Join Us on Sunday, August 7 for our Ferragosto Celebration!

Celebrate the peak of summer with Villa Charities as we commemorate Ferragosto, the annual Italian summer holiday! Join us in partnership with CIBPA and Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club on Sunday, August 7 for a full day of FREE activities for the entire family, including children’s activities, porchetta, authentic Italian foods, ice cream, soccer games, entertainment, and more.




Opening Remarks including Community Award to Canadian Soccer Hall of Famer, Robert Larusci: 11:30am

Children’s Entertainment & Carnival Ride: 11:00am to 5:00pm

Soccer Clinic and Games: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Squash Sport Demos: 11:00am to 5:00pm

Face Painting: 2:00 to 4:00pm

 Beer/Wine Patio (Payment Required): 11:00am to 5:00pm

Traditional Italian Porchetta, Pasta Lunch & Hot Dog Lunch: 11:30am to 1:30pm

Prosciutto di Parma DOP & Parmigiano Reggiano DOP* 11:30am to 1:30pm

Galato Cart*: 11:30am to 1:30pm

Live Auction of a Wheel of Parmigiano & Raffle for an Entire Prosciutto:

11:00am to 5:00pm

 *First-come, first served, until supplies last.

Thank you to our presenting partners and sponsors for their support


CIBPA | Toronto Azzurri | Hero Certified Burgers | Quality Cheese | Eataly

Caffe Cinquecento | Pizza Nova | TAC Sports | LiUNA! Local 506 | Luciano Schipano

Miller Thomson | TLN Media Group | Luxury Italian Food & Ice Cream


This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s

New Horizons for Seniors Program

Villa Charities

Register Now for Our Immigrant Tribute Project Pre-sale List for Priority Access

Don’t miss your chance to sign up for our pre-sale list today! Registering for our pre-sale list ensures you’ll get priority access to be among the first to purchase your name plaque when they go on sale later this year.

Villa Charities will be honouring Italian Canadian immigrants and their families through our Villa Charities Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute project. The tribute wall will feature upwards of 5,000 individual plaques with the names of family members and the year they immigrated from Italy to Canada. 

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See Some of the Most Critically Acclaimed Movies in Italian Cinema

Join Villa Charities, TLN and Caffe Cinquecento for some laughs under the stars as we present hit comedies from Italy every Thursday night to August 25. Enjoy a spectacular lineup of English subtitled films from some of the most acclaimed names in Italian cinema, 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.


Tonight at 6:30pm, enjoy Metti La Nonna In Freezer – Put Grandma In The Freezer”. When her grandmother dies of natural causes, a woman hides her body in the freezer to continue receiving her retirement checks.

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Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Mississauga ITALFEST 

Villa Charities is the Heritage Centre Sponsor of Mississauga ITALFEST’s 10th Anniversary taking place LIVE on August 12 and 13 at beautiful Mississauga Celebration Square. This milestone year features headliner Manuela Villa direct from Italy, rising star Roberta Battaglia, as well as Tony Monaco, DJ Danny D, Armando & Joee, an interactive Family Zone, Heritage Center, delicious food and craft vendors, pasta & watermelon eating contests, Bocce Ball tournaments and so much more. 

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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.

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A Music Experience By Candlelight: Serenata Italiana: A Lume di Candela

Join us at the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery for "Serenata Italiana: A Lume di Candela", a multi-sensory musical experience on Friday, August 19 at 8:30pm. Sourrounded 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,

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See 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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You’re Invited to Aba Bayefsky’s "The Streets of Italy / The World of Tattoos" Opening Reception This August 11 

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. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, August 11 at 6:30pm.

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.

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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 ext. 240 or email

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Villa Charities Foundation

Register Now for 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. 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.

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Columbus Centre

Final Chance to Take Advantage of our Free Accordion Trial Lessons 

Try your hand at this popular instrument that is used in musical genres around the globe! Columbus Centre School of Music is offering free trial lessons this Saturday, August 6. Register now to book your spot – spaces are limited!

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Early Bird Registration for Fall Music Programs Begins on August 8

See our selection of instruments and music programs and save with our early bird registration for our fall music programs from August 8 to 12. The Columbus Centre School of Music is happy to welcome returning and new students for our fall term of music classes beginning September 13. 

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Stay Fit Through Our Group Fitness Programs!

Registration continues for our Summer 2022 Premium Group Fitness! Explore our wide selection of premium group fitness programs for all interests and abilities and register via email at, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231

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Fall 2022 Premium Program: Registration Coming Soon

Our Fall 2022 Premium Group Fitness Programs will be open for registration on September 6 for Members and September 8 for Non-Members. See our wide selection of group fitness programs for all interests and abilities and register via email at, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231. 

Yoga for Beginners Classes – New this Fall

Interested in introducing yoga to your fitness routine? Beginners can join our Yoga for Beginners premium classes starting this fall 2022 at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club! This class 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 

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 geared towards people looking to maintain or increase joint space, mobility and strength.


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

Learn Racquet Sports at our Children’s Racquet Camp!

Young athletes from 7 to 14 can enjoy the summer with our summer sports programs by learning tennis, squash, spike ball, and more! Don’t delay and join Coach Niki and Coach Max at our Children’s Racquet Camp starting August 8. 

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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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Villa Colombo Toronto Needs Volunteers!

The greatest gift you can give to our seniors is your time – that’s why Villa Columbo Toronto needs your help in assisting with religious/Mass escorts, Meals on Wheels delivery, art and music programs, friendly visits, and more. Take the chance to give back to your community by connecting with us through the contact information at 416-789-2113 ext. 2216 or by email at

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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