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Italian Heritage Month

The best of Italian culture, heritage and cuisine will take centre stage during Italian Heritage Month in June at the Columbus Centre. Villa Charities will showcase the artistry and talents of Italian-Canadian performers through a series of enriching programs, concerts and dance performances.
We invite you to join us on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm to celebrate the launch of Italian Heritage Month, and for the opening night reception of our annual Viva Vitalità Italiana art exhibition.

CELEBRATING LEONARDO DA VINCI

While it is widely understood that Leonardo was the genius artist of the “Mona Lisa,” he is also credited with the invention of other world-changing designs such as the parachute, the tank, and even the helicopter. Join us Saturdays in June for a series of fun family events.

Leonardo da Vinci & Friends
June 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 12:00 – 1:00pm

This interactive show explores the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, tailored for kids. Some of Leonardo’s most famous subjects will travel through time, space and dimensions to recount the tremendous impact that he had on the world of art and science. This show is fun, imaginative and gives children a thorough introduction to Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy. A real joy for the entire family.

Price: Free Admission
Location: 2nd Floor Library, Columbus Centre

Da Vinci’s Code Scavenger Hunt
June 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 1:00 – 2:00pm

An opportunity for children to be just like Leonardo da Vinci and become free thinkers themselves! Using Leonardo’s works as a guide, participants will be led through the Villa Charities campus to obtain clues that will ultimately allow them to decipher Da Vinci’s code! This scavenger hunt-themed activity will allow participants to learn more about the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci while becoming more familiar with his most popular masterpieces.

Price: Free Admission
Location: 2nd Floor Library, Columbus Centre

ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH PROGRAMMING

VIVA VITALITÀ ITALIANA EXHIBITION:

Exhibition Dates: June 6 – August 31
Opening Night Reception: Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm
Free / Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm

“Matera: Citta dei Sassi – European Capital of Culture 2019” by Marcello Tarantino

LOWER GALLERY

“Matera: Citta dei Sassi – European Capital of Culture 2019”
A photographic exhibition by Marcello Tarantino

UPPER GALLERY

Dario Zini, “City Views: Toronto in Transition (2004 – 2010)”
With support from The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation

UPPER GALLERY

Ross Bonfanti, “Cement Mixer”

Bellissime Note
Saturday, June 8 at 3:00pm

An afternoon of classic Italian opera and songs performed by the Coro San Marco choir and a selection of talented soloists.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Coro San Marco Choir

Claudio Santaluce

Claudio Santaluce – Accordion Virtuoso
Monday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00pm

Join us for Italian classic sing-alongs as we celebrate Italian Heritage Month. Led by accordion musician and performer, Claudio Santaluce, this will be a great opportunity to bring the whole family out to participate in Italian heritage and culture.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

ACE Dance Theatre Presents: “Impulse”
Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 at 7:00pm

“Impulse” is a series of dance pieces that explore human nature’s vulnerabilities, which affect how we are drawn into the gamut of life experiences.

As human beings, we are fascinated by the enigmatic qualities that play an important role in how we respond to what life throws our way.

Enjoy an alluring and thought-provoking dance performance that demonstrates our underlying visceral impulses to love, nurture, fear, conquer or soar.

Price: Pay what you can (suggested donation $5.00)
Location: Lower Gallery, Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

ACE Dance Theatre Presents: “Impulse”

Giacomo Folinazzo

inCanto: Canzoni e Arie
Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00pm

Let tenor Giacomo Folinazzo guide you through a singing journey of some of the most beloved Canzoni Napoletane and Tenor Arias. This 45-minute program will feature the songs and the stories behind them: “Non Ti Scordar Di Me,” “O Sole Mio,” “Dicintencello Vuje” and arias such as “Recondita Armonia (Tosca) are some of the highlights of the evening.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

“I Love Opera!”
Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00pm

In his first Canadian performance, the brilliance of tenor Federico Veltri and the mastery of Italian pianist Adolfo De Santis will create an entertaining evening of classic Italian repertoire including selections by Verdi, Puccini and Tosti.

In collaboration with

Price: Free Admission
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

Federico Veltri

Plus, our Popular “Pizza in the Park” Event Returns!

Pizza Nel Parco
Friday, June 14 and Friday, June 28 at 12:00pm and 6:00pm

Join us for “Pizza in the Park” at lunch or dinner on the Caffè Cinquecento patio. Choose from a Margherita, Vegetarian or Sopressata/Pepperoni individual, made-to-order pizza baked in an authentic, wood-burning oven.

Price: $11.00 each (includes HST)
Location: Caffè Cinquecento, Columbus Centre

For more information, please contact cultural@villacharities.com or call 416-789-7011 ext. 248.