Toronto’s Doors Open event adds more than 40 new locations

Toronto’s 2014 Doors Open festival features more than 40 new locations highlighting Toronto’s “secret spaces.”

The city-wide celebration narrates the history of Toronto through some of its most interesting and culturally significant architecture.

This year the public can access more than 155 locations, including more than 40 new additions like the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and ZoomerPlex.

Since 2000 the event has drawn in excess of 2 million visits to almost 600 locations across the city.

The 15th annual Doors Open Toronto takes place on May 24 and 25.

“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,” Kerri MacDonald from the city’s economic development division said.

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For a more detailed list of these paranormal hot spots check here.

Doors Open Toronto will also feature a speakers series, city-wide walking tours and special programming. On May 24 audiences can hear six influential architects speak on redesigning the city and Toronto’s architectural future.  The talks are at the new Fort York Toronto Library branch.

On May 25, at the Harbourfront Centre, acclaimed urban designer Ken Greenberg will give his insight into Toronto’s waterfront.

New Locations

  1. Arcadian
  2. Artscape Youngplace
  3. Bendale Bible Chapel and Heritage House
  4. Black Creek Experience – Ascend (Youth Enterprise Network)
  5. Black Creek Experience – Black Creek Community Farm
  6. Black Creek Experience – West- Side Arts Hub
  7. Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Scarborough Branch
  8. Church of St. Mary Magdalene
  9. Columbus Centre
  10. Cornell Campbell House
  11. Dixon Building
  12. Fort York Armoury
  13. Fort York Branch, Toronto Public Library
  14. Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
  15. Harbourfront Centre
  16. High Level Pumping Station
  17. Hubbard Park Apartments
  18. Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Lakeshore Campus, Fashion Institute
  19. Islington United Church
  20. Johnson Chou Inc.
  21. Knox College
  22. Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre
  23. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
  24. NAK Design Strategies
  25. Pachter Hall and Moose Factory
  26. Parkdale Collegiate Institute
  27. Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
  28. School Grown Rooftop Garden at Eastdale Collegiate Institute
  29. Senator O’Connor College School and O’Connor House Heritage buildings
  30. St. Ann Church
  31. St. John’s Presbyterian Church
  32. The Bank of Upper Canada
  33. The Great Hall
  34. The Real Canadian Portuguese Museum Exhibit- IC Savings – Little Portugal Branch
  35. The Theatre Centre
  36. TTC – Russell Carhouse
  37. University of Toronto – Victoria University – Goldring Student Centre
  38. University of Toronto, Scarborough – Andrews Building
  39. University of Toronto: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House
  40. University of Toronto: Lassonde Mining Building
  41. ZoomerPlex



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