A revitalized Massey Hall, restored and expanded to advance our mission as a platform for international arts, developer of Canadian talent and hub of civic engagement, has been in the works for many years. The impetus for action came in 2012 when Tricon Capital and MOD Developments acquired a plot of land on Yonge Street that included the 450 square-metre lot immediately behind Massey Hall. The companies generously transferred the land to The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in 2012.

The corporation board immediately set to work planning the revitalization with the support of the City of Toronto, provincial and federal governments, and the Massey Hall community. The ambitious, two-phase project has been endorsed by Toronto City Council, the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Board, City staff and the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Phase I: 2014-2017
The first phase of the revitalization got underway in 2014 with the decommissioning of the obsolete Albert Building (once home to Massey Hall’s dressing rooms and offices) and excavation of the expanded footprint directly south of Massey Hall. Construction of the foundation and basement shell for the seven-story addition were completed and the above-grade structure and slabs were made watertight.

Phase II: 2018-2021
On July 2, 2018, following three historic performances by Gordon Lightfoot — the last on the pre-renovated Massey Hall stage, the Hall closed for two years to allow for renovations and construction. Crews are now completing the two-level basement; adding a loading dock, dressing rooms and technical/production facilities; refurbishing the interior and exterior of the existing Hall; and constructing the seven-story addition that will include a new stage in Centuries bar, a 500-seat live-music room and a cutting-edge performance capture studio. Plans are already underway for the grand reopening of the revitalized Massey Hall in mid-2021.