Final Chance!

Enjoy “Serenata Italiana: A Lume di Candela”

on August 19

Join us tomorrow for “Serenata Italiana: A Lume di Candela” - an experience like no other! Surrounded by candlelight, Italian-Canadian tenor Giacomo Folinazzo with special guest vocalist Jessica Lalonde will lend their voices to a repertoire of canzoni, arias, duets, jazz songs and popular songs in English and Italian.


Accompanied by the warm tone of a cello and the timeless sound of the piano, Folinazzo and Lalonde lend their highly distinctive voices, passion, and versatility to this acoustic concert, awarding the audience with a unique intimate experience.


Giacomo Folinazzo - Tenor

Born in Welland and raised in Italy, Folinazzo been a singer since the age of 16. He has been an active performer in Canada for the past decade, performing hundreds of shows at the Fallsview Casino, festivals and corporate events in a local band called Lp3. He is currently transitioning from the rock genre to singing opera tenor (bel canto) style. Under the guidance of vocal coach Mary-Lou Vetere, he has not only gained a strong vocal technique but an “insatiable love for opera.”


Jessica Lalonde - Vocalist

Jessica Lalonde has spent her life exploring music in all its shades and facets. Raised on Country and Rock & Roll, she fell for jazz during her formative years. Lalonde began singing around her hometown of Midland in small jazz duos and trios, and for her local Big Band. Lalonde continued to explore and hone her instrument by delving into Bel canto singing under the guidance of Metropolitan soprano Aprile Millo, and in 2015 she had the privilege of performing in Italy alongside Ms. Millo for a series of concerts benefitting the Museo and Comittato Renata Tebaldi, the Amici delle case di Puccini, and Villa Verdi.


Date: Friday, August 19 at 8:30pm

Price: $20.00 | $10.00 (Seniors)

Location: Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre

Villa Charities

Register Now for Priority Access to the Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute 

Villa Charities President and CEO Marco DeVuono recently spoke with TLN host Antonio Giorgi about Villa Charities’ new Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute project honouring Italian immigrants. Click on the image to watch the interview.  


And don’t miss your chance to be among the first to purchase a name plaque for your family, when they go on sale this fall. Register for our exclusive pre-sale list today! 

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Final Two Films for Italian Movie Nights!

Join Villa Charities, TLN and Caffe Cinquecento for some laughs under the stars as we present the final two hit comedies from Italy with our Italian Movie Nights series. Enjoy these spectacular English subtitled films FREE in the Columbus Centre courtyard or from VIP seating on Caffe Cinquecento’s patio. Doors open at 6:00pm for VIP seating on Caffe Cinquecento’s patio. Any reservations not filled by 6:30pm showtime will be cancelled.


On August 18 at 6:30pm, enjoy Il Tuttofare – The Handyman” as we join Antonio Bonocore, a legal practitioner who works as an assistant to exploitative Professor Toti Bellastella. When Antonio passes the bar, Toti gives him an offer of becoming a partner in the firm with one condition: he must marry Isabel, Toti’s Argentinian lover who needs the Italian citizenship.


On August 25 at 6:30pm, watch Forever Young” An exploration of the exciting lives of four 50-somethings who refuse to give up on their glory days.

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Experience the Taste of Sicily on September 16

Join us for the next stop in our Taste of Italy culinary dinner series on Friday, September 16 at 7:00pm and savour the flavours of Sicily. Indulge in delicious and authentic Italian dishes prepared by Slow Food Toronto President and Chef, Luciano Schipano. This event is sure to sell out so get your tickets early!

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You’re Invited! Join Us for Our Outdoor Social Dancing Nights at Ballo Liscio

Dance the night away every Wednesday until August 31 for Ballo Liscio. These outdoor social dancing nights in the Columbus Centre Courtyard feature live musical performances.


This event is funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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Don't Miss Andrea Ramolo Live in Concert 

See Italian-Canadian recording artist and multiple music award-nominee Andrea Ramolo on Friday, August 26 at 7:30pm as she takes us on a nostalgic journey exploring Italian music that spans generations.

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See Our Newest Exhibition: Bayefsky’s “The Streets of Italy” / “The World of Tattoos” 

We invite you to experience this extraordinary collection of paintings from the artist’s ‘Italian Series’ and ‘Tattoo Series’, created during the 1970s and 1980s.


Aba Bayefsky (1923-2001) was a Toronto-based artist who began drawing at the age of 16 in Toronto’s Kensington Market. He became an Official War Artist with the RCAF in 1944 and an instructor with the Ontario College of Art (now known as OCADU) from 1957 to 1989, influencing and inspiring generations of Canadian artists. Bayefsky was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1979.


The exhibition continues until Thursday, September 8, 2022 at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery.

Presented in collaboration with Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, University of Toronto and sponsored by The Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation.

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“Storie, strane storie” – An Intensive Theatre Program and Experimental Theatrical Performance

Villa Charities and Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Toronto, in partnership with Ponte tra Culture Society, presents “Storie, strane storie” (“Stories, Strange Stories”). To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of famous Italian writer and dramatist Dino Buzzati, this 5-week intensive theatre program invites individuals of any age, nationality and experience level to come together, connecting through the Italian language and dramatic theatre for a unique social experience featuring ‘strange’ spaces and ‘strange’ stories. 


Italian theatre actor and director, Gianluca Barbadori, will lead the intensive theatre course and direct the final theatre performance.


Orientation sessions begin on September 12 and theatre classes begin on September 19.

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Come Sing With Coro San Marco at Villa Charities!

Coro San Marco, in cooperation with Villa Charities, is auditioning new singers for a very exciting 2022-2023 year of performances and concerts. Auditions begin September 12 and rehearsals are each Monday night from 7:30 – 9:30pm, in the Columbus Centre. Potential singers are encouraged to register by emailing or by calling (647) 287-1954.

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Cultural Tuesdays Presentations Return on September 6

Villa Charities is excited to launch a new season of Cultural Tuesdays, with great presentations and talks designed to engage the community on a wide range of topics, spanning culture, lifestyle, history, cuisine, art and other aspects of Italian culture and traditions.

Our September highlights include:

“Il Trovatore”

A lecture on one of the most beloved Verdi’s operas.

Tuesday, September 6 - 7:00pm

“Nonna and The Girls Next Door”

Book launch with authors Gianna Patriarca and Ellie Arscott.

Tuesday, September 13 - 7:00pm

“Luigi Pirandello: From the Page to the Stage”

An acting lecture by Donato Santeramo

Tuesday, September 27 - 7:00pm

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Kids Can Learn Italian with our Italian for Toddlers Classes

Learn Italian through storytelling, music and arts with Italian for Toddlers! This program in partnership with Accademia dei Ragazzi will feature 10 one-hour classes. Parents must attend class with their child. Classes start on Wednesdays, September 28 to November 30 from 10:30 – 11:30am at the Columbus Centre. If you are interested in the program, please contact us.

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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, September 9. Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 or email

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Villa Charities Foundation

Win Exclusive Prizes at the Ital-Canadian Golf Open

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, CIBPA Toronto, ICCO Canada and Villa Charities Foundation are coming together again to celebrate our community and give back in a meaningful way at The Country Club in Woodbridge.


Guests who attend our Ital-Canadian Golf Open will have the chance to win exclusive prizes including: Two (2) Business Class Tickets for travel within Europe from Air Canada*, and Four (4) Tickets to the EROS RAMAZZOTTI “Infinito Battito World Tour” concert on November 18, 2022, at the Scotiabank Arena**.


Proceeds from the Ital-Canadian Golf Open will support scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate and graduate level students across the country. Visit for details and to register.


*Blackout dates and some restrictions apply.

**Concert Tickets: Non-transferable.

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Columbus Centre

Our Fall Music Term is Open for Registration

See our selection of musical instruments and programs for our 2022/2023 season. The Columbus Centre School of Music is happy to welcome returning and new students for our fall term of music classes beginning September 12, 2022.

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Stay Fit Through Our Group Fitness Programs!

Join a group fitness class and get ready to be challenged! The Columbus Centre Athletic Club offers a wide variety of classes to choose from to reach your fitness goals. With a diverse class schedule and beginner, intermediate and advanced levels available, you’ll be sure to find a class that’s just right for you.


Our group fitness classes are available in-person and live virtually. Advance registration is required.

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Registration For Our Fall 2022 Premium Program begins September 6

Our Fall 2022 Premium Group Fitness Programs will be open for registration starting September 6 for Members and September 8 for Non-Members. We have a great selection of premium fitness programs for all interests and abilities. Register via email at, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231. 

Want to Try Yoga? Plan to Register for Fall Classes!

Beginners can join our Yoga for Beginners premium classes starting this September at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club! This is a back-to-basics yoga class that focuses on the key elements of yoga, such as: alignment, breath, relaxation, and concentration. 

Registration begins on September 6 for Members and September 8 for Non-Members via email at, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231.

New Yoga for Athletes Classes - Coming Soon

Make your joints move better and find more strength with our Yoga for Athletes this fall at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club! This 10-week program with instructor Niki is perfect for people looking to maintain or increase joint space, mobility and strength. 


Registration begins on September 6 for Members and September 8 for Non-Members via email at, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231.

Improve Health, Energy and Relaxation through Meditation Classes 

Quiet your mind, connect with your inner self, and listen to your body. Our meditation class is ready to welcome you in a safe, supportive environment to start or grow your meditation practice. This 45-minute class is designed for those who want to improve health, energy, relaxation, and mindfulness.


Registration begins on September 6 for Members and September 8 for Non-Members via email at, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231.

Villa Colombo Toronto

The GO-VAXX Bus Vaccination Clinic Returns on August 29

Villa Colombo Toronto in collaboration with the Ministry of Health is bringing a GO-VAXX Bus to the Villa Charities campus. The mobile vaccine bus will be administering 1st, 2nd, booster and paediatric Pfizer doses at Villa Colombo Toronto on Monday, August 29 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. By appointment or walk-in. While supplies last.

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Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

Do you know that our Meals on Wheels program (MOW) delivers about 600 hot Italian meals a week? These ready-to-eat meals go to people in our community that request the service. Villa Colombo Toronto is looking for volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels delivery. Our program runs Mondays to Fridays, 10:00am-1:00pm with a minimum commitment of one day a week. If you are interested in volunteering for our Meals on Wheels program as a driver, please call 416-789-2113 ext. 2216 or email today.

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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