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Italian Heritage Month

Click here to read our press release about Italian Heritage Month

Upcoming Events

Viva Vitalità Italiana: A Showcase of Italian Heritage and Italian-Canadian Women Artists
Exhibition runs June 1-August 31, 2018
Click here to see photos from the opening night reception on June 5, 2018

The Viva Vitalità art exhibit has become a renowned event at the Columbus Centre for the celebration of Italian Heritage Month since its inception in 2011. For 2018, the exhibit’s curator Marcello Tarantino has assembled another outstanding collection of works by both Italian and Italian-Canadian artists.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre
Open to the Public Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm

LOWER GALLERY                                   Viva Vitalità Italiana, “The Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily,” photographic exhibition by
g                                                                Marcello Tarantino (Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30pm)
UPPER GALLERY                                    Viva Vitalità Italiana, “Spotlight on Italian-Canadian Women Artists” (Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30pm)
g                                                                Artwork By:
g                                                                1. Photo-based mixed media artist, Lucilla Bonfanti
g                                                                2. Sculptor, Julie Campagna
g                                                                3. Painter, Giovanna Carnevale
g                                                                4. Painter, Anita Giancola
g                                                                5. Mixed-media photographer, Frances Patella
g                                                                6. Painter, Marina Randazzo
g                                                                7.  Painter, Mara Schiavetto
g                                                                8. Painter, sculptor, Sandra Tarantino
g                                                                9. Painter, sculptor, Frances Tibollo

The Ermanno Mauro Masterclass Series
Saturday, June 2 at 6:00pm Reception/Dinner & Concert at 7:00pm

The Ermanno Mauro Masterclass Series will perform their Annual Gala Concert at the Columbus Centre. Featuring a performance of “ACT III: La Bohème” and other arias from musical director Nicole Bellamy, the evening also includes a gourmet dinner. For tickets, please contact 416-789-7011 x248 or cultural@villacharities.com.

Price: $130.00 (includes dinner and performance) A portion of the proceeds will go to support Villa Colombo Toronto
Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre

The Divine Comedy: Storytelling and Shadow-Play (in English and Italian)
 in partnership with Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00pm

Dante Alighieri, the father of Italian language comes alive to tell us a fantastic and magical tale, which still speaks to the questions and problems of today. Produced by Causa Teatro for audiences both young and old, this performance captures the essence of the first segment of the Divine Comedy (Inferno). Through images and words, it distills the story of a great journey to the very core of human nature.

Produced by Causa Teatro with Laura Nardi, overhead projector operated by Gaia Insenga and illustrations by Laura Cortini.

Price: Free Admission
Location: Columbus Room at the Columbus Centre

Canta Italia Tuesday Series
June 12, 19 and 26 at 7:00pm

Join us for weekly Italian classic sing-alongs as we celebrate Italian Heritage Month. These lively events feature renowned Italian-Canadian musician Claudio Santaluce, who was an active member of the Columbus Centre community. 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

“O Mio Babbino Caro” Omaggio a Puccini: Opera Arias
Sunday, June 17 at 4:00pm

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Columbus Centre and enjoy an afternoon of Italian opera with internationally renowned Maestro Rolando Nicolosi, soprano Jonelle Sills and tenor Christopher Dallo. Don’t miss out on this tribute to Puccini on the 160th anniversary of his birth.

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

Youth Cultural Fun Fiera
Sunday, June 24 from 1:00 – 4:00pm

We are proud to announce our inaugural Youth Cultural Fun Fiera! We invite all members of the community to attend and participate in all the wonderful programming that our Cultural Arts Department has to offer.

We will be featuring presentations from DanzArts Toronto, vocal performances from our music program, and some extremely creative activities and games from our Camps Department. The event will take place at the Columbus Centre and promises to be an amazing and entertaining afternoon for all ages.

Fun Fair Highlights:

  • Face painting
  • BBQ
  • Bouncy castle
  • Photo booth
  • Games and activities
  • DanzArts Toronto performances
  • Vocal performances
  • Creative activities

Price: Free Admission
Location: Columbus Centre (Some outdoor activities are weather permitting)