Revitalized Massey Hall interior on stage
© KPMB Architects

Massey Hall Toronto, ON, Canada

Acoustical excellence for Canada's iconic concert hall

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Revitalized Massey Hall interior on stage
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Massey Hall, the first building in Canada created specifically for musical performance, is a designated national historic site and has been an active Toronto cultural landmark for over 120 years. The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall has raised a significant sum to revitalise Massey Hall – to breathe new life into this Grande Dame.

Extending a long track record of acoustical excellence in Toronto music venues and collaborative success with architects KPMB, SSV has been working as acoustics consultant to the project since 2012. Our mission is to improve the sound for amplified concerts, yet to preserve the essential signature of the Hall.

Our role encompasses all acoustical matters related to the auditorium and stage, sound isolation, and control of noise from mechanical and electrical services. Whether heritage characteristics such as the old and tired plaster ceiling and the gold plaster dome over the stage, or operational characteristics such as the removable seats for rock concerts and relatively new stage floor, we consider and handle all such features with care – care for the building and care for the achievement of the highest-quality acoustic possible. Despite an audience capacity of 2750, Massey Hall is renowned and beloved for its warmth and intimacy.

The project includes a new structure behind the stage, with new dressing rooms, public lobbies, a refurbished Centuries bar, and a new smaller venue. SSV has been working with equal care and passion on the new hall, enabling KPMB’s vision of large glassed connections to the city outside.

Due to open in 2020, the rejuvenated Massey Hall will doubtless be a centre of cultural life in the city and a source of pride to Torontonians for many generations to come.

Revitalized Massey Hall exterior facade
© KPMB Architects
Revitalized Massey Hall Passerelle
© KPMB Architects
Floor Graffiti ©Samuel Engelking, NOW Magazine
Ceiling ©Samuel Engelking, NOW Magazine
©Samuel Engelking, NOW Magazine
Original 1894 Gallery seats ©Samuel Engelking, NOW Magazine
Main floor seats ©Samuel Engelking, NOW Magazine
Exterior ©Samuel Engelking, NOW Magazine
©Samuel Engelking, NOW Magazine
Chandelier from above ©Samuel Engelking, NOW Magazine
©Samuel Engelking, NOW Magazine
Stained glass window removal for cleaning ©Jag Gundy (Massey Hall)