Join us on
September 23, 5-11pm
at 187 Augusta Ave.

This September, come into the heart of Kensington market to enjoy an evening of words and art that celebrate the mysterious journey of self-awareness and self-discovery. This will be a one of a kind evening that will include:

  • Paperbacks of The Art of Talking to Yourself available for purchase and signing
  • Art pieces about self-awareness, self-talk, mental health, consciousness, self-love, self-discovery, and emotional healing from three talented Toronto artists: Gaia Orion, Sarah Y. Varnam, Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez, and Kelly Corinne Evoy
  • Book-related art and merchandise, including canvas prints, bookmarks, magnets, and more!
  • Free snacks and refreshments
  • Music (until 10pm when we have to stop disturbing the neighbors)
  • Opportunity to mingle with local artists, truth seekers, and self-aware people!

The event is free to attend. There will be books and art available for sale. To reserve a copy of the book, you’re welcome to pre-purchase it through this link. To learn more about the book and the art in the show, keep reading!

The Book

The Art of Talking to Yourself is a plea for self-trust, a guide to self-awareness, and a warning about the dangers of self-help consumerism. Instead of giving you expert advice and magical solutions, this book will help you discover your own expertise and use it to hear, understand, and change your inner conversation. It is Vironika Tugaleva’s second book, and it will be her last in the self-help genre. It already launched online in mid-June, so you’re welcome to read its reviews on Amazon.

The Art of Talking to Yourself - Vironika Tugaleva

The Art of Talking to Yourself shatters the myths that self-help gurus would have you believe in order to keep selling you their wares. This must-read book takes you on a deep dive to discover the only source of all the answers and healing you will ever need—You! Miss this book and you just might miss your sure-footed path to peace, happiness and fulfillment.”
~Rick Beneteau, co-founder of 10 Million Clicks For Peace

“I read The Art of Talking to Yourself and felt an old, familiar hallelujah rise up inside. It’s the feeling I get when someone has spoken truth that falls like summer rain and soaks deep, deep down into thirsty aquifers. She gets naked about her own process and what it means to shed layers of tired old ideas about perfection that do nothing but continue to keep people locked in cycles of unworthiness. It’s not a self-help book as we usually know them, and she is not a self-help guru, but her honesty is eloquent and this book is ultimately a class in liberation.”
~Jacob Nordby, author of Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives

“Vironika’s The Art of Talking to Yourself is filled with honest stories from her life which made me laugh and cry. She doesn’t preach about the ‘right’ things to do, but instead gently coaxes the reader on a journey of self-discovery, creating an essential companion to any self-help book because it will help you respect your own inner feedback above any expert’s advice.”
~Catherine B. Roy, author of Live From Your Heart and Mind

The Art

The walls will be covered with purchasable originals and prints by artists who tackle topics such as self-awareness, self-talk, mental health, consciousness, emotional healing, self-love, and self-discovery. Here is a preview of the art you’ll find at this event:

The Author and the Artists

Vironika TugalevaVironika Tugaleva is a life coach, digital nomad, and award-winning author of two books (The Love Mindset and The Art of Talking to Yourself). She spends her days writing, dancing, singing, running, doing yoga, going on adventures, and having long conversations. You can read more about Vironika at

Gaia OrionGaia Orion is a visionary artist who has gained international recognition by participating in many worldwide projects that are working toward constructive world change. She has exhibited in Paris, New York, San Francisco and Toronto as well as in Mexico, Spain, Germany, Hungary and Bali. Originally from Paris, France, she now lives North of Toronto on a river in the bush. Gaia built a successful career in a short 10 year period, and now is also a coach and mentor for anyone willing to ignite their creativity or their art career. As an advocate for personal and societal change. she is also a motivational speaker inspiring others to live a fulfilling, healthy, life where their own unique talents can flourish. With her creativity she has found her way of sharing and connecting deeply with people. To see more of her art go to

Sarah Y VarnamSarah Y. Varnam is a Toronto artist, writer, and editor. Her work explores identity, feminism, and mental health through mythological, anatomical, and floral imagery. She works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. Ranging from portraits of mental disorders to abstract explorations of the natural world, her artwork has been exhibited in local galleries and published in several Canadian journals.

Alondra Ruiz-HernandezAlondra Ruiz-Hernandez is a Toronto-born artist who works with a variety of media, primarily photography, painting and drawing. She currently studies at OCAD University, majoring in Drawing and Painting. Alondra studied at Cawthra Park SS’ in their Visual Arts program from 2011 to 2013. She continued her studies in the visual arts at The Etobicoke School of the Arts from 2013 to 2015. Alondra has won 19 Scholastic’s Arts and Writing Awards, including one Gold Key Award for an Art Portfolio, three Gold Key Awards for Photography, five Silver Key Awards for Photography, and one Silver Key Award for Painting. Alondra has had her work shown in many galleries within Toronto. Her work was selected for Propeller Gallery’s juried exhibition during Nuit Blanche in 2014. Alondra was a speaker at ART TALK 4 at OCAD University in 2015. Alondra was chosen as an art juror in 2016 and 2017 for the Etobicoke School of the Arts applicants.

Kelly Corinne EvoyKelly Corinne Evoy currently resides in Lynden Ontario, self employed as an in-home functional body-weight strength training expert and for 6 years has studied the healing art of Reiki which she now practices at the master level. She is a self-taught artist and uses a wide variety of mediums such as pen, marker, acrylic, and oil. Many of her artworks are designed to sparkle in sunlight, fluoresce under blacklight, and glow in the dark. She has been creating art in her spare time for 12 years. She garners her inspiration from her interactions with animals, windy days, visions experienced during meditation, nebulas, music, and above all her reflections on existentialism and the human experience. Her dream is to one day create visual art full-time. You can view some of her art and follow her holistic wellness endeavors on her Facebook page True Measures Personal Training; a full online gallery of her lifes work will soon be available at

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