Remember The Masonic Temple/Concert Hall in Toronto

It’s still there on the corner of Yonge and Davenport, equidistant from both the Bloor and Rosedale subway stops, but its days as a music venue ended long ago. But when it was around, Toronto’s Masonic Temple–known for years to music fans as The Concert Hall and The Rockpile before that–hosted some amazing shows on its main floor. Yes, the backstage was cramped. Yes, the bathrooms were tiny. And yes, rivers of sweat and condensation would run down the walls, even on the coldest February days. But damn, it was a cool place to see a show.

Cameron at Completely Ignored offers this look back at some of the bands who played the old place. Click on the graphic to see the whole thing. Meanwhile, what do you remember at the Concert Hall?

Toronto Concert Hall-Masonic Temple

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

7 thoughts on “Remember The Masonic Temple/Concert Hall in Toronto

  • September 9, 2016 at 10:25 am
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    That list of artists would make the most amazing music festival ever.

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  • September 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm
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    The Concert Hall is still my favorite venue. Steve Earle (the chart shows it as 1992-1998, but I swear it was 1989), STP w/mighty mighty bosstones, Tool, Foo Fighters.
    Wish I was aware of some of these other shows before they happened!!

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  • September 9, 2016 at 11:03 pm
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    Jane’s Addiction, Cocteau Twins, lots of Skinny Puppy, and The Art of Noise.

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  • September 11, 2016 at 9:37 am
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    The Pogues with a very sauced Shane MacGowen

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  • June 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm
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    I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan at the Concert Hall 1984 or 1985 for the Couldn’t Stand the Weather tour, there is no listing for him being there. It was so hot in there, he played about 9 songs and left. Can anyone confirm the date? Ive been trying to find my ticket stub, but I guess I threw it out years ago.

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    • March 29, 2020 at 2:35 pm
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      Hey Larry Deacon. I’ve got the Stevie Ray Vaughn ticket stub in front of me.It was Tuesday August 14 1984 8:pm. $13.50 with tax. Yes it was soooo hot in there that night. That certainly was memorable. But so were the nine or so songs.

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  • January 31, 2021 at 1:06 pm
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    Saw The Hip open for Midnight Oil. You can’t even imagine a very young Gord Downie’s hyper energy, complementing Peter Garrett’s equally insane hyper energy too! It was an amazing night in the best venue Toronto ever had for rock music – ever.

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