By Jason Koop.
Here is a unique and multifunctional event space that will surprise you.
Considered one of the City’s most significant heritage properties, the Small Arms Inspection Building is a one-of-a-kind 18,000 square foot urban industrial venue you might not expect to find in Mississauga.
Large windows, a ten-foot ceiling, and original heritage skylights flood the floor with natural light during the day while allowing planners to design creative light installations once the sun goes down. Raw and unfettered, the SAID is an event designer’s dream offering a blank canvas on which to create their masterpiece. Planners will find key features such as the ground-level garage doors and upgraded electrical systems that make the venue easy to work in, and fully equipped for high-performance production.
There is green space on three sides of the facility and an accessible with full power capabilities, allowing events to flow seamlessly between the outdoor and indoor spaces.
The venue began as a munitions plant in 1940 and was an integral part of the war effort where women, who made up the majority of the workforce, produced rifles and small arms for the Canadian Army. Today the Small Arms Inspection Building is an event space and cultural hub playing a vital role in the local community. Owned and operated by the City of Mississauga, SAIB offers subsidized rates for activities that support arts, culture, and heritage. The space is open to the public to gather, drop in and meet; shared public space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and bookings are not required for week-day hours.
Whether you’re looking to host an intimate reception or a large cultural event, this beautiful raw space offers a unique experience your guests will not forget. Reach out to their friendly and knowledgeable staff for information on traditional and subsidized private rentals and commercial buy-outs.
Information for Planners at a Glance
- 1352 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9 (10-minute walk from the Long Branch GO Station)
- This building has ground-level, automatic entrances, and designated accessible parking. There are accessible, single-user, all-gender washrooms available.
- 160 parking spots
Capacity/size of spaces
- 18,000 sq ft
- 400 person capacity (not including COVID19 restrictions)
Food and Beverage (No food/beverage available on site, but you can bring in your own).
- Fridge and freezer space
- 2 coffee makers
- Double sink
- Prep area
A/V Capabilities (DIY AudioVisual (tech staff not included))
- 1 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
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
Jason Koop is a writer, influencer, fan of Canadian event experiences, and the VP of Business Development with Canadian Special Events. After more than 15 years in the apparel industry managing accounts for some of the world’s largest designers like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Vanity Fair Corp, Jason was ready for a change. Combining his relationship-building skills with his marketing background and his new love for events, he has built the largest following of corporate event professionals in Canada for CSE and is helping to lead the brand to a new level of success