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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 del Panettone / Panettone Festival & Christmas Dessert Contest

  • Wednesday, December 7, 6:30pm

As part of our next Ballo Liscio night with musical guest Bruno Nesci, we invite you to bring your homemade Italian Christmas dessert and take part in our Traditional Italian Dessert Contest for your chance to win a prize, as selected by our judging panel. Share you traditional desserts such as Panforte, Struffoli, Scalilli and Turdilli with fellow community members and enjoy a slice of panettone, compliments of Villa Charities.

(Donations welcome at the door)



Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

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

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.

Taste of Tuscany

  • Friday, November 25, 7:00pm


Antipasto – Starter


Crostone di Focaccia su Lardo, Polenta con Acciugata, Fagioli all’uccelletto e Pecorino Toscano
Cured lardo on focaccia, Polenta with anchovy sauce, Beans in tomato sauce and Pecorino Toscano cheese


Primo – First Course


Tortelli di Patate con Ragu Bianco di Selvaggina e Funghi
Potato-filled tortelli pasta with game meat and mushroom sauce


Secondo – Entrée


Cinghiale su Cavolo Nero Ripassato e Crema di Cannellini
Wild boar with black kale and pureed cannellini beans


Dolce – Dessert


Chestnut flour cake

Upcoming Dinners

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


$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.



Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre

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

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. 

(Donations welcome at the door)



Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

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

Festive Christmas Market

  • Saturday, December 3, 2:00 – 8:00pm

Discover fantastic local vendors and enjoy delicious food and beverages at the Columbus Centre. Get in the Christmas spirit as you find great gifts for family and friends, or a special something for yourself! Shop for handcrafted jewelry, candles, ornaments, art, home décor and more. Plus, have your photo taken with the big man himself as Santa makes a visit to Villa Charities.

Live Music
Face Painting (3:00 – 6:00pm)
Visit with Santa (4:00 – 7:00pm)
DanzArts Toronto Performance (Columbus Centre Courtyard)


FREE Admission

Christmas Market[12]


Columbus Centre


In collaboration with CIBPA Toronto and Viva La Dolce

In collaboration with Pastaio

Pasta Making Classes

  • January 24 & February 28, 6:30pm

Learn how to make fresh pasta and taste it with delicious sauces at the end of each session!

Caffe Cinquecento will be open to purchase wine

and other beverages. If you choose to bring your own bottle of wine, a $5 corkage fee will apply

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*

$50.00 per class
Drinks not included.


Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre

Maria Callas: “La Divina

  • Thursday, December 8, 7:30pm

Hailed as ‘La Divina’, Maria Callas remains one of the most outstanding voices of the 20th century. Through discussion and performance, international soprano Sara Papini and pianist and conductor Sabatino Vacca recount the life, drama and golden voice of Maria Callas, which influenced our idea of ‘bel canto’ style singing forever.

$15.00 (Students & Seniors)



Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, 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.



Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre

A Star Has Shone 

  • Monday, December 12, 7:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with a concert by Coro San Marco.



Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre

A Holiday Concert 

  • Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season with a live performance of popular Christmas music! Under the direction of Annamaria Mazzaferro, the award-winning Columbus Concert Band will perform a selection of popular concert band standards and traditional Italian band music, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.



Donations welcome at the door.



Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre

The Christmas Chair/ La Sedia di Natale

  • December 15 – 18

Villa Charities proudly presents The Christmas Chair / La Sedia di Natale, the new original immersive holiday experience created by internationally acclaimed theatre company DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) and director Daniele Bartolini, with music by the Vesuvius Ensemble.

This unforgettable show invites the audience to delve into their fondest memories, to be weaved together into an interactive collective experience by a line-up of extraordinary Italian-Canadian performers, including some ‘surprise’ special guests!

Join us and explore the origins “della festa più bella” (of the most beautiful holiday) through ancient musical instruments from Neapolitan tradition, folk songs and storytelling.


Holiday treats and refreshments will be served at the end of the show.


Preview: Thursday, December 15, 8:00pm (SOLD OUT)

Performances: Friday, December 16, 8:00pm  Saturday, December 17, 8:00pm

Sunday, December 18, 2:00pm



Pay What You Can (Suggested donation $20.00)

 Performances: $40.00 (Adults), $25.00 (Seniors (65+), Students (13 – 25) & Artists

$20.00 (Children (6 – 12)

(Registration is required for all performances)

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Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT): Daniele Bartolini and Danya Buonastella

Vesuvius Ensemble: Romina Di Gasbarro, Francesco Pellegrino, Tommaso Sollazzo.

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.



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