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February 14, 2000
Mayor Mel Lastman kicks-off renovations to Historic Lakeshore Assembly Hall
  
The City of Toronto, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Department,
Culture Division, and the Lakeshore Assembly Hall Advisory Board, hosted a
Groundbreaking Ceremony for renovations to the Lakeshore Assembly Hall on
Monday February 14.

Mayor Mel Lastman, Councillors Irene Jones and Mario Giansante along with David
Domet and Gerald Smith of the Assembly Hall Advisory Board, and Rita Davies,
Managing Director, Culture Division, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
Department, were on hand to turn the sod to celebrate the start of construction.

Renovations to transform the Lakeshore Assembly Hall, built in 1897, into a
cultural centre for the community are expected to be completed by the end of
this year. The building, situated on the south-east corner of Lake Shore
Boulevard West and Kipling Avenue on the Lakeshore Grounds, formerly known as
the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, has been a prominent and distinctive
feature of the Etobicoke area for over 100 years. "This historic building will
become a treasured resource for our City, and a great cultural centre for the
community of Etobicoke," Mayor Lastman told the gathering.

When completed, the Assembly Hall will provide facilities for a wide range of
arts and cultural programs and gatherings, including exhibitions, community
meetings, conferences, plays, presentations, and workshops. Public art will
enhance the grounds adjacent to the Assembly Hall. Artists Millie Chen and
Warren Quigley, winners of a public art competition held last year, will create
a site-specific feature, designed to integrate the building and the landscape
and create a sense of arrival to the entire site.


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