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Toronto Life Gives Readers A Look Inside Massey Hall

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May 2, 2022

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Writer Kate Dingwall draws back the curtain on Massey Hall’s three-year renovation, led by KPMB Architects, in a new story for Toronto Life’s May 2022 issue as part of the cover feature, Reasons to Love Toronto.

“To label the space as simply a music venue would be a colossal understatement. It’s a hallowed hall, a church of sound that Canadian legends call a home-away-from-home, with musicians including Gordon Lightfoot and Geddy Lee among the regulars. Massey’s original design was done by Sidney Badgley, who was best known for his churches, which may explain the almost-religious experiences so many Torontonians have had at Massey,” writes Dingwall. “The first edict of the revitalization was to preserve the venue’s legendary acoustics. The preservation efforts, led by Marianne McKenna of KPMB Architects, included restoring the Art Deco brass banisters and iron columns and peeling back layers upon layers of paint.”