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  • Writer's pictureby Gaya Kairos

"From Dreams to Reality" Group Exhibition at The Assembly Hall

On October 17 from 6pm to 8pm you are cordially invited to the Opening Reception of "Between Dreams and Reality" exhibition featuring artworks by Artists United group, started by Toronto artist Gaya Kairos and showcasing representational art that lies between realism and highly imaginative dream-like abstracts and figurative abstracts.

Exhibition will run from October 16 to November 14, 2019.

Art has been created by 6 artists from Toronto and curated based on whimsical quality of their highly imaginative creations. 

Members of the group exhibited at the biggest shows in Canada in US. Members of this collective exhibited in such prominent exhibitions as:  The Artist Project Toronto, Artexpo New York, Interior Design Show Toronto, Art San Diego to name a few as well as in Public spaces and galleries of Toronto.  Some work has been published in magazines and won international art competitions. 

Pavel Mirzoyan -

Olga Oreshyna -

Gallery Hours

Monday to Friday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Admission is free.

Public Transit

The Assembly Hall can be reached either by the 501 Long Branch streetcar, which runs along Lake Shore Blvd. W., or by the 44 Kipling South bus, from Kipling Station.

Location: 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Parking is available

The exhibition will run for a month at The Assembly Hall has been an important part of the Etobicoke Lakeshore community for over a century. This now beautifully restored building was renovated to blend its history with an innovative modern design. The Hall is dedicated to nurturing and celebrating creativity, and arts-focused cultural events and performances. It was built in 1898 as part of the Mimico Lunatic Asylum, designed to serve as a place of recreation and worship for the patients and hospital staff. Patient labour was used to construct the Assembly Hall and various other hospital buildings. The hospital’s first superintendent, Dr. Nelson Henry Beemer, was a strong believer in meaningful work as a form of rehabilitative therapy.

The original purpose for the Assembly Hall was to meet the social and spiritual needs of the hospital. However, because there was no comparable facility in the area, the Assembly Hall soon became the principal gathering place for a multitude of community events, dances and concerts. The Asylum changed names repeatedly over the years, becoming the Mimico Hospital for the Insane in 1911, the Ontario Hospital, New Toronto in 1919 and finally renamed as the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, but the Assembly Hall maintained its name and central role throughout the entire history of the hospital.

After the closure of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital in 1979, the Assembly Hall fell into disuse for two decades. The combined efforts of local activists and politicians helped to support the City of Toronto’s restoration of this facility, which reopened on in June 2001. The renovated Assembly Hall has been designed to meet a variety of cultural and community needs. The beautiful 250+ seat Performance Hall is a venue for music, theatre, dance, receptions and special events. The community rooms are used for art classes, meetings, workshops and rehearsals. Gallery spaces for visual arts are located throughout the building. The Assembly Hall is a rental facility for both public and private use.


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