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Toronto's Iconic Music Venue, Massey Hall, Announces New Multi-Purpose Performance Facility
Allied Properties, a Canadian provider of urban workspace, has made a landmark contribution to the Massey Hall Revitalization. This pivotal support expands the project's original scope and introduces Canada's premiere multi-purpose performance facility, Allied Music Centre, home of historic Massey Hall.
Said Jesse Kumagai, President & CEO of The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall "Massey Hall will always be Massey Hall and as part of Allied Music Centre, it will continue to be a home for magical music moments for generations to come. Allied Music Centre will also feature new state-of-the-art performance venues and dedicated spaces for Artist Development and Education & Outreach initiatives, all located in the 7-storey tower adjacent to the National Historic Site."
Jesse added "When complete, Allied Music Centre will play a profound role in our cultural ecosystem, creating inspiring new opportunities for artists and music fans at every step along their journeys. From emerging artists making their debut to the world’s most celebrated stars, young students discovering a passion for music to lifelong fans soaking in the energy of live performance, Allied Music Centre will be a home for all music and all people."
Massey Hall is internationally famous as Canada's most important venue for concerts and lectures, attracting many of the world's leading celebrities; it has also hosted weddings, movies, boxing matches, beauty contests, religious and political rallies, typing contests and chess tournaments. Massey Hall remains a vital part of Toronto's cultural and entertainment scene. Massey Hall was designated a National Historic Site of Canada on June 15, 1981. The Hall was closed in July 2018, as it started a two-year-long renovation.
The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall also recently announced The Slaight Family Foundation’s generous donation of five million dollars to the Massey Hall Revitalization. In appreciation, Massey Hall’s iconic stage will be named The Allan Slaight Stage, dedicated to Slaight patriarch, founder and broadcast pioneer, Allan Slaight.
“This is a very proud day for the entire Slaight family,” says Gary Slaight, President & CEO, The Slaight Family Foundation. “My father has dedicated his entire life to supporting the arts and music communities through his broadcast legacy and he is extremely honoured by this tribute. Our family believes in the Massey Hall Revitalization and that this gift will help to ensure that musical legends and emerging talents continue to perform on this iconic stage for many years to come.”
The Allan Slaight Stage will be adorned with nameplates honouring the broadcast pioneer and philanthropist. In addition, a hand carved plaque has been commissioned to be displayed in the Massey Hall lobby to honour Slaight for his contribution and leadership.
This Slaight family donation, in part, ensures that the stage will be restored so that future generations of music fans can continue to witness legendary performances in this national music institution.