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April 18, 2008
Fourth annual Festival of Architecture and Design
The fourth annual Festival of Architecture and Design (fAd) returns this May to celebrate a month in the life of Toronto design and designers. This year’s festival includes more than 60 events from over 35 design associations and institutions representing architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design and fashion design.

“Excellence in architecture and design enhances our quality of life, promotes civic pride and attracts international interest and investment,” said Mayor David Miller. “fAd celebrates Toronto’s creative communities and draws attention to our collective passion for good design.”

As in previous years, the festival will feature exhibitions, films, symposiums, lectures, walking tours, readings, social events and award celebrations in locations city-wide. fAd builds towards Doors Open Toronto on May 24 and 25 where the public can explore more than 140 buildings that are not normally open to the public. This year, Doors Open Toronto features the theme: Sacred Spaces, Sacred Circles.

fAd is proud to sponsor Jane’s Walk in Toronto on May 3 and 4. Jane’s Walk is a series of more than 50 free neighbourhood walks led by well-known local residents in honour of urbanist Jane Jacobs. Inaugurated at fAd last year with 27 walks, the series has since spread to New York, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Guelph and Halifax.

Pocket calendars are available for download at and a full event calendar will be available online on April 22.

Printed pocket calendars are also available from the following after April 26:

• Access Toronto locations at City Hall, and the Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough civic centres
• City of Toronto Archives
• Cohos Evamy
• Contact Toronto Photography Festival
• Coupe Space & Gallery
• Design Exchange
• Designers Walk
• Doors Open Toronto
• The Eric Arthur Gallery
• galleryDK
• Gardiner Museum
• Harbourfront Centre
• Heritage Toronto
• Keep Six Contemporary
• Market Gallery
• Music Gallery
• Ontario College of Art & Design
• Ontario Crafts Council
• Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science
• St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church
• Spacing Magazine
• Stephen Bulger Gallery
• Toronto Botanical Garden
• University of Toronto Art Centre

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. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Jennifer Yap, Clean and Beautiful City, Transportation Services, 416-392-9188,
Elyse Parker, Clean and Beautiful City, Transportation Services, 416-338-2432,

Note: Photographs available upon request.



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