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TLN Media Group celebrates arrival to Columbus Centre and hosts intimate fundraising dinner with celebrity chefs, Lidia Bastianich & David Rocco

January 14, 2019 – TLN Media Group’s (TMG) journey began 35 years ago at Villa Charities Inc.‘s Columbus Centre in Toronto, when in November 1984, Villa Charities hosted a celebration of a new Canadian multicultural TV channel, ‘TLN Telelatino’.  Now coming full circle, in January 2020, TLN Media Group’s new multichannel headquarters and studios have officially relocated to the very same Columbus Centre, on the Villa Charities campus. In honour of the new location, TLN Media Group is proud to host a VIP ceremony followed by A Felidia Experience at the Columbus Centre, an intimate reception and dinner with beloved celebrity chef, author and entrepreneur, Lidia Bastianich and Canada’s globetrotting cultural explorer and TLN TV personality David Rocco. The night will be inspired by Lidia’s original flagship restaurant and new book “Felidia”. Additionally, a new season of “Lidia’s Kitchen” premieres on TLN TV starting on February 3 from Monday – Friday at 6pm and Sundays with back-to-back episodes from 6:00 – 6:30pm.

Proceeds from the event will go to support Villa Charities and the Villa Charities Foundation in its mission to celebrate and promote Italian heritage, culture and provide support for senior care.

Part of the Villa Charities campus, Columbus Centre has been a cultural hub of the city for almost 40 years and has a rich and vibrant history as the focal point, centerpiece and showcase of Italian Canadian culture and community leadership. As Canada’s leading multicultural media company, TMG’s move to the Columbus Centre represents its ongoing connection with the communities it serves and a renewed commitment to multicultural influence and expression. This is a historical event as two community-building organizations join forces to lead a multicultural and public service renaissance. 

Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
Location: Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave W, North York, ON M6A 1C3
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm – VIP Reception – TLN Media Group Studios (Columbus Centre 2nd Level)
6:00pm-8:30pm – Fundraiser Dinner – Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre
6:15pm-6:30pm – Opening Remarks 

Media Interviews: 2:00-4:00pm in TLN Media Group Studios 

Dignitaries available for interviews (**Additional TBC):
Celebrity Chefs and TLN Media Group TV Personalities, Lidia Bastianich & David Rocco

TLN Media Group President, Aldo Di Felice, Villa Charities Inc. President and CEO, Anthony DiCaita


About Lidia Bastianich

Lidia is an Emmy award-winning public television host, a best‐selling cookbook author with a dozen books published to date, a successful restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Most importantly, Lidia has accomplished all of this by marrying her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya.

Lidia’s cookbooks, co-authored with her daughter Tanya, include Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine, Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, Lidia’s Italy in America, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, and Lidia’s Italy—all companion books to the Emmy winning and three-time nominated television series which air on TLN Television; Lidia’s Kitchen, Lidia’s Italy in America and Lidia’s Italy. Lidia’s most recent book is her memoir: My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, which was released on April 3, 2018.

Lidia is the owner/co-owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants ‐ Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia’s Kansas City along with her daughter Tanya. She is also a partner in Eataly NYC, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Together with Tanya and son-in-law Corrado, Lidia also has developed a line of artisanal pastas and all-natural sauces, LIDIA’S, which are sold at fine food stores nationwide.

Lidia is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier and founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, two non-profit organizations of women leaders in the food and hospitality industries. She is also a champion for the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s Adopt-A-Future program, in support of refugee education.

About Lidia’s Kitchen

No one throws a party like Lidia Bastianich, and in this delightful new season, she gives us fantastic recipes for entertaining with that distinctly Italian flare. Recipes include Pear Bellinis, Pasta with Fennel and Shrimp and Berry Tiramisu, along with BBQ favorites, pizza making tips and much more. Each episode will feature a “Celebrate Italian Style” tip that showcases a simple 1-minute recipe, entertaining or table decoration idea. Lidia warmly invites viewers into her kitchen to share her extensive understanding of how to create delicious Italian meals for the entire family for any kind of celebration. As Lidia says, “Tutti a tavola a mangiare!” or “Everyone to the table to eat!”

About TLN Television

TLN is the English-language specialty TV channel delighting mainstream appetites for rich multicultural lifestyle and entertainment programming. We are home to programs that unite cultures through shared experiences and memorable moments. Delightful personalities take us on scenic adventures in far off places and at home in the kitchen. Add big movies, music specials and regular live international soccer and this is our recipe for bringing more fun, more joy and more colour into the lives of millions of Canadians. TLN television is a TLN Media Group channel available from coast to coast.

About TLN Media Group
Originally established over 35 years ago as a single ethnic TV channel, TLN Media Group (TMG) has grown into Canada’s most influential multicultural media company, connecting cultures on television, online and in communities through storytelling and shared experiences. Reaching millions of Canadians across the country, TMG is a leader in expressing and advocating Canadian multiculturalism. As a content creator, TMG produces and commissions unique and culturally significant TV and digital programs distributed both in Canada and worldwide through its TMG Worldwide Media Distribution business unit. As a broadcaster since 1984, TMG’s flagship channel TLN TV has evolved into an English language multiculturally rich TV channel. TMG operates Canada’s most widely distributed foreign language TV channels led by Spanish language leader Univision Canada and top Italian language services Mediaset Italia Canada and TGCOM24 news network. TMG also launched and runs Canada’s first and only Heritage language channels for kids, Telebimbi and Teleniños. The family of Spanish language channels distributed by TMG also includes a group of 4 specialized foreign services, Cinelatino, Wapa TV, Television Dominicana and CentroAmerica TV. In addition, TMG operates EuroWorld Sport TV, a channel dedicated to sports fandom. TMG is also active in producing and promoting many experiential cultural events and festivals. www.tlnmediagroup.com

About Villa Charities Inc.

Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity that celebrates and promotes the Italian Heritage, Culture, Language, Arts, Food and Family Values. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided culturally sensitive long-term care for seniors and offered educational and cultural programs in music, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, athletics and more. The Villa Charities family includes Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. in Toronto; Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan) Inc./Di Poce Centre; Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo apartments for independent seniors; the Columbus Centre; and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. For more information, visit villacharities.com 

About Villa Charities Foundation
Since its inception, Villa Charities Foundation has been raising funds in support of Italian Culture and Heritage and culturally sensitive long-term care at Villa Colombo Toronto and Villa Colombo Vaughan. Your generous support ensures that Villa Charities can deliver on its mission to support our community. For more information visit villacharities.com/give 

Media Contacts:

Laiba Fatima
T: 416-640-5525 x 255
E: Laibaf@wearemaverick.com

TLN Media Group
Bruna Aloe
Senior Director of Communications & Marketing
T: 416-744-5745
E: Bruna@tlnmediagroup.com

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