When asked to produce an event, one of our very first tasks is to find the perfect venue. We’re constantly adding to our expansive bank of great spaces across North America, but narrowing it down to two or three that meet all the criteria of a specific event can be quite a task.
Over the years, we’ve developed an “A-List” of go-to venues that are fun, flexible and can fit a range of events from cocktail parties to product launches and everything in between. Because of the variety of our clients, our database of venues is an ever-changing blend of new, modern spaces and old-school favourites, but even as trends change and venues come and go, there are a few spaces across Toronto that stay at the top of our list. Here are our three favourites.
1. The Loft at Andrew Richard Designs
For a sleek, raw, minimalist space, one of our top choices is the “Loft” at Andrew Richard Designs. Centrally located at Adelaide and Parliament, it provides a convenient alternative to the downtown core. The space is open-concept and all white, providing a blank canvas for a custom menu of lighting, décor and set-up options. From modern galas or tech launches to cocktail parties, the Loft at ARD can accommodate anywhere up to 500 guests. Ask for Jacquelyn and you’ll be well taken care of!
2. Arcadian Court
For a more plug & play option perfect for corporate events, we love working at Arcadian Court. Right in the heart of Toronto, it provides easy access for the Bay Street crowd, TTC commuters and, attached to the Eaton Centre, offers an easy landmark for those not familiar with the downtown core. With a sizable ballroom, intimate open cooking facility and a large area customizable with mobile air walls, Arcadian Court can accommodate groups from 30 – 600. As an added bonus, this is an Oliver and Bonacini venue, so you know the eats will be top notch.
3. Burroughes Building
Since our first site-visit at Burroughes Building, we were in love. If a client is looking for a funky, brick & beam space, Burroughes is reliably at the top of our list. Sitting atop a cool Queen West furniture store, Burroughes is amazing in all its exposed brick, creaky floor and loft-like glory. It has great flow between its two adjoining rooms and tons of space for a bar, food stations, lounge seating and a wide range of activations, like photo booths or live murals. They even allow you to bring in any caterer you like!
There are always new venues popping up across town, and we love checking out new spaces. If you’ve seen a venue that rocked your socks, get in touch and let us know.