By Lauren Breslin
At the western edge of Harbourfront, the city's last remaining grain silo complex rises dramatically over the Toronto harbour. But sometime soon, this historic piece of architecture will be reborn as the ultimate music-lovers' paradise.
Metronome Canada is an exciting multi-million dollar project that will transform the historic Malting Silo Complex at 1 Bathurst St. into a spectacular living tribute to Canadian music of the past, present and future.
Billed as "The World's First Music City," Metronome Canada will revitalize the Toronto waterfront with an 800-seat concert theatre, Canada's first-ever national Music Museum, a Music Education Centre, a music-themed children's playground, restaurants, music-related retail and -- get this -- the "Riverboat," a floating exhibit celebrating Toronto's Yorkville Avenue in the 1960s.
This integrated music city will be the first complex of its kind in Canada, and truly a one-of-a-kind tourist destination in the world.
From Glenn Gould to Celine Dion, from Gordon Lightfoot to the Barenaked Ladies, the history of Canadian music traces an inimitable path. Canada's Music Museum will preserve this rich legacy by honouring the musicians, composers, broadcasters and producers who have shaped the national music scene.
Located inside the concrete grain silos, Canada's Music Museum will be the thriving centrepiece of Metronome Canada.
Visitors will enter the museum at ground level and travel by escalator to a viewing platform overlooking Toronto harbour. The museum's interior will house 40,000 sq. ft. of interactive, entertaining and educational exhibits.
Metronome Canada will also be committed to nurturing the rising talents who will shape the future of Canadian music.
This integrated music city will be the first complex of its kind in Canada, and truly a one-of-a-kind tourist destination in the world. Metronome Canada will revitalize the Toronto waterfront with:
an 800-seat concert theatre,
Canada's first-ever national Music Museum,
a Music Education Centre,
a music-themed children's playground,
music-related retail, and
the "Riverboat," a floating exhibit celebrating Toronto's Yorkville Avenue in the 1960s.
The Music Education Centre will be a centre of learning for homegrown musicians of all ages.
Rehearsal modules will span the circumference of a huge glass drum, with programs offered in a range of genres and at all levels. Which is to say nothing of the faculty, which will look like a veritable who's who of Canadian music elite.
Finally, to preserve the architectural significance of the grain silo complex, the Canada Malting Museum will feature a working scale model of the site in its heyday.
Located in the base of the silos, the museum will include artifacts from the existing site, historical photographs and film footage.
An extensive model train and boat exhibit will simulate the delivery of grain and the distribution of malt across Canada, and will actually connect to the world's only brew pub capable of making beer from its own malting process.
By integrating all of these innovative facilities into a single complex, Metronome Canada will be a national symbol of Canada's vibrant music industry -- uniting, strengthening and promoting Canadian music for all the world to see.
This is a unique project that is sure to strike a chord with Canadian music-lovers and, indeed, music-lovers the world over.
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