Mayor John Tory told The New York Times in September 2018 that the city’s revival is like “getting the puck off the New York net.” And it might sound a bit hokey, but that’s the metaphor that Toronto’s jazz club Massey Hall — and its new owner, Pop Montreal founder Gordon Lightfoot — use to describe their comeback.
The hall reopened on Monday after an extensive renovations by Pop Montreal, a Montreal band dedicated to bringing popular music to the heart of Toronto. The renovation was a massive task. Per People, it had to be scaled down from the original 13,000-square-foot space to just 5,000. Toronto’s flagship jazz venue opened in 1938 — a typical Canadian classical venue except for two essential features. Most spectacularly, it has a retractable roof that opens and closes, to fit the multitudes of concerts it hosts.
But, unfortunately, Massey Hall isn’t getting the lions share of the attention from Toronto — just the Timberwolves! Pop Montreal has announced that they will also be playing a variety of other venues around the city. Canadians are still grieving the loss of The Mighty Samba Band — so called because their maple syrup hits absolutely everyone with an energetic beating. But regardless of how some city dwellers may react, the 65-year-old Lightfoot is more than happy to be doused with a torrent of maple syrup and maple syrup-showered sugar cubes.