MASSEY HALL is the Grande Dame of Toronto concert venues.
How's this for a list of its VIPS over the years: King George V, Wilfrid Laurier, Winston Churchill and the Dalai Lama. Glenn Gould and Oscar Peterson made their debuts on the Massey stage.
Gordon Lightfoot has performed there more than anyone. The Rheostatics bowed out with a final gig there in March 2007. Famous live albums recorded at Massey include Neil Young Live at Massey Hall, Rush's All the World's A Stage and Jazz at Massey Hall by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
More than just concerts, since opening in 1894 it has also hosted lectures, boxing matches, chess tournaments and more. It's no wonder it's designated an Ontario Heritage Property. And no matter how much of a tight squeeze some of those balcony seats are, or how much you might long for an elevator to reach the top rows, when a hot show comes to Massey, it's a sure-fire sell out.
For beautiful sounding music in a beautiful, historic, Art Deco setting, Massey Hall simply can't be beat.