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The CTV signage on the building was replaced with MTV signage in 2006, with the arrival of MTV Canada.

The Masonic Temple, also known as the CTV Temple or the MTV Temple, is a four storey building located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on the north-west corner of Davenport Road and Yonge Street.

Constructed in 1917, the cornerstone was laid November 17, 1917[1]. In the years before its sale to CTV, it had been known as the Concert Hall, and the Rockpile (a nightclub). It was home to Toronto's first Led Zeppelin concert, which took place Sunday February 2, 1969 during the band's North American Tour. It is of historic significance and was added to the City of Toronto's Inventory of Heritage Properties in 1974 and was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1997. [2] The building has changed hands a number of times, and in 1997 was threatened with demolition. A developer had planned a new highrise residential building marketed to Asians, solely to exploit its "lucky" address of 888 Yonge Street.

In the 1990s, the studio was home of Open Mike with Mike Bullard and one of CTV Toronto's news bureaus, and was rented as a rehearsal venue by the Rolling Stones. In March 2006, the building became the broadcast home of the new MTV Canada.

References

  1. ^ http://webhome.idirect.com/~skazin/new_page_2.htm
  2. ^ "Preliminary Report - 888 Yonge Street (Masonic Temple)". City of Toronto. http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/agendas/committees/to/to980401/it105.htm.  

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Coordinates: 43°40′23″N 79°23′18″W / 43.673003°N 79.388293°W / 43.673003; -79.388293

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