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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.

Stay tuned for the announcement on 2023 programming.

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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.





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. 



La Mia Terra Lontana


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

  • • Mondays, 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. 

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

For more information, please contact:

Edris Osman
Arts & Culture Coordinator
Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 299
Email[email protected]