The doors are about to open across Toronto.
The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto returns on May 27 and 28, and the weekend celebration of architecture will include 50 new building participants, a speaker series and new music program, city-wide walking tours and more.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, this year’s event features more than 150 buildings representing each decade since the 1860s, and a collection of buildings from the pre-Confederation era.
“Doors Open Toronto offers a truly unique behind-the-scenes experience at many of Toronto’s great institutions, including Toronto City Hall,” said Mayor John Tory in a press release. “I encourage Torontonians to explore our city on this weekend celebration of architecture.”
Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square will be abuzz with activity during the Doors Open Toronto weekend as visitors to the building can experience rare access to the 27th floor observation deck, the council chamber, special exhibitions and family-friendly activities, including:
Celluloid City – film screenings of iconic Canadian buildings, architects and incredible engineering feats from across the country
Standing On A Corner: Photographs from Yonge and Dundas – a selection of images from Geoffrey James, Toronto’s first Photo Laureate, that highlight the significance of Yonge and Dundas, and
MomenTO – a pop-up museum featuring artifacts from the City’s historical collections, historical interpreters highlighting the past 150 years of Toronto architecture on the 27th floor observation deck and projections showcasing the evolution of some of Toronto’s and Canada’s most significant landmarks.
“We are fortunate to have architecture that spans 150 years in our provincial capital. What a tremendous opportunity to see and walk in the buildings that helped shape Toronto – where history-making decisions have been made and communities have grown,” said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Adding the special exhibits, walking tours and speaker series to Doors Open Toronto is a fitting way to celebrate our sesquicentennial.”
In partnership with Sofar Sounds, Batuki Music Society and other music organizations, this year’s Doors Open Toronto will augment the cultural significance of unique and unexplored spaces through performance, providing the audience the opportunity to experience psychedelic rock, experimental music, kora music from Mali, blues and more in various locations across Toronto.