Toronto (May 25, 2006)–MTV Canada has created a new home for itself with the freshly restored Masonic Temple, a downtown Toronto venue first built in 1918. While the storied stage has been a music hall, a TV Studio and most notably in recent years, a rehearsal hall for the Rolling Stones, it underwent a $9-million renovation by the designers of Toronto’s Drake Hotel to become MTV’s Canadian headquarters and TV studio.
Multi-Grammy winner Kanye West was joined by Canadian rocker Sam Roberts at the red-carpet opening of Toronto’s Masonic Temple, sporting an Adamson Spektrix line array.Today’s world demands multi-tasking though, so the Masonic Temple will also function as a mid-size venue for touring acts. “It was restored it with an ear and an eye to the past, and we respected the history” commented Brad Schwartz, senior vice-president and general manager of MTV Canada. Key to what those ears hear is a sizable Adamson PA.
Launching the venue was a co-headlining bill of rapper Kanye West and Canadian rocker Sam Roberts, which was aired on MTV networks around the globe. The venue was filled to its 600-person capacity (the venue has a capacity of 1,200 with the television studio equipment absent), made up mainly of media, contest winners and music industry types. Roberts took the stage first performing songs from his Juno-winning (Canadian Grammy’s) We Were Born in a Flame album, as well as his just-released album Chemical City. Kanye West later performed hits such as Gold Digger, Touch the Sky and Jesus Walks, with an all-female, 12-piece string ensemble, and a backing-vocal duo that included Canadian rhythm and blues star Jully Black.
“The hall’s new sound system was formidable, handling (the sound) comfortably and warmly.” commented Globe and Mail‘s entertainment critic Brad Wheeler on his summary of the festivities. The sound system was made up of 16 Spektrix flown left and right of the stage, with four SpekTrix subs and two Sx18 places on the floor along side the stage. The system was powered with standard Adamson-specified Lab.gruppen amps and XTA processing.
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