Another development is coming to Toronto, but this time it’s serving the arts community.
In a series of new renderings for the Allied Music Centre, residents got their first glimpse at the seven-floor development right by Massey Hall.
In partnership with Allied Properties, Massey Hall will still exist when the development is done, but it will be expanded with more stages, studios, and bars.
A new live music club will be located on the fourth floor of the Allied Music Centre with a 500-person capacity. It will be a destination for international touring acts and will have an immersive audio system. There will also be a view of the city through the large windows.
A smaller music venue will be on the sixth floor for emerging artists, with a recital hall for students and community ensembles and a setting for panel discussions or artist interviews. It will also have a retractable seating system.
The sixth floor will have a lounge for patrons to enjoy at night.
The Basement Bar will be renovated to be an “intimate performance space” designed for late-night concerts.
And all four of the performance venues “will be wired for turn-key audio and video recording,” connecting artists with their fans around the globe.
“From simple archival audio recordings to live television broadcasts, demand for original content is increasing exponentially and finding opportunities to capture performances is becoming an increasingly vital key to an artist’s success,” the website reads.
On the top floor, there will be a studio which can be used as a classroom for music education where students get hands-on with instruments, space for musicians to rehearse, or where an artist can record their work.
The main Massey Hall stage will remain intact but is getting a large-scale renovation.
Designated as a National Historic Site, the auditorium will have 100 restored stained glass windows.
While Toronto is deciding to preserve some history, the site will get some enhancements to create a large-scale music hub in the city.