Metro Toronto Convention Centre - South Building

Architecture & Buildings

North America, Canada, Toronto

Metro Toronto Convention Centre (originally and still colloquially Metro Convention Centre), located in Downtown Toronto, Ontario at 255 Front Street West, has 600,000 square feet (56,000 m) of space. The convention centre was completed in October 1984 and is home to the 1330-seat John Bassett Theatre. Large convention gatherings will sometimes also make use of the nearby Rogers Centre as a venue. To the east end of the complex was the former Canadian National Railway's L'Hotel CN (Toronto) hotel, in 2003 it became the 586-room InterContinental Toronto Centre. Across the street is the CBC's Canadian Broadcasting Centre. The centre is connected to Union Station through a footbridge, and is also accessible via the underground PATH system. A new largely underground addition, designed by Bregman + Hamann Architects, was added to the south side next to the CN Tower in 1997 to expand convention space. The centre has hosted many large scale events over the years, the most famous of which was the G7 conference in 1988 as well as the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. It also hosted the XVI International AIDS Conference in 2006. As well, it has played host to Toronto auditions for So You Think You Can Dance Canada and Canadian Idol. It has also been the site of numerous political conventions, and is the annual home of the NHL Awards. Fan Expo is held here, as well as the Canadian International Auto Show. The G-20 summit was held at the centre on June 26 and June 27, 2010. It was the same venue for the 14th G7 summit held in 1988. In April 2011 the Canada Lands Corporation (who own the Centre and attached hotel on behalf of the Federal government) announced that the Centre and hotel were for sale,