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Italian Heritage Month

Upcoming Events

Viva Vitalità Italiana: A Showcase of Italian Heritage and Italian-Canadian Women Artists
Exhibition begins on June 1, 2018
Opening Night Reception on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 6:30pm

The Viva Vitalità art exhibit has become a renowned event at the Columbus Centre for the celebration of Italian Heritage Month since its inception in 2011. For 2018, the exhibit’s curator Marcello Tarantino has assembled another outstanding collection of works by both Italian and Italian-Canadian artists.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre
Open to the Public Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm

LOWER GALLERY                                   Viva Vitalità Italiana, “The Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily,” photographic exhibition by
g                                                                Marcello Tarantino (Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30pm)
UPPER GALLERY                                    Viva Vitalità Italiana, “Spotlight on Italian-Canadian Women Artists” (Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30pm)
ATRIUM B                                                Viva Vitalità Italiana

The Ermanno Mauro Masterclass Series
Saturday, June 2 at 6:00pm Reception/Dinner & Concert at 7:00pm

The Ermanno Mauro Masterclass Series will perform their Annual Gala Concert at the Columbus Centre. Featuring a performance of “ACT III: La Bohème” and other arias from musical director Nicole Bellamy, the evening also includes a gourmet dinner.

Price: $130.00 (includes dinner and performance) A portion of the proceeds will go to support Villa Colombo Toronto
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

The Divine Comedy: Storytelling and Shadow-Play (in English and Italian)
Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00pm

Dante Alighieri, the father of Italian language comes alive to tell us a fantastic and magical tale, which still speaks to the questions and problems of today. Produced by Causa Teatro for audiences both young and old, this performance captures the essence of the first segment of the Divine Comedy (Inferno). Through images and words, it distills the story of a great journey to the very core of human nature.

Produced by Causa Teatro with Laura Nardi, overhead projector operated by Gaia Insenga and illustrations by Laura Cortini.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Columbus Room at the Columbus Centre

“Calcio (Soccer): A National Mirror”
June 7 – July 12 (Every Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm)

As the Italian community in Toronto comes to terms with the unthinkable absence of the Azzurri from this year’s World Cup, we are offering an engaging course on the politics of soccer. Calcio (Soccer): A National Mirror is a six-week, information-packed journey to nurture our love for “calcio” at this time of international demise.

The program, taught by Harvard graduate Anmon Zohar, will help Italian soccer fans to transcend their disappointment and channel their energy into a unique learning experience. The course will survey the fascinating origins of the ‘beautiful game’, its politics and its impact, as well as many of the important historical events in the world of soccer. This is for anyone who lives and loves the game, as well as for those who are new to soccer and wish to discover its thrills and cultural significance.

Course Description

In a few weeks the greatest sporting event in the world will take place in Russia: The 2018 World Cup of Soccer. More than 3.5 billion people (half the world’s population) watched the 2014 edition in Brazil. Forty-eight nations are competing for world supremacy of the Beautiful Game. Toronto being such a cosmopolitan city will be abuzz. Even if you’re not a soccer fan, you’ll be caught up in the action. This course will get you ready for the show. Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, where it is a staple feature of their popular culture. The way in which different countries play soccer is a form of national self‐expression. The rules are the same, but the style of play is a reflection of a country’s history, culture, and traditions – the game is a national mirror. In this course, we will survey the beautiful game’s fascinating origins, its politics and its impact, as well as many of the important historical events in the world of soccer. We will examine the transcendent power of this game as it changes the lives of individuals and communities across all continents. A noted football guest speaker will visit and give a presentation. No sport has more devoted fans and those numbers are growing – young, old, male, female: the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil reached a global in‐home television audience of 3.2 billion people. This course is for those of you who live and love the game, but also for those of you who are new to soccer and wish to discover its thrills.

About Amnon Zohar

Amnon Zohar is a hi‐tech business entrepreneur and founder of internet and social media companies. He is also a soccer fanatic. He played and coached youth soccer and is a graduate of The Global Game: Soccer, Politics and Popular Culture course at Harvard University. Amnon is also the founder of FootieXI.com, a website and blog for people who live and love the game of soccer.

Price: $60.00 (for 6 weeks)
Location: Columbus Centre
Registration: Contact the Cultural Arts Office at 416-789-7011 ext 248 or cultural@villacharities.com to register.

Canta Italia Tuesday Series
June 12, 19 and 26 at 7:00pm

Join us for weekly Italian classic sing-alongs as we celebrate Italian Heritage Month. These lively events feature renowned Italian-Canadian musician Claudio Santaluce, who was an active member of the Columbus Centre community. This will be a great opportunity to bring the whole family out to participate in Italian heritage and culture.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

“O Mio Babbino Caro” Omaggio a Puccini: Opera Arias
Sunday, June 17 at 4:00pm

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Columbus Centre and enjoy an afternoon of Italian opera with internationally renowned Maestro Rolando Nicolosi, soprano Jonelle Sills and tenor Christopher Dallo. Don’t miss out on this tribute to Puccini on the 160th anniversary of his birth.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Youth Cultural Fun Fiera
Sunday, June 24 from 1:00 – 4:00pm

We are proud to announce our inaugural Youth Cultural Fun Fiera! We invite all members of the community to attend and participate in all the wonderful programming that our Cultural Arts Department has to offer.

We will be featuring presentations from DanzArts Toronto, music from our music instructors and students, and some extremely creative activities from our Camps Department. The event will take place at the Columbus Centre and promises to be an amazing and entertaining afternoon for youth of all ages.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Columbus Centre