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Antonio Canova:

The life and work of Italy’s foremost sculptor

  • • Wednesday, May 11 & May 18, 7:00pm

This two-part lecture by David Pantano celebrates the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822), whose works are world-renowned. Championed by literary figures, and collected by kings and emperors, his best-known pieces such as “Cupid and Psyche” and “The Three Graces” are exquisite marble statues, depicting the eternal sublime of human and divine interactions.


Presented through beautiful photographs, these triumphant statues of neoclassic art form the core of the lectures, which also include depictions of paintings, preparatory drawings and terracotta models. The presentation places Canova in his rightful historical and cultural contexts and explores the philosophical implications of his art.


$5.00 (per lecture)
(Booking fees not included)



Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

“Diabolik” Film Screening

  • • May 19, 6:30pm

Join us for a special, one-night-only advance screening of the Italian box office hit film “Diabolik,” the dark and romantic story of the first meeting between master thief Diabolik and Eva Kant, set in the fictional state of Clerville in the late 1960s. Inspector Ginko is on the hunt for the criminal, trying to stop his evil plans.


Enjoy this free screening before the film is available to stream in Canada May 20th, on the Apple TV app, Cineplex Store, and anywhere you buy or rent movies.


Presented by Villa Charities and TLN Media Group.



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Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Villa Charities and North Wind present


All Creatures Great and Small

A concert of Baroque music inspired by the sounds of nature

  • • Friday, May 20, 7:30pm

Explore how nature and art are connected in a concert of exquisite chamber music! Throughout the baroque compositions of Vivaldi, Biber, Monteclair, Merula, you will experience how the animal world has always inspired the music world.

Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect on the many creatures that keep us company with their music, every day. Presented by Villa Charities and North Wind. Tafelmusik is the Community Partner.





Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Il Giubilo: From Sicily to Toronto

  • •Saturday, May 21, 2:00pm

In his brindisi /drinking song, Turiddu expresses how a lover’s smile inspires jubilation ‘come il riso dell’amante mite infonde il giubilo!’. Villa Charities and TLN Media Group invite you to experience that feeling of joy when you join us on May 21, for an afternoon of music and refreshments celebrating the deep connections between Italy and Toronto. Featuring Toronto City Opera soloists Romulo Delgado and Angela Maria Sanchez, performing highlights from Cavalleria Rusticana, classic Neapolitan songs, Verdi and Rossini.





Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Papà and Other Superheroes:

Ensuring your kids grow to be strong, healthy and, above all, a fan of your favourite team

  • • Wednesday, May 25, 7:00pm

Join Villa Charities along with Sándor Vezér from publisher Giovan8, and a pre-recorded interview with author Edoardo Maturo, for this special book launch presentation.


“Papà and Other Superheroes” is an Italian series of funny, heartwarming and nostalgia-packed stories about loyal soccer fans who, after becoming parents, try to teach their children to be devoted AC Milan, Juve or Inter fans. Now translated into English, this series is not only for true calcio (soccer) fans, but also relatable to all parents and all children.


(Donations welcome at the door)



Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, 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