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Accessibility update: The elevator at the Ontario Heritage Centre is undergoing refurbishment and will be out of service until February 2018.

Ontario Heritage Centre

Experience the elegance of the Edwardian era at the Ontario Heritage Centre. Built in 1909 for the Canadian Birkbeck Investment and Savings Company, this former financial building is ideally situated in Toronto’s downtown core. Carefully restored features include the wood-panelled Oval Boardroom, marble lobby and one of the last manually operated elevators in the city. The rooms are graced with decorative plaster, wood and ironwork, high ceilings and large windows that provide generous natural light. Combined with friendly, dedicated staff, this landmark building makes any gathering a memorable affair.

Learn more about the history of this fascinating building – and about the restoration of The Gallery.

Capacity

For dinners or receptions in an elegant Edwardian setting (up to 160 guests)

The Gallery

Originally designed as an impressive banking hall, The Gallery retains a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Guests are greeted at a private entrance and ushered into a spacious two-storey atrium, linked to an upper mezzanine by a white marble staircase. This dramatic setting – 2,200 square feet or 204 square metres – is ideal for receptions, weddings, product launches, media events and corporate special events for up to 160 people. (Room configuration: For stand-up cocktail receptions, the ideal number is 80-160 people. For corporate dinners, we can comfortably accommodate 80 guests, 10 tables of 8 each.) For a wedding sit-down dinner, we recommend a maximum of 80 guests (10 tables of 8 each) for a plated dinner. Note: Two of the tables will need to be removed after the dinner to provide room for the dance floor.

The Birkbeck Room

Impressive oak-trimmed windows dominate this light-filled setting. Located on the second floor, this 47-foot x 34-foot (14.6-m x 10.4-m) fully carpeted room features a dedicated foyer and cloakroom. This room is frequently used for a wedding ceremony and/or cocktail reception before dinner. Receptions for up to 80 people or theatre-style seating for up to 80 guests. This room can also be booked in conjunction with The Gallery downstairs as a wedding ceremony room or for a stand-up cocktail reception room before dinner in The Gallery.

The Oval Boardroom

This uniquely designed oak-panelled room, located on the second floor, seats 12 guests in comfort and style around an oval oak table. The Boardroom is ideal for discreet private dinners or as a bridal room in conjunction with our other two rooms.

Rates

The prices listed here are effective as of January 19, 2015 and do not include HST (PDF | 120 KB). Please verify rates before booking your event.

Ceremony rehearsal in The Birkbeck at pre-arranged time – $300 for up to three hours.

Wedding photos

  • $350 for up to two hours.

Security

  • A security fee of $200 will be charged for wedding receptions.

Authorized credit card is required upon booking for damages and/or payment.

Additional costs:

Landmark Levy

A 15 per cent Landmark Levy on the cost of food and catering staff will be added by the caterer to the catering invoice. Revenue generated by Heritage Venues assists the Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Government of Ontario, to preserve and promote our heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Music fees (SOCAN and Re:Sound)

SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) requires that the users of copyrighted music must obtain a SOCAN licence to perform, authorize others to perform or play copyrighted music in public. Re:Sound licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast and new media. It is the SOCAN and Re:Sound policy that the establishment hosting the event collect the fee and remit it to SOCAN and Re:Sound. SOCAN fee: $66.86 if there is copyrighted music with dancing or $33.40 if there is copyrighted music without dancing. Re:Sound fee: $30.09 if there is recorded music with dancing or $15.02 if there is recorded music without dancing.

Insurance

If alcohol is served during your event, you are required to obtain alcohol liability insurance in an amount not less than $2 million.

Directions

By car: From the Gardiner Expressway, take the Yonge Street exit and travel north on Yonge Street to Adelaide Street (one block north of King Street). Turn right onto Adelaide Street East. The Ontario Heritage Centre is a couple doors in from Yonge Street (on the north side of Adelaide Street East).

By transit: Take the subway to the King Street Station. Walk north on Yonge Street one block to Adelaide Street. Turn right onto Adelaide Street East. The Ontario Heritage Centre is at 10 Adelaide Street East (on the north side of the street). More info

Virtual tours

(Virtual tours: Bofei Cao)