Toronto’s Top East End Event Venues

Planning an event in Toronto’s East End?

5 years ago we wrote a blog article called “It’s My East End Party,” which helped dozens of people in their search for the right event space from Leaside through Riverdale and onto Leslieville. Since then, many of those sweet places have closed or changed. Thankfully, a host of chic new options east of the DVP have emerged, and the East End scene has never looked better.

Amsterdam Brewery, 45 Esandar Drive – When the old brewery at King & Bathurst got pushed out for condo towers, many people confused the stunning waterfront restaurant Amsterdam Brew House as the new home of the famous Toronto-based brewers. In fact, the new digs where the beer is brewed is in Leaside; a well kept secret in the industrial area of Laird and Eglinton. Locals know it as a perfect place to buy some brews to take home, but most people don’t know this is a great place to host a party. It’s a blank slate with suds on tap and a big screen ready to show the big game. Contact Cathy at events@amsterdambeer.com

The event space inside Amsterdam Brewery has s nice high ceiling begging for things to be hung from

Braised, 896 Queen Street East – Sam used to own and operate the local fav Chinchilla Lounge above Lolita’s Lust on Danforth. (I personally hosted 2 parties there before it closed last year.) Sam now welcomes patrons to Braised in Leslieville, and is willing to book out the space for private parties. It’s intimate, seating 50 diners, or 60 cocktail-style.  It was the perfect size for a really nice 40th birthday party we did last year, with enough space to put a dance floor by the big front windows. Contact Sam at sscanga@rogers.com

Braised gets a lot of light and street action through the big south-facing windows

Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Avenue – This 125-year-old historic building used to be the home of the infamous gentleman club Jillys. Today it’s the cornerstone of Leslieville, 58 guest rooms and 5 event spaces are modernized and ready for a different kind of action. The 3,000 square foot Lincoln Hall will be the focal point for events with it’s own deck (featured in photo atop this article), while the 7th floor will have an unobstructed view of the skyline. We are still waiting to see the inside, but we have already been contacted by clients who have booked the space for 2017 weddings. Contact Sabrina at SBudhu@thebroadviewhotel.ca

An artists rendering of the nearly-complete Lincoln Hall inside the Broadview Hotel

Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Avenue – Streetcar Developments knew they wanted this ground floor space to be attractive to the Riverdale community. So they built a modern theatre/event space to host performances, events and parties. The capacity is a huge draw: ceremonies can seat 200 guests in the Guloien Theatre, and if you have a really extensive guest list, you can have up to 350 cocktail-style. Bonus points from the DJ’s perspective as the acoustics are phenomenal. Fiona is already getting inquiries for corporate events and weddings. Contact Fiona at fiona@crowstheatre.com

The Guloien Theatre is shown here set for a corporate function. Photo credit Dahlia Katz

District 28, 28 Logan Avenue – In an area of Toronto that is seldom seen by anyone (unless you are heading to the Gardiner Expressway) an adventurous project consisting of a coffee shop, workspaces, catering company, and several hip events spaces has emerged. What was once a 18,000 sq-ft factory has become an modern multi-media facility. There are rooms big enough to drive cars into for video shoots, with curved white walls repainted daily. This is where graffiti parties, break dance festivals, and the coolest corporates are held. You might even be bold enough to plan your wedding here. Contact Josh at josh@district28.ca

A BMW Launch event in one of the many versatile white rooms of District 28

Farside, 600 Gerrard Street East – We had a 40th birthday book the Farside out last year, after the client realized that having the party in her home was going to be too much work. Farside offers the comforts of a house party, but someone else will worry about the clean up the next day. They are open every night. Contact Mike at farsideto@gmail.com

Farside feels like your friends’ basement, with VHS movies playing on screen and vinyl spinning on the turntables

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Toronto’s Top Event DJs live, work and play in the East End, and are waiting to hear from you. Contact Team Floh Back today. We look forward to providing the soundtrack for your next special event!

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Danny Floh Back
Danny Floh Back is the visionary behind Team Floh Back, Toronto's Top Event DJs specializing in corporate events and weddings. He is is also a Dean's List graduate and Chancellor's Scholar from Carleton University's Journalism department.

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