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Sam Roberts part of all-star lineup celebrating Massey Hall ahead of renovations

Last Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 1:03 pm EDT

The exterior of Massey Hall as seen at the Massey Hall revitalization Phase 1 Celebration in Toronto, Feb. 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan

It was 124 years ago that the iconic red doors of Massey Hall were opened to Torontonians and music lovers around the world.

In honour of that event, Mayor John Tory has proclaimed June 14 Massey Hall Day.

“It’s such an exciting day as we celebrate the 124-year cultural legacy of this national historic site with this proclamation and a night of powerful and inspiring Canadian performances,” said Deane Cameron, CEO of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.

In just a few weeks, the doors will close for extensive renovations. But before that begins, the corporation announced a last-minute party with some of Canada’s top musicians. The all-star roster includes house band Whitehorse accompanying Sarah Harmer, Jim Cuddy, and the Sam Roberts Band, among others.

“We are weeks away before the temporary, two-year closure of the hall but still have a lot to offer Torontonians before we close those iconic red doors,” Cameron said. “Come out and celebrate history with us!”

Massey will close its doors on July 2 after Gordon Lightfoot performs three nights of shows. The hall will reopen in fall 2020.

In a fun twist, fans will be able to take a piece of the legendary concert hall home — the venue’s seats go on sale Monday at masseyhall.com.

The interior of Massey Hall as seen at the Massey Hall revitalization Phase 1 Celebration in Toronto, Feb. 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan
The interior of Massey Hall as seen at the Massey Hall revitalization Phase 1 Celebration in Toronto, Feb. 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan