Founded in 1892 The Powerhouse was Victoria’s base for power.
Before and After
The National Electric Tramway and Light Company Powerhouse is valued as a representation of Victoria’s industrial heritage. Constructed in 1892 as a steam generating plant, this building was the source of power for newly electrified street lights and the city’s early public transportation tram system; it facilitated the modernization of the city as it grew in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Victoria’s premier event space.
3000+ Square feet of space
38 foot high ceilings
Located in downtown Victoria
Located on a dead-end street
The Powerhouse is broken down into two different venues; The Highbay and Pinball Club. Venues can be combined into one rental through a connector hallway. Please see a breakdown of each venue below.
The Highbay is our largest rental area at just over 3000 square feet. This historic room is where BC Hydro was founded. It boasts 45 foot high ceilings. 120V Power is located every 10 feet. The main area offers four washrooms, with private areas for dressing and temporary storage.
Community Rates (must have a non-profit component): Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A $950 non-refundable Booking Fee is required to confirm the booking which will be applied against the full venue rental fee. A $1000 refundable Damage Deposit and full payment are due 60 days prior to the event. Cheques are the preferred form of payment as credit cards will have an additional service fee. All events must have an approved event manager on-site to handle operations. Paid event manager costs $250 per any 12 hours.
PA rental and setup $250
Lighting package (beam lighting and globe lighting) $200
The Powerhouse Pinball Club is attached to the Highbay area through a set of doors but is a separate rental. This room offers over 30 vintage and new pinball machines which are included in the rental. The room can hold up to 55 people and is over 1200 square feet. This room can be rented as a package deal with the Highbay. Please contact us for more details.
The Powerhouse requires 5 million dollar liability insurance for all public events. 3 million dollar liability insurance is required for private events. Metropol Industries must be named in insurance and is required upon contracting.