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February 22, 2018
Doors Open Toronto 2018 theme to celebrate Toronto's thriving film industry
The 19th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. The annual event showcases some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. This year's theme, Film: The Great Romance, will explore the city's film and television industry.

"With more than 1,400 on-location film, television and digital media productions taking place in the city each year, Toronto is North America’s third largest screen-based production centre and the heart of Canada's film and television sector," said Mayor John Tory. "I'm excited for residents to discover some of the iconic places and spaces in Toronto where not only actors, but also other specialists such as designers, carpenters, make-up artists, animators and writers hone their craft."

The Doors Open Toronto program will showcase buildings featuring historic cinemas, film and television studios, post-production houses, digital media studios, artist-run centres as well as buildings that have been featured in film and television, many of which are not always open to the public.

"Doors Open Toronto is one of Toronto’s favourite annual events," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. "This year's event opens the doors of some of the venues where 30,000 people in Ontario’s $2.5 billion-per-year film industry work to create film and television programming of the highest quality. It's a rare opportunity to get backstage and explore the buildings that support this important cultural industry."

A series of walking tours exploring several of Toronto's neighbourhoods will be on offer along with the OpenInsights speakers series, a music series and other special programs.

More details on Doors Open Toronto, including a complete list of this year's buildings, walking tours, talks and programs will be available on May 1 at

About Doors Open Toronto
Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to 800 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to celebrating built heritage, architecture and design. It is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community. More information and updates will be available at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on Instagram at The event hashtag is #DOT18.

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Justine Palinska
Economic Development and Culture



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