Fourth Annual Doors Open Toronto Saturday May 24 and Sunday, May 25 |
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TORONTO'S DOORS ARE OPEN!
Toronto Culture - Toronto will open its doors to tens of thousands of people on
Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 as 135 Toronto buildings of architectural
and historic significance welcome visitors at no cost. Many participating
buildings are not normally open to the public.
Doors Open Toronto is organized by the City of Toronto's Culture division, with
program support by some 1,000 volunteers. "The volunteers are more committed
than ever to ensuring that Doors Open Toronto is a great success this year,"
said Volunteer Committee Chair Neil Wright. "My volunteers want people to know
that nothing, but nothing will stop this city."
Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in this great urban
adventure. Last year, Doors Open Toronto had more than 136,000 visitors at the
123 participating buildings. This program has been so successful, that New York
City is launching a similar doors open program this fall based on the Toronto
experience. Returning favourites to Doors Open Toronto 2003, include last
year's most visited site, Osgoode Hall (9000 people in two days); Le Royal
Meridien King Edward, celebrating its 100th anniversary; and the GTA's first
mosque, the Jami Mosque, located in a former west-end Presbyterian church.
More than a hundred building owners, businesses and other organizations
generously open their doors for this annual event, providing free admission and
guided tours. New highlights this year include the official opening of The
Distillery Historic District (formerly known as Gooderham & Worts Distillery);
The Carlu, a stunning restoration of the Eaton Auditorium and Round Room in
College Park; and Regent Park, Canada's largest and oldest social housing
Doors Open Toronto is presented by the Toronto Star, and sponsored by Taylor
Hazell Architects Ltd., Clifford Restoration Limited, CBC Radio One and CBC
Television. Community partners include Heritage Toronto and Mountain Equipment
Doors Open Toronto enables residents and tourists to visit buildings, to which
they would not normally have access. There are many ways to explore the city -
you can map out your route thematically such as tours of faith and worship,
arts, historic sites along the waterfront, buildings celebrating significant
anniversaries, family-friendly venues and more.
Several of the city's leading architectural firms, developers and business
organizations have donated funds to help promote Doors Open Toronto this year.
Donors include ERA Architects, Inc., Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd.
Architects, Harbord Street Association Business Improvement Area., Hariri
Pontarini Architects, Harry M. Lay, Architect, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg
Architects, Loblaw Properties, Ltd., Chocolate Company Lofts, Quadrangle
Architects Limited, The Ventin Group Architects, Ltd., Wittington Properties
Doors Open Toronto heightens awareness of and generates excitement about our
city, and is accessible to all members of the public without cost.
For complete program information, visit our Web site at www.doorsopen.org, or call
for public event information at 416-338-3888. The official program guide will
be published in the Toronto Star on Thursday, May 15.
NOTE: Building hours vary; confirm times for each site in advance. No
pre-registration or tickets required. Admission is free.
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