6th Annual Doors Open Toronto will transform the city|
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Preparations are underway for this year’s 6th Annual Doors Open Toronto
weekend. Toronto is the place to be when more than 100 extraordinary buildings
open their doors for this citywide celebration of Toronto’s architecture and
urban spaces. Doors Open Toronto takes place on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday,
May 29. Many of the participating buildings are not normally open to the
public. Admission is free at all venues.
New buildings on this year’s roster include the CNIB’s recently opened
state-of-the-art facility, the Hare Krishna Temple, Upper Canada College and
the Bay at Queen, where a special exhibit and tours highlighting the
architecture of this landmark department store are planned. Returning
favourites include Osgoode Hall, Ontario College of Art and Design,
Toronto-Dominion Centre, Black Creek Pioneer Village and BMW Toronto. Toronto
City Hall will also celebrate its 40th anniversary with expanded tours and
Doors Open Toronto is pleased to be part of Metamorphosis – Toronto’s Festival
of Transformation and the Arts. A number of Doors Open Toronto venues will be
animated with music, theatre, dance and art inspired by the theme of Ovid’s
Metamorphosis and transformation. Giant stilt-walking puppets representing five
major Toronto cultural institutions act as the chorus in The Space Between, a
new work by Toronto’s Clay & Paper Theatre. Also, Madhouse Theatre, affiliated
with Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, will be
performing short pieces inspired by Ovid at selected Doors Open Toronto venues.
Locations and times will be announced.
The Doors Open Toronto weekend kicks off at the Royal Ontario Museum, Friday,
May 27, at ROM Friday Nights. World-renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra will
perform, 6 p.m. Host: Jeff Goodes, host, Fresh Air, CBC Radio One. Admission to
the ROM will be free from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than 700,000 visits since its inaugural
weekend in May 2000. Each year the program offers residents and tourists a
variety of venues to explore including national historic sites, entertainment
venues, banking halls, hidden gems, places of worship, offices of Toronto’s top
architects and much more.
Again this year, organizers are partnering with Toronto hotels. Special tourism
packages are being developed for visitors during the Doors Open Toronto
weekend. The tourism packages will include discount coupons to local theatre,
dining and more.
In addition to providing a weekend of access to some of Toronto’s most notable
buildings Doors Open Toronto is working with the Toronto Society of Architects
to host a free public forum, “Waiting for Toronto: What makes a clean and
beautiful city?” at the St. Lawrence Centre,
Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Moderator: Andy Barrie, host, Metro
Morning, CBC Radio One. Panelists: to be announced.
A complete list of participating buildings and tourism details will be
available on the Doors Open Toronto web site in April. Please note that
building hours vary. Most buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one or
both days. Confirm times for each site when planning your route. Visit www.doorsopen.org or call
the event information hotline, 416-338-3888. The official Doors Open Toronto
Program Guide will be published in the Toronto Star on Thursday, May 19.
Doors Open Toronto is the signature program of the City of Toronto Culture
Division and is presented by the Toronto Star. CBC Radio One and CBC Television
are media partners.
Media Relations, Doors Open Toronto, Culture Division
Project Manager, Doors Open Toronto, Culture Division