You’re Invited: “The Future of Design” Talk May 27 + Doors Open Toronto 2016 May 28-29 at No Cost

The following video presents The 5 most amazing places we saw at Doors Open Toronto:

“Last weekend, curious citizens across the city were given access to a wide range of Toronto’s most interesting buildings at the 13th annual Doors Open Toronto.

The best places we saw include a building that reacts to the weather, the city’s most breathtaking library, the place your tap water comes from, and a massive pile of sugar.

Directed by Graham Runciman for The Grid.”

The 17th annual Doors Open Toronto returns on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016, offering FREE and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

  • The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of Re-used, Re-visited and Revised will explore the adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto’s architectural history.

The weekend activities kick off on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Design Exchange with the event’s first-ever keynote speaker, acclaimed designer Karim Rashid.

  • His talk The Future of Design will explore how the future of the aesthetic world will cross all disciplines so that design, art, architecture, fashion, food and music fuse to increase everyone’s experiences and bring greater pleasure to the material and immaterial world.
  • Seats for this event are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

One of the special programming is the “Unlock the City” game.

To plan your Doors Open Toronto weekend, please visit http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=42eafa2cd4a64410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD for information on FREE special programming, exhibits, walking tours, and talks that can be experienced during the event.

Enjoy and Good Luck! / Profitez-en et bonne chance!

NEWS RELEASE

3-May-2016

Doors Open Toronto announces exciting lineup of buildings and programming

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf has announced its lineup of buildings and enhanced programming for May 28 and 29. The 17th annual celebration of design will offer free and rare access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.

This year’s event features more than 130 buildings, including over 40 new participants, an exciting speaker series and citywide walking tours. Details are now available at toronto.ca/doorsopen.

“The city’s buildings come alive during Doors Open Toronto weekend, giving residents the opportunity to discover and explore unique buildings and vibrant neighborhoods,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage Torontonians to visit the event’s many destinations, including City Hall.”

“Doors Open Toronto allows the public to learn more about the heritage and design that helps make this city great,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. “Each year there are new buildings, walks and other activities for all to experience.”

“Great Gulf is excited to return as presenting sponsor of Doors Open Toronto celebrating architecture, heritage and design. Focused on the intersection of great design and art to enrich the human experience, we share this passion with Doors Open through our commitment to create the best architecturally designed buildings,” said Great Gulf President Christopher Wein. “We encourage you to join us in experiencing this incredible event with members of the international architectural and design community.”

The weekend activities kick off on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Design Exchange with the event’s first-ever keynote speaker, acclaimed designer Karim Rashid. One of the most prolific and recognized designers of his generation, his talk The Future of Design will explore how the future of the aesthetic world will cross all disciplines so that design, art, architecture, fashion, food and music fuse to increase everyone’s experiences and bring greater pleasure to the material and immaterial world. Seats for this event are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are three other talks as part of the OpenInsights Speaker Series, exploring a variety of themes: Architecture is Art?; Bomb Girls – Trading Aprons for Ammo; and Why New Ideas Need Old Buildings.

Toronto City Hall will be a key destination during the Doors Open Toronto weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visitors to the building can experience rare access to the Mayor’s office and the 27th floor observation deck, as well as to the council chamber.

Special programming will include: Continue reading “You’re Invited: “The Future of Design” Talk May 27 + Doors Open Toronto 2016 May 28-29 at No Cost”

You’re Invited to Doors Open Toronto: Celebration of Toronto Buildings May 23 & 24, 2015

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2015 Theme is Sports, Recreation and Leisure

May 23 & 24, 2015

FREE Admissions

to

More Than 155 Buildings
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For a FREE city-wide celebration, the annual Doors Open Toronto will take place on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.

  • This event offers FREE and rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city, such as:
    • Aga Khan Museum,
    • Artscape Wychwood Barns,
    • Bridgepoint Active Healthcare,
    • Gladstone Hotel,
    • City Hall, Amsterdam Brewery,
    • Bata Shoe Museum,
    • Hariri Pontarini Architects,
    • Winter Garden Theatre,
    • gh3, and
    • Commerce Court North.

Doors Open Toronto 2015 includes the following highlights:

University of Toronto's Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport | Credit: Tom Arban
University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport | Credit: Tom Arban

Continue reading “You’re Invited to Doors Open Toronto: Celebration of Toronto Buildings May 23 & 24, 2015”

You’re Invited: Doors Open Ontario May 3 – October 18; Doors Open Toronto May 24 & 25, 2014

Ontario Heritage Trust of Canada “invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.”

  • From May to October 2014, “communities open the doors to some of Ontario’s most intriguing and charming heritage sites. “
  • Admission is FREE!

Please click here to see at a glance what Doors Open Ontario events are happening throughout 2014.

Doors Open Toronto. Photo: City of Toronto
Doors Open Toronto. Photo: City of Toronto

Doors Open Toronto

On May 24 & 25, the 15th annual Doors Open Toronto will offer FREE access to 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

  • The theme for this year’s event is Secrets and Spirits … Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door.
  • Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design, attracting more than two million visits to nearly 600 locations throughout Toronto since its inception (2000).
  • It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world.

Here are some highlights of Doors Open Toronto.

Continue reading “You’re Invited: Doors Open Ontario May 3 – October 18; Doors Open Toronto May 24 & 25, 2014”

Enjoy Canada’s largest Doors Open Event This Weekend May 28-29

Enjoy Canada's largest Doors Open Event This Weekend May 28-29
Enjoy Canada's largest Doors Open Event This Weekend May 28-29

This is an update to my previous blogs as listed here:

Incredible Doors Open Toronto’s 12th year with FREE access to close to 150 unique locations:

  • has attracted more than 1.9 million visitors since it began,
  • was the first North American city to launch a Doors Open event,
  • annually attracts more than 200,000 visitors,
  • it is Canada’s largest Doors Open event, and
  • one of three largest Doors Open events in the world!

That’s pretty impressive!!

Please note that for complete information and details on participating venues, events, social media and mobile applications you can:

  • visit http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen,
  • access the Doors Open Toronto guide in the May 26 edition of the Toronto Star,
  • call 311 for information at any time, or
  • obtain information from Doors Open Toronto staff at Toronto City Hall on May 28 and May 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Continue reading “Enjoy Canada’s largest Doors Open Event This Weekend May 28-29”

You’re Invited to NFB Mediatheque for Animation Workshops, Exhibits, Films and Special Events, May 28-29

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Workshops, film screenings, exhibits and more!
You're Invited to NFB Mediatheque for Animation Workshops, Exhibits, Films and Special Events, May 28-29
You're Invited to NFB Mediatheque for Animation Workshops, Exhibits, Films and Special Events, May 28-29

NFB MEDIATHEQUE – 150 John Street

May 28 & 29, 10 am to 5 pm

“The NFB Mediatheque is proud to be a part of the city-wide celebration that is Doors Open Toronto!

All weekend long, we’ll be offering FREE animation workshops for the public. But that’s not all! We’ve got two whole days of digital exhibits, film programs and special events for you to enjoy.

Enter our new interactive lounge space, and immerse yourself in films and images related to this year’s Doors Open themes of architecture and photography. Want more? Choose from the more than 6,000 films available on our Digital Viewing Stations, always FREE!

Take in a digital photo exhibit showcasing hundreds of high quality images from the NFB’s vast archives, spanning more than 70 years.

You're Invited to NFB Mediatheque for Animation Workshops, Exhibits, Films and Special Events, May 28-29
You're Invited to NFB Mediatheque for Animation Workshops, Exhibits, Films and Special Events, May 28-29

Continue reading “You’re Invited to NFB Mediatheque for Animation Workshops, Exhibits, Films and Special Events, May 28-29”

Free DOORS OPEN TORONTO 2011: Theme is Photography & Architecture

Please mark your calendars for the FREE two-day, weekend event, Doors Open Toronto on May 28-29, 2011. As the name of this event suggests, “150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration.”

This magnanimous event, Doors Open Toronto, “allows visitors free access to properties that are either not usually open to the public, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Many locations have organized guided tours, displays and activities to enrich the visitor experience.”
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