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June 11, 2001
Curtain rises on Assembly Hall
Culture Division -- Community members gathered at the Assembly Hall on Sunday
to celebrate the opening of the City of Toronto's newest community cultural
centre. Councillor Irene Jones together with Gerald Smith, Chair of the
Assembly Hall Advisory Committee, and Rita Davies, Managing Director of
Toronto's Culture Division, presided over the ceremony.

The $4.1 million renovation project to transform the Assembly Hall, situated on
the grounds of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, into an accessible
cultural centre for the community began in February 2000.

"The Assembly Hall has been a prominent and distinctive feature in the
Lakeshore community for more than 100 years," said Rita Davies, Managing
Director of the City's Culture Division. This newly renovated heritage facility
will serve many of the city's arts, heritage and community groups very well; it
is a wonderful resource for the city."

The re-developed Assembly Hall is suitable for a wide range of uses, including
art exhibitions, community meetings, conferences, plays, presentations,
workshops and classes, business meetings, receptions, and social and community
events. Facilities include a 200-seat flexible theatre space, three community
rooms, gallery spaces and catering facilities.

A series of cultural and community events to celebrate the opening are
currently taking place at the Assembly Hall and run until June 17. These
activities include Lakeshore Arts' 8th Annual Juried Art Show, featuring works
in various media by artists from the lakeshore and throughout Ontario, and a
Performance Showcase featuring six days of music, theatre, comedy, and
storytelling, suitable for the whole family.

For information about Assembly Hall activities and rental space, members of the
public are invited to call 416-338-7255.

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