Roy Thomson Hall is a
concert hall located at 60 Simcoe Street in Toronto, Ontario.
is the home of the Toronto
and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
in 1982, its circular architectural design exhibits a sloping and
curvilinear glass exterior. It was designed by Canadian architects
and Mathers and
Haldenby. The hall seats 2630 and features a pipe organ built by Canadian organ builders
Gabriel Kney of London, Ontario.
was formerly known as New Massey Hall.
It acquired its current name from the
family of Roy
(first Lord Thomson of Fleet and founder of the
publishing empire Thomson
) who had donated $4.5 million (Canadian dollars) to
complete the fund-raising efforts for the new hall. The hall was
renovated over a period of six months in 2002, after years of
complaints from musicians about the quality of its acoustics.
is one of the main venues used by the Toronto
International Film Festival, with many gala screenings held there each
The concert hall was used in scenes of the film
Filmmaker Jeffery Klassen's 2005 film, Toronto
, interviews Arthur Erickson about the structure.
Erickson talks of the point of the grey structure being that of a
container which people were to fill up with their own decorations.
The pond was originally designed to be used as a skating rink
in the winter. The building was
influenced by Erickson's journeys in Japan and his
relationship with the North American Aboriginals.