Doors Open Toronto is a free weekend-long celebration of architecture and public space taking place Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 and features more than 150 sites for exploration, a talk series, walking tours, and more.This year’s theme is “City of Sound”, exploring the influence and impact of music and sound on the city’s development with more than 150 of Toronto’s most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings and sites.

Special music and sound programming:

o       South Asian instruments and dance practices by the Tawoos Initiative at R.C Harris Water Filtration Plant, 2701 Queen St. E. o       Performances in partnership with Small World Music at Fort York National Historic Site at 250 Fort York Blvd. including:o       Padideh Ahrarnejad and Ali Massoudi, a Persian classical duo, bringing together mastery of the tar and percussion o       Brazilian percussionist Mari Palhares, who brings the rhythms and movement of Afro Brazilian drumming to the Fort o       It’s OK* Studios Community Jam Sessions led by musical director Donny Milwalkee featuring a curated repertoire of contemporary takes on hip hop, soca and jazz classics 

•       Sounds like Toronto: Highlights from the Toronto Star Photo Archiveshowcasing a selection of Toronto Star archival photographs detailing the city’s rich musical past and present. •       Labyrinth Modal Music Library and Workshops: Short instrumental demonstrations and opportunities for guests to play, test and learn about frame drums, including: Tombak, Bağlama, Greek Lyra, Tár, Getar and more.•       Mural Routes Chalk Mural Activity: Residents can leave their mark on a large temporary public artwork at Nathan Phillips Square and work alongside professional artists, Andinas Collective, to make the sounds of music visible in this community mural. Presented in partnership with Mural Routes.  •       NFB Film Screenings: The National Film Board of Canada presents a rotating selection of films inside Council Chamber. Drop in and enjoy documentaries, animated films and fictional shorts focused on the sites and sounds of the city.

Toronto City Hall is hosting family-friendly programming, bringing visitors behind-the-scenes at City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. People will be able to gain rare access to the restricted areas of Council Chamber, the Hall of Memory and the 27th Floor Observation Deck. Programming at City Hall includes guided tours, exhibitions, live music presented as part of City Hall Live and more. Doors Open kick-off eventKeynote Panel: The Women Who Built Toronto’s Music SceneDate: Thursday, May 25 Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.Location: El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave.The Doors Open Toronto 2023 keynote focuses on the Queer and BIPOC women who have built Toronto’s music scene. Featuring community and music leaders Denise Bolduc, Rosina Kazi and Juno award-winning hip-hop sensation Haviah Mighty, the open roundtable discussion will explore the development of Toronto as a music city, and placemaking for under-represented voices. The keynote will be moderated by musician Karen Ng and followed by a musical performance by Polky on the stage of the legendary El Mocambo. Pre-registration is encouraged.Neighbourhood Walking Tours

Ten free, guided walking tours will take place throughout the weekend, delving deep into the history and architecture of a variety of neighbourhoods. Registration in advance is required. Tour descriptions are available on the City’s website.A More Beautiful Journey to Doors Open TorontoA More Beautiful Journey is a landmark augmented reality audio installation app transforms public transit into an immersive sonic journey. Building AccessibilityInformation about accessible, barrier-free buildings and sites is available on the Doors Open Buildings & Sites webpage. Listings include information on buildings and sites that are fully or partially accessible.Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto, Canada’s largest Doors Open event, has attracted more than two million visits to 800 unique locations across the city. The event is dedicated to celebrating built heritage, architecture, and design. It is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City in partnership with the broader community.  The event hashtag is #DOT23.

About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.