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May 21, 2009
Doors Open Toronto celebrates its 10th anniversary by opening 175 doors
This weekend, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, Doors Open Toronto invites residents and visitors to explore up to 175 buildings from heritage landmarks to modern structures, including the 1850s Don Jail and a restored five-pin bowling alley. Many of the buildings are not usually open to the public, and admission to all buildings is free.

Dates: Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24

Times: Most buildings are open on one or both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with exceptions. Please confirm times for each venue. No pre-registration or tickets are required.

Numerous locations; highlights include:
o BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - last year’s most popular site
o Art Deco gem the Carlu at College Park
o pre-1834 sites such as Fort York National Historic Site, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and Campbell House
o Union Station, the site of readings, performances and spontaneous theatre presented by Diaspora Dialogues
o Drake Hotel, with intimate readings by authors in a newly restored suite

Visit for a full list of buildings. The Doors Open Toronto weekend information headquarters is located at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. (Doors Open Toronto hotline 416-397-5023, only on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

In addition to the building tours, Doors Open Toronto is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the finale of Lit City - Toronto Stories, Toronto Settings. About 40 venues are hosting Lit City readings and events. Visit for details.

Doors Open Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto and sponsored by the Toronto Star.
Media sponsor: CBC; program sponsor: Woodcliffe

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Jane French, Project Manager Doors Open Toronto and Lit City, 416-338-0496, cell: 416-873-3462,
Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045, cell: 416-707-9165,



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