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TORONTO – OCTOBER 1, 2018 – Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre are pleased to present the Canadian premiere of Marco Sassone’s landmark exhibition Home on the Streets, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 7pm – 9pm. The show will run at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre in both the Upper and Lower galleries through April 21, 2019. The art gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is wheelchair accessible. Entry is free. The personal tragedy of homelessness and its seemingly permanent place in our urban…

Toronto’s immersive Christmas experience through the lens of Italian and Italian-Canadian culture TORONTO – SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 – Villa Charities will present the world premiere of “If on a Christmas Night…” in partnership with the Columbus Centre and with support from the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto. The interactive theatrical experience was created by internationally acclaimed theatre company DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) specifically for the Columbus Centre in Toronto. A limited engagement of this original production will run from December 7 – 23, 2018, with preview performances December 4 – 6. Tickets go on sale today at 10:00 a.m. The show…

TORONTO (July 10, 2018) – Santo A. Veltri, a senior Vaughan litigator, has been elected Chair of the Board of Governors of Villa Charities Inc. at its Board meeting on June 26, 2018. Villa Charities is a registered charity and non-profit organization that cultivates, promotes and celebrates Italian culture and heritage. Villa Charities has served the Greater Toronto Area’s Italian community for almost 50 years by providing culturally sensitive long-term care and independent living apartments for seniors, as well as educational, cultural and athletic programs. g Mr. Veltri grew up in the Dufferin-Lawrence neighbourhood, attending both St. Charles Catholic School…

Toronto – May 23 , 2018 – The best of Italian culture, heritage and cuisine will once again take centre stage during Italian Heritage Month in June. We invite you to join us at the Columbus Centre as we present a month full of exciting programs and exhibits, with a focus on Italian music, theatre, art and more. “Throughout June we will celebrate Italian heritage through a series of enriching programs,” said Emanuele Lepri, Executive Director of Cultural Programming, Villa Charities. “This is a time to honour the contributions of Italian-Canadians to our diverse cultural mosaic and celebrate with the…

TORONTO – May 1 , 2018 – Villa Charities will present Russian – born artist Sergey Tesker’s exhibition, “One Euro Italy,” from May 4 – 28, 2018. As part of the Open Exhibition Program for the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the exhibition will be held at Toronto’s Columbus Centre in the Upper Gallery of the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, which is free and open to the public Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm “One Euro Italy” refers to a public campaign launched in Italy by mayors of remote villages called “Un euro per una casa.” To arrest…

After arduous years of painstaking research, the Committee for the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project, under the banner of its sponsor Villa Charities, with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Canada, the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, and many community and corporate donors, poignantly unveiled The Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall on the grounds of Columbus Centre on the 28th of April 2016.The Unveiling commemorated nearly 1000 Italian Fallen Workers who had been verified by that date, as having lost their lives to workplace tragedies over a span of a century of immigration to our great Canadian…

TORONTO, February 23, 2018 – Villa Charities Inc. today announced the redevelopment of the Columbus Centre in partnership with Dante Alighieri Academy will not be going forward in its current format, as the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) has rejected the project, based on the direction from the Minister of Education, Indira Naidoo-Harris. This decision was made in isolation and without discussion with Villa Charities or the receipt of the Director of Education’s final report. “In good faith and at the request of the previous Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter, we implemented public consultations at great expense and delayed…

  TORONTO – JANUARY 23, 2018 – Villa Charities will present Canadian-Italian artist Tony Luciani’s exhibition “MAMMA, In the Meantime,” with support from the Alzheimer Society, from February 15 – April 2, 2018. The exhibition tells the story of Tony and his mother Elia as they embark on a journey of discovery where art becomes the perfect medium to express the grief and wonders of living with dementia. It will be held at Toronto’s Columbus Centre in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, which is free and open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.…

Toronto, ON, September 26, 2017 – Emanuele Lepri has been appointed to the position of Executive Director of Cultural Programming for Villa Charities Inc. Emanuele, whose tenure begins November 1, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Villa Charities with more than 30 years of excellence in the cultural and educational sectors. “Emanuele’s extensive experience and innovative thinking truly complement the Villa Charities family – he will be a great addition who shares our values and beliefs,” said Anthony DiCaita, President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc. “He has spent his whole career in the cultural sector and will…

New shared-use facility will be reimagined space for Columbus Centre and Dante Alighieri Academy TORONTO, APRIL 18, 2017 – With a vision towards the future of urban space, Villa Charities Inc. and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) today unveiled the updated designs and a 3D model of the new shared-use facility for the Columbus Centre/Villa Charities and Dante Alighieri Academy Redevelopment. The new state-of-the-art, intergenerational community hub is considered the largest and only co-development project of its kind currently underway in North America, and will better meet the needs and expectations of future generations and the communities they…