Venue Profile: Saint James Cathedral Centre

In this venue profile, we visit another downtown Toronto venue, the St. James Cathedral Centre.

The Cathedral Centre, originally built in 1909, recently underwent a three-year renovation process and officially re-opened in spring 2012. Adjacent to the Saint James Cathedral Centre is, naturally, Saint James Cathedral. While the cathedral was built in 1853, the St. James parish has been a part of the historic Saint Lawrence community since it was established in the late 1700s. The architecture of the cathedral church is in the gothic revival style and the spire -standing at 200 feet tall- was once the tallest building in Toronto. It is now designated a Heritage Property by the Ontario Ministry of Culture.


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Snell Hall, with a capacity of just over 400 people for receptions and 200 for sit-down dinners, is one of the prominent event spaces in the centre. The east- and west-facing glass curtainwall offers serene views of St. James Park and the cathedral, and bathes the space in natural light. The setting makes it a perfect venue for weddings. However, it is equally suited for receptions and corporate gatherings, as the space is equipped with a full AV suite and private green room. In addition to being a strikingly beautiful room Snell Hall offers great versatility, with a curtain that can divide the entire space in half to accommodate a wide variety of event layouts.

The floor to ceiling windows in Snell Hall offer fantastic views and natural light

The floor to ceiling windows in Snell Hall offer fantastic views and natural light

Bowen Balfour Library is ideally suited for intimate gatherings and smaller groups. It can comfortably accommodate 50 guests for a standing reception or 24 for a seated function. The room, located on the ground floor, features exposed brick walls and glass room dividers – a perfect marriage of modern and historic. In addition, the library can be a great complement to Snell Hall; it works perfectly for pre-dinner cocktails.

The Bowen Balfour Library

The Bowen Balfour Library


For corporate meetings or retreats, the Lecture Hall, Community Hall and Meeting Room are fantastic choices, each boasting a technology suite to make brainstorming sessions and meetings a success. Meeting and community spaces are airy and modern and will surely fuel creative thinking.


Are you planning a wedding, special celebration or a company retreat or seminar? Get in touch today to find out what we can do for you! Our venue representatives are Pierre (416-968-9275 ext. 43 or and Robin (416-968-9275 ext. 11 or .

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