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May 30, 2002
Third Annual Doors Open Toronto exceeds all expectations - over 100,000 visits to Toronto's landmarks and hidden gems
  
Doors Open Toronto exceeded all expectations with over 100,000 visits logged at
123 landmarks, historical buildings and hidden gems not normally open to the
public.

"This year's success is attributed to greater public awareness of the event and
shows a deep community spirit and a sense of pride among Torontonians," Jane
French, Doors Open Toronto Program Development Officer explains. "Toronto
became a very uninhibited place over the weekend. I was overwhelmed by the
expressions of discovery and delight from people at various Doors Open
buildings. Everywhere, from the ferry boat over to the City Centre Airport to
the Congregation Knesseth Israel synagogue in The Junction, people were very
enthusiastic in their support for this event."

Special this year was the launch of John Sewell's book, Doors Open Toronto:
Illuminating the City's Great Spaces, which sold out at venues throughout the
weekend.

Many of the most popular sites more than doubled their attendance numbers over
last year, including:
* Osgoode Hall - from 4,000 to 9,000 visitors
* Canada Life - from 2,000 to 5,700 visitors
* Spadina Historic House -from 1,200 to 4,100 visitors
* Ontario Legislature Building -from 1,149 to 3,065 visitors
* Fort York - from 472 to 1,940 visitors
* St. George's Greek Orthodox Church -from 600 to 1,200 visitors
* Rosewater Supper Club - from 600 to 1,200 visitors

Outstanding attendance numbers were also recorded at many of the 43 new
participating buildings including:
* Black Creek Pioneer Village had 6,000 visitors
* Casa Loma Stables had 5,744 visitors
* Toronto City Centre Airport had 3,600 visitors
* Le Royal Meridien King Edward (open only one day) had 2,000 visitors

" I would like to thank all of our partners, building owners, sponsors and
volunteers who have contributed to the success of this year's event. I think it
is important to note that representatives from two U.S cities, New York and
Chicago, were in Toronto to see how it's done. Toronto once again established
itself as one of North America's leading cultural cities," says Karen Black,
Manager, Museums & Heritage Services, with the City of Toronto Culture
Division, producer of Doors Open Toronto.

The fourth annual Doors Open Toronto will run May 24 and 25, 2003. For more
information, visit http://www.doorsopen.org


Media Contact
Media contact:
Beth Sulman, Holmes Creative Communications,
416-628-5602
bsulman@holmesmark.com

 

 

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