Masters" exhibit is a presentation of exceptional mastercopies by artist Carey Alvez. Reproduced works from Rembrandt, Hoffman and others will be on display now through January 8. Visit the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery today to see this and our other exhibits. 

Kick Off the New Year at our New Year's Eve Gala

The Columbus Event Centre's annual New Year's Eve Gala is the place to be to celebrate the arrival of 2018! Join us at Sala Caboto for what is sure to be a memorable night with an antipasto bar, gourmet seated dinner, deluxe open bar, musical entertainment and lots of dancing. Tickets are now on sale for $110 per person ($50 for children).
Athletic Club Gift Cards Perfect for Holiday Gift-Giving

Our Columbus Centre Athletic Club has the perfect gift for a family member or friend - a gift certificate for a personal training session or massage therapy. Stop by the membership office to pick one up and check our latest membership specials while you're there.

Take a Trip to the Opera with Villa Charities

Join us on Sunday, February 11 for a matinee performance of the Canadian Opera Company's spectacular production of  Rigoletto by Guiseppe Verdi, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased through our Cultural Arts department. Deadline to book is January 2 - call 416-789-7011 x 248/250 or email

Winterlicious is Coming to Ristorante Boccaccio

From January 26 to February 8, Ristorante Boccaccio will be offering special, three-course prix-fixe menus for lunch ($28) and dinner ($43), as part of Winterlicious 2018. Featured dishes include o sso bucco with risotto Milanese and mezza rigatoni with wild boar ragu. Reservations will be accepted starting January 11.

See The Winterlicious Menu

Registration Now Open for Winter Term Music Classes

Our School of Music's lessons are perfect for all levels of musicians, whether you want to learn a new instrument or hone your current skills. Winter Term classes begin January 8 and run until March 26. Sign up today and discover your musical talents!

Child Care Celebrates Christmas with Students and Seniors

Children from the Columbus Centre child care centre visited the Casa Del Zotto apartments to sing Christmas carols to residents with the help of students from Dante Alighieri Academy. Santa Claus also made a surprise visit!  

Register Now for Winter Term Adult Art Classes 

If you have always wanted to create your own masterpiece, our winter term Acrylic, Oil and Charcoal art classes are for you! Experiment, explore and discover with expert instructor Sam Paonessa in this 11-week course . Classes   begin January 16 and run Tuesday afternoons and evenings. 

School of Music Students Showcase Skills at Winter Recitals 

Students from the School of Music presented a culmination of their hard work at the Winter Spectacular Recitals on December 11 and 12. Congratulations to all the students who participated. Winter Term lessons are now open for registration for classes beginning January 8.

Kinderdance Program Back by Popular Demand for Winter 2018

Our DanzArts Toronto Kinderdance program is perfect for kids ages 3 to 5 who love to move and dance. This 12-week class is an excellent introduction to jazz and ballet fundamentals and will help students develop the basics of rhythm, balance, and coordination in a positive and encouraging environment. Registration is now open for classes starting January 13.

Villa Colombo Vaughan Celebrates the Holiday Season

Villa Colombo Vaughan celebrated its annual Santa Day celebration on December 3. Residents, family members and staff gathered together to celebrate the holiday season by taking pictures with Santa and enjoying live music and freshly baked desserts.

A Message From A Valued Arts Partner
Join the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra for a Special Christmas Performance

The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Columbus Centre on December 17 at 3pm with a  festive program featuring a variety of Christmas theme pieces and a selection of the Italian operatic repertoire. The event is supported by the Italian Cultural Institute, the Italian General Consulate in Toronto and Villa Charities. Tickets start at $20.

See Programme And Purchase Tickets

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