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5 under-the-radar event venues in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / May 24, 2012

Event Venues TorontoEvent venues in Toronto run the gamut from bar back rooms, to immense, multi-floor monoliths, to the little guys that rarely top a standard Google search. We've previously covered the best event venues in Toronto, but what about the hidden gems? While these don't have the overt flash of The Royal Conservatory of Music (for example) or the much-publicized and recently opened Arcadian, many of these feature rooms flooded by natural light, loft and industrial accents, and just enough room for you and two-three hundred of your closest friends.

Polyhaus (388 Carlaw Ave.)
Polyhaus opened just a few months ago, and is a highly versatile loft and industrial office space with cement floors and high ceilings that prides itself on being well-suited to a variety of events ranging from private parties to film screenings to musical events. The 2,000 sq-foot space offers a full kitchen and washroom with an elevated wooden loft area for DJs.

LVB (88 Ossington Ave.)
Located above LeVack Block and run by the same team, LVB is suited to everything from showers, to wedding receptions, and even especially lavish birthday parties. The clean, white and cream palette and hardwood flooring lend themselves to an elegant and versatile atmosphere, as does the fleur-de-lis-accented bar and large windows.

Storys Building (11 Duncan St.)
Storys Building is 170 years old and offers the classic brick and beam aesthetic of the time, 14,000 square feet of event space, and multiple floors. It also has an in-house restaurant with a menu that includes cold and hot canapes--such as tuna tartare crowned in chipotle aioli--as well as an extensive menu for sit-down dinners, or food stations such as a raw bar or house made pasta station. You'll also enjoy large windows, natural light, and modern decor.

Loft 404 (263 Adelaide St. West)
Loft 404, also known as the Ambrosia Hub, is an event space divided into three distinct areas with their own personalities, and available for individual or bulk rental. The North Wing looks like your coolest friend's living room, with plush sofas, large windows and a white-bricked wall. The South Wing is a bohemian paradise with its plants, wooden upright piano, red baroque accents and an assortment of paraphernalia that seems perfectly suited to Paris circa 1920. Finally, the West Wing is a modern, sparsely decorated space with primary colours on the walls and a dorm-room-meets-warehouse aesthetic. Each of these come with their own washrooms and kitchens, and you're welcome to bring your own food and drink.

LoftRaum (86 Parliament St.)
Who's in for a party at the home of UrbanAmish Interiors? Built in the 1800s, the space is housed in a designated heritage building and features exposed brick and late 19th century beams, hardwood floors, and soaring 12ft ceilings. The space offers standing capacity for approximately 350 people, or seating room for 150, and personally, I'd be excited to descend along the steel and glass staircase in slow-motion (over and over again).

Photo of Loft 404 by Jesse Milns

Discussion

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Kerbz / May 25, 2012 at 12:00 am
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Check out Merchants of Green Coffee! Beautiful old building with creaking wood floors and exposed white bricks.
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event venues / October 19, 2012 at 08:50 am
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These are really popular place in Toronto for private events for corporations like us. It can be hard to find the right venue for big events. The right size, that is flexible fits well. Thanks to you.
Jaclyn / April 17, 2013 at 11:24 am
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You can rent event space for up to 40 people at the Uniiverse HQ for free - tons of workshops and small events hosted there every week: https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/classroom-and-workshop-room-downtown-toronto-AKQX9 or you can post your own space on this Toronto-based marketplace: https://www.uniiverse.com/event-venue
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Todd Klinck / August 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm
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Check out Club120 at Church and Richmond. It's a very unique and diverse event venue always looking to work with new promoters.
Chris Schulz replying to a comment from Jaclyn / August 21, 2013 at 10:25 am
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Jaclyn thanks for your comment. The space is perfect for a little event I am planning for September. Awesome!
Catherine / September 10, 2013 at 09:25 pm
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Looking for a venue/event space for October 19 to launch our Toronto/Canada team.

Looking for low cost - open to public, expecting 75+ people. Open to any and all suggestions
Tina / September 20, 2013 at 03:09 pm
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Im looking for a great space to hold our next TuTu Cute Party!! November 16 or the 23 will do! Nothing to big. This Party is a time for ppl to come out and see our products!!

Anyone know anything great!! :)
Diana / November 5, 2013 at 02:29 pm
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Which meeting space is the one photographed?
Janick / February 17, 2014 at 05:04 pm
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I am actively searching for a venue in Toronto to accommodate 100 guests on Satruday, July 5th2014, from 9-5. I am looking for a cozy, intimate setting, and my budget is from free to $500.
With all my gratitude!
Rachel / February 27, 2014 at 02:35 pm
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If you are looking for a venue that can accommodate events as small as 100 guests or as large as 450 for a sit down (or 900 cocktail style) then you should definitely check out The Warehouse Event Venue (http://www.thewarehousevenue.com/). The venue has an open concept layout which allows clients to truly customize the look and feel of their event. They also include the use of all of their in-house tables, Silver Chivari chairs, Plexi-Glass Bars, Coffee Tables, White & Black Leather Furniture, Cruiser Tables and White Velour Drape as part of their rental so you don’t have to worry about brining all of that stuff in!
Stéphane / March 12, 2014 at 11:53 am
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So... none of these links work...
Nicholette / March 17, 2014 at 07:38 pm
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Hi Everyone. I'm looking for a downtown Toronto venue suitable for about 100 ppl to host a clothing swap on Sat. May 17th, 2014, from 11-4pm. Budget, free-$100. It would be wonderful to have it by the end of the month (March). Much hanks in advance.
shivani / July 10, 2014 at 09:08 pm
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Have you heard of St.Andrews club? It's http://www.standrewsclub.ca . I went there last year for a corporate conference and loved it. The food was really good and the room was nice and open and not congested. And the view from the window was stunning! - the Toronto skyline!

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