The Great Hall and Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto

HART HOUSE, on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, is one of North America’s earliest student centres.  Established in 1911, it’s named in honour of Hart Massey (the grandfather of Vincent Massey, former Governor-General of Canada).  Among other things, it contains the monumental Great Hall and the art deco Hart House Theatre.

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<PHOTO – hydraulophone music rehearsal, Great Hall, glogger/wikipedia>

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HART HOUSE THEATRE opened in November, 1919.  It’s considered the ‘cradle of Canadian theatre’, and among those who began their careers there were Raymond Massey, Lloyd Bochner, Wayne and Shuster, William Hutt, Don Harron, Kate Reid, Arthur Hiller, Donald Sutherland, Norman Jewison and Lorne Michaels.

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