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This important concert hall bears the name of newspaper magnate Lord Thomson of Fleet (a Canadian press baron who wound up taking a seat in the British House of Lords). Built between 1972 and 1982, and designed by Arthur Erickson, the building’s exterior looks very Space Age. Inside, the mirrored effects are dramatic. Roy Thompson Hall is home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since it opened, it has also hosted an array of international musical artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, and Kiri Te Kanawa. The hall was designed to give the audience a feeling of unusual intimacy with the performers—none of the 2,812 seats is more than 33m (108 ft.) from the stage. This is one of the few venues where you can feel happy in the nosebleed seats.