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Masonic temple

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Near the center of the city on the North-West corner of Davenport road and Yonge street is one of the most famous buildings of the Toronto Masonic temple (also known as the CTV Temple and Temple MTV). This four-story building was built in the early 20th century and is considered an important historical and architectural monument.

History of the Masonic temple began on 2 November 1916, when the project was approved and signed documents on the demolition of the existing Church building and the beginning of construction works. The solemn laying of the cornerstone in compliance with all the ceremonies took place on November 17. By the end of 1917 the building was completed, and on January 1 in the new Masonic temple was held the first meeting of the Masonic Lodge. At different times the temple was home to 38 different Masonic organizations, including - 27 symbolic lodges (St. John or the blue Lodge), six Chapters (York Charter), two Red boxes (the Ancient and accepted Scottish Charter), two preceptories Templar and Adoniram Council.

In the second half of the 20th century Masonic temple is one of the best concert halls in Toronto, where he performed not only local talents, but also the world-famous "stars". It was here, in the first concert tour of North America, February 2, 1969, gave its first concert in Toronto, the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin. Acted on the stage and such famous artists as Frank Zappa, John Mayall, John hooker, Bob Dylan and the bands Deep Purple, The Who, Metallica, The Smashing Pumpkins and others. Some time in the Masonic temple conducted the rehearsals and the popular British rock band The Rolling Stones.

Despite the fact that in 1974, the Masonic temple was listed in the "historical heritage of the city of Toronto," he repeatedly passed from hands in hands, and in 1997 the building and all were under threat of demolition. In the same year the Church was entered in the "heritage Act of Ontario".

In 1997 the building was occupied by one of the news Bureau of CTV, and then Open Mike with Mike Bullard - famous canadian late-night talk show that aired from 1997 to 2003 on CTV and The Comedy Network in primetime. Since March 2006, has become home to office MTV Canada. In 2009, there was held the presentation of the prestigious canadian music award - the Polaris Music Prize.

In 2012, Bell Media, owned by who at that time was the Masonic temple, announced the sale of the building. It was rumored that this place will be built luxury condominiums. However, in June 2013 the building was purchased by "Info-Tech Research Group", announced its intention not only to preserve and restore the building, but also to organize annually within its walls a charity rock concert.