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TSE Venues Guide 2018

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25 LISTINGS QUICK LINKS BANQUET VENUES COMMUNITY + CULTURAL ARTS VENUES CONFERENCE + CONVENTION CENTRES HISTORIC VENUES LECTURE HALLS + EDUCATION FACILITIES MEETING SPACE + OFFICE FACILITIES MUSEUMS + GALLERIES NIGHTCLUBS, LOFTS + PRIVATE CLUBS PRIVATE EVENT SPACE RESTAURANTS + PRIVATE DINING SPORTS + ACTIVITY VENUES THEATRES + CONCERT HALLS INDEX ATTRACTIONS LISTINGS QUICK LINKS << << << Drink Maker The Place: Spirit of York Distillery Co. in the Distillery District Then: The site was the original malting house for the Gooderham and Worts distillery circa the 1860s. Now: Home to one retail space or another since the historical district opened in 2003, the space is back in action as a boutique distillery for small-batch vodka and gin. Specifics: Maintaining the distinctive architecture of the area, exposed brick and original rustic wood beams line the space. Fabulous is the unique entranceway chandelier fashioned from the company's crystal-like custom bottles. The 2,500-sq.-ft. tasting lounge offers a large centre bar with optimal views of the glassed-in room housing the distillation equipment. There's also a bitters bar where guests can learn to make their own. Other interactive event add-ons available for booking include group tastings, cocktail workshops and a hands-on day with a distiller to acquire the secrets to crafting premium spirits. The space accommodates receptions of up to 150 and is fully customizable. Buyout is available. FYI: There are five catacombs located beneath the distillery, one of which is visible from the main staircase. Castle Dining The Place: BlueBlood Steakhouse at Casa Loma Then: Completed in 1914 as the palatial residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, Toronto's iconic castle has been a tourist attraction mainstay for decades. Now: Still a popular must-visit museum and event venue, Liberty Entertainment Group took over management in 2014 transforming the site into an entertainment complex with unique amenities like an escape room game series, an outdoor event pavilion and, most recently, BlueBlood Steakhouse. Specifics: Located in a main-floor wing of the castle, the refined steakhouse is opulent. The setting is a marvellously cheeky mix of the historic venue's classic architecture and antiques with design-edgy pops of contemporary art from street artist Mr. Brainwash, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. Two stately pink marble lions greet guests at the restaurant's private entrance. Striking antler chandeliers hang above the plush leather banquettes that fill the 130-seat dining room. There's also a cigar-lounge bar. Ideal for small group dinners, the menu is splurge-worthy with items like a Wagyu filet tasting plate, aged premium cuts and seafood towers. FYI: Drake gave the resto a celebrity-approval rating by hosting his 31st birthday there. From Trash To Glam The Place: The Symes Then: Located in the Junction's Stockyard's district, the site was once home to an incinerator and waste transfer station that closed in 1996. Now: An Art Deco beauty, this heritage-status building opened its doors on the meticulously restored multi-purpose space of The Symes venue last November. Specifics: Raw elements like the original brickwork, metal trusses and round window cuts exude an industrial elegance. The space is divided into two rooms. A 17-ft. ceiling and three skylights crown the main floor's Grand Symes, a 5,600-sq.-ft. space for 400 seated. Upstairs is the Scarlett Room, with a 4,100-sq.-ft. expanse, 22-ft. industrial beam ceiling and beautiful natural light illumination. Fits 280 seated. Each room is equipped with a bar, private lounges, staff, kitchen and restrooms. FYI: The Grand Symes offers an over-sized load-in area with drive-in access to the room and enough space to fit a yacht! Photo by Kayla Rocca Photo by George Pimental

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