Westminster United Church offers a large, inspiring venue, the design of which is based on an interpretation of the Gothic Revival, a popular architectural style that drew its inspiration from medieval churches. Our architecture emphasizes pinnacle towers, slender vertical supports and large openings, and a beautiful rose stained-glass window.
Westminster is an ideal venue for concerts, grad exercises, and recording sessions, as well as weddings and funerals. The church is well served by public transit. On-street parking is available nearby, along with commercial parking at Misericordia Hospital Parkade (a short walk from the church). A side entrance on Westminster Avenue has wheelchair access, which serves the main floor of the building and two wheelchair-access washrooms.
The Sanctuary features main floor and balcony seating for over 900, a large choir loft, a Casavant Freres pipe organ, a 7’6″ Yamaha piano, hardwood floors and carpet aisle runners. The acoustics are among the best in the city. A sound system is also available. The large new platform with special lighting works for orchestras, choirs, solo recitals, grad ceremonies, and concerts and performances of many different kinds.
PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY DETAILS:
Season(s) available: Any, but check with Events Coördinator as many groups book the space.
Time of day available: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Minimum / maximum group size: No minimum / maximum as space allows.
Cost(s) to perform (if applicable): Minimum $820, depends on what is booked.
Length of performance allowed: Rental is in four-hour blocks.
What is provided for the group’s performance? (I.e. choral risers, electrical, microphones, piano, etc.): complimentary green room and use of Narthex, piano and/or organ (at cost), microphones (limited number), music stands (limited number)
Are there any educational programs/tours available for pre- or post-performance? Generally not, but it could be arranged.
Is the venue appropriate for bands AND choirs? Yes.
Additional information: The space is wheelchair accessible. Other rooms can be available at cost.
Michael McKay (Events Coördinator)
Direct Line: (204) 784.1335