The Great Hall

1087 Queen Street West M6J 1H3 Toronto (Ontario) Map · Phone number
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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.

  • Number 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
More information

More information about The Great Hall

  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    2
  • 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?
    No
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    No
  • 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$ 45.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    House beer
    House wine
    House liquor
    Signature drink
    Bartenders

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9 Reviews for The Great Hall


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Response time 5.0

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  • Madeline

    Madeline · Married on 18 of March of 2019

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    Couldn’t have been happier with our decision!

    We had such a wonderful wedding and owe so much of that to the staff at The Great Hall! Hugely professional, helpful, responsive, organized, logistics on the day of were incredibly smooth, we just loved working with them! Would recommend this venue over and over, so grateful we chose them!

    Sent on 16/04/2019

    The Great Hall's reply:

    Hi Madeline,

    We are glad that you had a wonderful wedding day and appreciate taking the time to share your kind words and recognizing the team effort.

    We wish you all the best!

    Regards,
    The Great Hall
  • Jenn

    Jenn Jimmo · Married on 06 of October of 2018

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    beautiful spot, amazing staff

    I literally do not have words for how amazing, organized, friendly, kind and awesome at planning weddings, the great hall staff is. Not only is this venue beautiful, with its many rooms and vintage feel, but Mark and the other members of the team are all so knowledgeable about the great hall, it's features and how to throw your dream wedding. From the very beginning they were able to provide accurate numbers and ideas for us, which made the planning process easier. They took care of the AV, lights etc, and unlike most venues the socan, av, security (etc) fees are included in the price they quote! they were so easy to communicate with, and overall were very accommodating with any of our requests. I would for sure recommend this venue, for it's absolutely beautiful layout, ease for cocktail hour and photos, and above all the incredible staff!

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    Sent on 19/10/2018

    The Great Hall's reply:

    Hi Jenn,

    Thank you for taking the time and sharing you lovely comments and feedback!

    We are thrilled to know that you had an great pre-wedding preparation with the team and all was prepared to the last detail and on the day itself it was all perfect.

    Your compliments will be passed on for sure and congratulations!

    Regards,
    The Great Hall
  • Karen

    John · Married on 06 of October of 2019

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    Beautiful Venue

    We had my daughter's wedding at the Great Hall. The Venue is fabulous and fit perfectly with our vision. It looked spectacular. Victoria at The Great Hall was very accommodating, helpful and easy to work with. All the staff were extremely pleasant on bar and eager to assist loading in and out or in anyway they could. We loved it and cant imagine having had it anywhere else.

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    Sent on 08/10/2019
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    Kevin Sato · Married on 28 of September of 2019

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    Couldn't have asked for a better venue!

    Easily one of the most, if not the most beautiful venue in Toronto! Not only is the venue gorgeous, but the team there is amazing too. From coordinating deliveries, pickups and photos, they were always willing to be flexible and accommodate our requests. On the day, the team was attentive, professional and made our day truly special.

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    Sent on 07/10/2019

    The Great Hall's reply:

    Hello Kevin.
    Thank you so much for the kind words. It was a great pleasure to have you and Kamille celebrate your big day with us here at The Great Hall.
    Wishing you both all the very best for the future.
    The Great Hall Team
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    Randi · Married on 01 of September of 2019

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    Incredible venue and extremely responsive team!

    We absolutely loved our wedding at The Great Hall! The space is so unique and really made our wedding dreams come true. On top of the stunning venue, the staff were amazing and easy to work with! Would highly recommend.

    Sent on 11/09/2019

    The Great Hall's reply:

    Hi Randi
    Thanks so much for the kind words. It was a pleasure having you at The Great Hall and we're glad that we could help in making the big day such a great success.
    Wishing you both all the best!

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