The Great Hall hosted a playful and delicious lemon-chiffon styled shoot beckoning for Spring to make its grand entrance. This juicy editorial featuring blush tones and lemons sprung a new-found love for yellow evoking an overwhelming sense of happiness.
A perfect combination of couture and a whimsical air – the dramatic pop of ruby on the bride’s lips ties in the delicate balance of this shoots vivid palette. The Great Hall’s Conversation Room grand windows illuminated the space displaying every little detail charmingly.
The 2018 Juno awards kicked off earlier this year at The Great Hall. This year’s Juno nominees were announced at a press conference hosted by CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science) and emceed by CBC host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe. This weekend, the 47th Juno Awards Ceremony will take place at the Rogers Arena, Vancouver. The Awards ceremony will be broadcasting live from coast to coast for the first time, live streaming to the entire world bringing millions of viewers and listeners together to celebrate Canadian music.
This year’s nominees included numerous talents, old and new, with Arcade Fire and Jessie Ryze leading in nominations. Charlotte Cardin, who is performing at The Great Hall this weekend, was announced for breakthrough artist of the year. Find the complete list of nominees here.
With Toronto Fashion week behind us, The Great Hall is looking back to RE/SET‘s first two seasons held throughout our venue.
Runway shows in Longboat Hall, a market in the Main Hall and showcases taking place in the Conversation Room, the building was buzzing. That was also the case when RE/SET landed in Yorkville for their third season.
RE/SET, developed but Toronto based The Collections helped Toronto Fashion week evolve and the world took notice. The Great Hall was proud to be a part of their beginning and continues to support this amazing talent.
To read more about this exciting company and showcase, check out the V Magazine article here.
On first meeting Chris and Jill, you could tell they were made for each other. Their intimate wedding on Sunday, November 5, 2017 truly represented this couple’s style and spirit through and through.
Their outdoor ceremony had a last minute change of plans due to the weather but they found the Drawing Room a perfect match for what they were envisioning. As the flowers were laid on the mantel and the room was cleansed with some herbs, Chris and Jill were ready to say “I Do”.
The Great Hall is proud to be apart of Toronto’s rich history. A new plaque honouring the building’s history by outlining the different phases of life The Great Hall has had was recently installed outside the main entrance on Queen St by Heritage Toronto.
Originally built as the West End YMCA, The Great Hall’s restoration project has revitalized the original structures character by bringing the build back to its original High Victorian style. 1087 Queen West has gone through many changes since it’s original build in 1890. After the YMCA, the Royal Templars of Temperance purchased and renovated the building in 1912 and by 1933 the Independent Order of Foresters merged with the Templars and added the dance hall, now known as Main Hall. Shortly after, the Polish National Union moved in and managed the building from 1939 until 1987. It was after this group that The Great Hall transformed into the cultural and event venue of Queen St West.
To find out more, check out our history page here.
The ancient Greeks believed that weddings that take place during a full Moon will be the most prosperous and happiest. It was no accident that Heather and Scott tied the knot at The Great Hall on November 4, 2017, under the full moons bright glow.
The Main Hall hosted all the monumental moments of the evening. At the beginning of the evening, Heather and Scott’s 160 guests enthusiastically filled the seats in the Main Hall to witness their beautiful ceremony against the theatre’s backdrop before moving to the Conversation Room to join in a toast to the newlyweds.
An array of delicacies were served for dinner back in the Main Hall on both the main floor and mezzanine level. Five unique food stations consisting of oysters, sushi, perogies and more were thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. As the dessert stations began to roll in, the music turned up and the dance floor began. Guests from the mezzanine quickly took notice and joined the wedding party on the dance floor and stayed there for the rest of the evening.
Cheers to Heather and Scott! May this next chapter be prosperous and full of happiness.
As we dive deeper into the fall, The Great Hall can’t help but think of another season of change, the Spring. On May 6th, France’s most famous and well-loved chanteuse received a fitting musical tribute as the Toronto Concert Orchestra took up residence in our Main Hall to present Piaf Encore – Paris in Springtime.
The music resonated in the Main Hall under the conduction of Kerry Stratton, the TCO supplied a lush and lively accompaniment to the stunning vocals of Pandora Tripp as Edith Piaf. To say they did justice to the legendary icon would be an understatement. With the wine flowing and the themed decor setting the mood, the soaring renditions of Piaf’s timeless music wowed the enraptured audience all night long.
In recent years the Toronto Raptors wild success on the hardwood has been matched by their efforts in building a true fan community. Evidence of this state of affairs was on display as they teamed with Coors Light to take over Longboat Hall for the Six Squad Raptors Playoff Party.
This multimedia hoops festival brought out the Raps faithful in full force to celebrate Toronto’s (and Canada’s) team. And they definitely got what they wanted. Members of the Raptors Dance Pack? Check! A dunk competition? Check! Former player and fan favorite Muggsy Bogues? Check!
Of course, it didn’t stop there. The in-house barber created several living masterpieces on lucky heads in attendance, everyone got to visit the “Locker Room” for their free Six Squad gear, a multitude of giveaways and tickets were up for grabs, and the 19th-century roof was raised with a performance from The 6ix’s own Jazz Cartier. All this and a limitless supply of ice cold Coors Light kept the Raptors faithful refreshed and celebratory.