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Italian Heritage Month

The best of Italian culture, heritage and cuisine will once again take centre stage at Villa Charities, during Italian Heritage Month in June. We invite you to join us as we present a month full of exciting programs and exhibits.


Leonardo da Vinci was widely respected as not only a free thinker, but more importantly the purest Renaissance Man the world has ever known. While it is widely understood that da Vinci 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.

In the 500 years since his death, da Vinci has inspired millions of people to embody the elements of the Renaissance. During Italian Heritage Month, Villa Charities presents a line up of unique and immersive experiences for families to celebrate the life, times, and accomplishments of Leonardo Da Vinci. Join us Saturdays in June for these fun family events.

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

An interactive show that 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 of all ages to be just like Leonardo da Vinci and become free thinkers themselves! Using da Vinci’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


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.

In collaboration with

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

ACE Dance Theatre Presents: “Impulse”
Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12 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

Claudio Santaluce – Accordion Virtuoso
Thursday, June 13 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

Arias and Songs
June 2019 (Date TBD)

Classic Italian repertoire with tenor Roberto Cresca and pianist Gianfranco Pappalardo Fiumara.

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

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