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June 15, 2005
Over 160,000 participate in 6th annual Doors Open Toronto
  
One hundred and forty-eight buildings of architectural, historic and/or
cultural significance saw over 160,000 visitors during this year’s Doors Open
Toronto weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, 2005. Old City Hall topped
the list with 8300 visitors over two days. Next door, City Hall celebrated its
40th anniversary by welcoming 7065 visitors. Highlights included special access
to the East Tower Observation Deck for the first time in decades, the Podium
Roof and the elevated outdoor walkway that borders Nathan Phillips Square. Over
the last six years, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than three-quarters
of a million visitors to the city’s architectural landmarks, hidden gems and
innovative buildings. Admission to all participating venues is free during the
Doors Open Toronto weekend.

New buildings on this year’s roster that drew large crowds included: the
Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s recently opened state-of-the-art
facility (2700), the exquisite Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir (2700), Toronto
Police’s new 51 Division (2000), the Hare Krishna Temple (1500), the Bay at
Queen (1000), Upper Canada College (1000; Sunday only), Soldiers’ Tower (848)
at the University of Toronto and Coach House Press (678).

Returning favourites included Black Creek Pioneer Village (6207), Osgoode Hall
(5908), Canada Life (4400), Parc Downsview Park - Toronto Aerospace Museum
(3574), Ontario Legislative Building (3513), CBC Broadcasting Centre (3200),
Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens (3180), Casa Loma Stables (3033),
Gooderham Flatiron Building (2800; Saturday only), Campbell House (2700;
Saturday only), Cathedral Church of St. James (2600), Ontario College of Art
and Design (2423; Saturday only), Toronto-Dominion Centre (2856), Canada
Permanent Building (2000), Commerce Court North (1925), Metropolitan United
Church (1752), Canadian Opera Company (1709), Redpath Sugar Museum (1615), Fool’
s Paradise (1215; Sunday only) and BMW Toronto (1010; Sunday only).

Performing and visual arts were featured at 16 Doors Open Toronto venues this
year as part of the event’s collaboration with Metamorphosis: Toronto’s
Festival of Transformation and the Arts. Highlights included Clay and Paper
Theatre’s production, The Space Between, featuring a procession of five
stilt-walking "buildings" on Nathan Phillips Square and a Tafelmusik Baroque
Orchestra string quartet performing in the main Banking Hall, Canada Permanent
Building. All performances were free.

"Every year I continue to be amazed at how Doors Open Toronto brings out the
best in the city on both an architectural and a human scale," says Karen Black,
Manager, Museums & Heritage Services, Culture Division. "Attendance figures are
one way of measuring the success of this event, but equally important are the
new partnerships this year with the Metamorphosis Festival and the launching of
the first Festival of Architecture and Design (fAd) month that culminated on
the Doors Open Toronto weekend. The privilege of being with people of all ages
and diverse backgrounds experiencing our urban richness through architecture
and the stories told when doors open is hard to top."

Doors Open Toronto is proud to acknowledge its title sponsor, the Toronto Star
and media sponsors CBC Radio One and CBC Television. Greektown on the Danforth
BIA, The Bay Queen Street and Toronto Society of Architects contributed as
Sandstone Level sponsors this year. Program partners, Doors Open Ontario,
Festival of Architecture and Design (fAd), Heritage Toronto, the Mayor’s Clean
and Beautiful City initiative, Metamorphosis: Toronto’s Festival of
Transformation and The Delta Chelsea Hotel are gratefully acknowledged for
their contributions.

The 7th annual Doors Open Toronto will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May
27 and 28, 2006. Visit www.doorsopen.org in 2006 for program information. Doors
Open Toronto is a signature event of the City of Toronto’s Culture Division.


Media contacts:

Jane French
Project Manager
Doors Open Toronto
Culture Division
416-338-0496

Kristen Juschkewitsch
Acting Supervisor
Program Development & Design
Culture Division
416-338-0495



 

 

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