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ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH

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 celebrate the cherished annual occasion with a series of engaging events and programming throughout the month.

Mario Lanza: A Life in Song

With Joshua Clemenger, Tenor & Nicholas Wanstall, Piano

  • • Friday, June 3, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Mario Lanza, born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza, was an Italian-American performer who brought operatic singing to the big screen in the golden age of Hollywood. As an actor and singer, he recorded multiple chart-topping hits, and brushed shoulders with the most talented celebrities of his time. Sadly, he did not live to realize his full operatic potential, but nonetheless helped shape future generations of young singers. Through discussion and performance, we will explore his life in music, and enjoy many of the songs that made him an icon.

Price:

$30.00

Mario_Lanza

Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

 

La Mia Terra Lontana /
My Distant Homeland

  • • Sunday, June 5, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Join us as we celebrate Italian Heritage Month with a concert by the Coro San Marco,
featuring conductors Michael Colla and Daniele Colla, with pianist Adolfo De Santis.  Enjoy a programme of music centred on the theme of immigrant journeys and stories.  The concert will feature Canadian composers, arrangers and writers. Coro San Marco will also be awarding scholarships to support students studying music in a Canadian university or college. 

Price:

$30.00

La Mia Terra Lontana

Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

 

Co-presented with Coro San Marco, in collaboration with The Quiet Immigrant Project.

“My Secret Venice” with Sebastiano Bazzichetto

  • • Tuesdays, June 13, 20, and 27, 12:00pm

In recognition of Italian Heritage Month, we are proud to present a third season of the popular video series “My Secret Venice” with Dr. Sebastiano Bazzichetto. After last year’s journey through enchanting villas in the Veneto countryside, in this new three-part series Sebastiano will take viewers behind-the-scenes to unveil the secrets of some of the oldest crafts in the Republic of Venice—La Serenissima.

Price:

FREE

Location:

Virtual

 

 

New video will be shared each week at 12:00pm EST.

In My Own Words

Spotlight on Italian-Canadian Authors

  • • Wednesdays, June 8 and 22, 7:00pm  – 8:00pm

Villa Charities is pleased to invite you to free virtual readings of selected works by Italian-Canadian authors Tina Biello, Christopher DiRaddo, Guglielmo D’Izzia and Annalisa Panati. 

Price:

FREE

In My Own Words

Location:

Virtual

 

Presented in collaboration with the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. With financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

 

Retrolicious

  • • Thursday, June 9, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Welcome to this historical culinary journey to the 1950’s Italian-Canadian food landscape in the GTA. Presenters will discuss “Mapping Italian-Canadian Foodways,” an Italian-Canadian heritage collection of menus, photos, and interviews from prominent GTA-based restaurants, housed at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Attendees will also enjoy a retro tasting menu with food stations from local restaurants including San Remo Rustico Restaurant, Chef Giovanni Caia, Pastaio, Pane e Vino Ristorante, Chef Luciano Schipano, Stelvio Restaurant and Dario with Tony The Gelato Cart.

 

Price:

$60.00 Adults

$50.00 (UofT Mississauga Students)

Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

 

Presented in partnership with the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Italian-Canadian Foodways project, in collaboration with Luciano Schipano and many local restaurants, including San Remo Rustico Restaurant.

 

Music From Italy

Columbus Concert Band

  • • Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 – 9:00pm

The Columbus Concert Band celebrates Italian Heritage Month with a repertoire of Italian music.

A ‘Pay What You Can’ Event:

(Donations welcome at the door)

Music from Italy

Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

 

Presented in partnership with Columbus Concert Band.

 

“Let’s Kiss”, Toronto!

  • • Friday, June 17, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Join us for the Toronto premiere film screening of “Let’s Kiss,” the award-winning documentary portraying the life of Franco Grillini, the founder of ArciGay and a leading proponent of the Italian LGTBQ movement. Directed by Filippo Vendemmiati and produced by GenomaFilms, the film is an in-depth look at the fascinating life of a pioneer of equality rights and provides a vivid perspective on the Italian gay movement. The evening includes conversations with Franco Grillini as well as the film’s director and producers. There will also be a food demonstration and wine tasting featuring specialties from the Emiglia-Romagna region.

Price:

FREE outdoor movie screening

Location:

Columbus Centre Courtyard, Columbus Centre

 

Presented in partnership with Associazione Amarcord Emilianoromagnoli dell’Ontario, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, Dept. of Italian Studies – UofT, Com.It.Es.,  and Heirloom – Vine Imports

Sponsored by Consulta Regionale degli Emiliano Romagnoli all’Estero

Cena in Rosso / Dinner in Red

  • • Thursday, June 23, 6:30 – 10:00pm

Join us for a special dinner celebrating what makes us Italian: passion, love, wine, and tomatoes! Don your best red outfit and enjoy a memorable evening with a specially themed menu of Italian specialties from Chef Luciano Schipano, jazz music by guitarist Andrew Marzotto, and a performance by stand-up comedian Lu Sicilianu Raggiatu.

Price:

$120.00

 

Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

 

An Evening of Dance

  • • Friday, June 24, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Villa Charities presents this special performance, featuring some of the top works by the DanzArts Toronto Company and special guest professional artists from ACE Dance Theatre.

Price:

$15.00

 

DanzArts Toronto

Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

 

L’Eco dei nostri Dialetti / A Celebration of Dialects

  • • Sunday, June 26, 10:00am – 5:00pm

L’Eco dei Nostri Dialetti is a celebration of Italian dialects. Together with poets, writers, musicians, comedians, professors, actresses, and actors, we will take a journey into the “rebirth” of dialects. Words and memories of our various languages, which have always enriched the Italian regions, will be the protagonists of a great day of culture and fun, to be enjoyed together in our piazza. Refreshments will be served. 

A ‘Pay What You Can’ Event:

(Donations welcome at the door)

L’Eco dei nostri Dialetti

Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

 

Presented in partnership with Com.It.Es. Toronto.

Una Patria di Carta

The Migrant Press and the Construction of Italian-Canadian Identity

  • • Tuesday, June 28, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Join Matteo Brera and Antonio Ricci for the official public launch of the ‘Angelo Principe’ Italian Canadian Newspaper Collection. We will reflect on the importance of Italian language newspapers for the preservation of traditions and the construction of imagined but also tangible Italian-Canadian identities between the Old and the New World. 

A ‘Pay What You Can’ Event:

(Donations welcome at the door)

Una Patria di Carta

Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

 

Presented in partnership with the University of Western Ontario.

Vini d’Italia / Wines of Italy

  • • Wednesday, June 29, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Interested in expanding your knowledge of wines? Come and join us for a guided wine tasting and discussion with The Golden Valley Estate Wine and Spirits. Don’t miss this informative and entertaining session featuring five Italian wines to refine your taste and learn how to discern among the multitude of fragrant notes. Light snacks will accompany the tasting and wines will be available for purchase. 

Price:

$50.00

Wines of Italy

Location:

Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre

 

Presented in collaboration with The Golden Valley Estate Wine and Spirits. Light snacks provided by Chef Luciano Schipano.

Italian Expat Picnic

  • • Thursday, June 30, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Did you move from Italy in the last 20 years? Then bring your family and join fellow expatriates for a festive outdoor picnic with all-you-can-eat pizza and entertainment. Reunite with fellow colleagues and celebrate new friendships at this family-friendly event at the Columbus Centre. Children’s entertainment provided by Accademia dei Ragazzi.

Price:

Adults $20.00
Children 9 – 13 $10.00 
Children 8 years and under FREE

 

Location:

Caffe Cinquecento Patio, Columbus Centre

 

Presented in partnership with Italiani a Toronto and sponsored by COM.IT.ES Toronto, AIRIcerca Toronto Chapter

For more information, or to inquire further, please contact:

 

Angelita Papa

Arts & Culture Coordinator

Phone: 416-789- 7011 Ext. 248

Email: cultural@villacharities.com