Villa Charities Joins with Other Organizations to Create Earthquake Relief Fund

Villa Charities has joined with other Italian Canadian organizations, businesses and community leaders to establish the Central Italy Earthquake Relief Fund. The initiative will support the people and communities affected by the massive earthquake in central Italy two weeks ago.

The Relief Fund is a registered charity and is reaching out to all Canadians to contribute to a legacy that will help devastated communities in Umbria, Lazio and Marche recover following the immediate relief efforts.

“The pictures and stories of lives lost, families destroyed and communities laid in ruin have deeply affected all of us in the Italian Canadian community, and have stirred us to action,” says Eligio Gaudio, President of the Central Italy Earthquake Relief Fund. “We will reach far and wide within our immediate community and beyond it to raise funds for a substantial contribution to help people in the affected communities get back on their feet.”

The focus of the initiative is to provide a lasting contribution that will have a positive and profound impact on the hardest hit communities of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto, their economies and residents.

The Relief Fund is not intended for short-term assistance as Italian and local authorities are working effectively to meet immediate needs such as providing food, water and shelter. The specific area of intervention will be determined after immediate relief efforts conclude so that the area’s longer-term needs can be accurately assessed.

The devastation brought by the earthquake is massive and will require the mobilization of a coordinated, large-scale response. To meet the needs of the affected communities, the Relief Fund’s organizers are asking the federal and provincial governments to match the funds provided by private donors.

Similar relief efforts by Italian Canadian community members were made following the devastating earthquakes in Friuli (1976), Campania and Basilicata (1980), Sicily (1990), Molise (2002) and Abruzzo (2009).

Organizations, businesses and individuals behind the Central Italy Earthquake Relief Fund include the Villa Charities family of organizations; the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association; Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana; Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario; National Congress of Italian-Canadians; Italian Canadian Savings and Credit Union; Order Sons of Italy of Canada; other members and leaders from the Italian community; and friends of Central Italy.

How to Donate
Funds can be donated through any branch of IC Savings (Italian Canadian Savings and Credit Union) in Toronto or online via the Relief Fund’s website at Arrangements are being made for donations through major Canadian financial institutions.

Fund organizers are also encouraging individuals and organizations to organize their own fundraising events in support of the initiative.

All donations to the Fund are tax deductible.

For more information, please visit


Villa Charities Presents Artists for Italy Fundraiser on Sept. 30

Villa Charities presents Artists for Italy, an evening of music, poetry, visual and culinary arts on behalf of the Central Italy Earthquake Relief Fund.

The Friday, Sept. 30 event includes a fixed menu dinner and entertainment for just $25 each, or $50 combined. Seating is limited: tickets will sell out fast!

Artists include Espresso Manifesto, Domenic Mancuso, Roberto Occhipinti, Guido Basso, Gianna Patriarca, Giovanna Riccio, Corrado Paina, Domenico Capilongo, Domenico Baronello, Sara Angelucci and Francesco Gallo.

Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ristorante Boccaccio, followed by entertainment in the Columbus Centre from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

All net proceeds from the event go to the Relief Fund.

For tickets and further information, please click here.

Ristorante Boccaccio Dining Special Supports Italy Earthquake Relief Fund

Ristorante Boccaccio has joined the effort to support devastated communities in Central Italy with a month-long fundraiser featuring Spaghetti all' Amatriciana, the signature dish of Amatrice, a town heavily damaged by the Aug. 24 earthquake.

For the month of September, Ristorante Boccaccio will offer Spaghetti all' Amatriciana as a dining special. The dish is being offered daily at just $14, of which $10 will be donated to the Relief Fund.

Many restaurants around the world are offering Spaghetti all' Amatriciana and dedicating a portion of the proceeds to support earthquake relief efforts.

Don't Miss Taste of Sicily Theme Night at Ristorante Boccaccio

Some seating is still available for Ristorante Boccaccio's Taste of Sicily themed dining event on Friday, Sept. 16th.

Don't miss out on Chef Gino Marchetti's creations, inspired by the storied cuisine of Sicily. The dinner will include a four-course meal with wine featuring a wide selection of dishes.

The meal will be accompanied by live entertainment, and prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. 

$95 per person inclusive of food, wine, taxes and gratuities.

For reservations please call 416-789-5555 or book online.

Taste of Sicily Menu

Sfingioni di San Vito
Sicilian Style Pizza with Capers, Anchovies and Olives
Bruschetta con Tartare di Tonno
Fresh Tuna Tartar on toasted Filoncini Bread
Arancini di Riso alla Siciliana
Deep Fried Rice Balls with Meat, Peas and Mozzarella
Carciofi Ripieni Rritti
Deep Fried Stuffed Artichokes
Strozzapreti al Ragu di Pesce Spada
Short Pasta with Sword Fish Ragu
Timballo di Riso con Carne di Manzo
Rice Timbale filled with Beef Stew
Falsa Magra con Cous Cous Trapanese
Veal Paillard filled with Cured Meats in a Tomato Sauce
Scaloppine di Maiale al Marsala con Caponata
Pork Scaloppine in a Sweet Marsala Wine paired with a Vegetable Caponata
Baccala' alla Messinese con Panelle
Boneless Cured Cod Fish with Pachino Tomatoes served with Chick Peas "Cakes"
Cannoli di Ricotta e Sorbetto di Cocomero
Sicilian Coffee Pastries Filled with Fresh Ricotta Cheese and Water Melon Sorbet


DanzArts Toronto Dance Season Kicks Off Next Week: Sign Up Now!

DanzArts Toronto's 2016-17 dance season gets underway on September 12th with another fun and educational year of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro and Musical Theatre dance classes.

But don't wait too long to sign up: classes are filling up quickly!

DanzArts Toronto is once again offering the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus as part of our programming, following its successful introduction last year. RAD is one of the world's most influential dance education organizations.

We would like to extend a huge congratulations to all of our dancers who participated in RAD examinations in June. The results are in, and we are proud of our students' strong performance!

Recreational Dance Registration

DanzArts Toronto offers dance classes for ages 3 & up in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, musical theatre and tap. Our programs are full year, running from the week of September 12 to June.

To see class schedules and to register, please see our website
Information is also available in the Fall/Winter Program Guide, now available at the Columbus Centre. Or contact us at or 416-789-7011 ext. 250.

Recreational Schedule 2016-2017










3 - 4

Tumble Tots

4:45 - 5:30pm


5 - 7

Acro 5 - 7

5:30 - 6:30pm


8 - 10

Acro 1

7:30 - 8:30pm



Acro 2

6:30 - 7:30pm


5 - 7

Hip Hop 5 - 7

6:30 - 7:30pm


8 - 10

Hip Hop 1

7:30 - 8:30pm


8 - 10

Hip Hop 1A

5:30 - 6:30pm



Hip Hop 2

8:30 - 9:30pm



Grade 1

6:30 - 7:30pm



Grade 2

4:30 - 5:30pm






7 - 10

Musical Theatre 1

4:30 - 5:30pm



Musical Theatre 2

5:30 - 6:30pm






3 - 4

Kinderdance A

9:00 - 9:45am


3 - 4

Kinderdance B

9:45 - 10:30am


5 - 7

Tap 5 - 7

10:00 - 11:00am


8 - 10

Tap 1

11:00 - 12:00pm



Tap 2

9:00 - 10:00am


5 - 7

Ballet A

9:00 - 10:00am


5 - 7

Ballet B

10:00 - 11:00am


5 - 7

Ballet C

11:00 - 12:00pm


5 - 7

Ballet D

12:00 - 1:00pm


8 - 10

Ballet 1A

1:00 - 2:00pm


8 - 10

Ballet 1B

2:00 - 3:00pm


8 - 10

Ballet 1C

3:00 - 4:00pm



Ballet 2/ Teen

4:00 - 5:00pm


5 - 7

Jazz A

10:00 - 11:00am


5 - 7

Jazz B

11:00 - 12:00pm


8 - 10

Jazz 1A

12:00 - 1:00pm


8 - 10

Jazz 1B

1:00 - 2:00pm


8 - 10

Jazz 1C

2:00 - 3:00pm



Jazz 2 Advanced/Teen

3:00 - 4:00pm



Jazz 2

4:00 - 5:00pm


Let the Music (Lessons) Begin

Music lessons get underway next week at the Columbus Centre School of Music.

The School offers instruction in a diverse range of styles, methods and instruments including Piano, Guitar, Drums/Percussion, Bass, Woodwind, Organ, Accordion, Clarinet, Trumpet, Brass and Violin as well as Voice, Theory, Arrangement and Orchestration, Harmony and Musical Theatre.

Fall term tuition fees for 13 weekly lessons are as follows:

30 Minutes

$34.00 per lesson


45 Minutes

$45.00 per lesson


1 Hour

$58.00 per lesson


Lessons run from the week of Sept. 12th to the week of Dec. 5th.

5% Discount on additional siblings. Receive an additional 5% discount if taking two or more instruments.

Still not sure if you want to learn an instrument? Try our free trial music lessons during the week of November 21-26.

Contact us today at 416-789-7011 ext. 248 / or visit us online at

Adult Art Classes

Art classes at the Columbus Centre get underway on Sept. 20th.

The classes are designed to allow each individual to advance at his or her own pace, with a balance between challenging, fun, creative and skill-based approaches. All classes are led by talented artist and instructor Sam Paonessa.

Dates: Tuesday's September 20- November 22

Two time options:

  • 1:00 - 4:00 pm OR
  • 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Fee: Per term, $315 + HST

Art Supplies not included

To register, contact us at 416-789-7011 ext. 248 or

Children's Art Classes: Let your Creativity Soar!

We are offering a 10 week art workshop for kids aged 9-14 this fall.

The workshop will concentrate on developing artistic skills by exposing young artists to various areas, genres and techniques in the fine arts. Topics include shading, drawing, still-life and landscapes.

Basic skills will be introduced first, followed more practiced techniques utilizing watercolour and acrylic painting.

Ages: 9-14
Dates: Saturdays, September 24 - November 26
Time: 9:00-12:00pm
Price: $375.00 Art supplies included.

To register, contact us at 416-789-7011 ext. 248 or

Health & Fitness

The Vacation is Over. Time to Work Out!

Registration is now open to Athletic Club members and their immediate family for fall programs at the Columbus Centre. Non-member registration begins today (Sept. 8).

Many Athletics and Aquatics programs underway next week, so move quickly before your favourite class sells out! Registration is in person at the Athletics membership office.

Athletic and wellness programs include aerobics (Zumba, boot camps, circuit, spinning and more), Kettlebell, squash league, fencing, martial arts (karate, box fit and Tai Chi), many forms of yoga, Pilates, personal training, massage therapy and more.

Aquatics programs include Red Cross swimming and lifesaving lessons for kids, adult/teen lessons, private swimming lessons, masters swim, aquafit, and personal training.

Program information can be found in the Fall/Winter Program Guide at the Columbus Centre or call 416-789-7011 ext. 229 (Athletics) or 416-789-7011 ext. 215 (Aquatics).

See you soon in the gym and pool!


Villa Colombo Vaughan Residents Celebrate Ferragosto with Treats from Their Own Garden

Villa Colombo Vaughan residents recently came together to celebrate Ferragosto in the Salone. They enjoyed traditional Italian summer favourites like watermelon and strawberries as well as cucumbers and tomatoes from Villa Colombo Vaughan's very own garden.

It was a special afternoon made even more memorable with music by Neal Pupulin.

Residents enjoyed time spent in the garden throughout the month of August and took great pride in harvesting the fruits of their labour.


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

or 416-789-7011 x244

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


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)
or 416-789-7011 x244


Fall & Winter program guide
Now available at Columbus Centre

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