Historic Mahon Hall — in the centre of Ganges, Salt Spring Island — is the home of the Salt Spring Arts Council.
Officially called Mahon Memorial Hall, this Salt Spring landmark celebrated its centennial in 2004. Originally built as an agricultural display area (Farmers Institute), it has also been used as a school gym. In the 1920s the original Hall was extended to the west when a stage and offices were added.
Mahon Hall provides a community venue for concerts, theatrical performances, fundraisers, art exhibitions, as well as numerous Arts Council exhibitions – ArtCraft / WinterCraft, Easter Art Show, Salt Spring National Art Prize – and our varied other programs and events.
Mahon Hall opened in 1906, and has had a significant role in the Salt Spring Island community since. An overview of the building’s history can be found here.
The Arts Council acknowledges the Salt Spring Island Foundation in its continued support of the preservation of Mahon Hall. In recent years, just a few of the remediation efforts supported by the SSI Foundation include: stabilizing East entrance stairway, and rebuilding the East entrance foundation, repairing the South access ramp and handrails, and replacing 3 heritage windows.
Mahon Hall has a capacity of 200 standing and 120 seated, with a raised proscenium stage.
The hall can be rented at reasonable rates for theatrical performances, classes, workshops, fundraisers, meetings, weddings and other private events.
SSAC Members: $175 per day or $50 per hour
Non-members: $250 per day or $60 per hour
The Annex Gallery may be available for rent for smaller gatherings and workshops.