The Italo-Canadian Club is a reception, conference and banquet facility. We believe beautiful events can be accessible at any budget. That is why we remain one of the most affordable banquet halls in Kingston. Whether you are planning a small intimate affair or a large-scale celebration, we are the perfect choice for your special day. Known for amazing food, Italian hospitality, and a beautiful ballroom, we have grown since 1963. The original club building and the land we are on was purchased and built by the Italian community. To this day much of the work is done by our Italian volunteers. We remain dedicated to being a social centre for Italians and Canadians.
As a not-for-profit organization, the Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston is governed by an Executive Board. Day-to-day operations are managed by our staff listed down below.
Luigi Colangeli, President
Luigi joined the club to honour his father after he passed in 2015, who was a founding member of the club. Though born in Brazil, Luigi holds dual citizenship with Canada and Italy. Luigi demonstrated a passion for athletics from an early age, holding the Kingston city record for the 100 and 200 metres in track, and playing as a quarterback during his attendance at both Regiopolis Notre-Dame and Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute. He even went on to try out for the Ottawa Rough Riders football team. While studying at Concordia University, Luigi was drafted by the Italian army due to his dual citizenship and had to provide school records as proof of studying in Canada and his subsequent being unavailable to serve. Luigi earned his apprenticeship as a millwright at DuPont Chemicals Company, and in his later years there he worked as a maintenance supervisor. Luigi and his wife are both proud Kingstonians, and Luigi
has continued to serve as a volunteer for multiple organizations throughout his career, including serving on the Associate Board of Directors for the Greater Kingston AAA Hockey Association, the Executive Board for the Kingston Soccer League, three years as the President of the Church Athletic League, President of the DuPont Sports Association, the Board of Directors at the DuPont Credit Union, and the Board of Directors for the Touch Football League. Luigi is the proud father of two children and is currently enjoying his retirement by travelling with his wife.
Santina Donini, Vice President
Santina was born in Italy, where she ran a chocolate factory with her husband before immigrating to Canada. After she and her husband came to Canada, they opened a chocolate factory in Belleville, which they ran for an additional 38 years. After moving to Kingston, she joined the Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston as a member in 2010. This is her second time serving on the executive board. When she is not volunteering at the club, she is enjoying her retirement, and baking lots of homemade treats!
Ceo Castellan, Treasurer
Ceo is one of the few remaining founders of the Club. He immigrated to Canada in 1957, at age 20, to join his brother, Giorgio, in Windsor. Initially, they had varied employment in the construction trade. He was asked to play soccer for The Cabotto Club in Windsor, who found him his first job. He permanently settled in Kingston in 1959 and became a founding member of the Italian Club Soccer Team. In 1960-61 Ceo was part of a group of Italians that discussed the formation of what is now the Italo Canadian Club of Kingston and was one of the many people who volunteered his time to help build it. The Trap and Skeet Club was founded in 1973 by Ceo, Dr. Gian Paloschi, Gabriel DiFederico and John Agazzi, with the permission of the main club, and is doing well today. For many years Ceo had a passion for trap shooting with other members of the Italian Community, and they participated in tournaments in the USA and Canada. “I think the most important thing in being one of the founders of the Italian
Canadian Club is the sense of community that has been fostered amongst the Italian people of Kingston and area. It is a place that members can call their own and is one of the few clubs that has withstood the test of time!” Hobbies that Ceo enjoys include gardening, fishing, and cooking. He also enjoys the company of good friends, making wine, salami and homemade sausages, which are a huge seller at the Club.
Darcy Solimine, Secretary
Mario Murano (Kitchen Committee)