Villa Charities Annual Report 2019 - Page 26


In the News

Villa Charities received significant press coverage in 2019 , generated mainly by our cultural events and programs . Media Impressions – the number of times content is viewed in newspaper articles , radio and TV segments , blog posts and other media – jumped 333 % year over year to 133 million .
Among the highlights :
“ The Nonna Monologues ” Theatre Production :
Toronto Star , December 4 , 2019
The world premiere production of “ The Nonna Monologues ,” presented by Villa Charities , was featured in an article by Toronto Star theatre critic Carly Maga . The holiday production , created by internationally acclaimed theatre company DopoLavoro Teatrale , was praised by audiences who attended sold-out performances at the Columbus Centre .
“ For Italian families , Christmastime revolves around one person , a larger-than-life character who has transcended from the everyday into a cultural figure around the world : the Nonna .”
— Toronto Star , December 4 , 2019
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VILLA CHARITIES Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery The personal tragedy of homelessness and its seemingly permanent place in our urban landscape were the themes of two landmark exhibitions at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in early 2019. “Home on the Streets,” by internationally acclaimed artist Marco Sassone, explores the subject of homelessness through compelling works of art and storytelling. “Nowhere to Call Home,” an exhibition of portrait photographs by Leah Denbok, was featured at the same time. Sassone’s exhibition included 15 large oil paintings and 20 drawings depicting homeless persons and the urban environment in which they live. The works were produced in the early 1990s when Sassone, a native of Florence who now resides in Toronto, lived in San Francisco. The photographic exhibition by Denbok, a 19-year-old Collingwood-based photographer, offered an empathetic look at a large and marginalized portion of society through a powerful series of black and white portraits. The gallery presented nine exhibitions during 2019. The other shows included the compelling and diverse “International Watercolour Exhibition Italy-Canada,” featuring watercolours by Indigenous Canadian and Italian artists, and Armando Rotoletti’s “Piazzas of Sicily (Sicilia in Piazza),” showcasing Rotoletti’s striking photographs of Sicilian city and town squares. This International Watercolour Exhibition featured scenes in Italy, with its Mediterranean expressiveness, alongside impressions of Canada’s multilayered cultural tapestry. The opening reception included a traditional smudging ceremony, performed by two of the Indigenous artists whose works were on display. The Sicilia in Piazza exhibition, presented in association with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, represented the culmination of a months-long project by Rotoletti to photograph 82 squares across Sicily that were meticulously cleared of cars and people. The annual Viva Vitalità Italiana exhibition as part of Italian Heritage Month featured Marcello Tarantino’s photographic exhibition “Matera: Citta dei Sassi – European Capital of Culture 2019,” as well as “City Views: Toronto in Transition (2004 – 2010)” by Dario Zini with support from The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation and the striking “Cement Mixer” collection by Ross Bonfanti. “A Rich and Diverse Catalogue of Exhibitions.” 26 | Consolidated Annual Report 2019 Consolidated Annual Report 2019 | 27