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Profile Last Updated: December 18, 2007
First conceived when Baron Hart Massey bought the plot in 1892, Massey Hall was intended as a memorial to his son. In honour of his son’s memory, the Baron wanted this “gift to aid in the development of the arts" and to be "an auditorium -- spacious, substantial and comfortable, where public meetings, conventions, musical and other entertainments, etc., could be given." The Hall quickly became internationally known as Canada’s most important venue. When not entertaining international celebrities, it was used to host weddings, movies, boxing matches, beauty pageants, typing contests, chess tournaments, and religious and political rallies. In 1970, Massey Hall was declared a “heritage” building, and has since remained an integral part of Toronto’s cultural economy.
Lounging in the Hall
Massey Hall features two distinct lounges to its guests and visitors refresh between performances. Near the lower level of the building, the Centuries Bar and Lounge reflects the historical presence of the Hall. Its walls covered in pictures and playbill dating as far back as 1894, the entrance corridor offers a walk down memory lane. For those seated higher up, refreshments can be enjoyed at the Balcony Lounge. This fully licensed facility gives spectators a chance to shake off the cobwebs during intermission without the hassle of negotiating stairs all over again.
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