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 as well as a second performance space on the acquired land to the south.
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.
Marianne McKenna (partner-in-charge), Chris Couse (founding principal), Graham Baxter (senior associate, phase 2b), Matthew Wilson (senior associate, phase 2b + 2a), Carolyn Lee (senior associate, interiors), Clementine Chang (associate, project architect, phase 2b), Nic Green (associate, phase 1 + 2b), Meika McCunn (associate, phase 1 + 2b), Andrea Macaroun (associate, phase 1), Ramin Yamin, Ping Pai, Victor Garzon, David Poloway, Mahtab Gashghaii, Klaudia Lengyel, Geoffrey Turnbull, Nonna Shabanova, Arian Hussainzada, Danielle Whitely, Gill Baldwin, Ramon Janer, Shivathmikha Kumar, Ali Salama, Amal Dirie, Olivia Di Felice, Andrew Barat, Victoria Ngai
Charcoalblue (theatre); Sound Space Vision (acoustics); Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects (heritage); Entuitive (structural); Entuitive (building envelope); The Mitchell Partnership Inc. (mechanical); Crossey Engineering Ltd. (electrical);Crossey Engineering Ltd. (security and I.T.); Martin Conboy Lighting Design (architectural lighting); Bhandari Plater (signage & graphics); Engineering Harmonics Inc. (audio visual); LRI (code / fire and life safety); NAK Design Group (landscape); Anjinnov Management (food services); BA Consulting Group Ltd. (transportation); Tucker Hirise (phase 1 construction management); EllisDon (phase 2 construction management); Turner & Townsend (project management + cost consultant); Reich & Petch (exhibit design); Total Opening Consultants (hardware); Probel (façade access systems); WSP (civil engineering)