The Great Hall was proud to receive an honourable mention at The 2017 Heritage Toronto Awards this Monday, October 24, 2017. The beautiful renovations to our historic Victorian venue containing four unique spaces has not gone unnoticed. Being recognized as an influential landmark on Queen Street West and within the Toronto Heritage community was an honour.
The winners of the 2017 Heritage Toronto Awards were announced during a ceremony hosted by award-winning journalist Christopher Hume. More than 500 guests attended the awards alongside The Great Hall team. The best from Toronto’s city-building community attended this flagship networking event to discuss restoration and it’s positive effect on the city. In its 43rd year, the Heritage Toronto Awards recognize extraordinary contributions to the conservation and celebration of Toronto’s heritage.
The Great Hall would like to congratulate all the award winners of the night and thank Heritage Toronto for the recognition.
As we dive deeper into the fall, The Great Hall can’t help but think of another season of change, the Spring. On May 6th, France’s most famous and well-loved chanteuse received a fitting musical tribute as the Toronto Concert Orchestra took up residence in our Main Hall to present Piaf Encore – Paris in Springtime.
The music resonated in the Main Hall under the conduction of Kerry Stratton, the TCO supplied a lush and lively accompaniment to the stunning vocals of Pandora Tripp as Edith Piaf. To say they did justice to the legendary icon would be an understatement. With the wine flowing and the themed decor setting the mood, the soaring renditions of Piaf’s timeless music wowed the enraptured audience all night long.
In recent years the Toronto Raptors wild success on the hardwood has been matched by their efforts in building a true fan community. Evidence of this state of affairs was on display as they teamed with Coors Light to take over Longboat Hall for the Six Squad Raptors Playoff Party.
This multimedia hoops festival brought out the Raps faithful in full force to celebrate Toronto’s (and Canada’s) team. And they definitely got what they wanted. Members of the Raptors Dance Pack? Check! A dunk competition? Check! Former player and fan favorite Muggsy Bogues? Check!
Of course, it didn’t stop there. The in-house barber created several living masterpieces on lucky heads in attendance, everyone got to visit the “Locker Room” for their free Six Squad gear, a multitude of giveaways and tickets were up for grabs, and the 19th-century roof was raised with a performance from The 6ix’s own Jazz Cartier. All this and a limitless supply of ice cold Coors Light kept the Raptors faithful refreshed and celebratory.
Thank you Coors Light! Go Raps Go! WE THE NORTH!
The future of fashion was revealed at The Great Hall during RE\SET 002. Streams of fashionistas, buyers, and media came pouring into the venue over the two-day event to view 26 of Canada’s most exciting emerging and indie labels in The Great Hall’s four unique spaces.
From runway shows in Longboat Hall to virtual reality showcases in the Conversation Room to fashion exhibitions in the Main Hall, RE/SET had something for everyone. While the Beauty Boutique provided by Shoppers Drug Mart was busy prepping the models for each show in the Drawing Room, the elated anticipation for the next unique presentation was undeniable.
It is easy to understand why the world has taken notice to RE/SET‘s second showcase produced by The Collections and The Great Hall team. V magazine, The Kit, CBC are just a few who could not resist reporting on the revival of fashion in Toronto.