David McPherson's appropriate reverence for Toronto's most enduring palace of musical art is abundant on every page of this lovingly crafted and impeccably researched book. Having experienced countless concerts at Massey from Rush to Roxy Music, Tom Waits to Stompin' Tom Connors, and of course my beloved homeboys The Rheostatics, I am so happy that David has created a living and tactile testament to a building that isn't just a hall of music, it's a hall of magic.
Paul Myers, musician and critically acclaimed author of It Ain't Easy: Long John Baldry
Recent history has reminded us that a great venue is not just a precious thing, but a treasured place in our hearts. David McPherson chronicles the history of one loving and beloved home to music — and so much more — that has become legendary in Canada and admired all around the world. The legacy of Massey Hall is long and illustrious and features so many of the greatest artists of our times, Canadian and otherwise. By tracing this great hall's story through many decades of highs and lows, triumphs and challenges, McPherson reminds us all how important a living cultural centre can be to one city like Toronto and to the whole world that art and artists connect. Long Live Massey Hall and its profound legacy of bringing all sorts of music to our lives.
David Wild, writer, TV producer, and bestselling author
David McPherson brilliantly weaves together several strands of western culture in the history of Toronto’s revered venue, the Massey Music Hall. He juxtaposes the logistical, economic, architectural, and political challenges in creating and maintaining the theatre and guides the reader through more than a century of classical, folk, blues, jazz, rock and roll, comedy, and philosophy through the prism of Massey’s stage.
Danny Goldberg, author of Serving The Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain
Massey Hall is one of the great iconic concert venues in the world for both classical and pop music. Now it has an iconic book to go with it. If one day we would have to explain to extraterrestrials the magic of the human invention of music, this book would suffice to make their ears (assuming those extraterrestrials have something like ears) burn and yearn.
Rufus Wainwright, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and composer
A lavish love letter to Canada’s queen of concert halls, packed with vivid tales from and about her most famous performers and intimate photos of those artists, taken onstage and off. Long may Massey reign.
Nicholas Jennings, author of Lightfoot