When it comes to hosting weddings and special events, Toronto has some of the finest venues to choose from. Venues range from classic to modern with many fusing inspirations from different eras. Whether it is style-specific, size, or functionality, many venues know their strong suit and use those assets to draw in clients. After spending over a decade DJing weddings, parties, corporate functions, and many other events, we’ve gotten the opportunity to play in many of the famous venues around the city.
Here is a list of some of the venues (in no particular order) that we’ve DJed that we feel will give you the full package. The full package meaning decor, layout, photo opportunities, location and overall vibe. But more importantly, the functionality for an event. Again, this is not a top 10 list of best venues in the city. This is an observation of some of the different venues we’ve played around Toronto that we feel is worth mentioning.
- Palais Royale
Palais Royale is definitely one of the finest venues in the city. They do a great job ticking off all the essentials you would need for your wedding. And perfect for summer wedding ceremonies, especially with a patio with Lake Ontario as the backdrop. There’s a proper green room and lounge for wedding parties, an onsite kitchen that caters a menu for weddings and special events. The hardwood floors (dance-floor) and barrel vaulted ceiling along with the art-deco railings gives off hints of its 1930s heyday. Palais Royale is kid-friendly and accommodates those with mobility issues. As a DJ, it’s a top tier venue when it comes to sound. Their in-house A/V crew make Djing easy and always problem-free. A big plus is the free parking across the street.
- Liberty Grand
Located on CNE grounds, the Liberty Grand, a premier venue in Toronto, hosts events such as weddings and major corporate functions. Between the four spacious rooms, Governor’s Ball (largest room), Renaissance and Centennial (slightly smaller, but the same size), and an open concept room, each room has at least one bar and designated DJ and lighting area. We have been doing gigs here for almost a decade and DJed in each of the rooms. Between the staff, the food, the service, and overall experience, there’s a reason why the Liberty Grand is one of the go-to venues for weddings and events in Toronto.
One of the venues under the Distillery Events umbrella is Archeo, which is located in the heart of the distillery district. This place is perfect for those with a guest list of about 60 to 120 people. Between the timber made bar, tables and chairs, and exposed brick wall, the rustic vibe brings out the cozy tradition of the distillery district without feeling out of date. Archeo also has a private outdoor patio, which is great for wedding ceremonies and perfect for summer nights. With the bar right beside the dance-floor, weddings feel more like a house party than an event.
- Casa Loma
One of our favourite venues in the city, for obvious reasons, is Casa Loma. This gothic revival style mansion, also known as Toronto’s only castle, is a treat to visit, but a real pleasure to DJ events, especially weddings. Along with being one of Toronto’s major tourist sites, Casa Loma is perfect for those who want their day to be on a larger scale where every spot is a photo opportunity. Whether you’re having your wedding in the library and conservatory, or outdoors in the glass tent, this venue goes out of their way to make you feel special.
- Steam Whistle (Roundhouse Park)
In the downtown core of Toronto nestled in the midst of some of Toronto’s major tourist landmarks like the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and Ripley’s Aquarium is the Steam Whistle Roundhouse Bar. Once serving as the repair facility for the Canadian Pacific steam locomotives, this venue now plays host to weddings and special events and has an in-house soundsystem (a plus for DJs). It’s best to book the Pilsner hall along with the main room that has a 40ft bar, especially for weddings. Both rooms are perfect for that urban wedding and because of it’s location, there are plenty of the city’s landmarks as backdrops for photos.
- Gladstone House
One of the longest standing landmarks and oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto is the Gladstone House (formerly Gladstone Hotel). This freshly renovated boutique hotel is in the heart of the West Queen West area of the city. With its traditional hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and tasteful curated art throughout the hotel, this place is a gem of a place for a wedding. In our experience, we’ve done more non-traditional, party driven weddings here. A perfect venue for those whose guestlist is around 100 people. Britton DJ Service has had the pleasure of DJing the hotel a number of times and it has always been a successful and memorable experience. If you’re looking for an artfully decorated and classy setting, minus the pretentiousness, the Gladstone House is a great option!
- Berkeley Fieldhouse
This east side venue in Toronto, along Queen St. E., has got to be one of the most secluded and enchanting spots in the city. The Berkeley Fieldhouse is an indoor and outdoor venue that feels like you’re not in the city because of the surrounding trees and lush natural garden. The owners, Berkeley Events, have taken this urban space and created an inner city oasis. Between the treehouse, the creek in the garden patio, and the overall vibe, you really do feel like you’re at a getaway, without getting away. And with a great hospitable staff, your wedding is in great hands.
In the heart of the financial district in Toronto is Bymark. The Mark McEwan owned restaurant bar is a great venue for small to medium, party driven weddings with classy urban touches. If you’re looking for a space that has sleek modernism (Yabu Pushelberg), a vast selection of wine from their floor-to-ceiling high wine cellar, and a menu that showcases why this is one of the best restaurants in the city, Bymark is the place to have your wedding. The easygoing staff does an amazing job ensuring all needs are met. The bar and patio, albeit in the heart of the downtown core, really gives an intimate and cool vibe to impress guests. A big plus is because of its location, noise limits are not an issue.
Like we mentioned earlier, this is not a top 10 list. These are just some of the many venues we’ve DJed many times and feel that for weddings, these venues tick off all the boxes. Whether you choose one of these venues or one of the many others in the city, make sure you have all the essentials for a great night. Once you’ve confirmed your venue and the other essentials such as good food, open bar, and of course, great music, you can enjoy and dance until the night’s over. And with Britton DJ Service, we will bring the party because it’s all about the music!
At Britton DJ Service, we have over a decade of wedding and event experience. We’ve DJed at many of the venues in Toronto and around the GTA and know the A – Zs of events, especially weddings from the pre-ceremony to the end of the reception. Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation and let us take care of all your musical needs.