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May 27, 2010
Doors Open Toronto's official launch at the Royal Ontario Museum on May 28
Doors Open Toronto kicks off at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Friday, May 28. CityNews anchor and reporter Roger Petersen will emcee this free event, which includes comedy sketches by Second City and Afro-Latin music by Toronto group Santerias.

City of Toronto Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) and MPP Laura Albanese (York South-Weston) will be present to officially launch the 11th annual edition of this popular city-wide event. All museum galleries will be open and admission to the ROM will be free.

Date: Friday, May 28
Time: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park)
Enter via the Bloor Street West entrance of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal

The ROM event will feature the launch of A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto, with panelists Bruce Kuwabara, Larry Wayne Richards, William Thorsell (ROM Director and CEO), and authors Margaret and Phil Goodfellow - moderated by Christopher Hume, Toronto Star. Author Shawn Micallef and illustrator Marlena Zuber will discuss psychogeography and Toronto’s neighbourhoods.

Doors Open Toronto 2010 provides free access to nearly 150 buildings that highlight the architectural diversity of Toronto. The official program guide is published in the Toronto Star today - Thursday, May 27.

Toronto City Hall is the headquarters for Doors Open Toronto on the weekend of May 29 and May 30. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day the public can access information in person or by calling 416-338-2774. Details about participating venues are listed on the "Buildings to visit" page at

The public can now connect and interact with Doors Open Toronto through social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Visit the Doors Open Toronto website for links to its social media. Mobile applications for this event are now also available at

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Shane Gerard, Senior Promotions & Communications Coordinator, Cluster A Communications Unit, 416-397-5711, cell 647-881-9854,
Jane French, Project Manager, Doors Open Toronto, Museum Services, Cultural Services, 416-338-0496,



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