Toronto City Hall will be abuzz with activity from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Doors Open Toronto weekend. Visitors to the building will experience exhibits and rare access to key locations including the Mayor’s Office, the 27th floor observation deck and council chambers.

Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on-hand to answer all Doors Open Toronto-related questions. Visitors can also pick up a printed event guide throughout the weekend. See below for a list of programming.

Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival

Location: City Hall; Council Chambers
Dates & Times: May 26 and 27 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., running continuously

Presented in partnership with Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival

DOT 2018 - Toronto Youth Shorts Film - Pollyana
Toronto Youth Shorts Film – Pollyana

Toronto Youth Shorts, an annual film festival geared towards youth aged 30 and under, presents a series of works, each no longer than three minutes.  Made up of animation and visual poetry that provide an exploration of self-identity, hidden anxieties, constraints placed on us by society, and a glimpse of real and imagined environments that we immerse ourselves in and what they can become. All works are created by local youth in the Greater Toronto Area. This is Toronto Youth Shorts’ 10th year.

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto

Location: City Hall; Council Chambers
Dates & Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., running continuously

Presented in Partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto

DOT 2018 - ReelAbilitities Film - Princess Jack
ReelAbilitities Film – Princess Jack

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto is Canada’s largest showcase of Disability and Deaf cultures on screen. RAFFTO present three Toronto-made films including “Princess Jack”, “I Am” and “My Life In The City”, which center on the lives of people with disabilities in the city, and highlight how city design, culture and art can include/exclude us from everyday life. The third annual ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto includes 20+ films, screened with accessibility in mind (May 20 – June 4 2018)

Location: City Hall; Rotunda

DOT 2018 - Costumes from Star Trek: Discovery
Costumes from Star Trek: Discovery

Dates & Times: May 26 and 27 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In partnership with CAFTCAD (Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design)

Enjoy this rare display of original costumes from notable film and television productions created by members of CAFTCAD (Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design). The displays include a variety of costumes from different genres including Academy Award winning film “The Shape of Water”, iconic sci-fi series “Star Trek: Discovery”, the distinct red uniform from “The Handmaid’s Tale”, the villain from horror franchise “Saw”, the vampire apocalypse series “The Strain”, the popular children’s television series “Odd Squad”, teen dance series “Backstage”, and period television productions “Anne With An E” and “Murdoch Mysteries”.

A finished costume takes a whole team to design, research, source, build, fit, alter, age, distress, decorate, dress, maintain, and document. The Costume Department of any film or television production consists of a talented group of artists and technicians. This exhibit of costumes represents hundreds of hours of work behind the scenes to help characters come to life on screen.

Location: City Hall; Windows facing Nathan Phillips Square

DOT 2018 - Don Valley Parkway Deck - Photo by Arthur Goss
Prince Edward Viaduct – Photo by Arthur Goss

Dates & Times: May 26 and 27 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., exhibit accessible 24 hours and runs through June 3

Toronto’s Photo Laureate, Geoffrey James, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Prince Edward Viaduct with a Doors Open photo exhibition at City Hall. Twelve ground floor windows facing Nathan Phillips Square provide frames for Mr. James’s contemporary pictures of the bridge, paired with historic photos, circa 1917, by Arthur Goss, the City’s first official photographer. These monumental images capture one of Toronto’s most recognizable and iconic structures.

Location: City Hall; Council Chambers
Dates & Times: May 26 2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m

Doors Open 2018 - A Reading by Anne Michaels
In The Skin of a Lion – A Reading by Anne Michaels

Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels reads excerpts from Michael Ondaatje’s “In the Skin of a Lion”, a fictionalized account of the building of the Prince Edward Viaduct and the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. The book includes scenes featuring city photographer Arthur Goss, whose images form part of the anniversary photo exhibition displayed on the ground floor windows of City Hall facing Nathan Phillips Square. Spanning the Don was curated by Toronto Photo Laureate Geoffrey James.

Location: City Hall; Rotunda
Dates & Times: May 26 and 27 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

DOT 2018 - Ekow Nimako xoTO Lego
Ekow Nimako xoTO Lego

Since the 2010 launch of its popular Twitter campaign, xoTO has become the ubiquitous symbol of civic love for Toronto. For Doors Open Toronto 2018 hometown Lego hero Ekow Nimako will activate City Hall with “Love Building TO!” –a fun and interactive Lego experience for the whole family. Using an array of Lego pieces, participants will get to show their love for TO by filling in the larger-than-life outline of the xoTO logo over the course of the two-day event.

Location: City Hall; Rotunda
Dates & Times: May 26 and 27 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Yulio VR.

Experience seven Doors Open sites in Virtual Reality from the Rotunda at City Hall. In collaboration with Yulio VR we have photographed eight sites in 360 degrees, which can be translated into a mobile VR experience. Viewed through your smartphone and on-site headsets, the 360 degree photo is instantly translated to VR from a web platform, providing viewers with a greater sense of space and scale than traditional photography. The photos can also be viewed in browser mode without a VR headset, enabling users to pan around the 360 degree photo with a mouse.

Virtual Reality 360 Degree Photos

159 Manning
Design Exchange
Massey Hall
Bridgepoint Active Healthcare – Former Don Jail
Malabar Costume Warehouse
Spadina Museum
U of T – Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library