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May 23, 2007
Kick off the eighth annual Doors Open Toronto with two lead-up events Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25
The public are invited to start the Doors Open Toronto weekend at two lead-up events. In addition to providing free access to over 145 of Toronto’s notable buildings during the event weekend, Doors Open Toronto presents two free events that focus on the city’s architecture and this year’s ‘green’ theme.

A free public forum, Building Toronto’s Green Future, will be held on Thursday, May 24, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E., two blocks east of Union Station.

Join moderator Peter Gorrie, environmental writer, Toronto Star and the following speakers for a lively discussion on what is needed to move the green agenda forward when focusing on architecture, design and better building practices:

•Doug Webber, Chair, Canada Green Building Council Greater Toronto Chapter and Sustainability; Practice Leader, Halsall Associates
•David Sisam, Principal, Montgomery Sisam Architects; Principal in charge of the Toronto Botanical Garden addition and renovation, a LEED Silver project and winner of a Green Toronto Award
•Danny Harvey, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Toronto. Author of "A Handbook on Low-Energy Buildings and District Energy Systems" among other publications
•Lorraine Gauthier, Partner, Work Worth Doing and the leader of a winning team in CMHC's EQuilibrium Housing Initiative for the development of Now House, a near zero energy retrofit of a wartime house.

Program partners include: Clean Air Partnership, Clean and Beautiful City, Festival of Architecture and Design (fAd), St. Lawrence Centre Forum, Toronto Environment Office and the Toronto Society of Architects.

Kick-off Doors Open Toronto with Mayor David Miller at the first-ever Pecha Kucha Toronto on Friday, May 25 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St. Pecha Kucha is derived from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (chit-chat). This informal, informative exchange of ideas features a Q & A following the presentations, a DJ, prizes and refreshments. Pecha Kucha Toronto is sponsored by T-D Canada Trust. Already popular in more than 42 cities, including London, Buenos Aires, Rotterdam, Shanghai, and Mexico City, the Pecha Kucha movement comes to Toronto.

Doors Open Toronto co-hosts the launch of “Design City Toronto,” a new book on Toronto's architectural renaissance. Design City Toronto moves from the page to the stage when Bruce Kuwabara, Jack Diamond, Christina Zeidler and other top Toronto architects, innovators and designers present visual highlights of their work in a fast-paced showcase of 20 images in less than six minutes each. Design City Toronto authors Sean Stanwick and Jennifer Flores and photographer Tom Arban will be on hand to sign copies of their book. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Visit many of the venues featured in the book and at Pecha Kucha Toronto on the Doors Open Toronto weekend.

Learn more about Toronto's hottest properties like the Evergreen Commons at the Brick Works, Ontario College of Art and Design, the Royal Ontario Museum, Drake Hotel, Canada's National Ballet School and more. Matt Galloway, Here & Now, CBC Radio One, will host the event.

For more information visit the new Doors Open Toronto website at, The Doors Open Toronto Weekend Information Centre is located at the CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Centre, May 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 250 Front St. W.

Doors Open Toronto is presented by the Toronto Star and is a signature event of Toronto Culture and Live With Culture. CBC Radio One and CBC Television are the official media sponsors. Program partners and sponsors include: 360 Capture Photography; Clean Air Partnership; Doors Open Ontario; Festival of Architecture and Design (fAd); Heritage Toronto; Pizza Pizza; T-D Canada Trust (sponsor of the Doors Open Toronto kick-off event, Pecha Kucha Toronto); Toronto Society of Architects; and Woodcliffe and Wright Real Estate Ltd.

An initiative of Toronto Culture, Live With Culture is a celebration of Toronto's extraordinary arts and cultural communities. Doors Open Toronto is one of a series of signature events that forms the core of the City-initiated programming. Visit, for a guide to Toronto's culture scene.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media Contacts:
Jane French, Project Manager, Doors Open Toronto, Toronto Culture, 416-338-0496, (cell) 416-570-1031;
Kristen Juschkewitsch, Toronto Culture, 416-338-0495, (cell) 416-553-1451



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