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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or post a message on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page, using the hashtag #CC40.