St. Michael’s College
  • Doors Open Toronto at USMC

    The St. Michael's Community is excited to welcome visitors to our campus for the Doors Open Toronto weekend on May 26 and 27.

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It is with great excitement that we announce St. Michael's participation in Doors Open Toronto, an annual event presented by Great Gulf and organized by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community. This year's theme, "Film: The Great Romance," highlights the city's film and television industry. With more than 1,400 on-location film, television and digital media productions taking place in the city each year, Toronto is North America's third largest screen-based production centre and the heart of Canada's film and television sector. 

Building Hours and Information

St. Basil's Parish

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St. Basil's Parish, 50 St. Joseph Street, will open it's doors on Saturday, May 26 from 10 to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, May 27 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. 

St. Basil's Parish opened for worship on Sunday, September 14, 1856. The stained glass triptych window in the centre of the north wall dates from 1877, and the church bell was dedicated in 1895.

Marshall McLuhan's Office

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Marshall McLuhan's Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both May 26 and 27. McLuhan's office is located at 96 St. Joseph Street. This office is now a residence for students who attend the University of St. Michael's College. 

John M. Kelly Library and Kelly Café

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The John M. Kelly Library and the Kelly Café will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the Doors Open weekend. 

Small tours will be available (3 tours per hour) for those who wish to view the Kelly Library Printing Press. 

The John M. Kelly Library is the largest federated college library at UofT and one of more than 40 libraries at the university. With large humanities, social science, and DVD collections, new study spaces and workstations, and a range of services for students and faculty–including our Personal Librarian and Kelly InfoExpress services–the Kelly Library is an academic hub for St. Mike’s and the wider university community.

Shook Common Room

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The Shook Common Room will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the Doors Open weekend. This building is home to the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies.

PIMS Library

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The PIMS Library will open it's doors from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both May 26 and 27. 

Small tours (maximum of 10 people per tour) will be available in the library. Tours will depart from the Kelly Library at 2:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Since its founding in 1929, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies has built an extensive library. The PIMS Library occupies roughly 15,000 square feet and is designed to support the study of the mediaeval period, and the collection, including the special collections, is strong in the areas of medieval philosophy, theology, history, law, liturgy, and literature. The collection is non-circulating, and access to the Library is extremely limited. 

Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Hall

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USMC Assistant Professor Paolo Granata will present a lecture to the public titled "A Playful Mind: Exploring the Genius of Marshal McLuhan" on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Fr. Madden Hal, Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street

Doors Open Toronto will take place on the weekend of May 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our featured sites for the weekend are St. Basil's Church, Marshall McLuhan's original, restored office, the Shook Common Room, the Kelly  Library and the PIMS Library, one of the most substantial centres of medieval scholarship in North America. 



On both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., USMC Assistant Professor Paolo Granata will present a lecture to the public titled "A Playful Mind: Exploring the Genius of Marshall McLuhan." The lecture will take a place, on both days, in Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Hall, located at 100 St. Joseph Street. Throughout the Doors Open weekend, there will be food, refreshments and St. Michael's clothing available for purchase.