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The Best Event Venues in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / May 6, 2015

event venues torontoThe best event venues in Toronto are, by and large, sprawling, gleaming spaces that either play to the city's historical strengths or offer a taste of cutting-edge architecture and design. This city has plenty of spots perfect for intimate, cozy soirees, but when you're dealing with an amped-up guest list (and/or budget), it's time to haul in the big guns. Are you after industrial details or pristine white walls? A patio or a dance floor? Space for 100 or 1,000? No sweat.

Here are the best event venues in Toronto.

Evergreen Brick Works
A lush, unusual setting in the Don Valley, historical structures, and a strong focus on eco-friendly practices sets this brick quarry-turned-event venue apart from the city's blank boxes and banquet halls. In addition to multiple large event spaces (indoor and outdoor), the Brick Works also feature lovely gardens and some beautiful views of the surrounding parkland.

Artscape Wychwood Barns
Once a TTC streetcar holding facility, this concrete-lined space off St. Clair West is the go-to for industrial cool. As with the other Artscape properties, it's a stomping ground for art groups and not-for-profits, with artists' studios hosted on-site, but the long, narrow covered barns space is also often used for banquets and weddings.

The Berkeley Church
Nothing says "striking event space" quite like 17-foot stained-glass windows. The Berkeley Church, a former house of worship built in 1871, also boasts a gorgeous ballroom with a large upper mezzanine area, and more intimate event rooms like the downstairs "wine cellar". Weddings might seem like an obvious fit, but the marvelous acoustics also make it a draw for marquee musical performances.

The Carlu
After years of neglect, the grand dame of Toronto event venues, which once hosted performances from the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra, reopened in 2003. The '30s concert hall, now restored to its former glory, is the city's go-to spot for glittering galas, dinners and awards ceremonies.

Royal Conservatory of Music
This Bloor St. performance and everts centre (revamped as the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning) carries a strong musical thread throughout, reflected in the multiple performance-ready spaces, the decor, and the acoustic properties of its rooms. The centrepiece of the facility is Koerner Hall, a vast glass-windowed space topped with a unique floating, wood-ribboned ceiling.

The Burroughes Building
Those in search of an edgy, loftlike vibe and a Queen West address will love this historic six-floor structure, built in 1907 as a furniture department store. Since reopening as an event space in 2006, with a third-floor gallery space and rooftop terrace available for rent, it's become a popular draw for photo shoots, art exhibitions, fashion shows, and blowout bashes.

2nd Floor Events
This brick-and-beam space off King West is a newcomer on the Toronto events scene, pulling in late-night bashes (facilitated by the sizeable bar anchoring one wall of the space) as well as weddings, corporate events, and a few quirkier occupants like the Midnight MRKT.

Artscape Youngplace
Tucked onto a quiet stretch of Shaw just north of Queen St., this stately converted school (built in 1914) is home to several white-walled studios that can be set up to suit exhibits, performances, parties or meetings, as well as the sprawling Koffler Centre of the Arts, which boasts 4,600 square feet of gallery space.

Daniels Spectrum
This community hub, a joint project between Toronto Community Housing, Daniels Corp. and Artscape, is grounded by a network of event spaces connected by hallway galleries. The largest, the cavernous Ada Slaight Hall, is a popular choice for galas and fashion shows, and features a retractable 300-seat bleacher system for lectures and performances.

Andrew Richard Designs (2nd Floor)
A true blank slate, Andrew Richard Designs' event venue (located above the King East patio furniture shop) is a white-walled, white-floored, large-windowed space often called upon for business events and product launches. Weddings and evening parties are also common - with a space this wide-open, the possibilities are endless.

Airship 37
This new-ish events facility has a lot going for it: A location near the picturesque Distillery District, two internal spaces (the intimate Gooderham Lounge and industrial Hangar) totalling 4,500 square feet, and a charming outdoor deck area perfect for summer events.

99 Sudbury
Located just off West Queen West, 99 Sudbury is home to a restaurant and a gym - but it's best known as a large, malleable events complex, featuring white walls, high ceilings, and plenty of room to move. For more natural light, check out the Glass Factory, or opt for the 99 Gallery for a sleek, after-hours vibe.



Michelle / May 6, 2015 at 03:21 pm
so "Sprawling" is automatically good?
Adelade / May 6, 2015 at 09:11 pm
The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library. Surprised you missed this one.
TBA / May 7, 2015 at 01:22 pm
Yeah, District 28 in Leslieville was a big miss, too. Place is very large and kind of cool for the last event I was there for.

Amanda / May 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm
For more intimate events, Tequila Bookworm has an awesome hidden venue that's located directly above the beloved craft beer bar/restaurant, called Upshtairs. Outfitted with:

- a powerful projector
- projection screen
- individual control of audio in the private room
- access to one of the best craft beer lists in Toronto!
- an art hanging system
- a bar minimum rental policy, so NO rental fee

E-mail venue.tequilabookworm@gmail.com for more info!
zhibin wu / May 9, 2015 at 02:29 pm
Karen / June 9, 2015 at 03:28 pm
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Annie / June 25, 2015 at 01:47 pm
Thanks for the list!!!To find a best venue here is a useful tool. venuecenter.com
Amaya / July 8, 2015 at 10:53 am
The One Eighty on the 51st Floor of Manulife Centre opened this year and has one of the best views of Toronto from their rooftop patios.
Allison / December 1, 2015 at 09:53 am
Does anyone have any feedback about the Old Mill? I'm looking to do an event there.
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