Why I Love Doors Open Toronto
I’m back and just in time as well! Doors Open Toronto is this weekend! So from Monday to Wednesday I’ll be giving you my recommendations from past Doors Open Toronto’s and on Thursday and Friday I’ll tell you what I’m excited to see!
Where: 1214 Queen Street West
When: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with tours at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Why I Loved It: It has the last hand operated elevator in Toronto, is the only safe place for one’s great aunt to stay alone and has a Tiger Beat inspired room. I think that’s all I need to say.
Hudson’s Bay Queen Street Location
Where: 176 Yonge Street
When: Tours from Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Why I Loved It: The former Robert Simpson store was built by multiple architects during various stages. It burned down before it opened, had a grand entrance on Richmond Street which has since been blocked off and a memorial for the stores workers that perished during the World War.
King Edward Hotel
Where: 37 King Street East
When: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Why I Loved It: John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their bed-ins for peace at the King Eddy and Elizabeth Taylor visit caused major protests when she stayed in the hotel with Richard Burton before they were married (little did the protestors know they would become engaged on the trip). Lastly the neglected Crystal Ballroom is one of the 3 places I would love to have my wedding.
Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
Where: 25 British Columbia Road (Exhibition Place)
When: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Why I Loved It: The former government building is the place where dreams are made. From proms to weddings see the place that was more about politics than romance.
Where: 82 Bond Street
When: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Why I Loved It: Stepping into the home of the first mayor of Toronto, is like starting from square one. Plus if you’re lucky maybe you can make something on the printing press.
Massey Tower Presentation Centre
Where: 197 Yonge Street
When: Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with tours at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Why I Loved It: I haven’t been into the former Bank of Commerce since its restoration, but I still love this building because it sat abandoned for years on the property across from the Toronto Eaton Centre waiting to get a renewal of life. Just seeing the pictures of the restoration made me smile and I will have an even bigger smile when I see the restoration first hand.
Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens (Maple Leaf Gardens)
Where: 50 Carlton Street (corner of Church Street)
When: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with tours at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Why I Loved Toronto: I got to skate on the ice here and there was just this amazing feeling that overcame me when I did. Even though the ice rink isn’t the original one where the Toronto Maple Leafs won there Stanley Cup, just being in the former home of Maple Leafs and being in the same building where fans cheered as they won the Cup is enough to make this Leaf fan recommend this building for you.
Metropolitan United Church
Where: 56 Queen Street East
When: Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with tours at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Why I Loved It: As one of the largest United Churches this building has a number of must details from the pews, altar and stained glass.
Where: 4709 Dundas Street West
When: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Why I Loved It: I’ve always had a soft spot for this building being an Etobicoke boy, but bias aside the building is just a great history lesson for those wanting to learn more about the Islington area.
Munk School of Global Affairs
Where: 315 Bloor Street West
When: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with tours at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Why I Loved It: One of my favourite buildings on the U of T campus, the Munk School of Global Affairs recently opened after being restored and expanded. Once home to the Dominion of Meteorological Service and the Admissions and Awards Office of U of T, the building it noted for the detail work over the Bloor Street entrance way as well as for its tower.