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Newsletter (Mar. Vol.1, 2017)

Join us for a Celebration of Regional Italian Cuisine on April 7

Take a trip to Campania with us! Boccaccio Chef Gino Marchetti will create the delicious Campania-themed dinner for this evening. Special guest Chef Nino Cioffi from Sorrento Ristorante will then present epicurean delights from the region including olive oil and gelato for guests to enjoy. 

Dinner: 7:00pm / Presentation to follow
Tickets: $95.00 per person

Nino Cioffi is a third-generation gelato maker and restaurateur from Sorrento whose award-winning restaurant in Vaughan offering cucina amalfitana, famous gelato and a line of fine imported products from the Campania region.

Ticket prices include all taxes and gratuities.
For Reservations:  Call 416-789-5555 or email

And don’t miss:

Italian Cinema Night with ICFF’s Cristiano De Florentiis
Thursday, May 4

901 Lawrence Ave. West, Toronto, ON

The Jazz Era Comes Alive at
The Venetian Ball 2017 on March 30

On March 30, we invite you to step back into the Jazz era at The Venetian Ball 2017, where the glamour, mystique and sounds of some of the most legendary jazz lounges will come alive. Join us at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for an evening of world-class dining and entertainment, highlighted by unforgettable performances. This very special evening also provides unique client-hosting benefits as well as the opportunity to showcase your business.

We are pleased to present the revival of our signature fundraising event, which has been transformed to align with the exciting new journey we have embarked upon – to build a strong and vibrant future for the Villa Charities organization through the redevelopment of the Columbus Centre. The Venetian Ball also shines brightly as a celebration of the pride we have in our culture, our heritage and our achievements.

To purchase tickets/tables, to donate or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website today. We greatly appreciate your support in making this a truly memorable evening.

New ‘Star Kids’ Program Prepares Students for a Music Career     

Star Kids is a new program offered by the School of Music, specifically designed for students to learn what it takes to be successful in the music industry. The program is run by Lauren Libfeld, a music industry professional and instructor for our Music Program. The students will learn how to work in a group setting as well as develop their own skills in voice performance, audition prep, media, public speaking, song writing, movement, head shots, bio writing, industry knowledge, vocal harmonies, microphone technique, and more.

When: Thursday, March 23, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: Columbus Centre, 3rd Floor Yoga Room
Cost: $30.00 per student
Minimum enrollment of 6 students required for the Workshop.

The Star Kids Intro Workshop has been developed to give students a preview of the program and to help the students prepare for their music auditions. Star Kids will select a limited number of participants for a potential full-time elite program. We are looking for students between the ages of 7 and 14 who are incredible singers, positive role models, and above all else, have a passion for singing. The introductory workshop is a great opportunity to see if Star Kids is a fit for you.

For more information and to register, contact the Cultural Arts office at
416-789-7011 Ext. 248 or by email at cultural@villacharities.com by March 17, 2017.

The DanzArts Toronto Company Kicks Off Competitive Season in a Big Way

Piera Raffoul

DanzArts Toronto Company dancers Victoriana Belperio, Alessandra Franco, Piera Raffoul and Alyssa Scocco attended ‘Fever Solo Heat’ on February 26 to kick off the competition season. Fever Solo Heat is an event that allows dancers to perform their solos for a panel of experts, receive feedback and participate in a day of workshops. Piera Raffoul, 14-years-old, was awarded a scholarship to attend the Canadian Dance Expo this summer for her performance.

There are still spots available for the DanzArts Toronto Kinderdance program, which is underway. This 12-week program is perfect for kids ages 3 to 5 who love to move and dance. The class is an excellent introduction to jazz and ballet fundamentals and will help students develop the basics of rhythm, balance, and coordination in a positive and encouraging environment.

You can still purchase your tickets for the DanzArts Toronto Company Showcase on Friday, March 10 at Cardinal Carter High School.  The Company Showcase is an opportunity for the dancers to perform on stage in front of a live audience before their first competition.

Please note: DanzArts Toronto has no classes from March 13 to 18 for March Break. Classes will resume March 20.

For more information on the DanzArts Toronto Company, the Kinderdance Program or any DanzArts Toronto program, please contact Kaitlin at 416-789-7011 Ext. 250, at dance@danzartstoronto.com or visit our website here.

Learn all about the Columbus Centre Redevelopment Project with our FAQs

Rendering produced by Caramel Inc.

The Frequently Asked Questions feature on our website provides answers to many questions that have been sent to us by our members and the local community about the Columbus Centre Redevelopment project. This section offers in-depth information about the new shared-use Columbus Centre and Dante Alighieri Academy, including key features, programming, services, the planning  and construction process, and community engagement.

A stunning 3D scale model of the new joint facility will be unveiled at The Venetian Ball on March 30, and will then be on display at the Columbus Centre.

To view the FAQs page and for all the latest updates about the Columbus Centre Redevelopment process, visit our website.

Athletic Club’s Karate and Self-Defense Classes Improve the Body and Mind

The Columbus Centre Athletic Club’s Okinawan Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do is a complete system of self-defense designed for those 6-years-old and up. Classes include gentle stretches, warm-up techniques (such as punches, kicks, intercepting strikes, combinations), kata (patterns) practice, ukemi (break-falls), joint locks and throws. Proper karate training helps to develop coordination, balance, improved concentration, confidence and self-discipline in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Learn proper breathing techniques and effective use of ki energy (life force energy). The classes include an emphasis on karate history and philosophy. Practice for pleasure and for belt levels /certificates. The courses are instructed by Maria Galati and Edward Lakics.

Children must be 6 years of age or older. Please speak with the instructor if the child is under 6 years of age.


Duration: 60 minutes – 12 SESSIONS
Fee: Members: $120.00
Non-Members: $149.00

 Day: Tuesday
Dates: April 4 – June 20
Time: 7:15 – 8:15pm (Adults/Teens, all levels)

Day: Friday
Dates: April 7 – June 23
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm (Children Beginner, ages 6-11)
.           7:15 – 8:15pm (Adults/Teens, all levels)

Day: Saturday
Dates: April 8 – June 24
Time: 10:15 – 11:15am (Children, ages 6-11, all levels)

Registration dates for all spring session Athletics Fee programs:
Members: Monday, March 27
Non-members: Wednesday, March 29

Please note: If you or your child have any special needs please contact Gabriella Lalli,
416-789-7011 x229 in advance of the start date

The Athletic Club also offers Karate Parties. If you want to celebrate a birthday and create a special, fun and action-packed party event, we offer Karate Parties for children, teens and adults. For more information contact Gabriella Lalli at 416-789-7011 Ext. 229.

Our Serious Self-Defense Classes for Teens, Women or Men offer private and semi-private lessons with instructors Maria Galati, AOCAD, BA, Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt and Edward Lakics, Karate 4th Degree and Judo 2nd Degree Black Belt.

For more information on our karate and self-defense classes and athletic memberships, or to book a tour of the Athletic Club, visit our website or give us a call at
416-789-7011 Ext. 213.

Spring is in the Air with New Exhibit at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery

Debra Wronzberg

Five artists have combined to create the colourful, flower-filled exhibit entitled “Step Into Colour” that will be on display at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery from March 9 to April 3. “Step Into Colour” is an exhibit bursting with vibrant colours and the freshness of the spring season, executed in mixed media. The bright pallettes and the movements of the brush on the canvases from artists Sandra Crozier, Heather Cullity, Anna Rosa, Debra Wronzberg and Kareen Hague create a spectacle of colour that will lift your spirits and put you in the mood for spring.

The exhibit will be showcased in Atrium A and B. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, March 9, from 6:30 to 9:30pm.

This new exhibit will join Brian Boyd’s show “Variant Views” at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. Boyd’s collection of oil and digital paintings will be displayed in the Lower Gallery until April 2.

For more information on the Joseph D. Art Carrier Gallery, click here or call
416-789-7011 ext. 300. Admission to the Gallery is free to the public and open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.

February Festivities at Villa Colombo Vaughan

Festivities took place at Villa Colombo Vaughan throughout the month of February with traditional beignet delights to celebrate Italian Carnevale and pancakes and live music to recognize Mardi Gras. Residents also celebrated Valentine’s Day with an afternoon social and an evening gathering of residents and their families in the Piazza De Gasperis where they enjoyed live musical performances.

We would like to thank the residents, families and staff of Villa Colombo Vaughan for supporting our successful Valentine’s Teddy and Cookie Gram Fundraiser.

Volunteers Needed at Villa Colombo Toronto

Villa Colombo Toronto is looking for volunteers for the residence and for its Meals On Wheels program.

Villa Colombo Toronto supports a leadership model that inspires teamwork and organizational excellence. Villa Colombo staff, volunteers and service providers embody and demonstrate the values of honesty, integrity, excellence, accountability, teamwork, innovation, and trust.

For more information about volunteering opportunities, please contact human resources manager Rogers Carlos at jobs@villacolombo.on.ca.

Support Villa Charities’ Programs and Services

Donate Now

Campania Night with Special Guest Chef
Nino Cioffi
Friday, April 7
Tickets: $95.00
Italian Cinema Night with ICFF’s
Christiano De Florentiis
Thursday, May 4
Tickets: $75.00

For Reservations call:

The Venetian Ball
March 30, 2017
Click here for tickets and information
416-789-7011 x321

Giro Cycling Event
May 28, 2017
Click here for tickets and information
416-789-7011 x321

Villa Charities Annual Golf Classic
June 22, 2017
Click here for more information

School of Music
Star Kids Workshop

Thursday, March 23

Spring Term: April 3 – June 26

Now accepting registrations


or 416-789-7011 x244

Adult Art Classes

Spring Term: April 25-June 27

Now accepting registrations

DanzArts Toronto 

DanzArts Toronto Company Showcase

Friday, March 10

Contact: 416-789-7011 x250 or


Join for $0 Down/$39 Month
& Free Personal Training Session

Spring Athletics Program Registration
Members: Begins
March 27
Non-Members: Begins
March 29

Spring Aquatics Program Registration
Members: Begins
March 28
Non-members: Begins
March 30

Current Exhibits

Variant Views
Brian Boyd
Lower Gallery and
Atrium B
Mar. 2 to Apr. 2

Step Into Colour
Sandra Crozier, Heather Cullity, Anna Rosa, Debra Wronzberg and Kareen Hague
Upper Gallery and
Atrium A & B
Mar. 9 to Apr. 3

March Break Camp
March 13-17
March Break Camp for children ages 4-12
Contact: dagostino@villacharities.com
or 416-789-7011 x244/248

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