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Home to plenty of attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and a slew of other top notch locales, Toronto has no shortage of must-see destinations perfectly suited for family outings or out of town guests. But here’s an interesting tidbit: did you know that a the grand majority of these landmark hot spots can also be booked for private social or corporate events?! That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 15 Toronto venues you probably didn’t realize also host private events!
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Nestled in Toronto’s lush ravines, Evergreen Brick Works welcomes over 500,000 visitors yearly to experience its public markets, enjoy outdoor learning and nature play, and explore public art. It’s the perfect place for a Sunday fun-day if you ask us! Not only a hot spot for a family outing or a group hang, EBW is also one of the most sought-after event facilities in Toronto, offering a truly unique setting for private events. With a handful of versatile spaces on site with various different capacities, an experienced events team that will guide you through every step of the planning process/event execution and a gorgeous natural backdrop to boot, Evergreen Brick Works just might be the perfect oasis in to host your next event!
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Calling all book lovers! Available for weddings or any other special event, the Toronto Reference Library is an architectural landmark in the center of the City. Featuring an intimate exhibit gallery, a vaulted reading room or large vibrant light-filled spaces, this venue has plenty of different spaces to suit your event. You can even rent the entire library branch and dine amongst the stacks in one of the City’s most architecturally striking buildings. Who could say no?
Home to 20,000 animals, 450 species, and several interactive exhibits including sharks and stingrays, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has become a Toronto staple since opening it’s doors in 2013. It also provides an incredible backdrop for your event! That’s right – if you’re looking to host your event in a unique space, the Aquarium just might be the perfect fit! In addition to the unique space, the Aquarium offers a variety of experiences to enhance your event, including behind-the-scenes tours and customized photo packages and dive shows. With nine galleries to explore, Ripley’s Aquarium provides a truly one of kind event experience for corporate clients, galas, receptions, celebrations, meetings, and more!
Planning a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame is sure to be on every hockey fan’s list of things to do AT LEAST once in their life to experience the best of hockey and visit Lord Stanley himself. With numerous exhibits to explore, including a replica of the Montreal Canadians’ dressing room and exciting interactive hockey games, this iconic hot spot is home to the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world.
Best of all? You can experience all of this and more by booking the HHOF for a private event. The Esso Great Hall on the upper level offers a wonderful contrast, providing a very elegant and sophisticated environment and can accommodate a range of different events including elegant seated dinners, small and large cocktail receptions as well as food station receptions with DJ’s and dancing. How cool is that?
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Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory is known as a non-profit music education institution and performance venue. In fact, it is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world, and it’s located right here in Toronto! What you may not know is that it’s stunning multi-purpose theatres, light-filled gallerias and intimate private dinner spaces are available to to rent out for your next social or corporate event! With breathtaking acoustics in Koerner Hall and beautiful architecture throughout, your event will be nothing short of elegant!
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Located in Toronto’s theatre district, the prestigious Roy Thomson Hall is home to the famous Toronto Symphony Orchestra and once a year it also hosts red-carpet screenings at the ever-popular Toronto International Film Festival! But, that’s not all – it also plays hosts to hundreds of spectacular events each year. This glass canopied landmark may be famous for hosting the brightest of stars on its stage but the venue hasn’t lost sight of it’s founding mandate to offer services for a wide range of events with the stunning 2,630 seat auditorium offering a completely transformative, unique space for any social or corporate event!
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Did you know that The Royal Ontario Museum was named one of the most beautiful museums in the world by Condé Nast Traveler? It’s also one of the largest museums in all of Canada! Located right in the heart of downtown Toronto, this city staple attracts more than a million visitors every year to learn about art, world culture and natural history in it’s five floors of galleries and exhibitions. But, that’s not all this venue has to offer! If museums are your thing, you should consider planning your next social or corporate event at the ROM — boasting vaulted ceilings, soaring windows and magnificent detailed stonework in the heritage wing, you’ll not only be surrounded by culture and history, it’s also pretty much guaranteed that the backdrop will be absolutely breathtaking!
For those of us who grew up in the GTA, we probably associate the The Ontario Science Centre to fun elementary school field trips, but this space offers so much more! Fusing energy with creativity, this famous cultural attraction also serves as a unique, multipurpose event space. Each interactive exhibit hall offers an exciting backdrop for social or corporate events and can accommodate up to 10, 000 people – wowza! If you’re looking to bring a little chemistry to your event, look no further than the Science Centre!
Home to the annual Queen’s Plate, Woodbine Racetrack is generally known as a Canadian race track for thoroughbred horse racing in the GTA. Less known is the fact that they also know how to host an amazing event in one of their 10 private event spaces! So if you’re looking for a fun place to gamble and sate your equestrian passion, this place has you covered!
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Another popular museum in our great city is the Gardiner Museum, full of exhibits focusing on the art of ceramics. If you’ve visited the museum before, you may have taken its classes, lectures and tours and likely walked through the Terrace Room, a stunning, minimalist space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows offering fabulous views of Queen’s Park that also happens to be available for private event rentals. The Museum triples as a pretty sweet event space, if you ask us!
Known as Canada’s home of motorsports, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park features a road course, a driver training facility and a kart track. Perfect for a Sunday fun-day, and even more perfect for your next event! Not only does this venue feature outstanding views and state-of-the-art equipment, the CTMP has multi-functional, multilevel space PLUS an open air roof top. They even have an on site events team to help with the planning and execution. Does it get much cooler than that sports fans?!
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With over 13,000 items and related artifacts reflecting 4,500 years of shoe history from all over the world, The Bata Shoe Museum knows a thing or two about accessorizing from the sole. Lucky for those of us looking for a truly unique space for our next event, the museum also happens to be no stranger to any and all types of events – including weddings. Added bonus? The Bata Shoe Museum has won the City of Toronto Design Award. So, you know you’re in for a good fit when you step afoot inside this inspiring vision of one determined woman!
Design Exchange is Canada’s only non-for-profit museum dedicated exclusively to the wonders and inscribing of design! What does that mean? It means anything and everything about architecture to fashion design. You’d honestly have to attend to understand but be prepared to be dazzled, not only by the beauty, mathematics, and physics behind design, but by the the interior decor of the venue itself! The space really does lend itself perfectly for all types of events; from product launches, conferences, expositions, to company soirees!
Located in the heart of Mississauga, the Living Arts Centre is a not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to being a place for global engagement in the arts. The premiere arts and culture facility is home to a stunning atrium, three presentation-ready theatres and seven professional craft studios. Sounds like the perfect gathering place for creativity! It also provides a unique setting for weddings, corporate events, conventions, meetings, trade shows and more offering 210,000 square feet of space, state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment AND heated underground parking (yes, you read that right). We’d book our next event here just for the parking to be honest….
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The CN Tower is a signature icon of our city’s skyline standing 553.33m high. Every year thousands of people visit this landmark to experience the spectacular views from the tower’s floor to ceiling window walls, have dinner in the 360 restaurant or, for those feeling adventurous, check out the daring EdgeWalk. But this is not only a tourist attraction – if you’re thinking of planning a wedding, corporate lunch/dinner, holiday party etc., the CN Tower may just be the perfect spot for a unique experience! With unparalleled views of our beautiful city set as your backdrop, the tower can play host to a wide variety of events accommodating up to 1,400 guests. Where do we sign up?
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