Experience "In Bocca," our Culinary and Culture Series
Join us on January 20 with a culinary journey to Italy's Calabria region featuring a four-course meal of local delicacies and wine, and olive oil tasting.

Olive Oil Expert Angelo Tramonti

In Bocca is our culinary, culture and lifestyle series designed to celebrate the Italian Culinary Arts. We've enhanced our very popular culinary theme-nights based on various regions in Italy with the addition of a special cultural or lifestyle presentation. Buon appetito!

Friday, January 20

Calabria Night with Olive Oil Expert Angelo Tramonti
Experience the culinary specialties of the region with a prix-fixe Calabria-themed dinner, paired with specially selected wine. The evening will also feature an engaging presentation and tasting by certified olive oil expert Angelo Tramonti.
Tickets: $95.00 per person
Click Here to view the Menu

Tuesday, February 14

San Valentino Night with Baritone Paolo Busato
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Ristorante Boccaccio! Enjoy a delectable prix-fixe dinner, created by our Executive Chef Gino Marchetti. Acclaimed Baritone Paolo Busato will present a short program of arias and discuss San Valentino, for an unforgettable evening.
Tickets: $75.00 per person

Wednesday, March 8
Celebrating International Women’s Day with Gina Valle

Join us for this special event featuring esteemed cultural diversity leader, Gina Valle, PhD, who will present pieces from her powerful exhibit Legacies and discuss her work honouring women. Legacies is a photo exhibit that portrays Canadian women from twenty-four different countries of origin, reflecting on their heritage through the eyes of their grandmothers. Guests will also enjoy a wonderful gourmet dinner of classic dishes and authentic Italian cuisine.
Tickets: $75.00 per person

Saturday, April 8
Campagna Night with Special Guest Chef Nino Cioffi

Take a trip to Campagna with us! Boccaccio Chef Gino Marchetti will create the delicious Campagna-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.
Tickets: $95.00 per person

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

Enjoy an evening of culture and cuisine as Artistic Director Cristiano De Florentiis discusses contemporary Italian film and the exciting lineup for the 2017 Italian Contemporary Film Festival. A prix-fixe gourmet dinner will be served.
Tickets: $75.00 per person

901 Lawrence Ave. West, Toronto, ON

Space is limited! Reserve now!

For more information about these events, click here

Prices include all taxes and gratuities.
For Reservations:  Call 416-789-5555 or E-mail

Health & Fitness

Make 2017 Your Healthiest Year Yet!

Join the Columbus Centre Athletic Club now with our special New Year's promotional offer of $0 Down/$39.00 month* and enjoy a FREE Personal Training Session with our January special.**

Columbus Centre Athletics offers 70,000 sq. ft. of first-class facilities and services for a wide range of ages, interests and fitness levels. Our programs include Yoga, Pilates, Boxing, Fencing, Karate, Gentle Fitness, Group & Private Swimming Lessons and more.

New for 2017!
Enjoy our spinning studio with brand new, state-of-the-art Technogym bikes. Spin classes are included with your membership.




Your Membership Includes:
• World-class Instructors and Personal Training Coaches
• 10,000 sq. ft. Main Gym
• Indoor Swimming Pool
• Squash & Racquetball Courts
• 100 Metre Suspended Running/Walking Track
• Unlimited Aerobic, Aquafit & Spinning Classes
• Free Fitness Assessment

Visit the Athletic Centre now to book a tour or make an appointment and get started on your path to a healthier, happier you in 2017. For more information about the Athletic Club click here, call 416-789-7011 ext. 213 or email: fitness@villacharities.com.
*Minimum 3 month commitment required. **Conditions apply. Must be 18 years or older. Call for details.


Winter Term Classes begin for Cultural Arts Programs

Winter term classes are beginning for the Columbus Centre School of Music and Adult Art Programs. Contact us at 416-789-7011 ext. 244/248 or dagostino@villacharities.com/ cultural@villacharities.com to register or for more information.

School of Music

The Columbus Centre School of Music is still accepting new students for the winter term classes.

The school offers a wide array of private, one-on-one lessons for children, teens and adults including piano, voice, guitar, drums/percussion, brass, violin, and woodwind. Lessons are offered from Monday to Saturday.

Contact us at 416-789-7011 ext. 244/248 or dagostino@villacharities.com/ cultural@villacharities.com to register or for more information.

Winter session begins the week of January 9, 2017- March 27, 2017 (10 Classes) with pricing as follows:

  • 30 Minute Lessons at $34.00 = $340.00
  • 45 Minute Lessons at $45.00 = $ 450.00
  • 1 Hour Lessons at $58.00 = $580.00

Please note that there will be no classes on Mon. Feb 20 (Family Day) or between March 13 - 18 due to the March Break. 

Adult Art Classes with Sam Paonessa

Make it your New Year's resolution to explore and develop your artistic skills! The Columbus Centre offers painting, acrylic, charcoal and oil workshops with artist and instructor Sam Paonessa. Our objective is to give our students a foundational understanding of the basic techniques and principles of visual art while encouraging them to express themselves freely. Small, intimate settings with one-on-one instruction allow each student to receive the guidance they need to grow as an artist.

Register now for the 10-class winter term beginning on January 17, with classes every Tuesday at either
1-4 pm or 6:30-9:30 pm Cost is $315.00 + HST.

Contact us at 416-789-7011 ext. 244/248 or dagostino@villacharities.com/ cultural@villacharities.com to register or for more information.


Don't Miss Early Bird Registration for our March Break Camps

Looking for something fun to do this March Break? Columbus Centre is the place to be! Beginning January 16, enroll your children in one of the camps offered by the Cultural Arts Department, and join us for a week of fun-filled activities. All-day camps are available for children of all ages.

Our March Break Camp runs March 13-17, 2017, and Early Bird Registration begins January 16 - 27, 2017. Plus, receive 10% off per registration. Click here for more information.


A New Year to Create, Dance and Inspire at DanzArts Toronto!

It's a new year and our classes for 2017 begin this week. We are excited to see everyone back in the studio and look forward to another incredible year at DanzArts Toronto to create, dance and inspire!

We also have new DanzArts sweaters for sale. Parents can place their orders through email at dance@danzartstoronto.com, by phone at 416-789-7011 ext. 250, or by coming to the office. Sweaters are $35 + HST. Deadline to order is January 27, 2017.

Fun fact about dance:

Professional dancers don't get dizzy. Why?
Do you feel dizzy sometimes when you stand up? Does a fear of falling prevent you from exploring the world more? If you are prone to dizziness, a new study has found that dancing may help improve your balance and make you less dizzy. In September 2013, researchers from Imperial College London reported on specific differences in the brain structure of ballet dancers that may help them avoid feeling dizzy when they perform pirouettes. So, you don't have to train to become a professional ballet dancer to benefit from some type of dancing! For more information about DanzArts Toronto, click here


Venetian Ball Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets to The Venetian Ball on March 30, 2017, are on sale now! For information, please click here.


Villa Colombo Toronto collects for the Daily Bread Food Bank

There were lots of holiday season activities and festive celebrations for the residents and staff of Villa Colombo Toronto. Over 1,600 lbs of food were collected for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Villa Colombo Toronto hosted their annual “fill the fountain” campaign to collect donations for the fight against hunger in Toronto. Residents, clients, families, staff, volunteers generously donated non-perishable food items, which were collected in the fountain in the Piazza of Villa Colombo Toronto. This worthwhile initiative is spearheaded by the S.T.A.R. committee (staff thanks and recognition committee) and has been running for over 10 years.

12 Days of Christmas and Festive Traditions
The annual “Giving Tree” campaign was a tremendous success, with Teknion generously sponsoring 80 of the residents in need. The 5th floor hosted their “Open House Gala” and the residents attended other Christmas parties held throughout the home as well, with wonderful entertainers and musicians providing holiday entertainment for all.

Sala Caboto hosted live bands during the “12 Days of Christmas” festivities, including the North Toronto Concert Band, Coro Italia L’Aquila, Knights of Columbus Choir, North Toronto Concert Band, and the Columbus Belle Voci Choir.

Those who visited on Saturday December 3rd were able to have a personal visit with Santa. Pictures were taken and as you can see it was a tremendous attraction for residents, families, and even family pets!

The Befana tradition was also celebrated at Villa Colombo Toronto, with the Befana witch visiting all 391 residents and over 100 community clients generously distributing gifts.

We’d like to express our thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the events, and who made it the successful season that it was.


Special Offer For "Waltzes & Overtures" - Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra

Since 2011, the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra has performed a vocal-instrumental program on a Sunday afternoon featuring a familiar repertoire of Italian opera and Viennese waltzes. This year’s program will include Mascagni's overture from "Cavalleria Rusticana,” Verdi's overture from "Il Trovatore,” arias by Puccini's operas "La Boheme,” "Tosca" and "Dance of Hours" from the ballet "La Gioconda" by Amilcare Poncielli. Concert will be conducted by Maestro Paolo Busato and will feature two young singers; soprano Sydney Baedke and tenor Rocco Rupolo.

Sunday, February 5, 3pm
Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Ave. West, Toronto, ON

Tickets: $25 Adult, $20 Senior/Student

20% Discount for Columbus Centre members:
Code GTPOWO (valid only for online purchases)
Online tickets: http://www.gtpo.ca/tickets/

tickets@gtpo.ca, Phone: 647 238 0015


In Bocca

San Valentino Night with Baritone Paolo Busato
Tuesday, February 14
Tickets: $75.00

Celebrating International Women's Day with Gina Valle
Wednesday, March 8
Tickets: $75.00 per person

For Reservations call: 416-789-5555


Christmas Studio Art Exhibit
Works by 14 artists
Now to Jan. 30

Still Waters En Plein Air
Miriam Melamed
Lower Gallery
Now to Feb. 5

In-Between The Lines
Simma Sudaley and Yehuda Lang
Upper Gallery and Atrium A & B
Feb. 1 to March 6

My T.O.
Giancarlo Piccin
Lower Gallery
Feb. 1 to March 6


Adult Art Classes
Spring Term: April 25-June 27
Now accepting registrations

School of Music
Winter Term ends March 27
Registration ongoing

Contact: dagostino@villacharities.com
or 416-789-7011 x244

DanzArts Toronto
DanzArts Toronto Company Showcase
Friday, March 10
Contact: 416-789-7011 x250 or dance@danzartstoronto.com


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


March Break Camps
March 13-17 for children ages 4-12
Early Bird Registration ends Jan. 27
with 10% off
Looking for Volunteers and Leaders in Training (ages 13-17)
Contact: dagostino@villacharities.com
or 416-789-7011 x244


Fall & Winter program guide
Now available at Columbus Centre

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