Historic Masonic Temple finds new owners as Canadian company Info-Tech Research Group purchases the heritage building from Bell Media

Info-Tech Research Group plans to keep the music alive at the historic Masonic Temple

TORONTO, June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - After months of speculation, Info-Tech Research Group has purchased the historic Masonic Temple, host to music legends such as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, and David Bowie. Info-Tech Research Group acquired the building from Bell Media.

"It's been a truly amazing year for us here at Info-Tech Research Group, and we're so excited to make the Masonic Temple our new Toronto home," said Joel McLean, President and CEO of Info-Tech Research Group.  "As a Canadian company, maintaining and celebrating the unique cultural history of the building is something to which we are deeply committed. We plan to maintain the concert hall, and are currently looking into opportunities to host an annual Charity Black Tie Concert on the very stage that some of my own childhood idols have played."

"We are honoured and proud to have played a part in the ongoing and storied history of this legendary building," said Kevin Crull, President of Bell Media. "We are confident that Info-Tech will maintain the integrity and spirit of the Masonic Temple, and build upon its great legacy."

While Info-Tech is not in the music business, "Work Hard, Play Hard" and "Enjoy the Work We Do" have been two of the company's core values since the IT research and advisory firm was founded in 1997.  McLean believes that a positive work culture is critical for driving innovation and that this culture has been instrumental in making Info-Tech Research Group the world's fastest growing IT research and advisory firm.  Info-Tech Research Group has more than 300 employees and has been named one of Canada's Best Workplaces five times.

"The Masonic Temple has nearly a century of history, but the acquisition marks the beginning of a new chapter for Info-Tech Research Group," says McLean. "We are all very excited about what this means for the future."

About Bell Media

Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada's #1 specialty channel and RDS, Canada's #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites, Dome Productions Inc. and has partnered with Cirque du Soleil to form Cirque du Soleil Media, a Montréal-based production company. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

About Info-Tech Research Group

With a paid membership of over 30,000 members worldwide, Info-Tech Research Group (www.infotech.com) is the global leader in providing tactical, practical Information Technology research and analysis. Info-Tech Research Group has a sixteen-year history of delivering quality research and is North America's fastest growing full-service IT analyst firm. 

SOURCE: Info-Tech Research Group

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For information on Info-Tech Research Group's plans for upgrades to the Masonic Temple, please contact Carlene McCubbin, Public Relations for Info-Tech Research Group at cmccubbin@infotech.com or 1.888.670.8889. 

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