Canada Gets a Real Music Hall of Fame!

Published: 2005-05-18
Americans will always have a leg up on Canadians when it comes to grand gestures in the entertainment world: just think of their music awards (e.g. the Grammys), movie awards (e.g. the Oscars), and their star walks (e.g. Hollywood's Walk of Fame). We can't let them have all the glory, however, so the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has stepped forward to build the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

You might be saying, "But Canada has always had a Canadian Music Hall of Fame," which is perfectly true. The thing is, its current incarnation exists only in the minds of Canucks across the landóin other words, there is no physical building for the thing.

That's about to change. After bids from cities including Winnipeg and Saskatoon, Hamilton and Toronto were shortlisted as sites for the Hall's permanent home. Toronto won out, and a real building will go up at Yonge-Dundas Square by 2007. Located next to one of the busiest intersections in the entire country, Yonge-Dundas Square sees about 17 million people walk through each year.

Estimated to be a $40-million project, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame celebrates the entire nation's rich musical past. In an effort to avoid "boring museum" syndrome, the Hall plans a bilingual entertainment venue and hands-on activities.

The abstract Canadian Music Hall of Fame has inducted members since 1978, with past inductees including the likes of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson, Rush, and the Tragically Hip. Now we'll have a place to collectively love them, just a short walk from our hockey heroes at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Priceless.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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