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The Best Event Venues in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 5, 2011

Toronto event venuesThe best event venues in Toronto offer more than just shelter from the rain and an address for the invitation. It seems many Toronto favourites carry with them the character of a past life; a place once serving as a 19th century united church, a former brick quarry, or an old streetcar repair station now housing a sustainable garden. While the best venues, of course, adapt to the atmosphere of each distinct exhibition or event, those that can cart a little lure on their own seem to make for a superb special event. And exposed brick, for some reason, also seems to be key.

Here is the list of the best special event venues in Toronto.

Evergreen Brick Works
Evergreen Brick Works is the ideal special event venue because its cultural and environmental history somehow manages to remain prominent even as it's subject to host some awful corporate hand-shaking event. The former brick quarry has beautiful gardens, stunning heritage buildings, and an eco-friendly design that's brag-worth to all your esteemed guests. The authentic character of the Brick Works could single-handedly put all of Toronto's vanilla banquet halls to shame.

Toronto event venuesArtscape Wychwood Barns
Like the Brick Works, Artscape Wychwood Barns carries with it its heritage charm from its past life as a TTC streetcar repair barn. As a hub of activity with many not-for-profits and artist studios on the 4.3 acre site, Wychwood is clearly perfect for art shows and exhibitions, as well as food and drink events making use of its greenhouse and sustainable food mantra. Micro-brew tasting, anyone?

Toronto event venuesThe Burroughes Building
Chugging right along with bygone Toronto in mind, The Burroughes Building on Queen West unavoidably nods to the early 1900's era of its creation. And of course, that's a good thing. The third and sixth floors are reserved for special events (products launches, NYE and Halloween parties etc.), and being right in the core of downtown, always seems to be a favourite for PR companies. Awesome windows, classic exposed brick, rooftop patio and Susan Sarandon with a ping-pong paddle; obviously the place to be.

Toronto event venuesAndrew Richard Designs (2nd Floor)
The second floor loft at Andrew Richard Designs is the perfect blank-canvas event space. Can you really ask for more than white floors, ceilings, walls, and lots of natural light? Well, maybe. But in that case, the loft also has prep and stage areas, as well as a walkout to the rooftop patio for summertime soirées. For these reasons it's a Toronto favourite for product and business launches.

Toronto event venuesAirship 37
Adjacent to the Distillery District, Airship 37 is a relative newbie on the event scene, just opening this past spring. The 5,000-square-foot space is divided into two spaces with cool, industrial feels and an antique Parisian chandelier because bare walls and exposed brick can only do so much. Still, Airship 37 is mostly a blank canvas--albeit, one with ample room for lots of guests.

Toronto event venuesMOCCA Courtyard/MOCCA/Edward Day Gallery
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art oozes sophistication, and events held here seem to carry that same elegant refinement. Nextdoor neighbour Edward Day Gallery boasts 3,500 square feet for up to 200 guests, and the courtyard can be thrown in to add 1,600 square feet, as well as a few more dollars to the final tab. But that sort of talk is unbecoming, of course. The venue is a favourite for weddings and has also hosted SummerWorks and the Contact Photography Festival opening parties.

Toronto event venuesThe Berkeley Church
The Berkeley Church is a favourite for weddings, and with 17-foot stained glass windows, a rustic wine cellar, and a breathtaking grand ballroom, it's not hard to see why. The Queen East Church was originally built in 1871 making it a romantic site in itself, but it also works for art exhibitions, product launches, and concerts. Notably, it recently hosted a reception after the funeral of Jack Layton.

Toronto event venuesGlass Factory/99 Sudbury
The Glass Factory at 99 Sudbury is an impressive open loft space that seems to transform with a simple colour gel. Exposed brick and hardwood floors--as we are well aware by now--give The Glass Factory the right aesthetic for a downtown special event, and a raised stage, huge capacity, and attached patio space make it conducive to any party. On Sundays it hosts the new 99 MRKT.

Toronto event venuesRoyal Conservatory of Music
The Telus Centre opened at the Royal Conservatory of Music about three years ago and quickly garnered the attention of party planners throughout the city. Glass windows let you look out at the downtown buzz below, and floating ribbons of wood overhead gently lead you to the open bar. Perfect for stereotypical gatherings of the downtown elite.

Photos by James Kachan, David Cyr, ARD Events and Fermata Daily, Paul Flynn, syncros, bigdaddyhame, StudioGabe and Robiam in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

25 Comments

John Doe / September 5, 2011 at 09:27 pm
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Be careful of the Berkeley church. Their business practices can be very shady. Speaking from experience.
TheRealJohnson / September 6, 2011 at 07:22 am
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A comparison of each place's rental rates would have been interesting. Some of these I've always been curious about. The Royal Conservatory of Music is easily one of the nicest venues in the city, but is a pretty damn expensive venue at which to host an event.
PoodleTO / September 6, 2011 at 10:09 am
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I would put Toronto Botanical Garden (Edward Gardens) on that list too, they are really big on weddings and the space and surroundings is beautiful.
Kimberley / September 8, 2011 at 10:58 am
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Hi John Doe. I had my wedding at the Berkeley Church 2 years ago, and then 3 corporate events since, and my dealings were always pleasant and transparent.
JRanse / September 13, 2011 at 03:14 pm
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We got married at St. Lawrence Hall and loved it. Gas lamps and ornate décor if you're looking for some place elegant that isn't a church. Much more affordable that other heritage venues like Palais Royale/Carlu, though a little rougher around the edges. St. James Gardens across the street/Sculpture Garden/Flatiron building nearby are great for photos.
mondayjane / September 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm
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The historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is lovely for weddings and other functions. So charming.
lokio / September 19, 2011 at 04:05 pm
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Sunnyside Pavillion
toronto event venues / March 5, 2012 at 07:11 am
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JT Stevenson / August 30, 2012 at 10:15 am
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Thanks for the great article on the best event spaces in Toronto. Seeing as it's coming up on a year anniversary of the article, do you have an updated list / any additions?
Charles Co replying to a comment from John Doe / September 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm
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we did our office party at The Corner Place resto lounge, it only cost us $3000 minimum spend on food and drinks, to rent out the venue. best of all its located right accross from the st. Lawrence market
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm
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The historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is lovely for weddings and other functions. So charming.
Victoria / October 15, 2012 at 09:29 am
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There's also The Foundery coworking/event space. It's just north of Dundas on Bathurst St. It's a great, modern, newly renovated space that would be good for a launch party or holiday party. There is a gallery connected to the space which you can also rent-I held a great event here! http://foundery.is/!
event locations / December 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm
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Events vary, like there can be birthdays, weddings, corporate events, concerts, and shows. As there are different kinds of events, venues should also be selected by keeping in mind the type of event
Sam / January 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm
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Stratus restaurant in the finanical district is also a great place for private events. It's fairly priced and has a great view of the city from the 36th floor of the TD Waterhouse tower. It's only available for private events at night and on weekends too so the whole restaurant is yours for the night. Great food as well!
michael / January 10, 2013 at 03:25 pm
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Had th best experiance hosting an event at the brickworks.
Toronto Photo Booth / February 23, 2013 at 02:27 pm
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I worked an event at the brickworks and it is an amazing space to have an event! rustic yet modern. loved it
John Parkar / March 9, 2013 at 05:38 am
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Norman Felix Gallery / April 5, 2013 at 06:25 pm
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SO many beautiful venues! We have a lovely venue here on Queen West as well.. for weddings, workshops, celebrations, pop ups etc.
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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Reagan Willington / April 30, 2013 at 02:16 pm
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I just toured a new venue downtown called 2nd Floor, as a possible venue for my fall wedding -it was BEAUTIFUL. I certainly hope to have my wedding there, and I encourage all future brides and party planners to check it out! Its designed in a really cool way and its sort of off the beaten path, downtown Toronto ladies will be all over it. Check it out!

Eriika replying to a comment from Jaclyn / September 10, 2013 at 09:45 am
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Thanks for adding this link!

I've been checking it out and am finding a lot more listed than I was actually looking for. Great resource, thanks!
Henry / October 10, 2013 at 09:36 pm
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Does anyone knows a venue where I can do a private party and sale my own alcohol? If anyone knows a venue in Toronto please let me know thanks
Teri / January 13, 2014 at 05:58 pm
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Yes. Henry at the Factory Lounge you can provide your own alcohol. Very cool venue and worth checking out!!!
Rachel / March 19, 2014 at 03:35 pm
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One of my favorites is The Warehouse Event Venue in Downsview Park. It's an awesome open concept space which includes all of their furniture & draping in the rental.

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