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Cultural Tuesdays at the Columbus Centre is a series of illustrated talks and presentations, designed to engage our community on a wide range of topics, spanning from culture, lifestyle, cuisine, art, and much more. Each Tuesday we will feature an engaging guest speaker, artist or performer to highlight the richness and diversity of Canadian and Italian heritage. Cultural Tuesdays are free to attend and will be hosted in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre. Columbus Centre Fa Cultura!

Past Cultural Tuesdays Presentations


Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30 pm
Venice and Its Territory: Treasures from the Serenissima Republic
Guest Speaker: Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Enjoy this captivating presentation on the origins of the romantic myth of Venice and its lagoon. Through the eyes of an imaginary traveller, the sounds of Vivaldi and Galuppi, and the recollections of Casanova and Goldoni, the artistic secrets of an enchanting city – once the capital of a golden maritime empire–will be revealed.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6.30 pm
Venetian Synagogues: Hidden Gems in the Core of the Lagoon
Guest Speaker: Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Venice’s history could not be told without a celebration of its Jewish communities. Discover with us the diversity and beauty of the Jewish Synagogues, or Scola, as they are called by the locals.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30 pm
Punch And I: Festa di Carnevale – Mardis Gras Party Commedia dell’Arte
Interactive Performance by: Adam Paolozza from Bad New Days
*With support from Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Experience Pulcinella’s irreverent antics, as he ponders about life, death, food, love and his childhood in the “old country.” Dora Award-winning performer, Adam Paolozza, explores his roots embodying the mischievous Pulcinella (ancestor of Mr. Punch), a mask which comes from the Campania region in Italy, from where Paolozza’s own family hails. The evening will include refreshments and a taste of the traditional Carnival cookies.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:30 pm
Beyond the Lagoon 1: Treviso and Padova, a Journey Through the Joyous Mark to Giotto’s Frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel
Guest Speaker: Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Venice fast expanded its dominion beyond the lagoon and conquered the mainland. This fascinating talk will explore the rich heritage of Treviso, core of the so-called Marca Gioiosa, and Padova, in the shadow of Goethe’s palm tree.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:30pm
Beyond the Lagoon 2:  Palladio’s legacy in Vicenza and Romeo and Juliet’s Fair Verona 
Guest Speaker: Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Sailing the river Brenta, Sebastiano Bazzichetto’s insightful talk will unlock the doors of Palladio’s villas, his Olympic theatre in Vicenza, and the legends in “fair Verona,” as Shakespeare christens it in his Romeo and Juliet.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:00pm
Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me
Poetry performance by Susan McMaster, accompanied on piano by Barbara Dyck
Meet & Greet with ‘MAMMA, In the Meantime’ artist, Tony Luciani

Canadian poet and literary editor, Susan McMaster, has published over two dozen books, magazines and anthologies. Accompanied by pianist Barbara Dyck, Susan will recite selected poetry from her book, “Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me.” Visual artist and photographer, Tony Luciani, will also be on hand for a meet and greet, and to talk about his exhibition, “MAMMA, In the Meantime.”

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00pm
Mangiar di Magro: Traditional Italian Recipes and Menus
Guest Speaker/Presenter: Gaia Massai

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:00pm
Buona Pasqua: Traditional Menus from Northern and Central Italy
Guest Speaker/Presenter: Gaia Massai

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:00pm
Buona Pasqua: Traditional Menus from Southern Italy and the Islands
Guest Speaker/Presenter: Gaia Massai


Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 pm
Creative Minds: Conversations on the Benefits of Art on Neurological Conditions

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 pm
Opera Atelier: Presentation of the Upcoming Production of “Il ritorno di Ulisse” by Claudio Monteverdi

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 pm
Presentation of Select Sculptures from the Joseph D. Carrier Permanent Collection, presented by Flavio Belli


Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm (In The Columbus Room)
Earth Day Presentation

Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 pm (In The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery)
Serata Musicale, with Viva Vitalità, featuring tenor Amerigo Marino and vocalist Caterina Oliverio


Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 pm
A Presentation of Paintings, Photography and Other Work from the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, presented by Flavio Belli

Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm
“One Euro Italy” – a photographic exhibition by Sergey Tesker
Opening night reception

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm
“Italian Monasteries, Abbeys and Churches, Part 1” by Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 pm
“Italian Monasteries, Abbeys and Churches, Part 2″ by Sebastiano Bazzichetto

For more information call 416-789-7011 ext. 248.