The Carlu is home to a 1200 seat concert hall, which was once reputed as one of the finest auditoriums in North America for its superior acoustics and refined ambience. It once played host to Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and other greats. Today the hall boasts state of the art technology while retaining its original splendour.
In addition to live performances, the removable main-floor seating makes it suitable for gala dinners, award shows, conferences, trade shows, and a variety of other events.
This venue remained closed for thirty years, but in 2003, Toronto was re-introduced to a sophisticated chapter in its heritage. In 1931, The Carlu opened as The 7th Floor – the crowning jewel of Eaton’s flagship department store. Originally the centrepiece of Lady Eaton’s aspirations to bring High Society and World Class Culture to Toronto, The Carlu remains one of the world’s most stunning examples of Art Moderne architecture.
The Round Room was architect Jacques Carlu’s Pièce de résistance of the 7th floor. Its style and beauty were world renowned, and may have been the inspiration for the Rockefeller Center’s famous Rainbow Room. To this day, the room displays the splendour of its era in the beautiful Lalique light fixtures, the crystal fountain, the domed ceiling, and the fully restored mural masterpiece painted by Natasha Carlu. Newly renovated but elegant as ever, the Round Room is perfect for a wide range of events including dinners and luncheons, product launches, fashion shows, and even live entertainment.
If the concert hall and the Round Room weren’t enough, the Carlu also has two clipper rooms and the newly added Sky Room. With clean and simple decor, the Sky Room serves as a cocktail space for events at the Carlu, or can be used independently for meetings, ceremonies or other functions. The two clipper rooms are intimate spaces at 650 and 300 square feet, and are ideal for board room meetings or private dinners. With so much space and versatility, the Carlu can be adapted to virtually any purpose.
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