When Massey Hall reopens — after the renovation and on the other side of COVID lockdowns — there could be a seat with your name on it. Literally.
The legendary, hallowed venue announced a new opportunity to allow fans to dedicate a seat in their name, or the name of a loved one, throughout the hall.
There are three price points for seat-naming opportunities: $5,000 will get you an orchestra-level seat; $2,500 will dedicate a balcony level seat, and $500 will immortalize yourself or the music fan in your life in the gallery.
The dedication comes with a special memento, a special mention in Massey Hall’s supporter newsletter, a behind-the-scenes tour of the landmark music hall, a charitable receipt for your donation and, for those who donate $1,000 or more, recognition on the Massey Hall donor wall, Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall annual reports and the Massey Hall website.
“Seat locations will be assigned following receipt of your donation and will be prioritized in the order of the date that donations are received,” the organization states. “Staff will be in touch to confirm your seat location and will do their best to accommodate your preference.”
Massey Hall also says those patrons who become or renew their Massey Hall Membership by 11:59 p.m. on June 12 will receive a second Platinum-level Membership for free to share with someone special.
Music fans who want to be part of the epic restoration can also enter for the chance to win and dedicate a pair of seats in Massey Hall by sharing a story about the person who inspired their love of music. “The winner will choose two names to be engraved on plaques and installed on the armrests in Massey Hall’s newly named Allan Slaight Auditorium.” This contest ends on June 13 at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be chosen at random.
Massey Hall has been closed for nearly three years, since July 2018, to allow for the most significant restoration in the historic locale’s 127-year history. While we’re all locked in at home, big changes have been happening within Massey Hall, including the removal of the scaffolding that encompassed the whole building and the unofficial unveiling of the facade and 100 original stained glass windows that had been hidden away for almost 100 years.
“The stone ‘Massey Hall’ sign that sits above the main entrance has been restored once again to the original, ‘Massey Music Hall’ – literally putting the music back in Massey Hall. ‘Music’ was carved out of the stonework when the fire escapes were installed in 1911,” the organization notes.
So now’s your chance: if you’ve wanted to be part of Massey Hall’s restoration, put your money where your heart is and dedicate a seat to the music lover in your life.