Doors Open Toronto returns May 27 and 28 with 150 sites to explore

Arafat Rahman

The lineup of buildings, city-wide walking tours, and special programs for this year’s Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf was announced by the City of Toronto on May 1. There will be 150 places to explore, a talk series, walking tours, and more at the free celebration of architecture and public space, which runs from Saturday, May 27 to Sunday, May 28. Subtleties are presently accessible on the Entryways Open Toronto site page.

The current year’s subject is “City of Sound”. More than 150 of Toronto’s most architecturally, historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings and sites are featured in Doors Open Toronto 2023, which investigates the influence and impact of music and sound on the development of the city.

Doors Open Toronto provides guests with special music and sound programming that allows them to see and hear their city:
• South Asian instruments and dance rehearses by the Tawoos Drive at R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, 2701 Sovereign St. E.
• Exhibitions in organization with Little World Music at Post York Public Notable Site at 250 Stronghold York Blvd. including:
o Padideh Ahrarnejad and Ali Massoudi, a Persian old style team, uniting dominance of the tar and percussion
o Brazilian percussionist Mari Palhares, who brings the rhythms and development of Afro Brazilian drumming to the Post
o It’s OK* Studios People group Practices drove by melodic chief Donny Milwalkee including an arranged collection of contemporary takes on hip bounce, soca and jazz works of art

Toronto City Corridor is facilitating family-accommodating programming, bringing guests in the background at City Lobby and Nathan Phillips Square. Rare access to the Council Chamber, Hall of Memory, and 27th Floor Observation Deck will be made available to the public. City Hall offers guided tours, exhibitions, live music as part of City Hall Live, and other types of programming.

• Reminds me of Toronto: Highlights from the Toronto Star Photo Archive, featuring images from the newspaper’s archives that tell the story of the city’s long and illustrious musical history.

• Workshops and a Labyrinth Modal Music Library: Short instrumental demonstrations and chances for guests to play, test, and gain knowledge about frame drums, such as: Tombak, Bağlama, Greek Lyra, Tár, Getar and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

• Activity: Chalk-Mural Routes At Nathan Phillips Square, residents can decorate a large temporary public artwork and collaborate with professional artists from the Andinas Collective to make the sounds of music visible in this community mural. Given in association Wall painting Courses.

• NFB Film Screenings: The Public Film Leading group of Canada presents an alternating determination of movies inside Committee Chamber. Come in and watch short films, animated films, and documentaries about the sights and sounds of the city.

Keynote Panel for the Pre-Doors Open Kick-Off Event: Date: The Women Who Made Toronto’s Music Scene Date: Thursday, May 25 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Area: At 464 Spadina Ave., El Mocambo

The Queer and BIPOC women who have built Toronto’s music scene are the focus of the keynote address at Doors Open Toronto 2023. The open roundtable discussion, which will include community and music leaders Denise Bolduc, Rosina Kazi, and Juno award-winning hip-hop sensation Haviah Mighty, will investigate the growth of Toronto as a music city as well as the process of creating places for voices that are underrepresented. On the stage of the storied El Mocambo, Polky will give a musical performance before the keynote, which will be moderated by musician Karen Ng. The kick-off event link encourages pre-registration: (opens in new window).

Neighborhood Walking Tours Throughout the weekend, ten free guided walking tours will explore the history and architecture of a variety of neighborhoods. Pre-registration is required. The City’s website contains tour descriptions:

A More Beautiful Journey to Doors Open Toronto is an iconic augmented reality audio installation app that turns public transportation into an immersive sonic journey (opens in new window).

Building Openness
Data about open, obstruction free structures and locales is accessible on the Entryways Open Structures and Destinations website page: The listings at include information on fully or partially accessible buildings and sites.

The City is indebted to Great Gulf, City Hall Hub, and Schlage, the sponsors of Doors Open Toronto 2023, for their assistance. The City is glad to have the Toronto Star and ZoomerMedia as media accomplices.

Doors Open Toronto, Canada’s largest Doors Open event, has attracted more than two million visitors to 800 different locations across the city since its inception in 2000. The purpose of the event is to honor architecture, design, and built heritage. It is produced by the City in collaboration with the community as a whole and presented by Great Gulf. Facebook (opens in a new window), Twitter (opens in a new window), and Instagram (opens in a new window) will all provide additional updates and information. #DOT23 is the event’s hashtag.


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