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May 25, 2010
Toronto’s City Hall Podium Green Roof to be officially opened at Doors Open Toronto 2010
Join Mayor David Miller, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) and Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) with celebrity gardener and author, Marjorie Harris, Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand and Scott Mullin, Chair of the City’s Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Public Advisory Group as they lead a procession up the ceremonial ramp to officially open the new City Hall Podium Green Roof.

This event will feature live entertainment and a special, commemorative reading from Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand, making it an extravaganza at this year’s first day of Doors Open Toronto 2010.

Date: Saturday, May 29
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: City Hall Podium Roof, 100 Queen St. W.

From concrete to living garden, the City Hall podium roof will reopen this Saturday as a public green roof garden. Approximately 3,250 square metres (35,000 square feet) of concrete on the podium roof has been transformed into living vegetation to reduce the building’s environmental impact and for residents and visitors to enjoy all year ‘round.

As part of Doors Open Toronto 2010 and the official opening of its City Hall Podium Green Roof, the City is proud to bring a variety of performers on the Podium Green Roof this weekend. Included is the North American premiere of Living Topiaries - static hedge sculptures which come alive and move to the delight of children and unsuspecting adults with their comical stances, the Humber College Jazz Musicians and stilt-walking performers in mythical and vibrant costume.

Stroll through the gardens using a self-guided tour, or accompany one of the architects as they explain the design vision that includes a diversity of plant species. New landscaped gardens, a courtyard framing the Council Chamber, a podium terrace, and new furniture and walkways provide unique views from this urban oasis in the heart of the city that strives to be one of the greenest on the planet.

The City Hall Podium Green Roof will be open both Saturday and Sunday on the Doors Open Toronto weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on Doors Open Toronto 2010, visit and for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization, visit:

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:
Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, Finance and Administration, 416-392-4993,
Alex Mozo, Communications and Marketing Consultant, 416-397-5226,

Editor’s Note: TV stations interested in conducting live broadcasts are asked to call in advance to arrange for parking.



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