Massey Hall is reopening in November and 40 concerts are already scheduled

Folk icon Gordon Lightfoot will help bring the historic venue back to life after three years of massive renovations


Massey Hall is ready to raise its curtains for the first time in three years.

The historic 127-year-old Toronto venue has been closed since 2018, unrelated to the pandemic – part of a major restoration that will integrate it into a multi-stage music complex called Allied Music Centre.

In November 2021, pandemic-pending, Massey Hall will come roaring back to life. There are already close to 40 shows announced.

The first concert will be played by the artist most associated with the venue – Gordon Lightfoot. The Canadian folk icon will play three shows from November 25-27.

There are handful of other big-event shows scheduled, too. On December 16, Broken Social Scene will celebrate their 20th anniversary on the stage. Andy Kim will bring his annual special-guest-filled Christmas variety show back on December 8. There will be a New Year’s Eve comedy show – a longtime Massey Hall tradition – hosted by Steve Patterson.

The stage is very meaningful to Canadian musicians, and there are a lot of them playing. Some highlights include Jann Arden, City & Colour, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Tanya Tagaq, Cowboy Junkies, Mavis Staples, Bruce Cockburn, Donovan Woods, Sarah Harmer and more.

There will also be rescheduled shows from artists like Courtney Barnett, Buddy Guy and Serena Ryder & William Prince.

Viewers of the Juno Awards already got a sneak peek of the renovations when Feist joined The Tragically Hip on the Massey Hall stage for a performance during the broadcast.

Tickets for sale via Massey Hall.

Full list of Massey Hall shows and dates:

Gordon Lightfoot – Nov 25-27, 2021 | 8 pm

Buffy Sainte-Marie with special guests The Sadies – Nov 30, 2021, 8 pm

Andy Kim Christmas – Dec 8, 2021 | 8 pm

City and Colour – Dec 9-10, 2021 | 8 pm

Patrick Watson – Dec 15, 2021 | 8 pm

Broken Social Scene – Dec 16, 2021 | 8 pm

Molly Johnson with Special Guests This Holiday Season – Dec 17, 2021 | 8 pm

The Tenors – Santa’s Wish Tour – Dec 22 2021 | 8 pm

New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza Hosted by Steve Patterson – Dec 31, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Chilly Gonzales – Jan 21, 2022 | 8 pm

An Evening with Emmylou Harris & Patty Griffin – Jan 31, 2022 | 8 pm

Royal Wood – Feb 5, 2022 | 8 pm

Choir! Choir! Choir! – Never Stop Singing Feb 9, 2022 | 8 pm

Classic Albums Live: The Beatles – The White Album Feb 11, 2022 | 8 pm

Courtney Barnett – Feb 12, 2022 | 8 pm

Leif Vollebekk – Feb 26, 2022 | 8 pm

Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours – Mar 1, 2022 | 8 pm

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with special guests Digging Roots – Mar 2, 2022 | 8 pm

Whitehorse – Mar 3, 2022 | 8 pm

The Glorious Sons – Mar 10-12, 2022 | 8 pm

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan Tenmei – Mar 15, 2022 | 8 pm

Sarah Harmer – Mar 25, 2022 | 8 pm

Tanya Tagaq – Mar 30, 2022 | 8 pm

Serena Ryder & William Prince – Apr 1, 2022 | 8 pm

Classic Albums Live: Paul Simon – Graceland – Apr 2, 2022 | 8 pm

Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro: Och & Oy! A Considered Cabaret – Apr 6, 2022 | 8 pm

Cowboy Junkies – Apr 7, 2022 | 8 pm

Buddy Guy – Apr 9, 2022 | 8 pm

Bruce Cockburn – Apr 22, 2022 | 8 pm

Classic Albums Live: Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Gold – Apr 23, 2022 | 8 pm

Glass Tiger with special guests The Parachute Club – Apr 28, 2022 | 8 pm

Classic Albums Live: U2 – The Joshua Tree – May 7, 2022 | 8 pm

Pink Martini featuring China Forbes – May 9, 2022 | 8 pm

Jann Arden – May 24-25, 2022 | 8 pm

Donovan Woods – May 27 2022 | 8 pm

Mavis Staples – May 28 2022 | 8 pm

Olafur Arnalds – May 31, 2022 | 8 pm

Classic Albums Live: Heart – Dreamboat Annie – Jun 4, 2022 | 8 pm

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Oct 6, 2022 | 8pm

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