Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Rd E.
Open today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Rentals available outside public hours.


The Small Arms Inspection Building is a historic, multi-purpose building. It serves as a cultural hub for a wide range of arts and cultural programs, exhibitions and events.

Artists and community members are welcome to use the 18,000 square foot of space for free during public hours.

View events at Small Arms Inspection Building.

The Small Arms Inspection Building was designed in 1940. It was used as a large munitions plant for the Canadian Army during the Second World War until 1974.

In 2009, the building was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. In 2017, the City purchased the building to use as a cultural venue.

The City acknowledges the contributions of the Small Arms Society (SAS), a non-profit corporation and community partner. SAS helped preserve the history of the building and continues to deliver community programming.

Learn more about the history of SAIB.

This 18,000 square foot industrial space is flexible and open-concept with a capacity of 400 people. You can rent the space for many uses, including:

  • Exhibitions, performances, theatre productions, rehearsals
  • Weddings
  • Conferences
  • Festivals
  • Private/public events

Rentals include the main event space and a servery area. You can also use the entrance and lobby for a coat check, reception or box office.

Review the guidelines and policies for this space.

Available furniture and equipment for rentals

  • 230 stackable chairs
  • 10 office chairs
  • 44 blue plastic folding chairs
  • 30 6 ft, rectangle tables
  • 25 5 ft, white rounds
  • 3 coat racks with hangers
  • 18 stanchions / 11 ropes
  • 1 podium
  • 4 portable display walls
  • 4 adjustable partition walls
  • 15 A-frames 24″x36″
  • 6 portable sign stands
  • 6 risers 8×4
  • Garbage and recycling bins
  • Select linens available for rectangular and round tables for an additional fee

Included servery

  • Fridge and freezer space
  • Microwave, kettle and 2 coffee makers
  • Double sink
  • Prep area

Included DIY Audio Visual (A/V) equipment

  • Projector
  • 1 portable A/V cart
  • 2 55” digital screens
  • 2 55” television screens
  • 1 sound system; 1 audio mixer, 2 microphones with stands, 2 speakers with stands
  • Extension cords (various lengths)

Rental rates

$1,700 daily for private rentals
$2,500 daily for commercial rentals
$255 daily subsidized rate for non-profits and activities that support arts, culture and heritage.

There are additional costs for staff and cleaning.

Submit an event booking request.

Virtual tour

Click and drag on the interactive video to take a virtual tour of the Small Arms Inspection Building.


This building has ground-level, automatic entrances and designated accessible parking. There are accessible, single-user, all gender washrooms available.


There are 160 parking spots plus 9 accessible parking spots.