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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. 

Ernesto and Filippo, two high school teachers, couldn’t be more different: Filippo is a cheerful liberal who is constantly online. Handsome and youthful, he is a serial seducer on social networks. Instead, Ernesto is a stern conservative, rigorously computerless. He is probably the last person around who still has a first-generation cell phone and his teaching methods are very traditional.


They used to be best friends, but an unresolved fight kept them far apart until the day fate intervened, and they found themselves teaching at the same school. Their opposite points of view will soon and inevitably lead to a new clash.


The internet will force them to deal with their past, which resurfaces in the shape of Nina, a young woman who conducts an experiment on them: Filippo must try to leave the online world and Ernesto must try to enter it.

Massimo Alberti is the owner of the “Miracolo Italiano” (The Italian Miracle), a bed and breakfast now reduced to a dilapidated building.


Too few customers and too many taxes. Massimo has an epiphany: in order to survive, he has to transform the B&B into a place of worship, where he will host tourists in exchange for a donation.


Tax-free. And to do so, he must establish his own religion, involving his sister Adriana, and the ideologist Marco. “Selfism” is born, the first religion in which you can be absolved from taxes and contributions. Get ready to convert!

Andrea is handsome, single and self-assured, with a skyrocketing career in an important agency for product placement.


Everything in his life of one-night stands seems to be going great until one day Layla knocks at his door, a decidedly extravagant teenager, who claims to be his daughter, conceived a long time ago during a summer romance.


Ettore Ranieri, a famous writer and guru of the analogical world, decides to spend a few days with his family in their house in the mountains to celebrate his birthday.


However, instead of enjoying this time together, everyone is always on their digital devices checking apps and emails. Everything immediately changes when all of a sudden, the internet connection disappears making all the guests panic!


Being disconnected will force everyone to really talk to each other, face their own insecurities and “reset” their relationships.

Is it acceptable to swindle the state when the state swindles you? This is the doubt that grips Claudia, a young art restorer who manages to make ends meet thanks to her grandma’s pension, because the Superintendence is late paying her.


When her grandma suddenly passes away, bankruptcy seems to be looming, so Claudia, with the complicity of her staff, “freezes” her grandma so she can continue to collect her pension until the state pays her what she is due.


Just when the solution to Claudia’s problems seems finally close, Simone Recchia, the most incorruptible – and clumsiest – officer in the Tax Police, falls hopelessly in love with her.


Amidst ingenious deceptions, disguises and misunderstandings, the young art restorer’s scam will begin to melt like a frozen grandmother in the sun.

Luca, a diction teacher, saves the life of a student which is the offspring of the famous “Serranò” criminal family. Out of nowhere, members of the Serranò family burst into Luca’s life to repay him without accepting a “no” as an answer.

Antonio is a trainee lawyer who dreams of joining his mentor’s prestigious firm. But Salvatore “Toti” Bellastella, the Prince of the Forum, is also an exploitative tyrant! He asks Antonio any kind of task: from being his assistant to being his driver, from paralegal to personal cook!


When Antonio brilliantly passes the bar, he gets the offer of becoming a partner in the firm, but there is still one condition: he must marry Isabel, Toti’s lover, an Argentinian girl who needs the Italian citizenship.


It looks like just another little “favor” for his boss. So Antonio accepts… and he’s really in a sea of trouble.

It is hard for anyone in today’s world to pursue their dream whether it is a life goal or just a search for fame and money. Nowadays everybody just wants to be young forever. If you are young you are “in”, and if you are old you are “out”. This is the story of a group of “Forever Young” friends, set in present-day Italy. A comedy about Milfs, Cougars, and any kind of addiction to Peter Pan syndrome.

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