Explore CFC’s Heritage Property During Doors Open Toronto 2016

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● May 12, 2016 09:00

Good news, Torontonians! We’ve partnered with North York Arts for the second year in a row to participate in the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto event, presented by Great Gulf. This means that our beautiful campus will be open for the public to explore on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CFC’s campus is located on Windfields Estate, the former home of celebrated Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur, Edward Plunket (E. P.) Taylor. E.P. Taylor and his wife, Winnifred, bought the property in 1932, and commissioned the building of Windfields in 1936. After WWII, extensive additions were made to the property, including the north wing of the Main House, the former pool, the Stables and Cottages, and the Gatehouse, which was used by Mr. Taylor as his offices. Taylor’s legendary status as a giant of Canadian thoroughbred racing is well known, and some of his famous horses were occasionally stabled at Windfields, including Northern Dancer. So it seemed appropriate for us to honour this horseracing legend by naming our new building the Northern Dancer Pavilion, built over the footprint of the former pool and cabanas on the property.

Windfields was gifted to the city of North York by the Taylor family in 1968, and transferred under amalgamation to the City of Toronto in 1998. In 1988, the Taylor family supported the city in its intent to lease the estate as a campus for CFC, and Windfields Estate has been our home ever since.

There are some special events and activities planned at the Canadian Film Centre as part of Doors Open Toronto on May 28. 

Schedule of Events

10 a.m. | CFC’s Doors Open

Come by to explore our Main house, Greenhouse and the newest addition to our grounds, the Northern Dancer Pavilion, at your leisure throughout the day.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Eco-Art Exhibition in the Greenhouse

Wander through the Greenhouse to view Chris Nolan’s photography exhibit entitled Slow Down, Look Closer, which showcases macro photographs of the nature that is all around us. For more information on the exhibition, CLICK HERE.

11 a.m. | Tour of Historic Windfields Estate and Grounds

Participate in a guided tour of Windfields Estate led by Jo Ann Pynn, Supervisor, Cultural Assets, City of Toronto; David Waverman, Landscape Architect, Northern Dancer Pavilion; and Jacqueline Mackey, Chief Financial Officer, CFC.

12:30 to 3:30 p.m. | Crafts for Kids

Head to the Greenhouse with your little ones to participate in a variety of fun crafts for kids.

1 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m. | Dance Performance and Q&A

Visit the Northern Dancer Pavilion during these times to see a dance performance followed by a Q&A by Menaka Thakkar Dance Company in celebration of South Asian Heritage Month. For more information on the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, CLICK HERE.

5 p.m. | Doors Close

That’s a wrap on Doors Open Toronto 2016 for the Canadian Film Centre. But there are other sites and buildings that will be open on Sunday, May 29. CLICK HERE for a full list of the buildings open to explore.

All of the above activities and events are open to the public. No registration is required.

Planning your trip to CFC for Doors Open Toronto? Here is some helpful information:

Driving directions

The Canadian Film Centre is located at 2489 Bayview Avenue, south of York Mills Road, on the east side of Bayview Avenue.

Driving from Highway 401

Exit: Bayview Avenue, southbound, and continue past York Mills Road to CFC.

Driving from the Don Valley Parkway

Exit: York Mills Road, westbound, and continue past Leslie Street. Turn Left (south) onto Bayview Avenue.

Driving from downtown Toronto

Take the Bayview Extension northbound, and continue past Lawrence Avenue.

Public Transit


York Mills Subway Station via the Yonge branch of Yonge/University Line.

Transfer to an eastbound bus, including any of the following routes:

#122 Graydon Hall
#115 Silver Hills
#95 York Mills (all routes)

Disembark at Bayview Avenue. Transfer to #11 Bayview South, and disembark at Bayview Ridge Crescent, OR walk 10 minutes south on Bayview to CFC’s entrance.

Option 2:

Davisville Subway Station via the Yonge branch of Yonge/University Line.

Transfer to #11 Bayview North, and continue past Sunnybrook Hospital and Lawrence Avenue. Disembark at Country Lane.

Get Social! 

Share your Doors Open Toronto 2016 experiences at CFC on social media by tagging @cfccreates and @doors_OpenTO on Twitter and Instagram, @Canadian Film Centre and @Doors Open TO on Facebook, and using the hashtag #DOT16.

For more information on CFC’s participation in Doors Open Toronto 2016, CLICK HERE.

For more information on Doors Open Toronto 2016, CLICK HERE.

Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications (Mat Leave)