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Cultural Tuesdays is a series of illustrated talks 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.

Upcoming Cultural Tuesdays Presentations

Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words

A lecture series by Dr. Franco Gallippi

  • September – December 2021

This 4-part lecture series commemorates the late composer Ennio Morricone by examining his career through his unforgettable film soundtracks, from Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns to Hollywood films by Quentin Tarantino. Inspired by his biography“Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words”, these lectures will reflect on Morricone’s personal experiences as a composer for Italian and international cinema while exploring the relationship between images and music.

  • Lecture 1 – Tuesday, September 14, 7:00pm – The Spaghetti Westerns
  • Lecture 2 – Tuesday, October 26, 7:00pm – Music and Images
  • Lecture 3 – Tuesday, November 30, 7:00pm – Mystery and Craftsmanship
  • Lecture 4 – Tuesday, December 14, 7:00pm – An Absolute Music?


$15.00 package price for four monthly lectures

$5.00 for each monthly lecture



Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery,
Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. West



Dr. Franco Gallippi completed his PhD thesis on the writer Italo Calvino at the University of Toronto. As Assistant Professor at McMaster University, he taught Italian language, literature, and cinema for several years. He is presently teaching at the Istutito Italiano di Cultura in Toronto, and is a public lecturer at Hot Docs and continuing education associations.

Renowned Italian Researcher, Veronica Vecellio

Presents World Gorilla Day

  • September 21, 2021, 7:00pm

In honour of World Gorilla Day, on September 24, 2021, Villa Charities presents a video lecture with special guest, Veronica Vecellio. Drawing from her extensive experience working with wild apes and other primates, Veronica will talk about her work with the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda. This event is free.






Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery,
Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. West


Born and raised in Rome, Veronica Vecellio earned a Master’s degree from the University of Rome in Conservation of Nature and Other Resources, with a dissertation on western lowland gorillas in the Central African Republic. She has been living in Central Africa since 1999, and since 2005 she has been working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda.

Italian-Canadian Queer Readings

Live Virtual Readings

Villa Charities, in collaboration with The National Public Readings Program, is pleased to invite you to free readings of selected works by Italian-Canadian queer authors Paul Coccia, Liana Cusmano, Elio Iannacci, Monica Meneghetti.

Part I Tuesday, September 28 7:00pm

Elio Iannacci: Writer, poet and arts reporter for Maclean’s magazine.

Paul Coccia: Author of the award-winning “Cub” and “The Player.”

Part II
Wednesday, October 6 7:00pm

Monica Meneghetti: Author of “What the Mouth Wants,” a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Bi Book Award winner.

Liana Cusmano: Writer, poet, filmmaker, arts educator and 2018 and 2019 Montreal Slam Champion.

With financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.




Liana Cusmano:
Writer, poet, filmmaker, and arts educator Liana Cusmano (Luca/BiCurious George) is the 2018 and 2019 Montreal Slam Champion and runner up in the 2019 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship. A participant in the 2019 Spoken Word Residency Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, their poems and short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines. Their first novel, “Catch & Release,” will be published by Guernica Editions in 2022.


Paul Coccia:

Paul Coccia is the children’s author of the award-winning “Cub,” “The Player,” and co-author of the upcoming novel “On the Line” with Governor General Award-winning author Eric Walters. Paul has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. He can often be found baking sweet things in his Toronto home surrounded by his nephew, three dogs, and little gray parrot with a red tail.


Elio Iannacci:

Elio Iannacci is a writer, poet and arts reporter for Maclean’s. He writes for The Globe and Mail, The Hollywood Reporter and The Toronto Review of Books. His award-winning profiles include Sophia Loren, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Joni Mitchell and Beyoncé. He was a juror for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, dedicated to LGBTQ+ authors.


Monica Meneghetti:

Monica Meneghetti’s memoir, “What the Mouth Wants” was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Bi Book Award winner. Her translation of Simone Moro’s Italian adventure memoir, “The Call of the Ice” was a Banff Mountain Book Award finalist. In 2021, Dagger Editions released her translation of MP Boisvert’s début “Québecois novel “The Fifth: A Love(s) Story.” Her work is found in “Here & Now: An Anthology of Queer Italian-Canadian Writing and other anthologies.” Monica is a meditation guide, incorporating this expertise into her work as a writing mentor, creativity coach, and manuscript development editor. Beginning this fall, she will be offering hybrid writing/meditation workshops online through her online school, Wildivine Meditation

For more information about Cultural Tuesdays contact:


Angelita Papa
Arts & Culture Coordinator
Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 248