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May 27, 2004
Media Advisory: 155 buildings open their doors for free
  
5th annual Doors Open Toronto
Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30

This weekend, Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, Doors Open Toronto invites
residents and visitors to explore 155 buildings including historical landmarks,
architectural gems, contemporary spaces, cultural places and more. Admission is
free to all buildings. Doors Open Toronto celebrates its 5th anniversary with a
special focus on buildings post-1945, which also includes new architecture on
the Toronto scene. Many of the buildings on the Doors Open Toronto roster are
not normally open to the public, so this is the once-a-year opportunity to step
inside. Doors Open Toronto is a Signature Program of the City of Toronto
Culture Division.

Dates: Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30

Time: Building hours vary; many are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one or both
days. Please confirm times for each building.

Location: City-wide event with 155 buildings; 53 buildings are new additions
this year. A few buildings with stunning visuals sure to garner lots of public
attention include:

Sharp Centre for Design at OCAD - NEW! 100 McCaul St. This "flying rectangle"
hovers 26 metres in the air on 12 nine-storey steel stilts.

Le Royal Meridien King Edward, 37 King St. E., Saturday - Jazz Performer Karen
Manion will be performing in the Crystal Ballroom, 12 Noon - 2 p.m.

Noor Cultural Centre - NEW! 123 Wynford Dr., formerly the Japanese Canadian
Cultural Centre.

Campbell House, 160 Queen St. W., Saturday - including on-site demonstrations
and discussions by North Country Slate, providing information on historic use
of slate, benefits of natural slate on modern buildings, production techniques
and more, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 60 McCaul St., Saturday - great hands-on clay
activities for children.

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church - NEW! 515 Broadview Ave. This Church
is beautiful with its modern yet distinctively Byzantine-domed ceiling. PLEASE
NOTE: The Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq.,will be open both Saturday
from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. Beautiful stained glass and
stencilled ceiling. Activities include mini-concerts throughout the day and
visual art displays by members of the community.

Our Web site has a complete list of buildings and news releases highlighting
themes of interest including family-friendly buildings, what's new this year
and more! Visit http://www.doorsopen.org for event information. Public Event
Information (event weekend only): 416-205-2670.

Media contacts:
Kristen Juschkewitsch, Culture Division, 416-338-0495
(Cell: 647-321-4828)
Jane French, Doors Open Toronto, 416-338-0496 (Cell: 647-321-4827)
Linda Irwin, Culture Division, 416-338-0435 (Cell: 416-937-4774)



 

 

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