Villa Charities Is Named A Charity of Choice for Eataly Toronto
Villa Charities Inc. is proud to announce its partnership with Eataly, the largest Italian retail and dining experience in the world, as one of its official charities of choice. This partnership provides the two prominent Italian organizations with an opportunity to collaborate on initiatives bringing unique cultural programming and events curated by Villa Charities to Eataly's customer base and the GTA at large. Eataly will also support fundraising initiatives on-site and off-site to help raise money for Villa Charities.

Take Home A Beautiful Piece of Artwork from our Latest Exhibitions
There may be only a few weeks left to experience our current exhibitions at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, but did you know all artwork on display is available for purchase? Anthony Ricciardi’s “We Adore You” exhibition includes 30 specially created canvases, two signature sculptures and a mural. “Dreaming in Colour” brings together 30 abstract canvases by contemporary artist Peter Triantos. If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces, please call 416-789-4011 ext. 248 before the exhibitions close on April 5!

Vesuvius Ensemble to Perform a Special Easter Concert
As part of our Concerti in Galleria series, join us on Sunday, April 5 at 7:30pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery as we present a unique comparison of popular and classical music for Holy Week with a particular emphasis on the “Mother of Sorrows.” Anguished melodies from various folk traditions will mix with heart-rending settings of the “Stabat Mater” and other liturgical texts. This juxtaposition invites a collective meditation on the mystery which has inspired so much passion and faith.

Get a Taste of Campania at our Upcoming Theme Night Dinner
On Friday, March 27 at 7pm, join us for a unique dining experience at our Campania Theme Night Dinner at Ristorante Boccaccio. Home of the world-famous Amalfi Coast, Campania offers delicious cuisine that reflects the region’s rich culture and history. Our menu is filled with regional favourites and tasty specialties, including sweet Neapolitan meatballs, fresh seafood salad, Gnocchi di Patate alla Sorrentina, Polpo alla Luciana, Gattò di Patate and Sfogliatelle Napoletane.

Our Diaspora Series Returns with Two New Events This March
On Sunday, March 22 at 3pm, join us for a conversation with the authors of “Forgotten Italians,” a ground-breaking collection of articles on Julian-Dalmatians in Canada. Also, on Saturday, March 28 at 3pm, join Rosanna Lo Presti for a reading and panel discussion about her book “Ritorno alle Origini,” the story of a migrant who sought well-being in another country.

Engage in Jewish Culinary Traditions at Cultural Tuesdays
Our next Cultural Tuesdays series explores some of the oldest Jewish communities of Italy. Gaia Massai will create some of the most iconic dishes and discuss how traditional Italian recipes were modified to comply with Kashrut laws. Join us on March 24 at 7pm for the first lecture, “A Culinary Tour Through Italy’s Oldest Jewish Communities.”

Book Your Appointment for Friday Chats with the CEO
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. The next available date for these chats will be on Friday, April 17. Contact us today to schedule your appointment – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email   csimpson@villacharities.com .

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Experience OMEGA for Free
Want to improve your Strength & Conditioning in only 45 minutes? Our new OMEGA High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their strength, physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness in an encouraging environment. With our specialized coaching staff, OMEGA is scalable for everyone, from beginners to high-level athletes. We are offering a complimentary trial period until March 30 for anyone who is interested in OMEGA.

Book an Audition for DanzArts Toronto’s Competitive Programs
Think you have what it takes to be a part of our competitive company at DanzArts Toronto? Auditions for our full time and part time Competitive Dance Programs, beginning fall 2020, will be held on Sunday, June 21. If you can't make this date, you may contact us to schedule a private audition. Check out a new rehearsal video of our competitive company here .

March Break Camp Begins Next Week at Columbus Centre
Our Columbus Centre March Break Camp begins this Monday and there is still time to register your child! Choose from five different camps, including Art & Crafts Camp, Multi-Media Camp, LEGO / Be-A-Builder Camp, Magic Camp and our Ultimate Experience Camp. Give your child a memorable retreat this March Break where they can interact with others in a fun and exciting environment!

Pursue Your Creativity at our Impressionist Paint Night Workshops
Our paint night workshops are an excellent option for those looking to try their hand at impressionist painting. Join us for our first workshop of the spring term on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30pm at the Columbus Centre, where we will be crafting our own interpretations of “Hot Sun in the Fields in Tuscany.” Professional art supplies are included.

Villa Charities Foundation to Host Driving Experience with Antonio Giovinazzi
Mark your calendars! On Tuesday, June 9, join current F1™ Driver Antonio Giovinazzi for a day at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s renowned Grand Prix track. There are two opportunities available: Hot laps in an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio piloted by Antonio Giovinazzi (A VIP experience!) or Laps with 6th Gear High Performance Drive Team in a choice of over 20 world-class, high-performance vehicles. All passes include photo and autograph opportunities with Antonio Giovinazzi, plus a three-course Italian luncheon. Limited quantity available. Buy your passes today!

Tee Off at our 44th Annual Villa Charities Golf Classic
The 44th Annual Villa Charities Golf Classic will be held at Piper’s Heath Golf Club in Milton on Thursday, June 25. This year's Golf Classic will include exciting activities on course, from taking a shot against NHL Alumni at our "Beat the Pro" hole to indulging in authentic food from regions of Italy. Finish off your day with an Italian-themed luncheon filled with your favourite food, exciting prizes and more.

Celebrate Italian and Jewish Heritage at Un Abbraccio! This June
We invite you to join us for Un Abbraccio! as we celebrate the cultural heritage of our Italian and Jewish communities and the enduring bond between them. Events include a black-tie dinner reception in honour of Liberation75 on June 1, “The Sounds of Calabria” musical extravaganza on June 3 and the "Calabria Mia: Borghi Antichi" photographic exhibition on June 4. For more information, please contact Cristina Costa at  ccosta@villacharities.com .

Villa Colombo Toronto Auxiliary to Host Spring Pasta Bingo
Join the Villa Colombo Toronto Auxiliary for Spring Pasta Bingo on Wednesday, March 25 at Sala Caboto. Tickets are $40 and the event includes a pasta and salad dinner, traditional Easter treats and three Bingo games with dabber. For tickets, please contact the VCTA Office at 416-789-2113 ext. 2260 or VCLA@villacolombo.on.ca
Opera Atelier presents: Handel’s The Resurrection
From April 11 to 19, join Opera Atelier at Koerner Hall and experience an operatic tour de force! Handel’s first masterpiece is brought to life in this fully staged and choreographed production, featuring: Isaiah Bell, Stephen Hegedus, Carla Huhtanen, Meghan Lindsay, Allyson McHardy, with Artists of Atelier Ballet and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Tickets start at just $49. Book now!