The industrial aesthetic has really picked up steam in Ontario, where more and more venues are catering to this unique architectural design, and where more couples are seeking out industrial wedding venues.
The industrial aesthetic is singularly contemporary. It’s a design that was born out of the desire for spaces that were both functional and aesthetically pleasing in a simple and clean way. Industrial aesthetic is big on open spaces, textures, shapes, and sparse colouring. Industrial designers look for ways to make their objects and spaces efficient, accessible, and responsible to the environment.
Industrial wedding venues in Ontario are usually characterized by things like brick walls, wooden or cement floors, and exposed pipework. The industrial aesthetic is especially great for couples looking for something more unique in their wedding venues. It’s a style that veers away from ornamentation and complex design, while still retaining a great deal of beauty in its creative and functional simplicity.
In Ontario, we’re lucky to have numerous breathtaking industrial wedding venues, but there are seven in particular that have caught our eye.
1. The Warehouse
With a name like The Warehouse, you can be sure that this venue will bring forth a great deal of industrial flair. Located in Downsview Park, North York, The Warehouse looks like any old warehouse from the outside. Indoors, however, the cement floor and high ceilings are met with beautiful design.
2. Burroughs Building
This venue is located in the trendy Queen Street West area, with industrial aesthetic inside that will cater to anyone who is after unique design. There are two different floors you can rent, and each has brick walls and exposed pipework. There’s also an amazing rooftop terrace that provides guests with a stunning view of Toronto.
3. Steam Whistle Brewery
This is a great space for any couple looking for industrial wedding venues in Ontario because it is actually a factory by day! Steam Whistle Brewery is one of Canada’s premier Pilsner breweries, and your wedding would take place within the actual industrial setting that is used for day-to-day operations. The Roundhouse is filled with not only history, but light, views of downtown, and that amazing industrial feel.
4. Arta Gallery
This venue is located in the heart of the Distillery District, which contains the best-preserved Victorian industrial architecture in all of North America. The Arta Gallery is located within one of the historic buildings in the Distillery and has managed to combine old-style industrial aesthetic with a more updated and contemporary industrial design.
Waterworks is one of the most exciting industrial wedding venues in Ontario. Originally a public market that was in use during the 19th century, for many years Waterworks was in disuse. However, now a heritage building that has been restored, Waterworks is a stunning industrial venue that can host upwards of 2,500 people, making it the perfect venue for couples with a large guest list.
6. 99 Sudbury
This venue is one of the most popular places for weddings in Toronto, with its location in Toronto’s Art and Design district. It’s a perfect fit for the neighbourhood—the venue is both artistic and industrial in design. Brick walls and highceilings dominate the space, and the simple design is perfect for couples wanting to infuse their own flavour into the space.
7. W Event Boutique
This last venue is another recently opened facility in Ontario. Located in Vaughan, W Event Boutique is the perfect combination of rustic, country style with industrial-city aesthetic. Like many of the other venues on our list, W Event Boutique boasts brick walls, high ceilings, and exposed pipework. With an all white interior, this space is highly customizable. One of its great advantages, however, is how amendable it is to new ideas and themes that can make your wedding stand out.