Space Rental

Chalmers Performance Space

Perfect for your next concert, seminar or meeting!

Perfect for your next concert, seminar or meeting!

The Canadian Music Centre’s Chalmers Performance Space at 20 St. Joseph Street in Toronto hosts a variety of CMC programming, and it also serves as a venue for new music performers, composers, and other organizations from across Canada and around the world.

Our multi-purpose space is available for rehearsals, recordings (demo), concerts, exhibits, launches and community uses such as seminars, workshops, and town hall meetings.

The performance space and lounge are located on the main floor and there is an additional meeting room located on the second floor.

The performance space is 596 square feet and seats 50 people. The space boasts a 7′ Steingraeber and Sohne concert grand piano.

The lounge is 195 square feet and acts as a service bar area, often ideally combined with the performance space.

The meeting space on the second floor is 460 square feet and has a large board room table for 25 and a built-in Mondopad.

The SAC-CMC Writers Room is a quiet work space ideal for studying, and composing/songwriting. The room can be used by 1-3 people at a time. Located on the main floor, the Writers Room includes studio monitors, a full sized keyboard, acoustic guitar, and desk.


An accessible, gender neutral washroom is adjacent to the performance space. There are additional gender neutral washrooms on the second floor, although these are not fully accessible. All floors of the CMC have elevator access. The main entrance to the building is accessed through two sets of stairs on the front lawn. Street-level access is available by a path  to the right of the main entrance—visitors must buzz for entry.

Standard Rental Rates and Bookings:
$50 per hour (weekdays during office hours)
$150 for ½ day (3.5 hours, weekdays during office hours)
$200 for full weekday (7 hours)
$300 for weekday evenings, Sunday evenings and weekend days
$400 for Saturday evening
Above includes rehearsal time, as possible

What’s available:

  • Comfortable and inviting spaces
  • 7’ concert grand piano from Steingraeber and Sohne
  • Chairs
  • Music stands
  • Tables
  • Stereo PA system
  • Audio recording equipment
  • HD video camera system
  • Livestreaming capability
  • Rod based art display system
  • Mondopad (moveable 55” multi touch tablet for interactive collaboration and video conferencing)
  • Wheelchair access and washroom

Also available, above and beyond the rental rate:

  • Special piano tuning
  • Front of house and box office staff
  • Audio technician
  • Video production team
  • IT technician
  • Printing and promotional services
  • Special occasions permit and bar service

If the rental includes the use of the piano, an additional $125 fee is applied for piano tuning. The potential renter can choose to opt-out of this fee, however we cannot guarantee the piano will be tuned prior to your event. Please be aware that tunings will require advance notice of two (2) weeks prior to the intended booking.

Seven days a week – 9 am to 11:30 pm

Check availability of the Chalmers Performance Space or browse future events on our Events Calendar.

Canadian Music Centre
20 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1J9

Please note that the CMC is presently in a staff transition around venue management and event production, and we may not be able to facilitate additional events during fall 2018 and winter 2019. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.