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New Cultural Events



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

An old-fashioned teacher and his tech-obsessed rival become professors at the same school.


July 14: Io c’è – Just Believe

In an effort to save his floundering bed and breakfast, Massimo decides to turn it into a place of worship.


July 21: Buongiorno Papà – Out of the Blue

Andrea’s life is going great: He enjoys his never-ending string of one-night stands and his career is skyrocketing. Everything changes, though, when extravagant teenage Layla shows up and claims to be his daughter.


July 28: “Sconnessi – Disconnected”

On his birthday, a man decides to reunite his family in a remote mountain lodge. He hopes to get closer to his relatives, but this leads to an explosive situation.


August 4: “Metti La Nonna In Freezer – Put Grandma In The Freezer”

When her grandmother dies of natural causes, a woman hides her body in the freezer to continue receiving her retirement checks.


August 11: “Uno Di Famiglia – One Of The Family”

Luca, a dictation teacher, saves the life of the of a student, only to learn that he’s part of a crime dynasty. Luca’s life is transformed when the student’s criminal compatriots ceaselessly attempt to repay him for saving the student.


August 18: “Il Tuttofare – The Handyman”

Antonio Bonocore is a legal practitioner who works as an assistant for Professor Toti Bellastella, a professor of Criminal Law. One day, Bellastella asks Antonio to marry his Argentine lover so she can acquire the Italian citizenship.


August 25: “Forever Young”

An exploration of the exciting lives of four 50-somethings who refuse to give up on their glory days.

FREE – Columbus Centre courtyard

VIP seating – Caffe Cinquecento’s patio.

Logo of Italian Movie Nights


Caffe Cinquecento, Columbus Centre

Doors open at 6:00pm for VIP seating on Caffe Cinquecento’s patio.


Any reservations not filled by 6:30 showtime will be cancelled.

Taste of Sicily


A Gastronomic Journey Through the Peninsula


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

Taste of SIcily


Friday, September 16, 7:00pm


Antipasto – Starter

Insalata di Mare e Panelle
Calamari, mussel, shrimp, and grouper fish tossed in a traditional lemon vinaigrette sauce accompanied by chickpea fritters


Primo – First Course

Gnocchi alla Norma
Smoked eggplant potato gnocchi tossed in a traditional home made tomato sauce and topped with shaved salted ricotta


Secondo – Entrée

Involtini di Pesce Spada e Salsiccia Messinese con Contorno di Patate al Forno alla Siciliana
Swordfish involtini and Messinese style sausage with a side of oven roasted potato


Dolce – Dessert

Cassata Siciliana
Ricotta and sponge cake dessert covered with almond past


$100 (Per person)

(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.



Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. West


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

Serenata Italiana


A Lume di Candela

  • Friday, August 19, 8:30pm
Surrounded by candlelight, Italian-Canadian tenor Giacomo Folinazzo with special guest vocalist Jessica Lalonde perform a repertoire of canzoni, arias, duets, jazz songs and popular songs in English and Italian. Accompanied by the warm tone of a cello and the timeless sound of the piano, Folinazzo and Lalonde lend their highly distinctive voices, passion, and versatility to this acoustic concert, awarding the audience with a unique intimate experience like no other.

Price: $20.00

$10.00 (Seniors)



Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre

Andrea Ramolo

Live in Concert

  • Friday, August 26, 7:30pm

Italian-Canadian recording artist and multiple music award-nominee Andrea Ramolo takes us on a nostalgic journey exploring Italian music that spans generations.

(Donations welcome at the door)


Columbus Centre Courtyard, 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