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During the month of October, Canada celebrates Women’s History Month. Massey Hall is part of the extraordinary story of women who have helped shape our country. One of the most progressive movements that Massey Hall became a community & political hub for was the suffragist movement in the early decades of the twentieth century. Massey Hall was visited by a number of feminists, such as Canadian-born Nellie McClung and the British-born Pankhurst women including Emmeline and her daughter Sylvia, all of whom paved the path for women’s equality. CONTINUE READING >

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Massey Hall Honours Blue Rodeo

 

Blue-RodeoLast night (Thursday, Feb 18), as they kicked off the first of two sold-out shows at Massey Hall, Blue Rodeo was presented with the second-ever Massey Hall Honours Award by Deane Cameron, President & CEO of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. The inaugural Award was presented to Gordon Lightfoot in November 2014. The Award celebrates the cultural contributions of great artists and their commitment to performance at Massey Hall.

Since 1987, Blue Rodeo have become an important part of the history of Massey Hall, having performed at the Hall over 30 times and releasing two live albums from those concerts, the most recent of which is their latest, Live at Massey Hall (2015). “Blue Rodeo continues to be an ambassador for live music in our country and CONTINUE READING >

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Remembering the King of the Blues, B.B. King

The Thrill is Gone, indeed. Mr. King was an inspiring figure that has always put a smile on our faces despite the Blues he’d bring along with him. On behalf of all of us at Massey Hall, our thoughts are with the family, friends, and many fans of B.B. King.

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Rooney-Pinette-soundboardIn this industry, we often cross paths with individuals either off or onstage that have a lasting impact on how we view our role as presenters. Many times, it’s those passing interactions that solidify this feeling of pride for hosting an evening that we know will be remembered by the public, perhaps for a lifetime. It’s with this sentiment that I wanted to take a moment to reflect and celebrate two such crossed paths for me. The entertainment community lost two stalwarts this week who have spent their entire careers quite simply, making us smile. CONTINUE READING >

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Remembering Paco de Lucia

We are saddened by the loss of Paco de Lucia who died yesterday in Cancun, Mexico. We had the great fortune of hosting the legendary guitarist many times over the years at Roy Thomson Hall and in most cases on our stage at Massey Hall where he appeared last in 2007.

Mr. de Lucia is a man whom we’ve long considered a great friend of the Halls and one that brought not only the energy, excitement, and passion of Flamenco and Jazz music but the beauty, art, and voice of guitar. He will be remembered as a master. We thank him for creating many memorable moments with us.

On behalf of the Corporation, we extend our condolences to the family, friends, and fans
of Paco de Lucia.

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