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.
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.
- Artscape Youngplace
- Bendale Bible Chapel and Heritage House
- Black Creek Experience – Ascend (Youth Enterprise Network)
- Black Creek Experience – Black Creek Community Farm
- Black Creek Experience – West- Side Arts Hub
- Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Scarborough Branch
- Church of St. Mary Magdalene
- Columbus Centre
- Cornell Campbell House
- Dixon Building
- Fort York Armoury
- Fort York Branch, Toronto Public Library
- Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
- Harbourfront Centre
- High Level Pumping Station
- Hubbard Park Apartments
- Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Lakeshore Campus, Fashion Institute
- Islington United Church
- Johnson Chou Inc.
- Knox College
- Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre
- Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
- NAK Design Strategies
- Pachter Hall and Moose Factory
- Parkdale Collegiate Institute
- Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
- School Grown Rooftop Garden at Eastdale Collegiate Institute
- Senator O’Connor College School and O’Connor House Heritage buildings
- St. Ann Church
- St. John’s Presbyterian Church
- The Bank of Upper Canada
- The Great Hall
- The Real Canadian Portuguese Museum Exhibit- IC Savings – Little Portugal Branch
- The Theatre Centre
- TTC – Russell Carhouse
- University of Toronto – Victoria University – Goldring Student Centre
- University of Toronto, Scarborough – Andrews Building
- University of Toronto: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House
- University of Toronto: Lassonde Mining Building