Toronto’s 100-year-old Concert Hall is reopening in June

May 08, 2017

This has been a pretty dismal year across Canada for music venues. It seems like every other week, there’s a beloved live music spot that is closing its doors, often due to circumstances beyond their control. We’ve mentioned it a couple times in this year’s Music News Mondays, and just last week came the news that Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa will be closing shop for good mid-month. April 29 saw the last show at Toronto’s storied Silver Dollar (at least, as we know it), by far one of the city’s most exciting venues for catching new and upcoming bands. But there is some good news this week.

 

 

Some very cool news, in fact. Toronto’s 100-year-old Concert Hall—inside the Masonic Temple located at 888 Yonge Street—will reopen on June 23 for the Toronto Jazz Festival, and a show including The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman, Walter Trout, and other special guests. It’ll be open for the entire festival, and will continue to operate as a music venue year-round after that, NOW Magazine reports. The last thing the building was used for, after being bought by Bell Media in 1998, was as the HQ for MTV Canada, where they would also use it as a studio to film shows. It was sold in 2013 to Info-Tech Research Group.

The venue has a pretty crazy history: Frank Sinatra used to party there in the ‘50s, and when it became the Rockpile in the ‘60s, Led Zeppelin played it on their first Toronto stop in 1969, and it became a preferred rehearsal spot for the Rolling Stones. Its reputation for housing killer bands continued into the ‘80s and ‘90s, when it hosted acts like A Tribe Called Quest, The Beastie Boys, The Cure, and Rage Against The Machine. Here’s to the next 100 years.

 

In Other News:

 

Festival Lineups:  Montreal’s Piknic Electronik, POP Montreal, Toronto’s Toronoise Fest, BC’s Armstrong Metalfest,

About the Author

Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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