Craft Education Centre

Craft Education Centre
Plan Your Event at Craft Ontario

The Craft Education Centre, located on the second floor at 1106 Queen Street West, is a new community space that is available for a range of events and presentations.

We offer Craft Ontario members the opportunity to apply and use the space for free, during regular weekday operating hours, in addition to offering the space for rent to members, affiliate organizations and community partners. The space is 500 square feet, and can be used for presentations, workshops, meetings, launches, exhibitions, and trunk shows.

Booking your event with Craft Ontario means that you are supporting your local community of makers. Revenues from venue rentals support Craft Ontario’s member programs and services.

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Capacity:
  • 500 square feet on second floor via stairs
    (not wheelchair accessible)
  • Standing reception 45
  • Theatre 35
  • Seated at tables 18 - 24
 
Equipment:
  • 45 black metal folding chairs
  • 6 tables on castors (6 x 2 feet)
  • LCD projector and screen
  • Guest Wifi
 
Rental Rates
  • $40/hour for Craft Ontario Members

Non-member organizations and businesses:

  • $55/hour if operating budget is under $100,000
  • $80/hour if operating budget is under $500,000
  • $100/hour if operating budget is over $500,000

       

 

Day rates are negotiated on a one-to-one basis. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fill out the online form indicating your needs and we will get in touch with you within two business days. Please see the below FAQ section for more information.

  Craft Education Centre Rental Inquiry  

Member Applications for Free use of Education Centre:

Craft Ontario is opening the use of the Craft Education Centre to members for free through an application system. We will accept up to 4 events a month, according to the following guidelines:

    • The event must take place during Craft Ontario operating hours Monday - Friday. If weekends or after-hours are required for the event, the space must be rented. Our weekday operating hours are:
      Mon – Wed, 10 am – 6 pm; Thurs and Fri, 10 am – 7 pm
    • Proposed bookings should reflect Craft Ontario’s values. The Craft Education Centre is not suitable for personal lifestyle or religious events such as weddings or birthday parties. You can find out more about Craft Ontario here: www.craftontario.com/about/who-we-are.
    • We encourage members to use the space to run their own workshops, presentations, meetings, trunk shows and exhibitions.
    • If the event involves offering work for sale, or charging registration fees, the space must be rented (see rates above). The member must handle all aspects of payment, as well as insurance for theft and damage.
    • Applications must be received five weeks in advance of the preferred booking date in order to allow for approval and promotion timelines.
    • Members must use the below online inquiry form to provide all of the necessary information.
    • Please see the FAQ section below for more details.

Please take a moment to fill out the following form so that we can serve you better.
A Craft Ontario staff member will respond within 2 business days.

  Craft Education Centre Member Inquiry  

FAQs

How do I book an event?

Use the online form to fill out a request for your desired event, and Craft Ontario staff will get back to you within two business days.

Can I have extra time to set up and clean up?

The time of your event proposal or booking with us should include the time that you need to set up and clean up your event. This will be coordinated between your team and ours.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you are renting the space for a fee, we require a minimum of ten (10) business days advance notice to cancel any bookings without financial penalty. If this time requirement is not met, Craft Ontario will charge the full amount of the booking.

How do I pay for the rental?

Once your event is approved through the online application booking form, Craft Ontario will send you an electronic invoice for the amount of the rental which will include payment instructions.

Are there any time restrictions on rentals?

Events may not start earlier than 9:00 am or run past 10:00 pm.

What if my proposed event requires more than one day?

The use of the Craft Education Centre depends on overall availability. If an event, such as an exhibition, is requested for multiple days, the alloted time cannot overlap with other bookings and Craft Ontario events.

What if I would like to sell work in the Craft Education Centre?

If you are interested in programming a trunk show or exhibition in which work is available for sale, the space must be rented, and all sales and liability insurance must be handled by the individual or organization that is renting the space.

Do you have to rent a minimum number of hours?

We require a three-hour minimum rental for event spaces.

Can I serve food at my event?

Yes - however we do not offer a kitchen space for preparing food, or any serving dishes or utensils. All food must be prepared prior to being brought to the space, and all food and serving materials must be removed from the space at the end of the event.

Who are your recommended caterers?

There are many local Toronto caterers that you can choose to work with – we recommend the following:

Do you have a landmark fee?

No

Can I serve alcohol at my event?

You are required to obtain a Special Occasion Permit from the LCBO and provide Smart Serve certified bar staff. Please be aware that you need to order a SOP well in advance of your event: www.agco.on.ca/forms/en/1575_a.pdf

How many people can fit in the space?

It depends on your event, and how many tables and chairs are needed. In general, the space can accommodate the following:

    • Standing reception 45
    • Theatre 35
    • Seated at tables 18

Will my room be set up for me the way I need it?

Set up and tear down/clean up are the responsibility of your team – please make sure you have enough people to help out! Craft Ontario staff will be available to set up any digital equipment you have requested, answer questions about the building, show you where things are located, tell you the wifi password, and generally offer Craft Ontario presence so you can focus on your event.

What furniture is included in my booking?

Most furniture and amenities that are located in the space are included in your rental. This includes tables and chairs.

Will I have access to wifi?

The space comes with free wifi. Craft Ontario staff will let you know what the network and password are.

What equipment do I have access to?

The Craft Education Centre comes with access to a projector, screen and conference pod. You are welcome to bring your own equipment.

What are the business hours? What if my event falls outside of these hours?

Craft Ontario is open Mon – Wed, 10 am – 6 pm; Thurs and Fri, 10 am – 7 pm; Sat, 11 am – 7 pm; and Sun, 12 pm – 5 pm. If your event is in the evening or on the weekend, a Craft Ontario staff person will be onsite, and will ensure that the door is open for you and your guests.

Where is the closest parking for this space?

There is a small Green P Carpark (#229) directly behind Craft Ontario, located at 110 Dovercourt Road, with 8 available spaces - please click here for more info.

At 18 Ossington Avenue, there is a larger Green P Carpark (#167) - please click here for more info.

Front street parking on Queen St. W. is also regulated by Green P Parking: there is no parking allowed Mon-Fri between 4-6pm, and there is free parking Sunday morning until 1pm.

How can you get there by transit?

Craft Ontario is easily accessible by the 501 Queen Streetcar, and is a short walk from either the 63 Ossington or 29 Dufferin buses.

Is this a physically accessible space?

The Craft Ontario Education Centre is not an accessible space, and can only be entered or exited by a flight of stairs.

Can event guests roam the building?

During operating hours, guests are welcome to enjoy the Craft Ontario Gallery and Shop. If alcohol is being served during the event, guests are not allowed to take alcoholic beverages outside of the Craft Education Centre.

Can we hang signs downstairs to direct people up to the second floor?

Craft Ontario does not permit signs or posters to be hung on the doors or walls of the ground floor. Craft Ontario staff can coordinate in advance to ensure that guests are properly directed to the Craft Education Centre.

Any further questions?

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.