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$60 million in Massey Hall renovation funds announced

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$60 million in Massey Hall renovation funds announced

TORONTO—The governments of Ontario and Canada are investing $30 million each for Phase 2 of the Massey Hall Revitalization project in Toronto.

The hall, which closed in July for construction, will see a full restoration of the exterior and interior of the building, including 100 original stained-glass windows and a new seven-storey tower addition that will feature a live-music stage and performance studio.

Built in 1894, Massey Hall is an iconic venue and is designated a National Historic Site.

Phase 1 of the revitalization project was completed in 2017. It included decommissioning the old Albert Building and preparing the footprint for the new tower.

The second and final phase of the revitalization has a budget of up to $113 million. It calls for full restoration of the interior and exterior of the venue, along with the construction the new addition. When completed, Massey Hall will feature three performance stages, all fully accessible.

“The current Massey Hall Revitalization construction phase has generated jobs for more than 1,800 tradespeople and today’s confirmation of support will help bolster our commitment to job creation in the music and tourism sectors of this province when we reopen in fall 2020,” said Deane Cameron, president and CEO of Massey and Roy Thomson Hall.

IAN CONWAY/PROGRESS PHOTOGRAPHY—Approximately $30 million in provincial funding was recently announced for Phase 2 of Toronto’s Massey Hall Revitalization project, with the federal government matching the amount. KPMB Architects is spearheading the project. Other members of the design team include EllisDon (construction manager); Turner & Townsend (project manager); Goldsmith Borgal & Company (heritage architect); Entuitive (structural); The Mitchell Partnership (mechanical); and Crossey Engineering (electrical).

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