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Columbus Centre

Columbus Centre, located on the Villa Charities campus, is the GTA’s preeminent destination for arts and culture serving the Italian Canadian community and beyond.

Frequented by more than 150,000 visitors every year, Columbus Centre is a popular meeting place where people can enjoy the richness of the Italian culture in a Canadian setting; a community hub that brings together art, culture, fitness, and great culinary experiences all under one roof.

Columbus Centre of Toronto Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

OFFICIAL ANNIVERSARY DATE: Saturday, October 10, 2020

Since its opening in 1980, the Columbus Centre has served as a vibrant community centre where people can enjoy the richness of an Italian culture within a Canadian setting. Today, the Columbus Centre remains a major hub for the GTA’s Italian-Canadian community and a popular meeting place frequented by more than 150,000 visitors every year.  Patrons of all ages visit the Columbus Centre for dance, visual arts, music, Italian language and children’s camps; view art exhibitions at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery; attend cultural events and programming; use child care services; and participate in a wide range of athletic, aquatic and wellness programs at our expansive Athletic Club.

In 2018, the Columbus Centre was added to the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register. Designated heritage elements include the mosaic-tiled and brick “St. Mary’s Training School” door frame and decorative mosaic at the southeast corner of the original building; the Rotunda, built originally as a venue for social functions and weddings, and converted in 1986 into an art gallery; and the adjoining landscaped setting of the sculpture garden.

The Columbus Centre 40th Anniversary will be commemorated by two special art exhibitions to be hosted in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery during October and November 2020. Commissioned by Villa Charities, these exhibitions will highlight the history of the Columbus Centre as well as showcase artists who represent the present day and future of the visual arts community.

Columbus Centre patrons and the community at large are invited to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the community centre by experiencing these memorable exhibitions.

Click here for more information about the art exhibitions

Anthony Fusco Sr., one of the Columbus Centre Founders, reflected on the history and significance of the Columbus Centre.

Read his interview with Marianne Corigliano, Vice-Chair of the Columbus Centre Board here


We want to hear from you! All month long, please send us your favourite stories, photos and memories of the Columbus Centre and we will display them on our Virtual Memory Wall. If you’d like to send a message to be included on our Virtual Memory Wall, please email info@villacharities.com or post a message on our FacebookTwitter or  Instagram page, using the hashtag #CC40.

Click here to view our Virtual Memory Wall

Here is a look back at some of the memorable moments from the past 40 years at the Columbus Centre:

Historical Images

Life at the Columbus Centre


Programs and Services located at Columbus Centre

Please visit our calendar of events for important dates and featured programming and at Columbus Centre.

Villa Charities Campus Map

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Explore Everything We Have to Offer in our Fall & Winter 2020/2021 Program Guide

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New Protocols and Procedures Guide

Read our “New Protocols and Procedures” digital guide, for a summary of the new safety measures implemented for our on-site programs and services.

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