Hall

The WISE Hall was built in 1926 and exudes a vintage west coast performance hall feel. From the warm acoustics, to the whiskey-soaked floors, the WISE is a truly indelible venue. The hall features WISE-produced events, and is also available for rent (see below for full details). Please see our Events Calendar for upcoming events.

The WISE is perfect for a wide range of events: live music, dance performances, fundraisers, markets, cabarets, book launches, tastings, celebrations, work parties, short-run theatre productions, dance classes and more.

The WISE proudly supports local artists & promoters and is willing to negotiate different rates for qualifying projects and events. Contact us.

Accessibility Info:

You’ll note on arrival a set of railed stairs leading into the Hall. The wheelchair accessible entrance is around back. Please inform the door person of your arrival at the front entrance and they will open the back-ally entrance.

Once inside, you’ll find a spacious wood-floored hall, open concept, tables and chairs set up throughout. The stage (accessible only via stairs) is to your left, and the washrooms towards the back of the hall. The washrooms will be marked “gender neutral”.

Read the Radical Accessibility Mapping Project’s WISE Hall overview or complete audit.

WISE Hall Access Overview

WISE Hall Full Audit

WISE Hall Amenities:

  • Over 2,600 SF of floor space
  • Hardwood floors
  • 17 foot ceilings
  • Ample green room
  • Tent light ceiling canopy
  • Coat check closet
  • Ticket counter
  • Handicapped accessibility & washrooms
  • A licensed, staffed & stocked cash bar
  • Performance stage (25′ x 15′, with 9′ ceilings)
  • Par can stage lights
  • On-stage LED lights
  • 3 LED dance lights
  • Disco ball
  • Spot light
  • Capacity of 250, all staff & performers included – standing room only, or
  • Seating for 200 auditorium style, or
  • Seating for 120 sit down dinner
  • Complete sound system, including 24-channel sound board, monitors, on-stage DIs, mics & stands
  • Washrooms
  • WiFi
  • Unrestricted street parking northward between Commercial Drive & Victoria Drive.

* Please note, due to licensing, all events with a WISE bar MUST be 19+. No exceptions, it’s the law. WISE policy is that a bar must be run on weekend evenings. The WISE does not allow renters to run their own bar.

** The WISE Hall does not have a kitchen and is not able to provide catering, however renters are welcome to bring in their own.

***The WISE Hall is located in a residential neighbourhood; while outside, all members and guests are expected to respect the venue and our neighbours by smoking in the designated area and keeping voices at a reasonable level.

Included in all rentals:

  • use of the hall, stage & green room
  • use of tables (cocktail & banquet) & chairs
  • if requested, a fully staffed & stocked cash bar (featuring some of the finest local & international libations) *mandatory Friday and Saturday
  • listing in the WISE on-line calendar and Social Media for public events

Rates:

WISE Rental Policy until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

Note: The WISE is available for meetings and conferences, filming, streaming events and rehearsals that adhere to all relevant regulations, policies and guidelines.  

All bookings for concerts, performances, public or private social events will be tentatively booked based on adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.  

Note: The WISE will not be taking bookings for private events on Friday or Saturday evenings except in June till the second week in September. 

Hall Rental Rates (Current)

  • Base Rate (4hrs) $640  Additional Hours $80
  • Sound and Lighting:
    • Full Sound System rental $320 (Full sound and lighting includes all of our equipment and a dedicated technician and is appropriate for performances. Sound technician generally requires one hour of setup time prior to sound check and half an hour for teardown.)
    • Basic Sound System $100 (Basic sound and lighting includes one audio input, one microphone and basic, fixed stage lighting. This is appropriate for speakers and house music.)
    • Additional Hours $40/hr
  • Onsite Film Liaison $280 (Required for all filming/video shoots) Additional Hours $45/hr

WISE Rental Rates 2021/2022

  • Day Time Block :  Daytime block runs from 9AM to 5PM. Events must be finished by 4:00PM and loadout completed by 5PM.
    • Sunday – Thursday: $850  (includes hall rental, )
    • Friday and Saturday: $950 (includes hall rental, )
    • Early Setup: $80/hr
  • Evening Block:    
    • Sunday – Thursday: $900  (5pm to 1AM.  Events and bar must be finished by 1am with all patrons cleared by 12:30AM and loadout complete by 1AM)
    • Friday and Saturday: $1,050  (5pm to 2AM.  Events and bar must be finished by 1am with all patrons cleared by 1:30AM and loadout complete by 2AM)
    • Late Loadout: $80/hr
  • ***Discounts available for registered Non-Profits

Additional fees:

  • WISE membership (required for all renters) $10
  • PST & GST where applicable
  • SOCAN Fees and Re-Sound Fees where applicable
  • refundable $200 damage deposit (larger damage deposits may be required for extended rentals)

Optional Fees:

  • Sound and Lighting:
    • Full Sound System rental $320 (Full sound and lighting includes all of our equipment and a dedicated technician and is appropriate for performances. Sound technician generally requires one hour of setup time prior to sound check and half an hour for teardown.)
    • Basic Sound System $100 (Basic sound and lighting includes one audio input, one microphone and basic, fixed stage lighting. This is appropriate for speakers and house music.)
    • Additional Hours $40/hr
  • Security $200 (In-house security is required for all events open to the public or with liquor service. Security is required half an hour before doors open and half an hour after patrons have left the property.) Additional Hours $30/hr
  • Onsite Film Liaison $280 (Required for all filming/video shoots) Additional Hours $45/hr
  • Busser $150
  • Clean-up $150
  • Set-up ~ please contact for a quote

Conditions:

Some conditions apply to specific events, please read through entire section.

All renters are responsible for: set-up, take-down, bussing tables & security, as well as door staff & door floats for their events. There are staff available, at a fee, to take care of these duties should you not wish to.

Bar service ends at 12 am Sunday through Thursday and at 1am Friday and Saturday. Guests must vacate the venue no later than 30 minutes following service end time.

For all inquiries related to public events, private events and promoter bookings please contact us at bookings@wisehall.ca.

For general inquiries please contact us at info@wisehall.ca.