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    Host Your Event at the AGO

The Venue

Powerful experiences take shape when art meets architecture.

Designed by world-renowned, Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry, the Art Gallery of Ontario is Gehry’s first building in Canada and marks his initial connection between art and architecture. Hallmarks of his AGO design include dramatic sculptural staircases, the warmth of Douglas fir and the extensive use of glass flooding the galleries with natural light. The AGO is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the outstanding works featured in the Thomson Collection to the comprehensive works offered in the Canadian, European and contemporary collections, there is something for everyone at the AGO.

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The Spaces

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    Baillie Court

    Baillie Court is a modern, loft-like space with incredible panoramic south-facing views of the city skyline offering an inspiring setting for an artistic corporate event or a special celebration.  The space features nearly unlimited audio-visual capacity, private washrooms, freight elevator, a soundproof Douglas fir air-wall, and a dedicated event kitchen which allows our culinary team to present any menu you may desire.  Baillie Court can accommodate up to 450 guests for a standing reception, or up to 400 guests for a seated dinner.

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    Walker Court

    The original heart of the AGO, Walker Court rests at the center of the gallery, offering an airy space which is naturally beautiful and requires little décor.  It features the iconic Frank Gehry-designed spiral staircase as its focal point which winds through a light-filled glass ceiling.  Walker Court can accommodate a standing reception for up to 450 guests or a seated dinner reception for up to 120 guests. The court is perfect for after Gallery hours events and can be reserved in tandem with any other space.

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    Galleria Italia

    Noted for its unrivalled architecture, this light-filled sculpture promenade offers a journey through the building. Galleria Italia simultaneously offers a quiet reprieve for Gallery guests, a chance to enjoy powerful connections to art and a picturesque view of Toronto.  Located on the second floor of the Gallery and overlooking Dundas Street, Galleria Italia provides a breathtaking backdrop for wedding photos and an incomparable atmosphere for receptions. The space can accommodate a standing reception for up to 250 guests, or dinner for up to 100 at a dramatic harvest-style table.

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    Seminar Rooms

    Bring creativity to your next meeting or group gathering in our spacious and glass-enclosed meeting rooms. Located within the concourse level of the Gallery, the Weston Family Learning Centre offers three separate and unique professional seminar rooms with fully integrated technology. All three rooms can be catered from the in-house kitchen and have built-in projectors, screens, audio and Internet services.

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    Jackman Hall

    With its own private foyer, an entrance located off McCaul Street and seating for 200 persons, Jackman Hall is the perfect auditorium for corporate presentations, speaking engagements, intimate screenings and small-scale performances. The theatre is equipped with a 16mm and 35mm film projector, a digital projector, DVD and Blu-Ray players, a sizeable stage and a podium with a microphone. Rental of the hall includes a theatre attendant, an AV technician and use of existing furniture inventory for foyer needs.

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    Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium

    The Sculpture Atrium is located to the south of Walker Court and is connected to the original Grange building. Beautiful, elongated glass windows flood the space with natural light, and elevators are close by to whisk guests to contemporary galleries. Perfect for smaller catered events, the area allows guests to enjoy a historic space within the Gallery.

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    Norma Ridley Members' Lounge

    Normally available to AGO members only, the redesigned Norma Ridley Members’ Lounge offers a relaxing haven during visits to the Gallery, as well as a chance to reconnect with The Grange, the Gallery’s historic first home. The lounge has an eclectic ambiance, featuring contemporary Danish furnishings amidst the classic 19th century setting. For those hosting smaller groups and seeking an unforgettable experience, the lounge can be reserved after Gallery hours for private receptions and dinners.

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    FRANK Restaurant

    FRANK, the AGO's restaurant, is a distinct Frank Gehry-designed space. Its casual-chic decor includes modern Danish furnishings and a contemporary installation of artist Frank Stella's work. The cuisine reflects local Canadian heritage with global influences in cooking style and flavour.  FRANK welcomes up to 100 guests for private receptions or 60 guests for private seated dining for both social and corporate functions. Semi-private dining is also available upon request.

Plan Your Event

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    WEDDINGS

    Exchange vows under the iconic Gehry-designed feature staircase in historic Walker Court before treating your guests to a bespoke dinner menu in your choice of private event spaces.  A full event staff ensures you needn't do anything but enjoy yourself. Enjoy effortless entertaining at the AGO.

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    CELEBRATIONS

    Mark your special occasion with the AGO.  Bar & bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, retirement dinners and more are at home in our spaces, which range from historical and elegant to modern and chic. On-site catering, planning services, and AV make party prep a breeze.

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    CORPORATE EVENTS

    Hold your meeting at the gallery and enjoy professional planning services from our on-site team. Choose an airy seminar room or a private conference room with city skyline views; let us take care of the details while you focus on your work.

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    PRIVATE GALLERY TOURS

    Whether on your first or 100th visit to the Gallery, you will be inspired by the conversation, exploration, and information on our Guided Tours. Explore the AGO’s spectacular building and discover treasures within the collections.  Experience art from Canada and around the world. There is something for everyone!

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    TEAM BUILDING

    Stimulate creativity within your organization through team-building activities at the AGO! Workshops are designed to encourage lateral thinking and push participants' creative boundaries in a collaborative environment. Sessions include explorations of the art in our collection and optional hands-on artmaking experiences.

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    FULL GALLERY RENTALS

    Hosting a very large group or simply want to have the gallery to yourself? Contact us about a bespoke, gallery-wide experience where you can view art works at your leisure, escorted by our knowledgeable and courteous staff.

  • EXTRAS

    What else do we offer? The sky’s the limit. Imagine bespoke menus, 3D renderings of room design concepts, practically limitless décor capabilities, custom staging & audio-visual services, supplier recommendations (we only work with the best), floral décor services, art making in the studio, personalized art tours - all seamlessly arranged by your dedicated events team. Art. Architecture. Events. All here at the AGO.

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Culinary and Team

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Art is on your plate at the AGO. As one of the only arts institutions in North America proudly offering a robust food and beverage operation, AGO Kitchens offers a rare advantage: custom menus made with fresh, local ingredients by our own team of dedicated culinary experts.  Working in one of three on-site kitchens, we produce it all: from organic breakfast smoothies & house-baked pastries to extravagant tasting menus with wine pairings – and everything in between. Our team of event planners, AV specialists, banquet managers, and chefs will take your event from concept to reality – allowing you to simply welcome your guests to the gallery.

Our Team

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    Julie Goobie

    Group Sales
  • Christy Germscheid

    Christy Germscheid

    Corporate Sales
  • Laura Mattachione

    Laura Mattachione

    Corporate Sales
  • Wendy La

    Wendy La

    New Business Development
  • Jennifer Prince

    Jennifer Prince

    Wedding & Social Sales
  • Amy Hopkins

    Amy Hopkins

    Sales & Marketing

Partners

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Contact Us

The AGO events team is available to help with any questions you may have.  We look forward to hearing from you and making your event unforgettable! Use the form below or contact us directly. 

Email: events@ago.net
Telephone: (416) 979-6634

 

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