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The StartWell Event Studio

The StartWell Event Studio

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This is something completely new: a street level corporate event venue with pre-configured video broadcasting and a media production team onsite

StartWell’s Event Studio enables companies to bring people together in person for conferences, talks, workshops, training seminars, socials or anything else, and share roundtables or stage presentations through engaging cinematic broadcasts which use Netflix grade equipment and our own in-house production team.

The venue is intimate yet large – offering our broadcast studio as well as an open concept lounge/reception area to entertain guests with hospitality through cocktail hours, custom dining setups and so on.

Engage your audience with our unique stage experience

The StartWell Event Studio is a pre-configured environment for high impact presentations. We've played host to panel discussions, round tables, keynote addresses, interactive performances, team-building activities and much more.

Our stage features a unique cyclorama (cornerless) wall which blends into the floor - creating a seamless backdrop for your presentations, plus we have 3 ceiling mounted projectors and theatrical lighting to create atmosphere and relate instant branding and important information.

Space to socialize, outside of presentations

Our main entrance leads past coat-check, through an open concept kitchen/bar and to a social hall with washrooms. You can entertain guests before and after your presentation sessions - for standing cocktails, networking and even seated dinner service.

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Venue Layout

The venue comprises of the entire building at 230 Niagara Street - its a detached building with 4 drive-up parking spots on the lot (bordering Niagara Street.)

With two double-glass-door entrances from the parking, there is a lot of flexibility to direct guest flow. They can enter the main enterance and exit from the studio side if need be (great for pop-ups.)

The main entrance leads into a welcome reception space and open concept kitchen area - behind that is a social space which is, by default, setup with 6 black high tops and 12 stools. This area can be reformatted by our team to support seated dining, row seating or tabled conference setups.

Just 3 steps down past 2 washrooms from the 'Innovation Lab' social side of the building, you step into the presentation studio - its a lofty space with 16ft tall ceilings (with theatrical lighting and load-bearing truss.)

In the North-East corner of the studio we have a cornerless corner - this unique infinity effect makes the two walls merge with the optical illusion of them disappearing. With our 3 massive projectors turned on, the atmospheric effect on seated audiences is amazing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are coffee, tea and filtered water included in venue rental?

All hosts and guests at StartWell enjoy complimentary espresso bar service at our main building's reception (786 King ST W.) From Monday - Friday (9AM - 4PM) our staff baristas prepare espresso beverages and provide self-service pour-over coffee; all using micro-roaster ethically sourced beans. We also have a special robot that brews loose-leaf teas on demand and taps for reverse-osmosis filtered still and sparkling water at our reception cafe, available for 24hr self-service with bottles, cups and lids.

Campus location and car parking

Our campus on King Street does not have a parking lot, but there is plenty of street parking in our neighbourhood.

Free 1hr street parking and paid parking lots are available. Note - King St typically does not allow parking past 3pm (during rush hour.)

We are minutes away from the financial core and Union Station, close to the Exhibition GO station and just off Lakeshore Boulevard + the Gardiner Expressway.

Directly across the street from our King St buildings (entrance from Tecumseth, south of King Street) is a paid underground parking lot operated by Upark. You can drive into the lot and pay hourly, daily or monthly from meters near the elevator entrances in the lot itself. When you walk up to the exit at street level you’ll be directly across the road from our King Street buildings.

If you've booked our Event Studio you will however have 4 parking spaces on the lot included with rental - just in front of the building. Please note: unless you've booked this building you *cannot* park at this location.

How does catering work at StartWell?

When you book meeting or event space at StartWell in downtown Toronto, you can choose the catering company you prefer.

You are welcome to use any caterer you prefer to work with when you book meeting or event space at StartWell – from UberEats for small gatherings to organising for served meals or buffets for full team offsites etc…

We’ve had great experience in the past with these companies and do recommend reaching out to them:

Ascari (https://www.ascarihg.com) – reliable service for individual meals or shared Italian and French menus. Great for complete catering solutions.

The Food Dudes (https://thefooddudes.com) – reliable service for individual meals or shared or served menus - of all types of cuisines. Great for complete catering solutions.

InWit (https://inwit.ca/) - honest food and pricing, with all types of cuisines arriving hot and fresh from local restaurant partners, in sustainable packaging. Best for per-person lunch solutions.

The perfect location in downtown Toronto

You don't need to travel far to create compelling audience experiences and content - the StartWell Event Studio is in between King and Queen Street West. Streetcars run on both and can take you to the subway in 10 minutes. Our neighborhood is commercial/residential - we're walking distance to great restaurants, bars and team building activities.

We have parking on lot plus there are paid lots nearby and its easy to jump off Lakeshore Boulevard or the highway onto Strachan if you're driving to the venue. The Exhibition Place GO station is a short walk away.

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