As concert halls go, Massey Hall is probably Canada’s most famous. The official National Historic Site, which presented its first show in 1894, is being renovated for the first time since the 40s. Not only is the whole place being refurbished and modernized, it’s being added to. This, however, is a very expensive undertaking, requiring all sorts of private and public money.
Today (August 8), the Ontario Government announced $4 million towards phase two of the project on top of the $8 million it gave for phase one, which went to the construction of the foundation for a tower that will rise to the south.
The hall is also getting support for a program called “Live at Massey Hall,” which is constructed to new showcase Canadian talent.
There’s still a long way to go. The whole project is unfolding over seven years, which included closing down entirely between the summer of 2018 and the fall of 2020.