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Cultural Tuesdays

Please be advised that our on-site cultural events have been suspended until further notice. Please stay tuned for details on when the events will resume.

Cultural Tuesdays is a series of free illustrated talks at the Columbus Centre designed to engage our community on a wide range of topics, spanning from culture, lifestyle, history, cuisine, art and much more. Each month we present a series of events with a specially curated theme.

Join us every Tuesday at 7:00pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery for Cultural Tuesdays, presented by Villa Charities.

RSVP REQUIRED – To ensure the safety of all attendees there will be limited seating capacity for this event. Please RSVP in advance to reserve your spot.

The use of masks and face coverings is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, as required under City of Toronto bylaw no. 541-2020.

Upcoming Cultural Tuesdays Presentations


October – November 2020

Seven Decades of Fellini

This fascinating seven-part lecture series will commemorate Federico Fellini’s one hundredth birthday (January 20, 2020) by taking a journey through the Maestro’s filmography. Each lecture will be dedicated to a specific period of Fellini’s career, by concentrating on dominant themes that characterize his films of the period in question. Whatever the decade, Fellini never ceased to explore the mystery of life with a sense of wonder.

Each lecture ends with a clip from one of Fellini’s films, followed by a Q&A.

  • Lecture 1 – October 13, 7:00pm – Introduction: Fellini the Child
  • Lecture 2 – October 20, 7:00pm – Fellini’s First Oscar: The 1950s
  • Lecture 3 – October 27, 7:00pm – Fellini’s La Dolce Vita: Not so Dolce
  • Lecture 4 – November 3, 7:00pm – Fellini: One More Makes Eight and a Half
  • Lecture 5 – November 10, 7:00pm – Fellini Remembers: The 1970s
  • Lecture 6 – November 17, 7:00pm – Fellini and Berlusconi’s TV: The 1980s
  • Lecture 7 – November 24, 7:00pm – Conclusion: The 1990s and Fellini’s Legacy

Past Cultural Tuesdays Presentations

September 2020

Scuola Veneta – Famous Venetian Painters

Violante Binazzi presents a four-part lecture series that explores the Venetian influence on art and the lasting impact of four famous Venetian painters.

  • Lecture 1 – September 15, 7:00pm – The Dialogue between Venice and Byzantium
    This first lecture offers a quick historical vision of the Venetian Territory, the underlying Byzantine influences and the connection between Oriental and Occidental through art until the 15th century.
  • Lecture 2 – September 22, 7:00pm – Bellini and the Birth of Tonal Painting
    The second lecture deals with the birth of tonal painting of which the painter Giovanni Bellini was one of the main exponents. Tonalism, which developed around 1500 AD, constituted a revolution with respect to the Florentine school as related to the perception of colour.
  • Lecture 3 – September 29, 7:00pm – Tiziano Vecellio
    An analysis of the life and work of Tiziano Vecellio, the artist who combined the greatness of Michelangelo and the elegance of Raphael, to bring a new level of intensity to the colours of nature through his evocative brushwork.
  • Lecture 4 – October 6, 7:00pm – Veronese and Tintoretto
    The final lecture aims to be a comparison between the painting of two Venetian masters, Veronese and Tintoretto. After exploring their biographic rise to fame, the main works of these extraordinary painters will be compared.

Location and Admission

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON

For more information on our upcoming Cultural events and programs call 416-789-7011 ext. 248.