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May 13, 2010
Doors Open Toronto - 146 buildings will open their doors for free May 29 and 30
  
Doors Open Toronto, the popular annual city-wide celebration featuring free access to Toronto venues of architectural, historic and cultural significance, has confirmed 146 buildings for its 2010 edition on May 29 and 30. More than 40 new locations have joined this year's weekend event roster, while nine venues have returned after a hiatus. Complete building descriptions and location details can be viewed at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen.

Now in its eleventh year, Doors Open Toronto recognizes the heightened public awareness of architecture and the architects who have shaped this city by going back to its roots - with architecture as the theme and central focus in 2010. The 146 buildings will highlight their unique architectural features and stories, providing an authentic urban adventure that celebrates Toronto’s architectural excellence from urban to suburban, blockhouses to bank towers. The official program guide will be published in the Toronto Star on May 27.

The public can now connect and interact with Doors Open Toronto through its Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toronto-ON/Doors-Open-Toronto/361063578336 and on Twitter http://twitter.com/Doors_OpenTO.

Many Doors Open Toronto inspired videos can also be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=doors+open+toronto&aq=f.

Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than 1.5 million visitors since it has started, with more than 250,000 attendees in 2009. Toronto was the first North American city to launch a Doors Open event and has advised similar programs such as Doors Open Ontario and Open House New York.

Since June 2009, Doors Open Toronto has received two national awards: the City Soul Award from the Canadian Urban Institute's Urban Leadership Awards program and the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing from the Canadian Museums Association.

Doors Open Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto and sponsored by the Toronto Star. Media sponsor: Citytv. Program Sponsor: Woodcliffe. Program Partners: Indigo Books and Music Inc. and Toronto Society of Architects. Media can download high resolution images of select locations at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen/gallery.htm

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, 416-397-5711, sgerard@toronto.ca
Jane French, Project Manager, Doors Open Toronto, Museum Services, Cultural Services, 416-338-0496, jfrench@toronto.ca




 

 

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