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“Fantastic concert but Avoid Balcony Seats!”
Review of Massey Hall

Massey Hall
Ranked #66 of 532 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Saw Diana Krall which was amazing as she always is. Fantastic music and highly talented musicians all around. Interesting to hear Diana Krall is now venturing into other music styles, and in very classy techniques. Acoustics as always at Massey Hall are superb.
Got tickets late (September 2017) so only could buy ‘best available’.
Our seats were 3rd Fl balcony, right in the bend. Horrible, wooden confession chairs!! Our knees were pushed into sharp chair backs of row in front of us. We had extreme painful dents in our knees due to this. To avoid that knee pain, I had to turn sideways, in a very narrow seat, and then developed sharp hip pains!! Some people endured the pain, others stood at the back of the gallery, others just left the concert really fed up. Most people at this concert were 50+years and therefore many had mobility issues to begin with.
Aging baby boomers are the mass population, with the most disposable income to spend at events, and they WILL spend it selectively. Something to be considered by venues.

When Massey Hall was built, 100+years ago, of course people were much much shorter. The seats were only then of a reasonable design. Massey Hall should take this into account and charge accordingly for those terrible 3rd Fl balcony seats, not charge big dollars all in the name of profit. I’d rather have stayed in the comfort of our own home, and listened to our collection of Diana Krall music, rather than endure sitting in such great discomfort and agony. No not the same as LIVE, but sitting in pain is something I won’t do for any performer.

At other venues, for example the Royal Alexander Theatre, Maple Leaf Gardens, top balcony seats are always very inexpensive, compared to lower balconies. Considering we paid $109.00 each, for our horrible seats, they too should have been much less expensive.
We hear Massey Hall is doing a big reno. It’s about time. Non the less, we’ll be scrutinizing what exactly they are offering re comfort and who they’ll be appealing to. Millennials and Boomers alike? Hope so.

Thank Claire L
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

We loved Diana Krall but Massey Hall was a disappointment. There were no screens and between the small uncomfortable seats and restricted view we missed seeing all the amazing musicians. Tickets are a lot of money and for us the venue let us down, it more like listening to an album at home with an amazing sound system.

Thank gjparker2016
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Do not hesitate to attend a musical performance at Massey Hall ... the acoustics are astoundingly good.
Experienced Ludovico Einaudi ... my front tow seat provided the view of his hands and face as he played ... wow!!!
What an awesome venue for this performance. Will forever be one my favourite memories.

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Sugar Sammy, Gina Brillon and Alonzo Bodden had me in tears laughing. A beautiful venue with a good matured audience. Nothing was left untouched. Relationships, LGBT, Race, religion, nationalities and of course poking at #45. Really a great night!

Thank Mitchell F
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

We went this weekend to see a concert. The concert alone was incredible, what also got me was the amount of history behind this building. It was so cool to walk through the halls and see the decades worth of music artists / celebrities / and comedians who have taken the stage at this historical venue, and the signed photos in the bar area was neat to browse through as well. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Overall just a cool experience!

Thank Flying_Finn83
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