Monday, 25 May 2015

Doors Open Toronto

Now in it's 16th year, Doors Open Toronto gives us access to buildings we wouldn't otherwise be able to visit.  I've participated a few times over the years.  One of which was probably one of my worst first dates ever.  I still shake my head thinking about it. Luckily, it hasn't scarred me from attending Doors Open.  This year I picked a few stops along College Street. 


Queen's Park
I hadn't been here since elementary school and learning about our parliamentary system.  And yes, that was a very long time ago.  So it was nice to have a nostalgic moment and see the building though a different perspective. If you're interested in watching a session, there are public galleries which you can access.   


Mars
Not the planet, but the research facility.  I was in here once during Nuit Blanche before it was the modern looking place it is now and there was some charcoal sketching happening.  This visit was a little different as the bright hall was lined with innovative new brands and not live models.  



Native Child and Family Services Toronto
Looking at this place from the sidewalk across the street is very deceiving.  I would have never imagined how beautiful and well-planned this centre is.  There are details everywhere that reference aboriginal culture from small patterns, to language murals to a long house in the middle of their first floor.  I was also treated to a live performance and a guided tour.  



Mattamy Athletic Centre (Maple Leaf Gardens)
I used to come to the Gardens to watch hockey games with my grandpa, so this building holds some extra meaning for me.  Which is why I'm so thankful that they've done such a great job re-purposing it.  As a UofT alumni it's hard for me to admit, but I'm a little jealous of Ryerson's athletics facility.  This place looks cool, feels open and airy and has little reminders of its history throughout the space.  




I'm looking forward to next year, so that I can explore a new area of the city.  Maybe some of those PanAm venues will even ready by then.....