Spaces

Looking to host your next event at the Isabel? Explore our various spaces below, take a 360 virtual tour of the Isabel, and submit a Booking Request Form to begin the rental process.

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Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall

A world class performance hall perfect for presenting concerts or conferences.

Features

  • 566-seat capacity
  • A building within a building: features two-foot thick concrete walls that entirely muffle outside sound
  • The beautiful wood on the walls is a combination of American Walnut, American Cherry, Anigre, Wild Pear, Steam Beech Pear wood, and the uneven configuration is meant to imitate the texture of limestone.
  • State of-the-art ventilation: fresh air is pumped into the hall via outsized ducts to reduce rumblings, it passes through thick walls in a canvas conduit to deaden vibration and then silently and gently enters the hall through grills in the floor beneath each seat
  • Fine-tuned walls: the curved walls cut echo and give the hall its lively acoustic effects. The smaller pieces of wood that jut out in slight angles are the equivalent of fine tuning.
  • Retractable motorized acoustic drapes allow the performance hall sound to be customized even further.
  • Green Room and Artist Dressing Rooms are provided at no cost for Performance Hall rentals.

Specifications

Rates

  • Rental rates are available by the day for performances and events or hourly for rehearsals (a 3-hour minimum applies).
  • Special rates are available for Queen’s departments, not-for-profit, and commercial rentals.
  • Day rentals range from $645 - $1,223 for the 2022-23 season
  • For a full quote including production and front of house staff please complete the request to book form

Sample rate

A same day rehearsal and acoustic concert in the performance hall including non-for-profit rental, front of house staff, and production staff in the 2022-23 season would cost approximately $3,200.

*Box office, bar services, piano tuning, coat check, music tariffs, and additional technical requirements would be an additional cost.

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Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall

Lobby

An open concept gathering space with panoramic views of Lake Ontario.

Features

  • Capacity varies depending on set-up
  • Surrounded on two sides by 2-storey windows with a panoramic view of Lake Ontario
  • Rented in the past for performances, lectures, balls, receptions, meetings, and dinners in a wide variety of formats. 
  • The Lobby has a built-in bar and a connecting patio that can be licensed. 
  • Lobby furniture includes 4 café tables and 16 chairs; 4 cruiser tables with 16 stools; 2 upholstered benches, and 6 potted trees. 
  • The Lobby will be made available for all events in the Performance Hall, Rehearsal Hall and Studio Theatre for traffic and non-exclusive use at no extra charge.

Rates

  • Rental rates are available in increments of up to 5 hours, 5-8 hours, and 8-12 hours.
  • Special rates are available for Queen’s departments, not-for-profit, and commercial rentals.
  • Rental rates range from $485 - $2,125 for the 2022-23 season
  • For a full quote including production and front of house staff please complete the request to book form

Looking to book the Lobby for a gala or wedding? Contact Queen’s Event Services at event.services@queensu.ca or 613-533-2223

Lobby

Principal Emerita Karen Hitchcock Rehearsal Hall & Recording Studio

A music rehearsal hall and recording studio with high-standard acoustics and views of Lake Ontario.

Features

  • Capacity varies depending on set-up. 70-seat audience capacity is possible with a small ensemble.
  • Designed to acoustically mirror the Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall.
  • A Steinway Grand piano and upright piano are often present in the Rehearsal Hall and can be requested at the time of booking. 

Rates

  • Rental rates are available in increments of a 2-hour minimum with hourly rates up to 5 + hours.
  • Special rates are available for Queen’s departments, not-for-profit, and commercial rentals.
  • Rental rates range from $84 - $495 for the 2022-23 season
  • For a full quote including production and front of house staff please complete the request to book form

Request to Book

To book the Rehearsal Hall Recording Studio, contact Michael Cassells with the DAN School of Drama and Music at cassellm@queensu.ca, 613-533-6000 ext.77888

Rehearsal Hall

Power Corporation of Canada Studio Theatre

A black box theatre that can be staged in a variety of configurations.

Features

  • 100-seat capacity
  • Unlike a more traditional proscenium type of theatre, a black box is designed for maximum flexibility – in this case there is neither a fixed stage nor fixed seating.
  • Outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • The lighting grid stretches across the entire ceiling, making it possible to light every corner of the room.
  • 6 exit doors make it easy for actors to make entrances from any point in the theatre.
  • With its own dressing rooms and green room, the Studio Theatre is completely self-contained

Rates

  • Rental rates are available by the hour, day, or week and are available with and without technician support.
  • Special rates are available for Queen’s departments, not-for-profit, and commercial rentals.
  • Rental rates range from $30 - $4,062.50 for the 2022-23 season
  • For a full quote including production and front of house staff please complete the request to book form

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Studio Theatre

The Gordon Vogt Film Screening Room

A micro-cinema for hosting lectures, screenings, and Film Festivals.

Features

  • 92-seat capacity 
  • Raked-floor screening room
  • Two accessible seats for wheelchair access
  • Includes a 19’ diagonal 1.85:1 floating screen and 7.1 surround sound playback
  • Also includes a 2k Christie DCP cinema projector and a High Definition 1080p a/v projector with Dolby Cinema Surround Sound processor 

Rates

  • Rental rates are available by the hour, with a 3-hour minimum rental plus 1-hour administration.
  • Film and Media Production staff are required for all bookings.
  • Special rates are available for Queen’s departments, not-for-profit, and commercial rentals.
  • Rental rates start at $200 and technician rates start at $200 for the 2022-23 season
  • For a full quote including production and front of house staff please complete the request to book form

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The Gordon Vogt Film Screening Room

The Art and Media Lab

A home for visual art exhibits and multi-media sound instillations at the Isabel.

Features

  • 60-person capacity with an exhibition set-up
  • Empty room with bright walls and a polished cement floor; contains track lighting and multiple outlets and connections designed for multi-media exhibits. 
  • The room can also be used for marshalling, receptions, and seated lunches/dinners. 
  • The room can be licensed for service of alcohol.

Rates

  • Rental rates are available by the day or week.
  • Special rates are available for Queen’s departments, not-for-profit, and commercial rentals.
  • Rental rates range from $62 - $409 for the 2022-23 season
  • For a full quote including production and front of house staff please complete the request to book form

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The Art and Media Lab