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Category: Press Releases

Newest DLT production is a comical experience about our love for Nonnas TORONTO – OCTOBER 28, 2019 – Following the success of the Dora Award-nominated show, If on a Christmas Night…, Villa Charities proudly presents The Nonna Monologues / I monologhi della Nonna, the new immersive holiday show experience created by internationally acclaimed theatre company DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) and director Daniele Bartolini. A limited engagement of this production will run from December 6 – 22, 2019 at the Columbus Centre, with preview performances on December 4 and 5. Tickets are on sale now. Italy is a country founded on the…

Unique showcase features watercolours from Indigenous Canadian and Italian Artists TORONTO (September 23, 2019) – Villa Charities will present a compelling and diverse art exhibition, “International Watercolour Exhibition – Italy – Canada” at the Columbus Centre from September 27 to November 27, 2019. The exhibition is on display in the Upper Gallery of the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, which has free admission and is open to the public from Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm. The opening reception on Friday, September 27 at 7 pm, includes a smudging ceremony, an Indigenous custom that will be performed by two of…

  TORONTO (July 23, 2019) – Villa Charities will present a unique interactive art installation,  IMPACT: A Dialogue on Art & Memory, at the Columbus Centre from August 12 – 31, 2019.  The exhibit tackles the important topics of Alzheimer’s and dementia by highlighting how people tend to associate memory with inanimate objects to create a sentimental attachment. Sara Dalla Guarda’s most recent piece, IMPACT: A Dialogue on Art & Memory, is an interactive installation artwork that discusses the topics of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and the exploration of the human’s sentimental fondness of inanimate objects. Dalla Guarda has collected antique items…

TORONTO (June 13, 2019) – Villa Charities and Leonardo Da Vinci Academy (LDVA) are pleased to announce an agreement has been finalized to move the Academy to the Columbus Centre for September, 2020. The prestigious independent Montessori-centered school is one of three organizations that will be relocating to the community centre at Lawrence Ave. West and Dufferin Street in Toronto, along with TLN Media Group and Academy of Realist Art. “I am very excited that Leonardo Da Vinci Academy will be joining the Villa Charities family as a new tenant at the Columbus Centre,” said Anthony DiCaita, President and CEO,…

TORONTO (June 11, 2019) – Villa Charities and Academy of Realist Art are pleased to announce that the Academy of Realist Art will move its facilities to the Columbus Centre as of September 1, 2019. The prestigious private institution that teaches drawing and painting in the old master tradition is one of the new organizations that will be relocating to the Columbus Centre. Villa Charities previously announced that TLN Media Group’s corporate and multicultural media production headquarters would be operating out of the Columbus Centre as of this September. “The Academy of Realist Art is an acclaimed artistic establishment and…

Interactive lineup on tap for 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death TORONTO – May 22, 2019 – The best of Italian culture, heritage and cuisine will take centre stage during Italian Heritage Month in June at the Columbus Centre. Villa Charities will showcase the artistry and talents of Italian-Canadian performers through a series of enriching programs, concerts, dance performances and the annual “Viva Vitalità Italiana” art exhibition. This year, Villa Charities has a lineup of immersive and unique experiences for everyone. In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, there will be a collaborative show that…

Personal appearance by special guest launches Italian Heritage Month programming at the Columbus Centre TORONTO – May 21, 2019 – Villa Charities Foundation is set to host a memorable charitable event with special guest, Formula One driver Antonio Giovinazzi on June 4. This prominent event will help kick off Villa Charities’ month of June Italian Heritage programming. Attendees of this exclusive luncheon at the Columbus Centre, presented by Craft Development Group and Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre, will have the unique opportunity to meet Antonio Giovinazzi and participate in a Q & A. The intimate fundraising event will help support…

OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH Thursday May 23, 2019 at 7pm Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre Toronto, Ontario CANADA The Embassy of Italy, the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto and Villa Charities join together with authors Paola Breda and Marino Toppan to present a ground-breaking new history of the Italian-Canadian immigration experience, finally including the previously untold story of the thousands of Italian Fallen Workers who died building this beautiful country — a story that’s destined to become a new piece of Canadian History. Compiled after decades of research by Toppan, this epic new volume includes countless contributions from…

TORONTO (April 29, 2019) – Villa Charities and TLN Media Group are pleased to announce that TLN Media Group will relocate its corporate and multicultural media production headquarters to the Columbus Centre as of September, 2019. TLN Media Group is one of three cultural organizations that will be located in the Columbus Centre, as Villa Charities moves forward with plans to revitalize its Campus. “I am very excited that TLN Media Group will be joining the Campus as a new long-term tenant at the Columbus Centre,” said Anthony DiCaita, President and CEO, Villa Charities Inc. “TLN is a leader in…

Toronto’s immersive theatrical and dining experience inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece TORONTO – February 26, 2019 – Following the success of “If on a Christmas Night…”, Villa Charities will present “Leonardo’s Last Supper,” a new interactive show created by internationally acclaimed theatre company DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT), in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto. A limited engagement of this production will run between April 11 – 18, 2019, with a preview performance on April 10, 2019. Tickets to the show are on sale now. Written, performed and directed by Daniele Bartolini, the performance will be held at a…