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3 Red Doors

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3 Red Doors

Massey Hall has become the venue of choice for many artists.

But Gordon Lightfoot has set the bar that few performers will match.

November 26, 2014 represents MH performance No. 152 (and counting).

I have been a fan of Massey Hall for many years.

And although I have not had the opportunity to attend many performances, I can’t help but consider this iconic site to be a part of my Canadian heritage … much like hockey and maple syrup … and well … Gordon Lightfoot.

The subject red doors are crucial to every performance.

And maybe more crucial than you realize.

Believe it or not … every piece of equipment for every performance must pass through those very same doors, through front of house, and onto the stage.

The current construction project of 2014-2015 will eliminate that circuitous route.

By 2020, the building will have traded in its famous fire escapes for a set of exterior walkways and a new back stage area. The red brick exterior, discolored by decades of pollution, will get a major refit along with the famous neon sign.

Neil Young first performed (2) home coming concerts at MH January 19, 1971.

His most recent concert was January 12, 2014.

And at that time, he mentioned rumours of a renovation but urged “Don’t let them change this place.”

I am sure that the past will be honoured.

3 Red Doors was drawn with Prismacolor pencil on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.



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