Saturday, May 21, 2016


Press Release

Doors Open Toronto
announces exciting lineup of buildings and programming

MODERNest House 4, Toronto Public Library - Scarborough Civic Centre Branch, Native Child
& Family Services of Toronto, Bata Shoe Museum (Photos courtesy of City of Toronto)

TORONTO, ON - 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

"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." 

Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence (Photos courtesy of City of Toronto)

The Faculty Club, University of Toronto 

atelier rzlbd (Photos courtesy of City of Toronto)

“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. 

Karim Rashid | Keynote Speaker (Photo courtesy of City of Toronto)

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

Timelapse Toronto – Visitors prioritize the physical and social infrastructure they would like to see added to the intensifying downtown with this activity sponsored by The Printing House 3D Studio. 
Colour Me Toronto – Visitors can unwind with limited edition colouring pages and learn about the talented Toronto street artists who created them to revitalize the city's communities through art. 
Unlock the City – Teams of three can pre-register at for an exciting four-hour game requiring teamwork, adaptive thinking and strategy as participants navigate the city for a chance to win prizes. 

OCAD U - Sharp Centre for Design (Photo courtesy of City of Toronto)

Thirteen free walking tours sponsored by the Carpenters' Union – Carpenters and Allied Workers Local 27 and Drywall and Acoustic Lathing Local 675 will explore the history and architecture of several neighbourhoods. The 2016 theme of "Re-used, Re-visited and Revised" exploring the adaptive repurposing of Toronto buildings is highlighted throughout many of this year's walking tours, including Industry and Internment in Liberty Village, Transforming Farquhars Lane/Reggae Lane, and Voices of Danforth East: A Jane's Walk. 

Full program details, including walking tour registration and a complete list of buildings, are available at

About Doors Open Toronto 

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to over 700 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to celebrating built heritage, architecture and design. It is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community. Look for information and updates at, Facebook at, Twitter at @doors_openTO and Instagram at @doors_opento. The event hashtag is: #DOT16

Queen Richmond Centre West (Photo courtesy of City of Toronto)

About Great Gulf 

Established in 1975, the Great Gulf Group of companies including Great Gulf, Ashton Woods Homes, First Gulf Corporation, Tucker HiRise Construction, H+ME Technology and Taboo Resort Golf and Spa, is one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. With major projects in Canada and the United States, the company’s fully-integrated activities span the entire real estate spectrum. 

About Toronto

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Commerce Court North (Photo courtesy of City of Toronto)

Ryerson's Student Learning Centre (Photo courtesy of City of Toronto)

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