History, warmth, charm, excitement. Everyone who passes through the iconic red doors understands the special captivation of that first moment and the singular magic of Massey Hall.
Opened in 1894 by industrial baron Hart Massey (1823-1896), the “grande dame of music halls” was his personal gift to the city. It was immediately embraced as he had hoped, becoming internationally-renowned as Canada's most important venue for concerts, lectures, public rallies, sporting events and a variety of educational and community-based events.
Echoing this rich history is the Hall's unique ambience: A fusion of the building's original Moorish-style architecture and a 1933 Art Deco-inspired renovation that continues to impress.
Roy Thomson Hall:
Roy Thomson Hall, the glass-canopied jewel of Toronto’s Theatre District is the prestigious home to the world-renowned Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a red-carpet venue for the gala screenings of the Toronto International Film Festival. Hosting the brightest of stars on its stage, we have stayed true to its founding mandate “to offer facilities to a family of users.”
The Hall's prime location and transformative abilities make it the venue of choice for a wide range of rental activity from promoters and corporate clients to community and education-sector events. The Hall is fully accessible on all levels and is equipped with an underground garage and a direct link to the subway and PATH system.
The list of events we’ve been proud to host is long and varied, including thousands of world-renowned artists and orchestras, landmark anniversaries, luminaries, galas, festivals and major business and diplomatic figures. A range of activities have occurred on our stages, from the pomp of the 1988 G7 Summit Closing Ceremonies to the pageantry of HRH Queen Elizabeth II royal visits; the rock and roll “royalty” of a Lexus car salon featuring Sir Paul McCartney to the stately Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – and more.