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CULTURAL EVENTS

Villa Charities and Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Toronto, in partnership with Ponte tra Culture Society, present

“Storie, strane storie” (“Stories, Strange Stories”)

  • September 19 – October 23, 2022
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of famous Italian writer and dramatist Dino Buzzati, this 5-week intensive theatre program invites individuals of any age, nationality and experience level to come together, connecting through the Italian language and dramatic theatre for a unique social experience featuring ‘strange’ spaces and ‘strange’ stories. Buzzati’s work will be read, analyzed, interpreted and transformed through hands-on and group activities such as games, vocal experiments and creative excercises. Through this program, participants will create, rehearse and perform an experimental theatrical performance for a live audience. Italian theatre actor and director, Gianluca Barbadori, will lead the intensive theatre course and direct the final theatre performance. Everyone is welcome. No previous theatrical experience required. Open to professionals or amateurs, and no knowledge of the Italian language is necessary

Class Schedule:

Week 1

Monday, September 19: Columbus Room, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday, September 22: Library, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

* A third meeting is planned this week. Participants can choose between Tuesday, September 20: 6:30pm – 9.:30pm, or Wednesday, September 21: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

 

Week 2

Monday, September 26: Columbus Room, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday, September 29: Columbus Room, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

* A third meeting is planned this week. Participants can choose between Tuesday, September 27: 6:30pm – 9.:30pm, or Wednesday, September 28: 6:30pm – 9:30pm (Room for both days: Library)

 

Week 3

Monday, October 3: Columbus Room, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday, October 6: Gallery, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday, October 7: Gallery: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

* A fourth meeting is planned this week. Participants can choose between Tuesday, October 4: 6:30pm – 9:30pm, or Wednesday, October 5: 6:30pm – 9:30pm (Room for both days: Library)

 

Week 4

Monday, October 10: Columbus Room, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday, October 13: Gallery, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday, October 14: Columbus Room, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

* A fourth meeting is planned this week. Participants can choose between Tuesday, October 11: 6:30pm – 9:30pm, or Wednesday, October 12: 6:30pm – 9:30pm (Room for both days: Library)

 

Week 5

Monday, October 17: Columbus Room, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 18, October: Library, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday 19, October: Library, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday, October 20: Gallery, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, Gallery all day.

 

Planned Activities

  • The discovery of collective space

  • Games and group dynamics

  • Vocality

  • Attention games

  • Perception games

  • Trust games

  • Creative exercises and games

  • Text analysis

  • Text interpretation

  • Text on the stage

  • Rehearsals for the performance

Following the program registration, each student will be given 3 compositions (in Italian and English) by Dino Buzzati to read.

Price:

$95.00 

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Location:

Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Avenue West 

Theatre Classes

  • September 19 – October 22, 2022

Attendance required for 20 classes.


Final Performance

  • October 22 & 23, 2022

Italian theatre actor and director, Gianluca Barbadori, will lead the intensive theatre course and direct the final theatre performance. Mr. Barbadori’s career in theatre started as an actor in 1988 in Italy, where he trained with some of the most important artists on the European theatre scene. In 1992 he worked with Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in their Workcenter in Pontedera, where he deepened his knowledge of the actor’s tools such as physical memories, theatre actions, and forms of theatrical psychophysical training. Since then, he has not only performed in theatres across Italy and Europe, but he has also explored the theatre performance as a director, directing over 130 plays in 32 countries and 5 continents, in many different languages. Mr. Barbadori has also been teaching acting since 1996, gaining several permanent and guest teaching positions in Colombia, Italy, Turkey, Serbia and the UK. His passion is to bring together theatre performances and social projects, working with youth, marginal communities and civilians alongside professional actors and artists.

Taste of Italy

A Gastronomic Journey Through the Peninsula

 
Villa Charities’ popular Taste of Italy series continues as we take a gastronomic journey through the Italian peninsula. Indulge in delicious authentic Italian dishes prepared by Slow Food Toronto President, Chef Luciano Schipano. Savour new flavours each month as we journey through the regions of Italy.

Upcoming Dinners

Taste of Tuscany

  • Friday, November 25, 7:00pm

 

Menu Coming Soon

Taste of Naples

  • Friday, February 24, 7:00pm

 

Menu Coming Soon

Taste of Genoa

  • Friday, March 31, 7:00pm

 

Menu Coming Soon

Taste of Rome

  • Friday, April 28, 7:00pm

 

Menu Coming Soon

Price:

$100.00 (Per dinner)

(Inclusive of tax and booking fees)

Price includes complimentary wine during dinner service. Additional wine, beer, mixed and soft drinks will be available for an additional cost.

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Location:

Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre

Unassigned tables of 10 guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Sagre (Festivals)

 

Sagre (festivals) are traditional events where we come together as a community to socialize, discover and enjoy seasonal Italian food and traditions. Each month we present a sagra featuring a different Italian food theme.

Upcoming Festivals 

Sagra della Castagna / Roasted Chestnut Festival

  • Wednesday, November 9, 6:30pm

Coincides with Ballo Liscio, featuring live musical performances and dancing!

Sagra del Panettone / Panettone Festival & Christmas Dessert Contest

  • Wednesday, December 7, 6:30pm

Coincides with Ballo Liscio, featuring live musical performances and dancing!

A ‘PAY WHAT YOU CAN’ EVENT
(Donations welcome at the door)

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Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program

Ballo Liscio

  • Wednesdays, September 28 – December 14*, 6:30pm
  • Wednesdays, January 18 – March 29, 6:30pm
Villa Charities, with funding by the Government of Canada’s New Horizon’s for Seniors Program, continues our popular Ballo Liscio social dancing nights. Join us Wednesday nights as we dance the night away. These weekly events are open to everyone and feature live musical performances. *There will be no Ballo Liscio on October 12. 
A ‘PAY WHAT YOU CAN’ EVENT (Donations welcome at the door)
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Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program

In collaboration with Pastaio

Pasta Making Classes

  • October 4, November 1, December 6, January 24 & February 28, 6:30pm
Learn how to make fresh pasta and taste it with delicious sauces at the end of each session!

Beginner Pasta Classes – Egg Dough, Shapes of central/Northern Italy

  • Tuesday, October 4, 6:30pm

Learn about making fresh egg dough including the process beginning from the “well” method, the importance of resting and choosing the right flours. A walk through of some simple, yet significant shapes and styles of pasta made using egg dough all with minimal tools and experience focusing on hand made pasta shapes. Fettuccine, pappardelle, farfalle, garganelli, soppressine.

A simple sauce and final dish of: Tagliatelle ai funghi.

Beginner/Intermediate Pasta Classes 2 – Eggless, Shapes of Southern Italy

  • Tuesday, November 1, 6:30pm

Learn about making fresh eggless dough including the process beginning from the “well” method, the importance of resting and choosing the right flours.  A walk through of some simple, yet significant shapes and styles of pasta made using eggless dough all with minimal tools and experience focusing on hand made pasta shapes. Cavatelli, Orecchiette, Fileja, Lorighittas

A simple sauce and final dish of: Orecchiette with Sausage & Rapini 

Intermediate Filled Pasta Class – Various Shapes

  • Tuesday, December 6, 6:30pm

Learn about making fresh egg dough including the process beginning from the “well” method, the importance of resting and choosing the right flours.  A walk through of some simple, yet significant filled pasta shapes and styles as well as different types of fillings and their pairing with shapes and sizes. Classic Square Ravioli, Cappelletti & Cappellacci, Triangoli/fazzolletti, Balanzoni, Tortellini, Agnolotti del Plin.  Fillings: Spinach & Ricotta, Butternut Squash & Ricotta, Traditional Tortellini Filling & A Traditional Piedmontese meat filling.

A simple sauce and final dish of: Cappellaci Di Zucca, with sage, pine nut & pancetta 

Intermediate/Advanced Pasta Class – The Shapes of Sardinia 

  • Tuesday, January 24, 6:30pm

A class celebrating and learning about all the various shapes of pasta form the region of Sardinia, beginning with the simplest of shapes, to some of the most difficult. Learn about making fresh pasta dough including the process beginning from the “well” method, the importance of resting and choosing the right flours.  A walk through of some simple, yet significant filled pasta shapes and styles typical of the cussine of Sardinia. Malloreddus, Spizzulus, Lorighittas, Culurgiones 

A simple sauce and final dish of: Culurgiones with Tomato & Basil

Lasagne Class – Lasagne alla Bolognese

  • Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm

Learn about making fresh spinach pasta dough including the process beginning from the “well” method, the importance of resting and choosing the right flours.  A walk through of an iconic and very traditional way of making lasagne from Bologna.  Guests will learn to prepare the sheets, the sauces, the importance of layering and they will assemble their own lasagne to take home. 

*Each guest will have a piece of Lasagna that has been cooked from the main kitchen in the interest of time*

Price: $50.00 per class
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Location:

Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre

Expat Parties

  • Friday, December 9, 7:00pm

Did you move from Italy in the last 20 years? Want to reunite with colleagues and celebrate new friendships?

Join Villa Charities and fellow Italian expatriates to share some food, a glass of wine, entertainment, and a few laughs.

In collaboration with Comites, AIRIcerca Toronto Chapter, Chef Luciano Schipano, and Italiani a Toronto Facebook Group.

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Location:

Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre

Beatrice & Adolfo – Doing What They Love

  • Sunday, October 16, 3:00pm
Beatrice Carpino (singer) and Adolfo De Santis (pianist) present a selection of popular Italian and English songs, Neapolitan songs, and Broadway songs.

Price: $20.00

$10.00 (Seniors)

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Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre
 

A Night of Opera 

  • Friday, October 28, 7:30pm

Join international opera singer, Sara Papini, esteemed tenor, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Romulo Delgado, with accompaniment by pianist Ivan Jovanovic for a memorable musical performance.

 

Experience the power and passion of two of the most beautiful voices in the country and enjoy famous popular songs and iconic opera arias in an unforgettable concert!

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Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre
 

Festive Christmas Market

  • Saturday, December 3

Mark your calendars now for Villa Charities’ Festive Christmas Market! Shop fantastic local vendors and enjoy delicious seasonal food and beverages at the Columbus Centre. Get in the Christmas spirit as you discover great gifts for family and friends, or a special something for yourself! Plus, have your photo taken with the big man himself as Santa makes a visit to Villa Charities.

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Location:

Columbus Centre

Maria Callas: “La Divina”

  • Thursday, December 8, 7:30pm

Join Villa Charities and international opera star Sara Papini as she recounts the dramatic life, love and music of “La Divina” by Maria Callas.

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Location:

Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre

La Sedia di Natale / The Christmas Chair

  • December 15, 16, 17 & 18

Take a seat on the Christmas chair and share your holiday stories, creating an evening for the audience to delve into their own memories, piecing together a collective shared experience.

A line-up of extraordinary Italian-Canadian artists alternates to interactive moments driven by the audience’s stories. Together, we will explore the origins of “della festa più bella” (of the most beautiful holiday) through ancient musical instruments from Neapolitan tradition, folk songs and storytelling that combines laughter with meaningful and heartwarming feelings during the holidays.

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Location:

Columbus Centre

La Befana Comes to Toronto

  • Friday, January 6
The Befana, in traditional Italian folklore, is an old witch who surprises children with sweets and gifts on the eve of the Epiphany. This new interactive show, co-created by Daniele Bartolini and Danya Buonastella of DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT), continues this fun Italian Epiphany tradition with entertaining performances and special treats for children and families.
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Location:

Columbus Centre

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

 

Angelita Papa

Arts & Culture Coordinator

Phone: 416-789- 7011 Ext. 248

Email: cultural@villacharities.com