The Great Hall

1087 Queen Street West M6J 1H3 Toronto (Ontario) View map
2 reviews

Number of guests 80 to 250

Information about The Great Hall

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.

The facilities offered include:

  • The Main Hall: The historic centerpiece 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 on each level 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

Services offered

Top of the line infrastructure, accessible venues, and easy to reach locale make The Great Hall an incomparable setting, with an open vendor policy, flexible décor guidelines and customizable bar packages that allow you to personalize every detail of your special day. Their straightforward booking system and practical approach simplify the planning process, leaving you free to focus on what matters.

  • Nº of guests

    From 80 to 250

  • Maximum Capacity

    1200

  • Type

    Ballroom, historic, mansion

  • Style

    City, classic, glamorous, vintage

  • Event Services

    Bridal suite, clean up, event planning, lighting / sound, outside vendors

  • Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

    C$ 500.00

  • Availability

    View calendar

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More information about The Great Hall

  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 1
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 4 venues + bridal suits
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, reception, bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner
  • What catering services do you offer? Cocktail reception, outside cake
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), cash bar, champagne toast, house beer, house wine, house liquor, liquor license, open bar, premium liquor, signature drink, specialty beer, specialty wine
  • What event items are available? Audio equipment, dance floor, lighting, tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware
  • What transportation and access is available? Valet, wheelchair access
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? C$ 500
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? C$ 500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? C$ 500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Clean up, bridal suite
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? C$ 45
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Open bar, house beer, house wine, house liquor, signature drink, bartenders

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Reviews from The Great Hall

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  • Holden Sheffield, Married on 05/05/2018

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    • Quality of service:
      Excellent
    • Responsiveness:
      Excellent
    • Value:
      Excellent
    • Flexibility:
      Excellent
    • Professionalism:
      Excellent

    The Best Wedding Venue in Toronto

    We are so incredibly lucky that we stumbled upon the Great Hall. Walking down Queen Street one day we passed by it, looked in and were hooked. We met Mark Foster from the beginning - a true professional. An absolute pleasure to deal with. He made every accommodation possible for us, was so relaxed and easy going.

    The venue itself was absolutely incredible. The acoustics are second to none for a live band. The location and the look were perfect. The cost extremely reasonable. The bar package they offer is fantastic. Mark and his crew accommodated our signature drinks without a hitch during cocktail hour. Their alcohol selection is very high end, and they are extremely flexible.

    If you are looking for an original, one-of-a-kind wedding venue look no further then then Great Hall. Their staff are an absolute pleasure to deal with and you will not regret using this place to host the most important night of your life. We will never forget our wedding there, nor will any of our guests.

    hats off to Mark and his team.

    Thank you so much.

    Sent on 21/05/2018

    The Great Hall's reply:

    Thank you so much for the kind review! It was our pleasure to assist you in planning and executing the event.
    We wish you all the happiness in the future!

  • Kristen Duern, Married on 23/09/2017

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    • Quality of service:
      Excellent
    • Responsiveness:
      Excellent
    • Value:
      Excellent
    • Flexibility:
      Excellent
    • Professionalism:
      Excellent

    Choosing the Great Hall was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day. It was the perfect mix of beauty, lighting, music , modern and historical. Mark Foster was a dream to work with. The great hall will always hold a very special place in our hearts

    The wedding of Kristen Duern and The Great Hall 1
    Sent on 24/10/2017

    The Great Hall's reply:

    Kristen and Mark thank you so much for the review! Your wedding was beautiful and a joy for us to host. We wish you both all the best!

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