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Gino Spano

Any unique event calls for an even more unique event venue—one that inspires the imagination, sparks intrigue within your guests, and reflects the overall mood of your event.

In the great city of Toronto, we have plenty of event venues that can hold any type of affair from weddings to intimate gatherings, all the way up to gala dinners with thousands of attendees. These venues range from simple and modern to those that are a little more outside of the box. Perfect for events that are anything but ordinary.

If your unique event requires something a-typical, something unexpected, even something a little unusual… you’re going to want to have a look at these four unusually unique event venues.

1. Artscape Gibraltar Point

Artscape is a non-profit urban development organization, which has a number of unique event venues located around the city. Undoubtedly their most unusual venue is Gibraltar Point, located on the serene shores of the Toronto Islands.

A quick 10 minute ferry ride from downtown gets you to Gibraltar Point which has five event spaces accommodating up to 2,000 guests. The Beacon Room and Fireplace Room both offer an option for indoor events while still being surrounded by the lush flora and fauna of the property. The South and West Lawns provide a picture perfect backdrop for outdoor music events. The Beach is a secluded sandy-shored secret, offering guests some of the most sublime views of Lake Ontario.

2. TMX Broadcast Centre

How about hosting your next unique event in the very same place that the Toronto Stock Exchange opens each morning? Wouldn’t that be amongst the city’s most unique event venues? 

While most financial institutions keep their doors firmly closed after hours, the TMX Broadcast Centre located in The Exchange Tower at King and York opens their doors to events any time of year. Imagine your guests dining in the same room where media personalities report on the country’s financial news each day.

The TMX Broadcast Centre has two event spaces available: the Gallery, which offers a formal setting for press conferences, meetings, presentations and more, while the Studio is the perfect space for small intimate luncheons and informal meetings. The TMX Broadcast Centre lets the Canadian Markets be the backdrop to your next unique event.

3. Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum, located at Bloor and St George, was opened in 1995 after Sonja Bata ran out of space for her treasured private shoe collection. These days the museum is home to over 12,500 pairs of shoes from different time periods and it also happens to be an amazing event space.

Your guests will be welcomed by a light filled atrium featuring a four-storey high glass art window. It’s an elegant and dramatic event venue with capacity for large events in the main atrium or smaller functions in the two intimate studio spaces. One of the most unusual features? Guests are actually encouraged to explore the museum and its unique collections during your event!

4. Steam Whistle Brewery

Normally when hosting an event, the drinks (including beer) come to you, but the Steam Whistle Brewery turns the tables, with guests going straight to the source.

This fully functioning brewery is located at the historic John St. Roundhouse and produces some of the finest pilsner Ontario has to offer. Steam Whistle Brewery has two event spaces on offer accommodating groups from 30 to 750. The Hall is a light-filled event space with expansive windows and historic character abound, perfect for weddings or corporate events, while The Gallery is a smaller space which features a 60-foot bar, state of the art sound system, and rotating art displays. Either space provides a playfully unique backdrop for your next event.

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Gino Spano

Starting with roots in a kitchen at 14 years old, he worked his way up the ranks and by the young age of 17 was responsible for daily events of 50 to 600 people. Gino continued to use his talents to work in catering, banquet and restaurant kitchens across the GTA. His love for Italian, French and Asian cuisine paired with his wide variety of knowledge brought him success in his new venture at Seventh Heaven in 2001. Over the past 12 years, he has cooked many meals for social events, corporate events and government officials. His love for new challenges brought him into corporate sales where he and the Seventh Heaven team won Best Catered Event for Canadian Linen’s “The Great White North” – Facility Grand Opening in 2009.
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