The Great Hall tells the story of Toronto’s past, present and future in a revitalized Victorian heritage building. Completed in 1889, it first served as the West End YMCA and through the early 20th century evolved into an essential meeting place for Torontonians, hosting public speaking events and the performing arts. During the Prohibition era it housed the headquarters for a temperance society and later provided much-needed housing for refugees from World War II. Since the dawn of this century, The Great Hall has re-established its reputation as an incomparable landmark venue for signature events and milestone social occasions.
The Great Hall is customizable for any gathering of 2 to 1200 people, offering over 20,000 square feet of versatile event space across four distinctive venues. The traditional heart of the building, the Main Hall, features a horseshoe balcony, 30-foot ceilings, Waterford crystal chandeliers and walls of gilded scrollwork framing the legendary stage. On the same floor, overlooking the eclectic Queen Street, the Conversation Room’s crisp white walls, crown mouldings and chevron hardwood floors create an atmosphere of airy, Victorian charm. One level above, the light-filled Drawing Room is as adaptable as it is intimate, with a gourmet presentation kitchen, restored 19th century windows and a decorative marble fireplace. Finally, in Longboat Hall we have one of the city’s most unique spaces. Once the YMCA gymnasium, this newly accessible venue now features the lovingly restored original indoor running track as a 360-degree balcony and is fittingly named for renowned distance runner and national hero, Tom Longboat, who trained here in the early 20th century. Sandstone brick, cast iron pillars and the polished concrete floor combine to lend this singular venue an air of Industrial Age charm.
True to its long history as an essential gathering place for the community, the city and the world, The Great Hall’s more recent guest list includes Justin Trudeau, Michael Ondaatje, Commander Chris Hadfield and a host of private special events. This personalized approach to all of their events ensures no detail will go amiss for those planning their special day. Blessed with unique character venues, thoroughly modern amenities, and a prime location, The Great Hall is an ideal spot for any bride or groom’s venue needs.