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Villa Charities in collaboration with Vesuvius Ensemble and ICCO Canada presents


Luna Nova

  • • Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Experience a live performance of Vesuvius Ensemble’s album “Luna Nova”. Released in December 2020 during the pandemic lockdown, the title “Luna Nova” is a symbol of the light in the darkness, reflecting our lockdown experiences. The luna nova (new moon) represents hope and new dreams. Vesuvius Ensemble is pleased to finally share this beautiful album with a live audience.

Vesuvius Ensemble: Francesco Pellegrino (vocals), Lucas Harris (guitar) and Andrea Casciato (guitar)

Price: $10.00 (Seniors)




Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Ballo Liscio

  • • Wednesdays, July 6 – August 31, 6:30pm

Villa Charities resumes our popular Ballo Liscio nights in the Columbus Centre Courtyard.

Join us every Wednesday all summer long for our outdoor social dancing nights featuring live musical performances!





Columbus Centre Courtyard, Columbus Centre

Funded by the Government of Canada

Villa Charities in partnership with TLN and Caffe Cinquecento presents


Italian Movie Nights

  • • Thursdays, July 7 – August 25, 6:30pm

Join Villa Charities and TLN for some laughs under the stars as we present hit comedies from Italy every Thursday from July 7 to August 25. Enjoy a spectacular lineup of English subtitled films from some of the most acclaimed names in Italian cinema, FREE in the Columbus Centre courtyard or from VIP seating on Caffe Cinquecento’s patio. 

July 7: Beata Ignoranza -Ignorance is Bliss

July 14: Un matrimonio da favola – A fairy-tale wedding

July 21: Buongiorno Papà – Out of the Blue

July 28: Figli delle Stelle – Unlikely Revolutionaries

August 4: Mai Stati Uniti – US in the U.S.

August 11: La Bellezza del Somaro – Love & Slaps

August 18: Il Tuttofare – The Handyman

August 25: Forever Young

FREE – Columbus Centre courtyard

VIP seating – Caffe Cinquecento’s patio.

Logo of Italian Movie Nights


Caffe Cinquecento, Columbus Centre

Villa Charities and The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra present


Dances and Overtures

  • • Friday, July 8, 7:00 – 8:30pm

The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra (GTPO) perform a selection from their popular program “Dances and Overtures”. Under the baton of Maestro David Fallis, the performace features a music selection including Italian opera overtures by Verdi, Viennese waltzes by Strauss and

pieces by composers Antonín Dvořák and Edward Elgar.


(Donations welcome at the door)



Columbus Centre Courtyard

Taste of Calabria


A Gastronomic Journey Through the Peninsula


Join us for the next stop in our Taste of Italy series and savour the flavours of Calabria. Indulge in delicious and authentic Italian dishes prepared by Slow Food Toronto President and Chef, Luciano Schipano.

Taste of Calabria

  • • Friday, July 29, 7:00pm

Antipasto – Starter

Capocollo, Soppressata, Zeppole (Crispeddi) Ripiene di ‘Nduja, Crostone di Pane con ‘Nduja Crema di Cime di Rape, Pecorino dell’Aspromonte,

Ricottina di pecora e Sott’olio

Calabrese cured salami, ‘stuffed fried dough, roasted bread topped with rapini and ‘Nduja, Pecorino from Monteporo, sheep’s milk

Ricotta and Calabrian pickled vegetables


Primo – First Course

Ravioli di Stroncatura con Ripieno di Alici e olive Nere all’Aglio e Olio Ricoperto di Pangrattato

Stroncatura ravioli filled with anchovies and black olive in a garlic olive oil sauce and a sprinkle of bread crumb


Secondo – Entrée

Pesce Spada alla Griglia & Carne dei Pastori su Cicoria Lessa e Finocchio Grigliata

Insalata Mista

Grilled swordfish & shepherds meat on steamed dandelion & grilled fennel

Mixed greens


Dolce – Dessert

Tortino con Cuore Morbido Al Cioccolato e Salsa alla ‘Nduja

Lava cake with a tender liquid core of chocolate and ‘Nduja sauce


$100 (Per person and inclusive of tax)

Price includes complimentary wine during dinner service. Additional wine, beer, mixed and soft drinks will be available for an additional cost. Amaro del Capo and Amaro Jefferson will be available to complement the meal.


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


Angelita Papa

Arts & Culture Coordinator

Phone: 416-789- 7011 Ext. 248

Email: cultural@villacharities.com