The building narrowly escaped demolition in 1997 by being declared a heritage site (the ‘lucky’ 888 address was coveted by developers). CTV bought it in 1998 as a news bureau and venue for the Mike Bullard show. MTV took over in 2006, and, despite closing the Concert Hall, still managed to cage a performance from U2 in 2009.
MTV decided to up-stakes and move down to Queen Street in 2012, but the Temple only had to wait a year before Info-Tech Research Group bought and thoroughly renovated it. The Concert Hall has been opened for special events, like listening sessions lead by Jimmy Page, concerts by Luke and the Apostles and Platinum Blond, boxing events, and much more. Now that 888 Yonge Inc. has the reins, we can expect more fantastic events in this beautiful, historic space.
Special Thanks to Daniel Tate. @theflyervault