Another Successful Doors Open Toronto at The Ismaili Centre, TorontoVisitors enjoyed learning and hearing about the significant pieces of art while touring the Ismaili Centre, Toronto Photo: Aly Manji
Toronto, 27-28 May 2017 - For a third year in a row, the Ismaili Centre, Toronto opened its doors to the wider community for the 18th annual Doors Open Toronto, an weekend event in which hundreds of buildings of architectural, historic, cultural, and social significance to the city of Toronto open their doors to the public for this free citywide event. Ismaili Centre tour guides hosted over four thousand visitors over the course of the weekend, sharing their insights about the architecture and vision that the late Charles Correa, the modernist Indian architect, had for the design of the Centre.
Visitors were captivated by the prayer hall, one of the great sacred rooms - and one of the great rooms, period - in Toronto, according to the Globe and Mail architecture critic, Alex Bozikovic and also enjoyed the photography in the exhibition hall, which showcased photos taken by newcomer students to Canada. The exhibition was part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography festival. Pop-up performances also took place in the Social Hall, including an acoustical trio playing soulful Turkish music. Many visitors also enjoyed visiting the adjacent Aga Khan Museum, an institution which has become part of the city's cultural landscape, and the Aga Khan Park.
Doors Open Toronto gives people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to learn about Toronto's history and celebrate Toronto's built heritage.