When it comes to events, Toronto is the perfect hotspot. Home to a growing startup ecosystem, delicious food and great views all while being super-accessible as North America’s fourth largest city, it just makes sense to host your next event in Toronto.
In this article, we give you 10 great Toronto venues for everything from corporate meetings to trade shows to annual conferences.
Popularly known as the MTCC, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's leading convention and trade show facility. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the MTCC is within walking distance from Toronto’s top attractions, hotels, restaurants, and public transit. It's flexible and has accommodated an array of event types for many years; from large conventions to small meetings. They have seven exhibition halls (442,000 sq ft), 77 meeting rooms (129,900 sq ft), two ballrooms (78,000 sq ft), and a 1,232 seat theatre.
“Went here for the CMPX show held in March 2022. Large modern aesthetic venue with amenities and easy access for anyone. Suitable for almost any type of event. Everything is kept clean and orderly. Building is fairly accessible in terms of parking or transit. Near many hotels and restaurants as well which is a bonus if the event being held its multiple days." -Taylor M., Google reviewer
Another great large-scale event venue option is the Enercare Centre (previously known as Direct Energy Centre near Hotel X in Exhibition Place). Enercare Centre is Toronto’s largest continuous space at 358,433 square feet – plenty of room for your next conference, convention or other multi vendor events, accommodating over 12,000 attendees.
“Beautiful event hall in the exhibition area. Tons of parking across the street near the football/soccer stadium. The hallway connecting the spaces is beautiful with a great art installation on the ceiling and architecture itself is incredible. Definitely consider this space if hosting large events.” -Andrew N., Google reviewer
The Globe and Mail Centre offers elegant event spaces with panoramic city and lake views, on top of the new headquarters of the Globe and Mail newspaper. With flexible, purpose-built spaces, they can accommodate up to 400 guests for events ranging from conferences, meetings, product launches, receptions, weddings and private celebrations.
This is a beautiful event space with panoramic views of the Toronto skyline. They have theater-style space with drop-down screens adjacent to space with a bar for a reception. The staff is very helpful and makes putting on an event there super smooth. We will be back! -Alexandra L. Google reviewer
A leading choice for large-scale events like trade shows and expos of all kinds, the Toronto Congress Centre offers over one million square feet of space between the ballroom and event halls. For seated events like banquets or galas, the venue can host up to 8,500 guests.
“Modern, clean, well organized event venue. Many different spaces available for most size events. Good location, close to the airport and downtown. Tons of parking and options to customize your event.” - Erica L., Google reviewer
Beanfield Centre is Canada’s first LEED Silver conference centre, designed for meetings, conventions and galas. Located in the former Automotive Building, this Art Deco masterpiece offers spectacular lakeside views and is connected to Enercare Centre which offers 1 million square feet of exhibition space.
"Love the facility. You can plan an event/ conference with thousands of people. It is so clean and has ample parking. The staff is so helpful with all the tech needs. Today was my second time attending and presenting at a conference here. Love the architecture." -Renu, Google reviewer
If you’re looking for a sustainable event venue, Hotel X in Exhibition Place is a LEED Silver Certified event venue with a whole host of eco-friendly measures in place. Renewable energy systems, hotel-wide composting, green roofs, a rainwater collection program and environmentally conscious building practices are just some of Hotel X’s sustainability features. 60,000 square feet of chic, modern event space doesn’t hurt, either.
“This hotel is the place where you can dream of every possible thing, and they will make it happen. They have one of the best patios/bars with a great view…when I say great - I mean you should go and see it for yourself as soon as possible!” -Sreekar K., Yelp reviewer
The One Eighty is currently undergoing renovations until summer 2022, but watch this space – it’s one of Toronto’s best event venues, especially for entertainment, PR and marketing events, per industry professionals. Located on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre, the views of the city skyline are great and the atmosphere is refined and modern. Check out The One Eighty when they’re back with a new vibe later this year.
“If you want a great view with great service, this is the place. I was here for a company social so we booked the entire place off for ourselves. You have your choice of seating--inside or outside, on chairs or on sofas, etc. The furniture and décor are simple and classy. And of course, the view is really something. There's a patio on either side so that you can sit outside and enjoy the view. One side faces the CN tower and the other side faces the sunset so it's a win-win regardless of where you sit.” -Tina J., Yelp reviewer
Evergreen Brickworks is a green-designed, community-based heritage site located beside a lush ravine in downtown Toronto. As a Canadian charity and international thought leader, Evergreen transforms public landscapes into thriving community spaces with environmental, social and economic benefits. They have workshops and festivals throughout the year, as well as a garden market, café, community bike space, children’s garden, skating rink on site and much more.
Love this place so much! Always have a blast when I come, no matter if I'm here for the market or for an event! It's well maintained. -Alice, Google reviewer
Another rustic heritage building, the Old Mill holds a 200-seat fine dining restaurant, tea garden, wedding chapel and 16 functions rooms with over 20,000 square feet of space to host events. Their mix of historical sophistication and high-tech amenities, including high-speed WiFi and their in-house audio-visual equipment, create a unique atmosphere for any corporate event.
"I attended a business event here and I believe it’s a nice spot for these kind of gatherings. It’s well-maintained and has different rooms with different sizes, you can have your meeting in one room and serve the meals in another one." -Alaleh, Google reviewer
The MaRS Centre has an impressive selection of spaces, from intimate meeting rooms to conference-ready auditoriums. They provide multi-functional, high-tech meeting rooms, 4,700-square-foot auditorium for conferences and exhibitions, 62-foot-high glass atrium for musical performances, receptions and more, 4,500-square-foot concourse for exhibitor space and/or dining staging area, in-house audio-visual services team, as well as local and sustainable catering services
MaRS is a fantastic incubator of leading edge ideas. They host great events there. The facility is well connected to public transit, and it was nice to find ample bicycle parking out front. I've never eaten there, but there is a selection of eateries in the lower level. On top of all of that, aesthetically, the building is a great example of new build integrated into more historic architecture. -Steve N., Google reviewer
From unique, hands-on venues like Evergreen Brickworks to classic large-scale venues like the MTCC, Toronto has the best event spaces for your next production. Once you secure your venue, you’re going to need an event management platform that can handle in-person and hybrid formats. Let PheedLoop power your next hybrid or onsite event with ease!