May 13, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Do you ever wonder what’s behind the walls of some of Toronto’s most iconic buildings?


DOORS OPEN TORONTO returns this year offering tours of over 100 sites of architectural, cultural and social significance.

“All kinds of great places, a lot of really popular spots that are fan favourites like the R.C. Harris water treatment plant, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, and all the museum sites,” says Robert Kerr, the city’s program lead for DOORS OPEN.

Kerr says the tours give a rare glimpse inside the walls of spaces not usually open to the public.

“Space like the Portland Energy Centre, this kind of grey, big square building that you’d have no idea that it generates a quarter of the city’s energy and DOORS OPEN is the only time of the year that the public can get in there.

Or go behind the scenes at Zoomer Media.

“Visitors are pretty overwhelmed by the scope of what we have going on down here in Liberty Village,” said Leanne Wright, Senior VP Communications with Zoomer Media which will be open for tours.

“One of the main attractions is Moses Znaimer’s Museum of Television featuring the rarest television sets on the planet plus two exhibits showcasing the work of John Logie Baird who was the inventor of mechanical television and Philo T. Farnsworth, a relatively unknown story of a 14-year-old boy who conceived the idea for electronic television, ” said Wright.

“And visitors are welcome to tour our two radio stations, Zoomer Radio and The New Classical FM,” added Wright.

Tours run May 28th and 29th.

For a complete list of all the tour sites, visit this website.

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