Future of Toronto's Masonic Temple Uncertain as Bellmedia Makes Its Exit

Future of Toronto's Masonic Temple Uncertain as Bellmedia Makes Its Exit
Toronto's Masonic Temple is facing uncertainty as reports surfaced today (November 2) that Bellmedia is moving its production studio to a new location at 299 Queen St. W.

The historic 95-year-old building, located at Yonge and Davenport, has been the site of MTV Canada since 2006 and has hosted acts like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, the Ramones and the Red Hot Chili Peppers since turning into a concert venue in the late 1960s. It was bought by CTV in 1998 and has played host to the Polaris Music Prize gala since 2009.

"No decision has been made on the future of the building," Bellmedia spokesman Scott Henderson told the Toronto Star.

The Masonic Temple has been designated a historic property under the Ontario Heritage Act, but while any potential buyer would have difficulty getting permission to tear it down, it may still be turned into a condo, as long as the building's historic facade is maintained, the Star reports.