Massey Hall Renovation and Expansion

Opened in 1894, Massey Music Hall has been Toronto’s national stage for some of the world’s greatest classical, jazz and new world music performers.

Etched in the psyche of both the country and the City, Massey Hall has survived with very limited patron, artist and performance support spaces for over a century. Triggered by a recent donation of land, this project represents the full transformation and revitalization of the heritage hall and includes a new addition. Exterior passarelles will connect the balcony levels to new patron amenities, two additional performance spaces, along with a recording studio and lounge.

Revitalization of an Icon: The Hall, revered for its intimacy (even at 2800 seats) and its acoustics, will be sensitively updated to meet current standards of accessibility, incorporate the addition of a parterre at orchestra level to mirror the balconies above; include mechanized removable seating to allow for General Admission, a full upgrade of audio and lighting technology, and improved artist accommodation. The interior materials palette, a mix of the original Moorish-style and a Deco overlay will be carefully reconsidered as the original stained glass windows are reintroduced to the hall. Stage acoustics will also be upgraded to support performers on stage.


Toronto, Ontario


The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall


2015 (Phase 1); 2021 (Phase 2)


16,000 ft² / 1,486 m² (Phase 1); 124,000 ft² / 11,520 m² (Phase 2)

project type

Culture, Heritage, Interiors

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