After three years of renovations, Canadians will be able to set foot in Massey Hall later this year. They can also read about it.
Around the same time the iconic venue comes back to life in November following a massive revitalization project, a book chronicling the 127-year-old concert hall’s history is due for publication.
Written by local author David McPherson, Massey Hall comes out on November 2 via Dundurn Press
. The book will recount the venue’s historic and musical moments
. Per the publisher’s description:
"Based on scores of interviews and meticulous research, Massey Hall chronicles not only the historical and musical moments of the past 127 years, but also the community of artists and supporters that has built up around the hall over the years. Covering both emerging artists such as Shakura S’Aida and William Prince and musical giants from Herbie Hancock to the Tragically Hip, this full-colour book is a celebration of music, community, and our shared cultural heritage."
Singer-songwriter and actor Jann Arden, who is set to play three shows at Massey Hall next May, wrote the book’s foreword.
For nearly a century, Massey Hall was one of the only substantial concert halls in Toronto. Everyone from Bob Marley to Justin Bieber has performed on its stage, and it was designated a national historic site by the Canadian government in 1981.
In 2018, the venue closed as part of a revitalization process that will see it form part of the Allied Music Centre, a new multi-purpose and multi-stage performance and education complex.
In June, Massey Hall announced plans to reopen in November with Canadian folk icon Gorgon Lightfoot performing over three nights. Fans got a glimpse of the main hall’s restored stain-glass windows when Feist joined the Tragically Hip for a performance during the Juno Awards broadcast.