Brilliant, incisive and savagely funny, award-winning author Martin Amis, named by the Times as one of the greatest British writers since 1945, is frequently controversial but never dull.
On February 20th, 2018 PEN Canada and Martin Amis hosted an intimate evening of conversation ranging from Saul Bellow to Donald Trump: incendiary politics, literature, and the madness of crowds in the Main Hall. This event was hosted in support of PEN Canada and authors worldwide, advocating for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression.
PEN Canada is one of the 148 centres of PEN International. Founded in 1926, it has a membership of over 1,000 writers and supporters who campaign on behalf of writers around the world who are persecuted, imprisoned and exiled for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Check out the PEN Canada website for more information here!
Maylee Todd astounds us once again with her new video release for Afanyala off her album Acts Of Love. Todd is dressed in an ornate costume standing solo in Main Hall with nothing but lighting and her delicate movements to convey the message of her lyrics, “there’s no one else like you.”
Todd has chosen The Great Hall, nicknamed her second home, for the second time within a year; last November she debuted her album with a virtual womb. She quotes, “I was going to either have people walk into a vulva or into an ear and go into the mind of someone,” she explains. “The mind is riddled with ego, identity and all sorts of things that have benefits and detriments. In the womb, nothing has been defined yet. Experience hasn’t been defined. I’m interested in inner space, inner-inner space, deep space, outer space. These dark spaces are always fascinating.”
We’re excited to see what Todd has in store for the future, but for now check out her newest video below.
The Bavarian-themed market truly came to life this December at The Great Hall. The Main Hall was decked out with thousands of lights, multiple trees and snow! As some guests tucked away by the fire, others explored the food stalls where Citizen Catering was offering Bavarian delicacies.
Throughout the evening, guest chose from the naughty or nice specialty cocktail list and grabbed a chair next to Santa for a photo. Like the cocktails, the music went from nice to naughty as the night progressed and it didn’t take long for everyone to start busting a move, the snowman included.
Another wonderful holiday party to nicely wrap up the 2017 holiday season!
The ancient Greeks believed that weddings that take place during a full Moon will be the most prosperous and happiest. It was no accident that Heather and Scott tied the knot at The Great Hall on November 4, 2017, under the full moons bright glow.
The Main Hall hosted all the monumental moments of the evening. At the beginning of the evening, Heather and Scott’s 160 guests enthusiastically filled the seats in the Main Hall to witness their beautiful ceremony against the theatre’s backdrop before moving to the Conversation Room to join in a toast to the newlyweds.
An array of delicacies were served for dinner back in the Main Hall on both the main floor and mezzanine level. Five unique food stations consisting of oysters, sushi, perogies and more were thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. As the dessert stations began to roll in, the music turned up and the dance floor began. Guests from the mezzanine quickly took notice and joined the wedding party on the dance floor and stayed there for the rest of the evening.
Cheers to Heather and Scott! May this next chapter be prosperous and full of happiness.
The Main Hall was the perfect host for RMHC’s Hollywood inspired evening of dancing and dining. As the young philanthropists excitedly bid on the silent auction items and took advantage of the movie star inspired photo booth, The Food Dudes were busily passing delicious canapes around the dancefloor.
The Main Hall’s mezzanine was buzzing with VIP guests as they enjoyed the delicious cocktails Station Cold Brew and Viritus Vodka created and The Food Dudes exclusive stations were not to be missed.
The Main Hall’s dance floor was full of energy when the last surprise of the evening arrived. McDonald’s midnight tasty treats were a perfect way to wrap up the evening and sent everyone home with a smile.