3 Hidden Gem Venues That You’ve Never Heard Of…Until Now


University Club of Toronto

The University Club of Toronto


Shhh, what I’m about to tell you is Top Secret.

OK, not officially Top Secret, but it’s fair to say the information I’m about to share is not widely known.

Today we’re visiting three Toronto wedding venues that are centrally located, beautiful and – here’s the crazy part  – affordable. Most of you are familiar with the more high profile venues in the downtown core:  the ROM, The Carlu, The Gardiner Museum, The Burroughs Building, The Drake, The AGO, The Gladstone, The Gardiner, Berkeley Church, etc. All are wonderful, but not for the budget-conscious couple. In this blog you’ll learn that affordable and lesser known does not mean less impressive. Let’s get started.

De La Salle Heritage House


De La Salle Heritage House

Just south of Avenue Rd and St. Clair in the affluent Summerhill neighbourhood, on quiet, tree-lined residential Farnham Ave is the home of De Le Salle College School. The Edwardian  heritage house and 13 acre property was originally purchased in 1850 by Senator John S. MacDonald. The entire property was purchased by The Christian Brothers in 1931 and has served many roles over the years. It offers outstanding value for your wedding:

  • use of the entire Mansion (except a few private offices)
  • beautiful formal ballroom
  • lovely grounds – perfect for an outdoor ceremony and/or photos
  • brand new, well appointed kitchen for your caterers
  • no Landmark Fee
  • lots of parking; TTC accessible
  • inexpensive accommodation for your guests. (Yes, it’s very much like staying at a Catholic boarding school, but the rooms are clean, affordable and you’re in one of the best neighbourhoods in all of Toronto)


University Club of Toronto

In the heart of downtown is The University Club of Toronto. Founded in 1906, the club has called its current location at 380 University Ave. home since 1929. The clubhouse was declared a Heritage Building by the Province. This is a stunning venue that provides amazing value.

  • rental fee includes the first two floors of the building
  • no Landmark Fee
  • complimentary meal tasting for bride & groom
  • amazing collection of Canadian art throughout
  • can accommodate up to 400 guests
  • the Library boasts soaring ceilings, beautiful Georgian architectural detailing and stunning views of University Ave.
  • silverware, linens, glassware are included
  • WPIC certified planner on hand to guide you through your day
  • guest bedrooms are available for the bridal party and guests


The Women’s Art Association of Canada

In the tony and sophisticated Yorkville neighbourhood at 23 Prince Arthur Avenue is the charming Victorian home of the Women’s Art Association of Canada. The bright and spacious Dignam Gallery opens onto a terrace and the beautiful landscaped garden – a perfect spot for cocktails or dancing. Some of the features:

  • very DIY
  • AV equipment included
  • Dingham Gallery holds 120 for cocktails; 80 for sit down
  • garden can accommodate 150 seated or for cocktails (tenting is an option)
  • kitchen facilities are available
  • venue provides tables and chairs (or rent your own)
  • hourly rental rate is just $115
  • services of security person is included
  • many parking options for your guests are a short walk away

So there you have it. Three hidden gem venues, right in the heart of Toronto. If you would like more information on these, or any of the many other hidden gem venues that are scattered throughout our wonderful city, drop me a line.


4 Responses to “3 Hidden Gem Venues That You’ve Never Heard Of…Until Now”

  1. Mary Jo Ross Says:

    Where did you get the idea that the University of Toronto Club was affordable they charge $2,000 for both floors and you must have a minimum of $4,500 for food and the bartender is $25 an hour. Chairs etc. you have to rent, and it goes on & on….just say’n

  2. Christine March Says:

    Hi Mary: The prices you mention are quite reasonable, especially for a an elegant venue right in downtown Toronto. The $4,500 is a minimal spend request; $25 an hour is the going rate for a bartender. The venue is fully furnished but, depending on the type of event you want, some rentals may be required. I can think of many venues in Toronto that charge much, much more and provide much less. It’s possible this may not be the right venue for you, but it does provide excellent value.

  3. Jacqueline Says:

    Christine. I cannot tell you what an absolute godsend you are. I have been searching and searching and dare I say again searching for the perfect venue that a) have both indoor and outdoor options b)be affordable and c) allow me to choose whatever caterer I’d like! I am so happy. Are there any other gem venues you can suggest? You can also suggest affordable photographers, florists, dj’s and cake makers. Lol. Thanks again!

  4. sonia Says:

    I second that opinion!!Looking for hidden gems.

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