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Social Venues

Whether you are looking to celebrate a social event, such as a family affair or host a corporate event, such as an international conference, Vancouver offers a unique venue to suit any special occasion. The Major the Gourmet team will customize your event from a tantalizing menu to a creative décor to compliment the surroundings of your chosen venue in order to actualize the vision of your dream.

Bau-Xi Gallery
Located in South Granville's "Gallery Row", Bau-Xi is the oldest contemporary gallery in Vancouver. It offers the traditional gallery atmosphere with open floor space, bright white walls, and professional lighting. The gallery is only rented for artists and charity events.

Buschlen-Mowatt Fine Arts Gallery
Located in Downtown, the Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery showcases modern and contemporary art from the world's most renowned and up-coming artists. Impress your guests with such masterpieces from Pablo Picasso, Robert Indiana, and Yehouda Chaki in this up-scale gallery. The gallery can accommodate 500 - 600 people for a cocktail reception or 100 people for a sit-down dinner.

Coal Harbour Community Centre
Located not far from the Coal Harbour Seawall, this progressive community centre has several spaces suitable for meetings, weddings and parties. Dazzle your guest with a beautiful view of Coal Harbour and the North Shore mountains. The community centre has rooms adequate for receptions between 20 to 100 people. If you are looking to hold a meeting, the Meeting Room can accommodate up to 20 people.

Diane Farris Gallery
Located in South Granville, The Diane Farris Gallery offers a modern and minimalistic exhibition space, fitting for a reception-type party. Greet your guest in the spacious Sculpture Courtyard and amaze them with contemporary art from Canadian and International artists. The gallery can provide an intimate sit-down dinner of 12 people or a reception of 100 - 150 people.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classic Chinese Garden
Exit the hectic city life and enter the tranquil grounds of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen 15th Century Chinese Garden to rejuvenate your senses. Located in the heart of Chinatown, this intimate and unique garden is enclosed behind white decorative walls. A small gathering of 10 people or an extravagant gathering of 500 people can be accommodated. The Ming Dynasty styled-garden with covered pathways, pavilions, beautiful plants, rocks, and ponds will surely create an enchanting setting.

False Creek Yacht Club
Located in close proximity to downtown Vancouver, The False Creek Yacht Club includes a lounge with magnificent views of Granville Island, False Creek, and English Bay. The Lounge will comfortably accommodate up to 90 people for a sit-down dinner or 150 people for a stand-up cocktail reception. The Boardroom is perfect for having small meetings as it can accommodate up to 14 people. Both facilities have well appointed interiors, making them ideal for many types of events including weddings, birthdays, conferences, and barbecues.

Granville Island Brewery
Granville Island is a cosmopolitan of galleries, local shops, restaurants, and the large public market. The Granville Island Brewery is a definite stop to host your next casual event. The cottage-like Taproom is characterized with a forty-foot ceiling with out-reaching wooden beams. Another distinguishing feature is the floor-to-ceiling window allowing guests to have a full-view of the pilot brewery. The Taproom can hold 120 people for a standing reception or seat 55 people for a sit-down dinner.

Heritage Hall
Built in 1914, this extravagant three-storey heritage building captivates 18th century architecture. Lavish structural designs such as ornamented pavilions, a working clock-tower and bell, a curved red marble staircase and roofing adorned with sophisticated stonework would be a great setting for an exquisite evening party. The main floor ballroom is characterized with a patterned tile floor, stained glass chandeliers, and hues of rose and cream. This venue is fully equipped with kitchen and media equipment. The Heritage Hall can accommodate 150 people for a seated dinner or 220 people for a cocktail party.

Hycroft (University Women's Club)
Built in the early 20th century, this polished and graceful Edwardian house will be the perfect location for an elegant wedding and festive evening. The estate is highlighted with a lovely rose garden, a beautiful pergola, and terrace. Enjoy the scenic garden by having a dainty cocktail party or luncheon at the terrace. Or create a memorable evening by dancing the night away in the beautiful ballroom. This heritage home accommodates up to 150 guests for any single event.

Jacana Contemporary Art Gallery
Located in Vancouver's South Granville neighborhood, this two-storey gallery offers a backdrop of abstract and eccentric artwork. The gallery offers a choice between two exhibition spaces. The first floor provides ample space for an 80-person reception or 40-person sit-down er. If you require additional space, extend your cocktail party to the second floor as it can accommodate an extra 40-45 people.

Performance Works
Located in Granville Island, Performance Works is a theatre showcasing Vancouver's talented performances and productions. It was built initially as a machine shop in the 1920s. Although the exterior provides an industrial impression, the interior illuminates a sense of nature. The lobby is furnished with a full-length glass wall, high wooden-beams, navy-blue walls, and a mural of a forest. It accommodates 300 people for a reception or 240 people for a sit-down dinner.

Riverside Grand Ballroom Located in Richmond, the newly built Riverside Grand Ballroom offers a luxurious setting. The exterior dazzles guests with a garden, waterfall, and a driveway canopy. The entrance is highlighted with a 35-foot ceiling, indoor waterfall, a grand curving staircase, large chandelier, and elevator. Guests can enjoy themselves on the hardwood dance floor alongside a riverside view. The ballroom can host between 150 - 500 people.

Roedde House
Built in 1893, this restored Victoria home deliveries a warm and intimate setting for your special occasion. The décor represents middle-class life with period furniture, paintings, artifacts, and an Edwardian garden. The public portion of the house consists of a parlour, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, study, and a gazebo. Listed as a heritage house, it is located in Barclay Heritage Square; a site that comprises nine historic houses dating from 1890 to 1908. The Roedde House can facilitate 45 people for a reception or 12 - 14 people for a sit-down dinner.

Salons of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Located on Hamilton Street between the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Vancouver Playhouse, this stylish and sleek venue offers flexible spacing for parties of 40 - 220 people. The 170 square meter main salon can be divided into two or three smaller rooms using soundproof partitions. The salon has floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors with area carpets, and contemporary furnishing.

Scotiabank Dance Centre
The Scotiabank Dance Centre is a contemporary venue, with industrial fixtures, located in the heart of the downtown business district and close to public transport. The 32,000 sq ft, seven storey, glass-enclosed building houses five spacious studios and a production/performance studio, administrative offices and other facilities. All six studios are two stories high with sprung floors and air conditioning. Other features of the Dance Centre include a Boardroom with 16 chairs, table, wipe board and pin boards, projector screen and telephone. Also, the centre provides an on-site Scotiabank branch with ATM (on Granville Street) and Wheelchair access throughout except for two studios on Level 4.

Shadbolt Centre for the Performing Arts
The community facility was built in 1995 to honor the renowned artist of Jack Shadbolt and writer Doris Shadbolt. The centre offers two theatres, six studios, rehearsal rooms, meeting rooms, pottery studios and an art shop. The architecture was built to capture the beautiful natural landscape of Deer Lake Park located in Burnaby. Studio 103 has a 120-banquet capacity with access to Deer Lake Park, a gas fireplace, and a beautiful park view. The two-storey Atrium has a cathedral style ceiling of Douglas fir, stonework walls, and 25-foot windows. Both the Atrium and Park View Lounge can host up to 250 people for a banquet.

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Versatile and elegant, this multi-faceted facility is well suited for a variety of performances and events. Designed by the award winning firm of Bing Thom Architects, this unique venue is earning a glowing international reputation as a spectacular, medium sized venue for local and visiting arts groups and conference organizers.

The Round House
The Roundhouse is located in the centre of one of the largest urban experiments in history, transforming a few hundred acres of mostly vacant lots into one of North America's densest and most diverse urban sites. Located on the former Expo site, the venue is only a few minutes walk from buses and the Stadium Skytrain and underground parking is also available.

The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Originally built as a movie cinema, the newly renovated heritage venue presents live theatre productions. The Bruce Milley Lounge in the theatre can accommodate a maximum capacity of 40 people. To entertain your guests, the art deco atmosphere will surely create a nogslagia feel of a buzzing movie night in the 1930s.

UBC Boathouse
A special facility that supports UBC's leading Rowing programs and the Richmond Rowing and Padding Centre, the UBC Boathouse offers a distinctive ambiance for your next event. Located by the shores of Richmond, the unique boathouse offers a panoramic view of the natural environment, along with a brilliant view of the North Shore Mountains from its outside viewing decks. The boathouse can offer a stand-up reception of 192 people or a seated event of 150 people.

UBC Medical Alumni Centre
This west coast style building with skylights and open concept design is located at the corner of 12th Avenue and Heather Street, near Vancouver Hospital. It is elegant and spacious, secure and quiet, with a private courtyard. The Centre can hold 90 people for a banquet and 200 people for a reception. There is a piano, fireplace, kitchen, bar and covered outdoor area with patio furniture. Wheelchair accessible. Hall rental prices range from $205 to $775.

Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery is situated in the heart of downtown Robson Street. A popular and convenient venue for evening functions, envision your guests strolling through the high arched doorways with a nice glass of wine in hand, while viewing Vancouver's own Emily Carr Exhibit. The gallery can accommodate a 500-person reception or a 250 sit-down dinner.

Vancouver Maritime Museum
As the principal maritime museum on the west coast, the Vancouver Maritime Museum allows guests to relive its rich history from several fascinating exhibitions and galleries. Located on Kitsilano Point, the museum is the noted home of the St. Roch vessel. Host a memorable cocktail party of 150 people or a formal sit-down dinner for 75 people for your special occasion.

Vancouver Museum
The Vancouver Museum can be found in the picturesque grounds of Vanier Park, this one-of-a-kind museum is known for its distinctive dome-shaped rooftop resembling a woven basket hat. It is a great location to charm your guests with a splendid view of English Bay, rolling mountains and ocean water. The museum has several spaces to host any social affair. It can hold 100 - 200 people for a reception or 50 - 80 people for a sit-down dinner.

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens
Introduced to the public in 1975, this gorgeous 22-hectare garden shares a collection of exotic plants from all geographic regions. The Van Dusen Garden is an organic platform presenting an ecosystem of lakes, rockwork, and stunning plants. The Floral Hall is situated in the gardens where it can accommodate up to 120 people for a seated event or 150 people for a reception. An exceptional location to celebrate an outdoor wedding, the gardens can accommodate a 120 - 800 person reception.

Vancouver Rowing Club
A true Vancouver Tradition, The Vancouver Rowing Club boasts the pristine local of downtown's emerald, Stanley Park. With numerous rooms overlooking the spectacular city scape The Rowing Club has something to offer for your next event. Enjoy the scenic view of the Inner Coal Harbour as the calming waves drift by, while experiencing the contrast of an urban backdrop. The Vancouver Rowing Club is a distinguished establishment poised for your next gathering.

Villa Amato Ballroom
At 14 000 square foot, this ballroom can certainly accommodate a grand event. The venue can host a 550-person sit-down dinner or a 600-person cocktail party. The elegant ballroom features a large patio overlooking downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains. Also, it is equipped with a hardwood dance floor, eight large chandeliers, ice cream bar, and DJ equipment and lighting.

Winsor Gallery
Winsor Gallery is one of the celebrated contemporary art galleries located in South Granville's "Gallery Row." It offers the customary minimal furnishing of a modern gallery: spacious room, white walls and partitions decorated with exceptional paintings.