My Doors Open Toronto 2014 Itinerary

In making this list, I quickly realised I would see the whole city if I could, so there are sites I likely neglected. I also had to map things in order to visualize how I’d go about the weekend, so check that out too.

Have to see:

Arcadian: Only open on the Sunday. I had no prior knowledge of its existence, but I am all for cultural and social venues in the city – especially those done in Art Deco. And I wonder about this City View Cafe…

Carlaw Creative Lofts: Anyone that has seen my posts, knows I’m fascinated by the industrial heritage of Carlaw Avenue. I’m very excited to see this readapted factory space.

The Great Hall: More West Queen West goodness. It’s impressive to look up at every time and I’m very curious about it. Plus, haunted stories!

The Theatre Centre: Practically adjacent to The Great Hall which makes this very convenient. Former Carnegie library converted into a cultural space. And a cafe!

Bank of Upper Canada: 1834 Neo-classical building in the oldest part of the city. Sounds fun enough…

Would love to see:

Artscape Youngplace: I remember reading about the opening of this place and thought it was a good idea. The reuse of old spaces, especially to turn them into community hubs, is a fascinating thing. Plus, there’s a Youngplace Coffee Pub. Hmm, I suspect coffee is going to be a theme in where I decided to go…

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema: The first non-new-this-year venue on this list. Choice here comes through an interest in old cinemas. Might have to weary that it closes at 3 though…

Bridgepoint Active Care Centre: This is the Don Jail – who doesn’t want to tour it? Actually, for that reason, Bridgepoint has warned several times about lineups and are making this a ticketed thing. Tickets will be handed out at 9:40am each day. Worth the hassle? Possibly. The crowds might be a deterrence…

CAMH Walls: West Queen West seems to be a goldmine for sites this year. The walls are the last physical remnant of the Lunatic Asylum. I would be curious to know about them…

R.C. Harris Plant: It’s a fan favourite and has eluded me every year. Will this time be the one? Possibly. I wonder if the construction on Queen East will get in my way…

Russell Carhouse – Old structure, old streetcars (and the new streetcars as well!) Similar transportation issues as R.C. Harris, though…

Necropolis – Fits right in with the ‘Spirits’ theme of the weekend. I’ve been here before, but never really toured it in search of the great Toronto names. This would be a great opportunity…

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