Sunday, April 26, 2015

Doors Open Toronto in May 2015

Over 155 significant buildings are open to the public with free and rare access during the 16th annual Doors Open event in Toronto May 23-24. In honour of the upcoming Pan Am Games the theme for this year is Sports, Recreation and Leisure.

Doors Open, sponsored by Great Gulf, "offers attendees a sneak peek inside private and public recreational sites ranging from aquatic centres to athletics stadiums. The building lineup includes the University of Toronto's Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and the Toronto Track and Field Centre, which will serve as athlete training and warmup facilities during the Games."
Amsterdam Brewery interior

Canada's largest Doors Open event was started in Toronto in the year 2000 and has allowed more than two million visits to hundreds of interesting locations throughout the city. It attracts many visitors to buildings with important heritage, architectural or designs that are sometimes not available to the public on any regular basis.

Some of the places I would like to visit include BMO Field, City and OMNI Television - Rogers Studio, Design Exchange and the Portlands Energy Centre. Don't forget to check out the information for the places you want to visit, some of them are not open on both days and some require paid parking.

Free walking tours sponsored by U of T will look into the history and architecture of several Toronto neighbourhoods.

Photos supplied. Winter Garden Theatre interior by Peter Lusztyk at top.

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