StreetARToronto (StART) will keep the city vibrant and colourful by delivering new and enhanced street art programs in 2019. Highlighting this year's work is an online map, developed in collaboration with Civic Hall Toronto, to better help residents and visitors explore street art located throughout the city.
“Through StART programming, we are investing in local artists and showcasing their meaningful work for all to see,” said Councillor Pasternak (Ward 6 — York Centre), Chair of the Infrastructure & Environment Committee. “The new online map created through an innovative and collaborative partnership with Civic Hall Toronto is a tremendous example of how we are rallying the community to support our world-class street art scene.”
Civic Hall Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto, launched in May 2018. Community innovators alongside stART program staff developed concepts for the new StreetARToronto – The Map! and for a new online funding application portal. The portal makes it faster and easier for local artists to apply for stART funding, while the map shares virtual tours of street artwork in Toronto and provides people with an opportunity to learn about the artistic inspiration behind each work.
In addition to the map and funding portal, 2019 will see the StART team expand its photo exhibitions and publicly debut an award-winning short film by celebrated Toronto filmmaker Karl Man.
New or enhanced for 2019:
StreetARToronto – The Map!
A new web-based map helps residents and visitors explore street art located throughout the city. The current map provides a sampling of murals created as part of the StART suite of programs from 2012 to 2018. View the map at https://streetart.to
StART Partnership Program Online Application Portal The new online portal is now accepting funding applications for the StART 2019 Partnership Program. This portal represents another exciting feature as a result of the collaboration between StART and Civic Hall Toronto. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2019. Apply now at http://bit.ly/2RPad5n
StART Touring Photo Exhibit
A touring photo exhibit of StART artwork, curated by Carlos Rodriguez and Tanzina Amin, runs from January 28 to February 24. The exhibit's first stop will be the Artusiasm Art Gallery located at 1684 St. Clair Ave. W. Learn more http://bit.ly/2QTVxxs
Public debut of award-winning short documentary Making its public debut, Pushing Start is a film by local filmmaker Karl Man about the making of the StART mural on the Dupont Street Underpass at Dundas Street West. The film was recognized with an Award of Distinction at the 2018 Canada Shorts Festival. Watch it now https://youtu.be/AFaS5CbJ1NU
#Toronto, #Canada; # immigrantsettlementandintegration; #Vancouver, #Montreal; #Amsterdam #GraemeStewart
Toronto, May 30 (Canadian-Media): The problem of empty space in Canada due to decades-old suburban apartment districts have become sites of immigrant settlement and integration during the last decade, media reports said.
The suburban private-rental apartment district is Canada’s unique contribution to housing.
There are 2,000 such concrete towers in the Greater Toronto Area alone, most of them marked by empty voids and sprawling parking lots separating buildings from one another and from the wider world and its economy.
Canadian cities seem to lag at least a decade behind many of their European counterparts in recognizing the social, economic and ecological problems posed by empty spaces.
Some suburban cities, notably Surrey, B.C., and Mississauga have confronted this problem as part of their efforts to build more dense “downtown” districts.
And the construction of new rapid-transit lines in Vancouver, Montreal and the northern and western suburbs of Toronto has enabled higher-density development along those lines.
Canada’s most ambitious confrontation with empty spaces is the set of incentives Toronto has developed to encourage the owners of those slab apartment buildings to turn the parking lots and empty lawns between the buildings into hives of commerce, learning, community activity and, potentially, more housing.
Among those incentives is the city’s “Residential Apartment Commercial” (RAC) zoning category, which became law in 2016, and allows building owners to create restaurants, shopping and eating districts, galleries, child-care centres and other services in the spaces beneath their buildings without applying for approval.
Graeme Stewart, the architect (with ERA Architects) who developed and promoted these “Tower Neighbourhood Renewal” policies, says that these incentives have been slow to be taken up by owners.
“What we’ve found is that while there’s huge opportunity in all the open space around these buildings, there isn’t clarity on what’s the best way to do it. A lot of this housing belongs to existing neighbourhoods, so bringing change in is political and complicated.”
But a set of new developments this year, including more than $6-billion in funding for building rehabilitation (including in private-rental buildings) in the federal government’s housing strategy, may kick-start a spurt of construction in the valleys between towers.
Canadian cities are beginning to learn the lesson of Mexico City – that it’s the small things that count in transforming the dead zones. “The challenge is going from these micro-interventions – which are beginning to happen – to bring in macro-investments, like new housing, like mass transit,” Mr. Stewart says. “I think we’re at the beginning of a larger conversation about how we open up these spaces.”
But Canada also needs to learn the lesson of Amsterdam – that the empty spaces can house many more people and allow greener, more enjoyable lives, if we think big.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#STOMPwinners, #CityofToronto, ParksForestryandRecreation
Ottawa, May 7 (Caadian-Media): 17th annual STOMP -- one of Youth Week's highlight events -- urban dance competition and showcase was held yesterday in which more than 330 young performers competed at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, which had drawn an audience of approximately 3,000 people, media reports said.
STOMP fostering an environment of youth safety, celebration and youth encouragement is one of many youth initiatives developed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation, reportedly the keepers of our common grounds, the urban forest, the parks and public spaces that enliven us and the recreation spaces where children, adults and seniors get active and build life-long connections.
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation/Facebook page
Participants of the event were youth performers ages six to 24 from Parks, Forestry and Recreation dance programs and other youth-serving agencies.
The events showcased various urban dance styles such as step, break, hip hop, dancehall, bollywood, jazz and contemporary, as well as Toronto's up-and-coming youth bands, vocalists, rappers and dub poets.
The judgement was based on the dancers' choreography, music, costume, creativity, originality, synchronization, use of the stage, rhythm, interaction with the audience and musicality.
The winning teams are as follows:
Novice: First place: Dream Tribe; Second: Baby All Stars; Third: Arch Angel Dance Academy (solo)
Beginner: First place: The Unknowns; Second: Black Creek Condors; Third: JJM Bollywood Fusion
Intermediate: First place: Arch Angels Dance Academy (duet); Second: AOS Dance Team; Third: SUI2
Advanced: First place: Elite Dance Crew; Second: Halo Halo; Third: 6ix Boss Social media fan favourite: Dixon Hall Dance Crew
#CarletonUniversity, #Ottawa, #Ontario, #Americanarchitecture, #environmentally-friendly, #JustinYan, #carbonneutrality,
Ottawa, Apr 29 (Canadian-Media): A Carleton University student, Justin Yan, the only Canadian among the ten winners, had received a prestigious award from the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environmentfor his environmentally-friendly transformation of an Ottawa building from the early 1900s, media reports said.
The award recognizes projects that took steps toward carbon neutrality and featured solutions to environmental issues.
"I couldn't believe it," Yan told CBC Radio's All in a Day last week.
"I had to read [the email from the institute] like three, four times."
Justin Yan/Facebook page
Yan's project consisted of redesigning a 110-year-old space on Somerset Street West, near Ottawa's City Centre building.
Being close to the city's lumber yards, the space was initially used as a factory to produce stairs.
When it closed down, the space was used as storage "for a long time," Yan told 'All in a Day'.
It was damaged by fire in the 1940s, but due to the Yan's transformative project, it now reportedly houses an antique store.
As part of his submission, Yan, then a first-year master's student, transformed the space into a workshop for manufacturing architectural glass.
Yan had proposed the addition of a new basement level to the building to store the high-powered glass melting furnaces.
The heat from those furnaces, said Yan would help serve to keep the entire building warm.
"A big part of the movement toward sustainable design is looking into creative ways of recovering heat and reusing water within a building [through the use of] new innovative systems," he said.
Justin Yan's proposed interior workshop space.
One of the 30 North American architecture firms who sponsored the competition had reportedly promised a paid summer internship grant to Yan and the other winners $2,000 US and a trip to New York to showcase their designs.
All of those firms focus on sustainable design and added,
"They're very interested in working with us, the new generation, to get us thinking about all this stuff," Yan said.
April 27, 2018
Toronto City Council approves master plan for public art in Scarborough Centre – first of its kind for Toronto
Toronto City Council has approved the Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan. The master plan will serve as an important and proactive guide in prioritizing public art sites (both publicly and privately owned) that offer the most potential and the greatest impact for public art opportunities in Scarborough Centre.
"This master plan recognizes the regional importance of Scarborough Centre and incorporates the aspirations of the local community," said Mayor John Tory. "With the anticipated growth coming to this area of the city as we expand transit, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a vision for the highest quality urban community and public art is a huge part of that vision."
The Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan is a tool to be used by city planners to assist in the identification of opportunities that engage with the private sector. The implementation of these opportunities will be secured through the planning process, following the Percent for Public Art Guidelines.
Toronto's City Planning division has secured several public art master plans in the past – produced by the private sector – as part of the development approval process.
"The Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan is the first City-led public art master plan for the City of Toronto," said Gregg Lintern, Toronto's Chief Planner. "It is my goal that we use this Scarborough model as an example and that we develop more of these master plans to address public art strategically in other areas of the city."
In 2012, City Council endorsed the Scarborough Centre Public Space and Streetscape Master Plan, a vision for the area known as Scarborough Centre (the area bounded by the 401, Markham Road, Ellesmere Road and Midland Avenue). That plan identified the need for a Scarborough Centre Public Art Plan that would inform the selection method, quality and location of new public art.
In 2016, the City Planning division engaged consultants and began the work to produce this public art master plan. City Planning worked with the Economic Development and Culture division and the local community to oversee its completion.
"The master plan identifies several priority sites, and ensures that public art will be an integral component of public spaces, facilities, transit areas, and open spaces, contributing to the future success of this area," said Mike Williams, General Manager, Economic Development and Culture.
With its approval today, City Council approves the Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan for circulation to all City divisions, Boards, Agencies and Commissions to be used to enhance public space with high quality art.
The master plan outlines various budget ranges, commissioning strategies and an implementation, maintenance and conservation strategy. As noted in the document, this public art master plan should be reviewed every five years for updates that reflect policy changes and take advantage of all new opportunities.
Toronto, Nov 24 (Canadian-Media): Here is a compilation of some very old photos and paintings of Jagannatha Puri, in Orissa. Many of these photos were taken by William Henry Cornish around 1880 to 1890, media reports said.
Close view of the lion gate and aruna-stambha of the Jagannatha Temple taken by William Henry Cornish around 1892.
Photograph of the lion’s gate (singha dwara) of the Jagannatha temple at Puri taken by William Henry Cornish around 1868.
View from the east towards the Jagannatha Temple with the bazaar in the foreground, taken by William Henry Cornish in 1892.
Grand Road in front of Jagannatha Temple taken in 1928.
Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Dev during the cherapahanra, on the Nandigosh chariot taken by Asutosh Sinha in 1971.
Construction of the Ratha chariots of Lord Jagannatha taken by Asutosh Sinha in 1960.
Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Dev during the cherapahanra, on the Nandigosh chariot taken by Asutosh Sinha in 1971.
The return journey of Jagannatha Mahaprabhu from the chariot to the temple taken by Asutosh Sinah in 1968.
Close view of the inner gateway of the Jagannatha Temple taken by Poorno Chander Mukherji in the 1890’s.
Northern entrance of the Jagannatha Temple at Puri taken by Poorno Chander Mukherji in 1890.
Southern facade of the Jagannatha Temple at Puri taken by William Cornish in 1892.
Minor temples at the south side of the Jagannatha Temple complex at Puri taken by Poorno Chander Mukherji in 1890.
General view from the south-east of the Jagannatha Temple at Puri taken by William Henry Cornish in 1892.
Entrance to the Jagannatha Temple (lion gateway – singhadwara) of the Jagannatha Temple at Puri taken by Henry Dixon in the early 1860s.
Photograph of the dola-mandapa in the Jagannatha Temple complex at Puri taken by Poorno Chander Mukherji in 1890.
Photograph of sculptural panels in the Jagannatha Temple at Puri taken by Poorno Chander Mukherji in the 1890s.
Photograph of Jagannatha temple in Puri taken in 1938.
Photographs courtesy of: IndiaDivine.org
MacKenzie House: Twitter
#Canada's150thbirthday, #"TOCanadawithLove," #MackenzieHouse, #Eaton'sGoestoWar:Family,Memory&Meaning, #JohnTory, #EleanorMcMahon,
Toronto, Sep 22 (Canadian-Media): As part of Toronto City's honour to Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions, Mackenzie House with the help of public submissions, is presenting Eaton's Goes to War: Family, Memory & Meaning from Sept 21, 2017 to Jan 31, 2018 revealing the lives of Eaton's employees who served in the First World War, according to Ontario News release of Sep 22.
Mackenzie House -- reportedly a historic building and museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that was the last home of the city's first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie -- is one of 10 historic sites owned and operated by the City of Toronto that aim to engage the public in telling Toronto's story.
Eaton's Goes to War: Twitter
Eaton's Goes to War: Family, Memory & Meaning is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Archives of Ontario.
“Thanks to the public, we are now able to tell the stories of some of the peoplebehind these anonymous photos,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. "This exhibit helps us to honour the sacrifices of those who helped Canada during the First World War."
The exhibit also records how the T. Eaton Company supported Canada's war efforts. During the war, 3,327 Eaton's employees enlisted to fight.
Each time one of Eaton's employees was sent overseas, the Toronto store prominently displayed a photo in just steps from Mackenzie House.
“As the daughter of a veteran, I understand the sacrifices military personnel and their families have made to secure our hard fought freedoms," said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Our government, through the Ontario150 program, is privileged to support Eaton’s Goes to War, along with the Invictus Games and The World Remembers – initiatives that remind us of the selfless contributions of these heroes.”
Eleanor McMahon: Facebook
In 2014, the of Ontario reportedly created an online gallery of more than 2000 of these portraits which survived and invited the public last year to visit the online collection of photographs to share the personal histories of the soldiers and their families.
Toronto, a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture is reportedly Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America with a diverse population of about 2.8 million people and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#NuitBlancheToronto, #H&MandShiplakeProperties, #Hendrick'sGin, #Netflix, #SubaruCanada, #TorontoRealEstateBoard, #MichaelThompson, #EleanorMcMahon, #SamaraD’Auria, #MikeKelley, #PrideToronto, #RoyalOntarioMuseaum
Toronto, Sep 20 (Canadian Media): The City of Toronto-produced Nuit Blanche Toronto, as one of North America's premier cultural events this year -- supported by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto, program sponsors H&M and Shiplake Properties, on-site sponsors Hendrick's Gin, Netflix and Subaru Canada as well as arts patron sponsor, Toronto Real Estate Board -- returns on Saturday, September 30 and is expected to attract more than one million local enthusiasts and out-of-town visitors, media reports said.
City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism produces Toronto Nuit Blanche Toronto, the city's annual all-night celebration of contemporary art.
Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,400 art installations by approximately 4,900 artists and has generated over $311 million in economic impact for Toronto.
In 2016, the event generated $43 million for Toronto.
"For the past 11 years as we have experienced the magic of Nuit Blanche Toronto, the production of this unique event and its continued success has been achieved thanks to many private and public partnerships," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee was reported by media as saying. "The commitment of returning sponsors such as H&M and Shiplake Properties allows talented artists to showcase their work during this year's event to Toronto residents and visitors alike."
Although the lineup of art projects, artists and curators is reportedly the focus of Nuit Blanche Toronto each year, the network of funders, partners and collaborators plays an important factor that makes the event possible.
“The success of Nuit Blanche Toronto is one of the reasons why our government continues to support major cultural events in the province,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Festivals and events play a vital role in Ontario’s economic and cultural prosperity, which is especially important as we celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary year.”
Eleanor McMahon: Facebook
Courtesy of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
"Many Possible Futures" is the theme of this year's all-night celebration of contemporary art, which is made up of four distinct City-produced exhibitions. The event would showcase ninety art projects, including 39 Exhibition Projects, 39 partner-produced Independent Projects, 10 Major Institutions Projects and two sponsor-produced Special Projects from H&M and Shiplake Properties.
H&M presents "TRUTH," a project from contemporary graffiti artist, Brian Leitch aka "KWEST." TRUTH reinterprets discarded garments, recycled clothing and textiles from H&M’s garment collecting initiative and transforms them into a work of art.
“We are thrilled to support Nuit Blanche Toronto for the fifth year and are so excited to be able to highlight H&M’s garment collecting initiative in such a cool way. TRUTH reimagines unwanted textiles, explores ideas of truth and consciousness, and invites viewers to reflect," said Samara D’Auria, Communications and Press, H&M Canada. "As a brand, H&M promotes diversity and inclusiveness and we are proud to be part of an event that provides public access to contemporary art on such a large scale.”
Shiplake Properties, a third-year Program Sponsor of the event offers "Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene)" from artist Mike Kelley.
Courtesy of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
A photo found in a high school yearbook, a still from a school play depicting two young men in a shabby apartment, inspires the re-staged 'Domestic Scene', the protagonists' unnerving, histrionic, relationship.
The self-funded, partner-produced Independent Projects, which celebrate the diversity of Toronto's art communities, support the City-produced commissioned projects. For the second year, Nuit Blanche Toronto continues its successful Major Institutions program in association with 401 Richmond, Aga Khan Museum, Aga Khan Park, Ismaili Centre Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Artscape Youngplace, Bata Shoe Museum, EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology, The Gladstone Hotel, OCAD University, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Ryerson Image Centre.
Pride Toronto, in collaboration with Nuit Blanche Toronto, is hosting a "DRAG + PARTY!" event kicking-off the Nuit Blanche Toronto weekend on September 29. The ticketed event celebrates the intersection of art and queer culture and features cutting-edge contemporary culture from Nuit Blanche Toronto.
The City of Toronto acknowledges its transportation partner Toronto Transit Commission for accommodating the Nuit Blanche Toronto audiences with all-night and increased service to and from the event.
The city also extends its thanks to the event's media sponsors City, OMNI, Toronto Star and Boom 97.3 for their ongoing promotion of the event and to efforts of more than 1,000 volunteers who donate their time each year to make Nuit Blanche a success
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Living Arts Centre's New Logo
#LivingArtsCentre, #NatalieLue, #CanadianArabicOrchestra, #MississaugaMusic, #AgaKhanMuseum, #NewYork, #AATMAPerformingArts, #Shabana Azmi
Mississauga, Sept 20 (Canadian-Media): During a press conference held at Living Arts Centre (LAC), in Mississauga, Ontario on September 18, 2017 Natalie Lue, CEO of LAC unveiled its new branding to celebrate LAC’S 20th anniversary.
Lue said, “As we celebrate the Living Arts Centre’s 20th Anniversary season…Thanks to the tireless efforts and unwavering support of so many dedicated Board members, staff, volunteers, City officials, sponsors, patrons, and audiences…here we are 20 years later, stronger than ever before, and on the verge of a new chapter-in-the-making of this prominent facility.”
The press conference was attended by approximately between 40 to 50 people including board members, media partners, media and the staff of LAC.
Lue said that it was not simply the LAC’s image that had changed, the Centre itself had succeeded in partnering with a number or arts communities and organizations in the GTA (city of Toronto and its adjoining cities), such as the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, Mississauga Music, Aga Khan Museum and many more and has brought in a variety of new programmes to the 2017-2018 season.
Lue than introduced to the audience the various programs and presentations that would be showcased by LAC. Some of these are: ‘The Basically Basie Big Band: Basie’s Ladies’ directed by Jim Davey that would play in RBC Theatre at 7:30 pm on 30th of September. On the same day in Hammerson Hall there will be the concert: ‘Looking Back Retro Music Concert’.
A Psychological Thriller Live On Stage “Broken Images” would be presented in LAC by ARRA Arts in partnership with the LAC on October 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM & 8:00PM. The play depicts the 21st century as an era of electronic images. From every corner of our daily life we are bombarded with different kinds of images until our private existence seems threatened. World renowned Indian actress, Shabana Azmi, in one of the most challenging roles of her career, plays two sisters and their many images, as they morph into one another.
Shabana Azmi in 'Broken Images'
‘2nd Annual Best of Open Mic Live’ in partnership with Mississauga Arts Council, hosted by Tom Taylor would be held at 7”30 pm at RBC theatre on October 12; 2017.
Mystic India: The World Tour, an internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India featuring renowned musicians, brilliant dancers and over 1000 wealthy costumes would be showcased on October 19 & 20, 2017 at Hammerson Hall.
Created by Director Amit Shah and AATMA Performing Arts, Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India.
The show features renowned musicians, brilliant dancers and over 1000 wealthy costumes.
he colorful costumes and elaborate sets have been custom designed by Amit Shah and hand-made in India’s film capital by a team of 40 designers and workers over 4 years.
The team of diverse, trained dancers from the AATMA Performing Arts dance company combines authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets of Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony.
Mystic India: The World Tour
Lue also mentioned about many more concerts and programs to be showcased in 2017 and 2018.
Then followed a small video presentation of Shabana Azmi who introduced her performance in 'Broken Image.'
This was followed by snacks and light refreshments.
The audience then mingled together and the media had a chance to know each other.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ontario invests in Massey Hall, centrepiece of Toronto's music history and iconic cultural performances
Image of Massey Hall: Twitter
#MasseyHall, #DeaneCameron, #EleanorMcMahon, #CharlesSousa, #July Talk, #GlennGould, #NeilYoung, #BobDylan, #JustinBieber
Ottawa, Aug 8 (Canadian-Media): Massey Hall, the site of many historic cultural performances and experiences, is being revitalized by Ontario’s investment of $4 million in phase two of the revitalization of Massey Hall in addition to $8 million in phase one, which will ensure Ontarians’ continued engagement and entertainment of for years to come, media reports said.
“I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Government of Ontario for this investment in the Massey Hall revitalization. We are off to a great start! The demonstrated support we’ve felt from so many Ontario legislators has been incredible and this strategic investment accelerates the project closer to the $110 million dollars needed to complete proper restoration of this iconic cultural institution and update it to 21st century standards. On behalf of the Corporation’s Board, staff, patrons and artists, thank you for believing in us,” Deane Cameron, President and CEO, The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall.
“Massey Hall is the centrepiece of Toronto's music history as far as we're concerned, and for our three shows this December to become a part of that history is an absolute dream. The venue's reputation is crystal clear as we tour internationally, and we are ecstatic that the space will continue to provide these stories for years to come.”
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, were joined by JUNO award-winning band July Talk at Massey Hall this morning to make the announcement, CBCNews reports said.
“Massey Hall holds an unforgettable place in the history of Ontario’s arts and culture scene. This iconic venue with its unique character and prime location has hosted many of the greatest musicians of all time, and I am pleased that this investment in the revitalization of Massey Hall will help preserve its incredible history for future generations to experience and discover,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Built in 1894, Massey Hall was designated a heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act by the City of Toronto in 1975.
In the year 1981 this venue became a National Historic Site of Canada and has been holding about 100 cultural events every year.
Massey Hall’s revitalization is a seven-year multi-phased project and requires its temporary closure between summer 2018 and fall 2020 for its completion.
It will close temporarily. It will continue to operate until then.
Ontario Music Fund has granted Massey Hall support for “Live at Massey Hall,” a program which will showcase new Canadian talent on Massey Hall’s stage for the first time.
Renovations of the Massey Hall, including the construction of a foundation for the new south tower were previously supported by the province.
“Ontario is proud to be home to the historic Massey Hall. For more than a century, this much-loved venue has been bringing people together to see their favourite performers. Our $4 million investment will create jobs while ensuring that this important national landmark can be enjoyed for generations to come,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
Ontario is concentrating at present in supporting the restoration of the interior and exterior of the historic venue and planning for a future tower connected to the south of the building.
This project will ensure that Massey Hall – which, over its 123-year history, had hosted artists from Glenn Gould to Neil Young and Bob Dylan to Justin Bieber -- continues to host many more iconic performances and enrich peoples' lives for generations to come.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)