Why I Love Toronto Reason #269
Happy Doors Open! I had another very successful year this year! I started at 10am this morning and ended at 5pm. I hit 10 buildings altogether did a bit of designer shopping and had a bite at Maple Leaf Gardens. It was a very successful day and I saw some amazing buildings once again. The pictures I’ll present to you today will be a preview of the week to come where I will be continuing the Why I Love Toronto Because of Doors Open Toronto.
Today though I thought it would be fitting that I present to you the history of this amazing festival. Starting in 2000 the festival was meant to be a one-time millennium event. However it received such a positive reception and great turn out that…well it continued and I’m so happy it did because 10 year old me would not have appreciated the architecture. That is the thing about this festival you get to see some of the most amazing architectural building this city has, buildings that the everyday person may never get to see in their lifetime. My friend Upasana even said that she felt like she was a tourist in her own city. The buildings that are featured range from hundreds of years old to the most recent buildings this city has to offer.
Doors Open is not only a Toronto phenomenon. 57 communities in Ontario hold Doors Open events and there are only three Provinces that do not hold the event. In the states they have something called Open House, although in this event you can bypass lines by paying therefore generating a form of revenue.
Look at it this way. Doors Open is making us fall in love with some of the city’s most beautiful buildings - with architecture. I think it is because of Doors Open that more and more historical buildings are being saved and why more and more of them are being preserved and modified into modern day structures. Doors Open is making many of us activists…they are making us aware of how important these buildings are and the role they play in Toronto’s history.
This is an amazing festival where I learned so much and saw so many amazing things. I will present to you the buildings I saw today and I will encourage you to check it out tomorrow.
That Is Why I Love Toronto