Montreal Gazette, 24 May 1859, page 2

Inauguration of Victoria Hall—This fine hall, the best suited for dancing purposes in the city, will, as our readers are aware, be inaugurated on the evening of the Queen’s Birth day. The dimensions of the room are 105 feet by 55 feet, while in height it will equal any other place of amusement in the city. The want of a proper drill-room, and the refusal of the City Council to lease the Bonsecours Hall, induced several spirited officers of the Active Force to erect “Victoria Hall”. Few militia regiments in the United States can say they have a handsome or larger drill-room. The Military Promenade Concert will be amongst the best that have been got up for some time past. A sight of the programme should please the most fastidious. Miss Sutherland, the celebrated Scottish songstress, and other well known vocalists, will sing a number of popular songs, while the Brass Band of the Montreal Field Battery Band, under the leadership of Mr Whipple, has greatly improved of late. It will soon take rank as one of the best Militia bands in the Province.

[This building should not be confused with the Victoria Hall in Westmount which was built later]