At Massey Hall, the Toronto Jazz Revival is Like ‘Getting the puck off the New York net’

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…

At Massey Hall, the Toronto Jazz Revival is Like ‘Getting the puck off the New York net’

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.

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