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The Great Hall’s venues are the perfect marriage of grand and intimate, traditional and modern. To achieve this, original elements were painstakingly restored to their former glory during an ambitious 16-month restoration that covered every facet of the building. From the brick and Port Credit sandstone façade, to the 19 century radiators and original window mullions, attention was given to every detail in order to reveal The Great Hall’s rich history and ageless charm.
 
Facilities and capacity
The backbone of The Great Hall is its broad wooden staircase adorned with hand-carved, gilded ornaments. Design gems abound, including the original coffered hallway ceiling highlighted with crystal chandeliers, and practical features, like the all-new washrooms at each venue, exhibit old-world class paired with modern convenience.
 
 
Main Hall
The historic centrepiece of the building, the Main Hall is an elegant, two-storey space of over 10,000 sq. ft. that includes a reception area, coat check, and green room. The venue exudes grandeur with a stage framed by a striking decorative wall of gilded scrollwork, a 30 ft high coffered and arched ceiling punctuated by Waterford crystal chandeliers, and a border of graceful, gilt-topped columns supporting the balcony. The west wall features four 20 ft high, arched windows that can bathe the room in natural light or be covered by the rich, deep red draperies. The wood floor of the Main Hall has been refinished to bring out a patina that artfully underlines its historical character, engrained by generations of events in this singular venue.
Capacity - Standing: 480, Theatre Seating: 230 on the main floor, 80 on balcony; Banquet Seating: 170 on the main floor, 70 on balcony
 
Longboat Hall
This is a long-hidden treasure that began as the first West End YMCA gymnasium in 1889. Named for renowned aboriginal distance runner and Boston Marathon winner, Tom Longboat (who trained here in the early 20th century), this unique two-storey venue is self- contained, with a street level main entrance on Dovercourt Road. The 5000 sq. ft. space features sandstone brick walls that rise up to a patterned ceiling 20 feet above the polished concrete floor. Cast iron pillars support the original running track balcony, with large windows along the west wall. The bar is backed by slate and wood recovered from the restoration of The Great Hall’s peaked roof. Together, these elements combine to lend Longboat Hall a feel of industrial elegance.
Capacity - Standing: 400, Theatre Seating: 175, Banquet Seating: 120
 
The Conversation Room
Secluded on the second floor, the Conversation Room is a classic Victorian “gathering place”. Crisp white walls reach up to a coffered ceiling surrounded by original hand-carved crown moulding. Tasteful crystal chandeliers hang above the chevron pattern wood floor, but the stars of this bright, airy room are the large original windows, including a panoramic corner turret and seating nook.
Capacity - Standing: 117, Theatre Seating: 110, Banquet Seating: 80
 
The Drawing Room
Tucked away discreetly at the top of The Great Hall’s public space, the Drawing Room has only improved with age. The original, fully restored wood floors, grand columns, crown moulding, large windows, and marble fireplace are just some of the esthetic delights in this 1,200 sq. ft. venue. The addition of a fully equipped gourmet presentation kitchen and grand bar put the exclamation mark on that claim.
Capacity - Standing: 97, Theatre Seating: 80, Banquet Seating: 50
 
The Great Hall has the right mix of historic elegance and contemporary Queen Street style for your next event.

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Andrea Chung

March 2020

Located in the heart of Torontos west end, The Great Hall is a historic event space blending classic charm and sophistication. Holiday parties, intimate concerts, art markets or elegant events - with four very distinct venues for you to choose from for whatever social gathering you are planning.

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Samantha Nichols

February 2020

A multifaceted venue. I have seen plays here, I have experienced an interactive play, live music and trade shows. It was wonderful for all of those purposes. Also it is a gorgeous space. Bright and malleable to the needs of whomever is using it.

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Dayna Deruelle

February 2020

Awesome small venue. We saw Reuben and the Dark there and the sound was great. Bars are also super accessible and you rarely wait more than a couple minutes for a drink. The balcony is also a nice spot to take in a show.

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Marc Stefanski

February 2020

First time here. Beautiful place. Saw Ed O'Brien of Radiohead for his first ever solo show. I swear not a bad spot in the house. We stood on the balcony and it was very nice. Sound and venue was great. Security was super nice as well. Was able to meet Ed and have a nice chat after as well. Would love to come again

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Camille Luciani

December 2019

The venue hunt is always the biggest puzzle piece to a wedding and from the moment my husband and I walked into The Great Hall, it was love at first sight! The venue has such a wonderful energy and the most wonderful Victorian charm (stunning banisters, chandeliers, gold radiators, and all the details, details, details!), yet updated with all of the necessary modern amenities for an event (AC, state-of-the-art sound system, modern bathrooms, etc)...not to mention the stunning stage.We know that music would be the focal point of our wedding, so this space naturally captured our hearts since it is a music venue. Mark was our initial contact person and he was awesome to work with throughout the 1.5 years (we reserved quite a ways in advance). He had great insight for everything from rentals, to bands and little tidbits along they way (like how much pipe and drape is needed for a specific area and how much should it cost). He was also flexible and approachable, which is always helpful!This venue is amazing in every way and just really cool and easy to work with! It's great for someone who has a vision and loves a blank slate (they do not provide the rentals, that's up to you...but they have recommendations). Also, use AllSeated for your seating plans, it's amazing! The items that you will need to consider, which Mark (or someone on the team) will fill you in on, is the landmark fee (the value of all food that comes in will be taxed this fee-it adds up, but this is how these historic spaces are able to stay in our community), venue rental fee (very reasonable) and bar fee (alcohol always adds up-there are options). We also worked with Victoria leading up to the event and the day of and after, she was absolutely a joy to work with...so lovely and helpful!I highly recommend the venue, if you are on the fence...you won't regret it!

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I worked on an event here with Mark in 2017. He did a great job, he was very organized and professional. The spaces are beautiful, especially the Main Hall and now that all the renovations are done, it's exceptional. Great space for weddings, concert, charity event, brand launch and more. With multiple rooms of different sizes and esthetics, you can really find a space that works for a variety of events, in a fantastic location. I would highly recommend!

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Company Overview

Contact Information

Name:
Mark

Title:Event Manager

Venue Features

On-Site Ceremonies

Wheelchair Access

Audio/Visual

Wi-Fi

Catering Information

On-Site Catering

Off-Premise Catering

Kosher Food

Outside Caterers

Capacity Information

Max standing
Max seated

Drawing Room

97

50

Conversation Room

117

80

Longboat Hall

400

160

Main Hall

480

250

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Vendor Awards
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Standing capacity range
97 - 480
Seated capacity range
50 - 250
Cost
Starting at $1,250
Catering
Allows Outside Catering
Type
Special Event Venues

Map

1087 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H3