Doors Open Toronto will return on the weekend of May 24 and 25, offering free, rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.
This year’s event will give residents and visitors an opportunity to explore Toronto’s sites through the theme Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door.
This year’s theme will highlight secret spaces, stories of spirit sightings and unexplained mysteries at more than 75 locations, including an underground bowling alley in a downtown church, a secret tomb in another church, haunted tunnels beneath a school and bank vaults in a hotel.
Other offerings in this year’s Doors Open Toronto will include the Doors Open Speakers Series on current topics in design and architecture, art exhibits, the addition of more than 40 new participants in the 2014 building lineup, and free architectural and “ghostly” walking tours.
Walking tours representative of this year’s secret and spirits theme will include:
– The Ghosts and Spirits of the Historic Distillery District
– The Spirit of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse at Toronto harbour, and
– The Spirits of Exhibition Place, including paranormal hotspots.
Full program details, including a complete list of this year’s buildings, tours and talks, will be available on the web at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen, on Facebook and on Twitter starting in late April.
Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 600 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 built heritage, architecture and design. It is sponsored by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.