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Built in the 1840's, Balzac's newest location on Powerhouse Street was once home to the Canada Foundry, where steel and cast iron goods were manufactured. In 1923 the building was sold to Canadian General Electric, manufacturers of the electrical transformers that once powered the city of Toronto. Left abandoned from the 1980s until 2013, the space has since undergone extensive renovations and updates, including the addition of geothermal heating.
 
The eclectic venue celebrates the golden era of electrical technology and art-deco design, with classic features such as high wood plank ceilings, exposed brick, industrial light fixtures, broken joint ceramic tile floors and Carrara marble with brass inlay. The addition of custom wall paper, terracotta plants, Balzac's signature vintage style posters and Parisian inspired furniture strikes the perfect balance between masculine and feminine, industrial and art-deco. All together, it creates a unique and memorable backdrop for any special occasion including weddings, corporate parties, cocktail receptions and workshops.
 
Included in the rental of the space is the use of the cafe furniture, Sonos music system, walk-in cooler outfitted with 3 draught taps for wine, beer and/or cold brew coffee, as well as a barista to prepare Balzac's signature beverages on our Black Eagle espresso machine. Please note that as we operate daily as a cafe, we are only able to accommodate events during the evening.
 
We invite you to pop by the cafe during during the day or schedule a tour with our Events Coordinator.

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Balzac's Café - Powerhouse

Alex

June 2019

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My partner and I had our wedding here this spring, and it was amazing! They were so accommodating. We had our ceremony and reception at the venue and they flipped the venue for us even while guests had to stay inside due to rain. So glad we chose Balzac's as our host - the space is SO beautiful and all of our guests had the BEST time. Thanks Diki for helping everything run so smoothly, we're so grateful!

Balzac's Café - Powerhouse

Raiane Santos

May 2019

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I had my wedding at Balzacs powerhouse and I couldnt haven choose a better place to do it.
the space is stunning and when all the decor was placed, everything came out amazing! All the guests were very comfortable to dance and enjoy the party.
I cant forget about Diki (event coordinator) who was incredible, helped s much with everything since the beginning and at the day, made sure everything was working fine. I didnt have to worry about anything.
THANK YOU BALZACS for help me to have a unforgettable day.

Balzac's Café - Powerhouse

Michelle

August 2018

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My partner and I hosted our first ever event for our brand, HIGHTEA.life, at Balzac's beautiful new space! The staff were super helpful, the space was beyond gorgeous, and our guests had an amazing time. Thank you to Sarah, Diki and the team for making our night so spectacular!

Balzac's Café - Powerhouse

Olive Studio Planning + Event Design

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Balzac's Cafe is a gorgeous location for small and intimate weddings and events. It is beyond cosy with a modern and airy feel. Sarah, the events manager is attentive, accommodating, organized and cheerful. This off-the-beaten track venue is a perfect fit for the laid-back and artful couple.

Balzac's Café - Powerhouse

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Such a stunning and intimate venue with an incredible team behind the scenes!

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Company Overview

Contact Information

Name:
Tawnia Politis

Title:Events Manager

Venue Features

On-Site Ceremonies

Wheelchair Access

Wi-Fi

Outdoor Facilities

Catering Information

On-Site Catering

Off-Premise Catering

Kosher Food

Capacity Information

Max standing
Max seated

Powerhouse Cafe

80

50

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Standing capacity range
80 - 80
Seated capacity range
50 - 50
Cost
Starting at $1,600
Catering
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Type
Special Event Venues

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29 Powerhouse St, Toronto, ON M6H 0C7