Doors Open Toronto 2022

R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, Scarborough

Doors Open Toronto Returns May 28 & 29

The wait is over! After two long years, Doors Open Toronto, presented by Great Gulf returns on May 28 and 29, providing free access to more than 100 of the city’s most culturally significant buildings – many of which are rarely open to the public. Find your favourites right now at Toronto.ca/DoorsOpen. Produced by the City of Toronto, the weekend-long celebration of architecture and urban spaces also features a talk series, guided and self-guided walking tours and incorporates both in-person and virtual experiences. This year’s Doors Open Toronto theme is Renewal.

Lower Bay Station – Open Saturday, May 28 only

Talks

Take a glimpse into the creative process and community building approach of architects, urban designers and social service organizations through a series of talks and panel discussions. Explore ground-breaking concepts for urban and social renewal through a curated program of four intriguing events, including an opening night keynote on Friday, May 27 – Truth & Reconciliation: Indigenous Perspectives on the Role of Art and Architecture on University Campuses.

Daniels Building, U of T with mural by Que Rock – Venue for the Doors Open Toronto Keynote Talk on Friday, May 27

Tours

Guided: Nine free guided walking tours will take place throughout the weekend, delving deep into the history and architecture of a variety of neighbourhoods. Registration is mandatory as space is limited.

Self-guided: Explore Toronto neighbourhoods with 140 tours available through StrollTO and enjoy fifty public art walks, curated by local community artists and arts organizations that you can enjoy right now.

What’s On at Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square

Gain access to the Mayor’s Office, Council Chambers, Podium Green Roof and the Hall of Memory.

Activities at City Hall will include:

  • Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map display and interpretation
  • Daily opening smudging ceremony and welcome song by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers

Doors Open Toronto has increased outdoor programming at Nathan Phillips Square to provide additional ways for people of all ages to experience the event:

  • Shine On: Photographs from The BIPOC Photo Mentorship Program, a large-scale photo exhibit presented in partnership with CONTACT Photography Festival and curated by Michèle Pearson Clarke, Photo Laureate of Toronto
  • Project T-Dot by Ajani Charles, a large-scale ArtworxTO photo exhibit on Toronto’s hip-hop scene
  • OVER FLOE sculpture installation by artist John Notten as part of ArtworxTO
  • Mural Routes artists will work with visitors to recreate a living garden through chalk
  • Live music presented in collaboration with City Hall Live
  • David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project display and information
  • Hourly guided walking tour

Toronto City Hall – The Doors Open Toronto Hub

Films On Demand

The Doors Open Toronto film series showcases social change, architecture, urban design, diverse voices and more. The three full-length feature documentaries all consider this year’s theme of Renewal.

Featured Films:

  • From Earth to Sky
  • Magical Imperfection: The Life and Architecture of Raymond Moriyama
  • There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace (available May 25 to 29)

Virtual Experiences

Doors Open Toronto can also be enjoyed from the comfort of home through virtual experiences from the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Conservatory of Music, Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Myseum, AFROWAVETO, Ontario Science Centre, Honey Jam Canada, Shea’s Victoria, The ArQuives, Toronto Zoo, a 10-minute virtual tour of City Hall and more.

Doors Open Toronto is presented by Great Gulf and sponsors and partners include Carpenters Union Local 27, Schlage Canada, Toronto Star and ZoomerMedia.

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Contact Doors Open Toronto
For media requests or to enquire about future participation, email doorsopen@toronto.ca