The Ernest Balmer Studio is currently open for rental inquiries. All renters must adhere to all provincial COVID safety guidelines, including proof of vaccinations or negative tests and indoor masking.
To inquire about rentals, please email email@example.com, or fill out our Google Form. Please expect 1-2 business days for a response to your inquiry.
- Air conditioning and heating
- 1320 square feet of unobstructed space, 30’ X 44’
- 17-foot ceilings / 8-foot windows
- Floating hardwood floors
- Folding chairs for 120
- 2 x 200 amp electrical service
- Loading dock & industrial elevator access (for heavy equipment)
- Ample public washrooms
- Kitchenette area (microwave, fridge, sink, coffee maker)
- Wheelchair access
- Seated capacity of 100
- Standing capacity of 150
- Lighting, audio-visual, and recording equipment inventory for rental available upon request
The stunning Distillery Historic District is the perfect place to host your special event. The Ernest Balmer Studio is the creative home of Tapestry Opera and Nightwood Theatre. Recently renovated, this versatile and spacious studio is ideal for theatre, concert, special events, and piano performances.
With affordable daily and hourly rental rates for individuals and corporations, as well as special rates for not-for-profits, the Ernest Balmer Studio is a valuable resource for Toronto-based event planners, visiting artists, and arts organizations in search of an open rehearsal space, intimate performance venue, or versatile event space.
The calendar below indicates rentals and holds on the studio for your general planning purposes. Please note that block holds might not constitute full day rentals and there may be partial days available.
Studio space (no piano) – $29/hr
Bosendorfer 6hr performance rental – $450 (additional time $60/hr)
Bosendorfer no performance – $60/hr
Heintzman rental – $50/day
*Does not include rental of lighting, audio-visual, or recording equipment
The Bosendorfer Imperial Grand piano
The Ernest Balmer Studio is home to a Viennese-made Bosendorfer Imperial Grand 290 Imperial Piano, valued at about $225,000. Generously donated to us in 2017, the Bosendorfer is one of only two pianos of its kind available for public use in the GTA. The Bosendorfer is tuned regularly, and is ideal for piano recitals and performances.
What makes the Bosendorfer different?
The Bosendorfer Concert Grand has been described as the “Rolls-Royce of concert instruments”. The Bosendorfer is 20 centimeters longer than a traditional piano, with 97 keys compared to the standard 88. With these additional keys, the Bosendorfer provides a richly resonant sound unlike any other instrument you’ve heard. A treat to play.
The Ernest Balmer Studio is also home to a Heintzman baby grand piano which can be rented for a flat fee of $50/day. The Heintzman is ideal for rehearsals, auditions, and other non-performance based settings.
To learn more about booking the Ernest Balmer Studio, please fill out our Google Form so we can accurately assess your request. Please note that access to the space will only be granted upon receipt of payment, signed contract and damage deposit.
Equipment upgrades in the Ernest Balmer Studio are supported by Ontario Arts Council.