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THE SCOOP | Massey Hall Receives $5 million Donation From The Slaight Family Foundation

By Michael Vincent on November 4, 2020

Architectural rendering of the auditorium of Toronto's Massey Hall. (Photo: KPMB Architects)
Architectural rendering of the auditorium of Toronto’s Massey Hall. (Photo: KPMB Architects)

Announced this week, the Slaight Family Foundation has donated $5 million to the seven-year-long Massey Hall Revitalization project. The donation tops up the original $5 million donated by the Slaight Family Foundation in 2017, marking a total of $10 million. In appreciation, the Massey Hall stage was named the Allan Slaight Stage and a plaque installed bearing his name in the front lobby.

“Our family is pleased to know that our father’s legacy will be celebrated in this storied hall where so much musical history has been made and that our donation will have a powerful impact for the future of music in Canada,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO, The Slaight Family Foundation.

Massey Hall, a National Historic Site, is currently undergoing a major renovation to the interior and exterior. The project aims to improve patron amenities and accessibility, open two new music venues, expand the scope of the artist development and education and outreach initiatives, and see the return of the original, 126-year-old stained glass windows.

“This incredible gift serves as a beacon of hope amid challenging times for the live music community, ensuring Canada’s most iconic concert hall will continue hosting defining moments in our culture for generations to come,” commented newly appointed President and CEO Jesse Kumagai. “We are profoundly grateful for The Slaight Family Foundation’s generosity and proud to honour a true Canadian broadcast legend.”

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