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Stay Engaged with Villa Charities

Following the direction of the public health authorities and Ontario government regarding the extended closure of non-essential businesses, please be advised that the suspension of on-site operations at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre will continue. Although our on-site programming and facilities are temporarily closed, we want everyone in the Villa Charities community to feel supported, connected and engaged, as we stay home and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will be sharing a variety of online and digital content so you can continue experiencing Italian culture and heritage while enjoying our programs from home!

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Please check our ‘COVID-19 Updates’ page for the latest updates on Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre operations.

Arts, Youth & Culture

Music & Art

Art Tutorial #3 with Columbus Centre instructor Alicia Chen

Enjoy our newest free tutorial led by Columbus Centre instructor/artist Alicia Chen. This short painting tutorial will take you through a step by step demonstration on how to paint a beautiful scenic landscape. You will learn principles of underpainting, colour mixing and brushstrokes. Suitable for all ages and levels of experience.

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Art Tutorial with Columbus Centre instructor Sam Paonessa

Enjoy our newest free tutorial on painting rocks and trees, led by Columbus Centre instructor/artist Sam Paonessa. In this tutorial, you’ll learn to paint other essential elements of landscape painting, rocks and trees, using some different tools. Sam will demonstrate his techniques of creating convincing rock textures and coniferous trees, and will present interesting brush techniques, such as how to use a palette knife and a silicone shaper. This tutorial is tailored towards adults with some prior painting experience.

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Art Tutorial with Columbus Centre instructor Sam Paonessa

Enjoy this free tutorial on painting clouds and skies, led by Columbus Centre instructor/artist Sam Paonessa. In this tutorial, you’ll learn to paint wispy clouds and beautiful skies using the ‘stitch technique’. Sam will show you how to create your palette of colours and achieve the soft skies desired by every landscape artist. This tutorial is tailored towards adults with some prior painting experience.

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Virtual Lessons with Columbus Centre School of Music

Do you have an instrument at home that you’ve always wanted to learn? The Columbus Centre School of Music is now offering online music classes! Our music instructors will be teaching private lessons virtually via apps such as ZOOM, Facetime or Skype. Lessons are available in piano, vocal, violin, guitar and drums. Open to new and existing students.

Contact cultural@villacharities.com to book your spot!

Cultural Programs & Events

Learn Italian By Doing from Angelita’s Kitchen

Join us every Sunday at 11am for our new series “Domenica in Cucina – Learn Italian by Doing from Angelita’s Kitchen” to learn new Italian vocabulary, all while preparing easy-to-follow, classic Italian recipes. Contact us today to book your spot – limited spaces available!

Contact cultural@villacharities.com to book your spot!

Learn Italian By Doing: Travel through Italy

Our popular Learn Italian by Doing series returns! “Travel through Italy with Angelita Papa” is running online, every Wednesday at 7pm. Enjoy a virtual journey through the beautiful regions and cities of Italy and get inspired by landscapes, recipes, small towns, poems, art, literature masterpieces and local tales. Plus, beginning April 26, join us every Sunday at 11am for our new online series “Learn Italian by Doing from Angelita’s Kitchen” to learn new Italian vocabulary, all while preparing easy-to-follow, classic Italian recipes.

Contact cultural@villacharities.com to book your spot!

Pillole di storia Italo-Canadese – Five Minutes of Italian Canadiana

Join Dr. Matteo Brera (York University) for “Pillole di storia Italo-Canadese – Five Minutes of Italian Canadiana.” Beginning April 14, we will be sharing a series of short video clips that highlight the important moments in the history of Italian presence in the GTA.

Episode 1 – Giovanni Caboto and the Discovery of Canada

Episode 2 – Arrival at Pier 21: The Journey of an Italian Immigrant to Canada

Episode 3 – The Ward: Toronto’s First Little Italy

Episode 4 – Three Years in a ‘City Without Women’: The Internment (1940-1943)

Episode 5 – Buried into a Hell-Hole:
Hogg’s Hollow Disaster (1960)

Episode 6 – Campioni del Mondo! Toronto Italians and the World Cup

Poesia per l’anima: Poetry for the Soul

Born in Arezzo, Italy, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco served as the City of Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2009. He has written 13 books of poetry, and his prose focuses on the Italian Diaspora in North America, family conflict, spiritual identity and global problems. Beginning April 10, join DopoLavoro Teatrale actresses Danya Buonastella and Maddalena Vallecchi-Williams (stars of “The Nonna Monologues”) for video poetry readings of works by Di Cicco.

Video #1 – “The Most Extraordinary Women in the World”

Video #2 – “Gioventù”

Video #3 – “The Last Aunt”

Video #4 – “The Man Called Beppino”

Video #5 – “Morning”

Video #6 – “Afternoons in May”

Video #7 – “The Exile”

Columbus Centre Athletic Club

Home Workouts

At the Columbus Centre Athletic Club, we are sharing a series of fitness videos to ensure you are maintaining your workout routine while staying fit and healthy from home! Our latest workout video includes Bent Over Row, Braced Fall Away, Pull Overs, Slide to Side Push Ups, Overhead Triceps Extensions and Crunches. Please watch the videos and then follow along with the workout description on our website. Try our Home Workouts now!

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DanzArts Toronto

“Stretch with Miss Kat” Routine

At DanzArts Toronto, we are currently running virtual dance classes for our existing students to continue with our spring programs. In addition to our online initiatives, we are happy to share a free stretch routine created by DanzArts Toronto instructor, Miss Kat. These exercises are suitable for all ages and we encourage the whole family to make time to stretch together.

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Social Media

Learn Italian with Us!

Be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for exclusive weekly content! Every Monday and Wednesday, we will be sharing different Italian words and phrases so you can learn the basics!

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Cook with Us!

Be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for exclusive weekly content! Look out for some of our favourite classic Italian recipes every Tuesday.

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Villa Charities “Work from Home” Italian Playlist on Spotify

Looking for some new, catchy tunes to brighten up your day? Check out our Villa Charities “Work from Home” Italian Playlist on Spotify! Curated by the Villa Charities team, this eclectic playlist features a selection of contemporary Italian hit songs, with artists like Jovanotti, Gianna Nannini and Mahmood. Listen now!

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