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“Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela & Frederick's Brown” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Koerner Hall

Koerner Hall
273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Ranked #21 of 278 Activities in Toronto
Type: Performances
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“Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela & Frederick's Brown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Ever dream of seeing one of your blue's favourites? Then, poof, a friend says he has tickets to a concert that is exactly that! Taj Mahal! He played my all time favourite song of his, Corinna.

The bonus was Vusi Mahlasela and his incredibly HAPPY music! It always amazes me that these lovely African people can lift themselves up from such strife, war and hardship through their music and smile every single step of the way. Truly inspiring!

Visited October 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

An absolutely stunning and wonderfully accoustic venue in Toronto. Hosting world-class entertainment in an intimate setting, there isn't a bad seat in the house.
The price points are excellent and it is housed in the historical Royal Conservatory of Music. Near public transit, parking and lovely restaurants, this provides an amazing night out.

Visited May 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I wish this hall was bigger so that symphonic orchestras could play there as well. I attended 2 recitals in this hall and I have to say it is one of the best halls in North America! They bring in fantastic musicians so keep an eye on their website.

Visited April 2013
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“A Fine Theatre Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Just in case there's any confusion, Koerner Hall (pron. Kurnur) is the newest and grandest addition to the great Toronto institution, "The Royal Conservatory (of Music)". It's sort of Toronto's Julliard -- VERY loosely speaking. If you study piano or some other instruments, The Conservatory is probably where you're going to have your exams and, if you go on to study music very seriously, it's quite possibly here. So it's easy to conflate Koerner Hall with The Conservatory but, to Torontonians, when you're going to a concert at The Conservatory, you say you're going to Koerner Hall. I suppose it's like HAVING to refer to Avenue of The Americas as 6th Avenue.

As a venue, it's very impressive. The main lobby is open and light and airy with large walls of glass overlooking Philosopher's Walk and the majestic stone walls of the Royal Ontario Museum. The auditorium is a modern spectacle visually dominated by a wooden flowing geometric sculpture which rises within the backdrop, suggestive of organ pipes, and which then curves upward and across the ceiling suggestive of braids. The sculpture is modern, imaginative and yet grand in its scale. It is also quite functional since most of the lighting is recessed within it; it also obscures the catwalk. All around it are acoustic panels on the walls and together with the sculpture, they work together to mould and reflect the sound to the audience. (If only the new opera house were as impressive and hid its lighting so effectively.)

The auditorium is a shoebox design (what some might call an elongated horseshoe) with two levels of balcony at the back and sides. Directly under those are box-style seats at the orchestra level.

If you're going to see/hear the orchestra "Tafelmusik" which is devoted to baroque music, typically on vintage instruments, you'll be going to Koerner Hall. Their website is at www.tafelmusik.org.

My only reservations are that, while there are tiny elevators for the disabled, there are stairs to be dealt with by us plebes. Also the seats seem just a little narrow (for those of us with shoulders) with not a great deal of leg room; both of those seem to be of less concern in the boxes. The ventilation seems quite good (which I really needed since the man sitting next to me had garlic B.O.).

There are light snacks, coffee and wine available at the lobby bar. Upon arriving, reserving something for intermission is practical and efficient.

It is very convenient to the subway system — located about a two-minute walk from the St. George station — *Bedford Road exit*.

One little drawback is that there isn't much in the way of restaurants in the neighbourhood. There's the Duke of York on Prince Arthur Ave. and Bedford Road but I'm not rushing back there. Otherwise there are hotels (right across Bloor St. but pricey) and others about a block east and west. Also, look up Flo's Diner and The Bloor Street Diner about two or three blocks east but that will take more time and effort to get to the hall.

If you're into serious music, this is a theatre experience not to be missed in Toronto and one that Torontonians can be rightly proud of. Enjoy.

Visited June 2013
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