The Guvernment, a venue which has been in existence for the past 18 years is scheduled for closure on January 31, 2015. The venue has hosted a lot of dance music shows during it’s 18 year existence and many were sad to hear the news of its closure which was announced earlier this year. However, club owner Charles Khabouth has promised that the club will go out with a bang. A series of shows with big names has been lined up for the coming month as a farewell. There are three shows scheduled over the coming few days before 2014 ends; namely One Last Time, Final Destination, and Magic NYE 2015 to close off the year. Danny Tenaglia and Cosmic Gate will appear at the venue on the 10th and 17th of January 2015 respectively.
The final 3 shows will be held on one weekend with Dutch wunderkind Armin van Buuren appearing on Friday the 23rd of January, 2015. Australian EDM duo Knife Party will perform the following night on the 24th of January. Finally Toronto’s own Mark Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 who got his start at the club will take to the stage for the Guvernment’s final show on Sunday, 25th January 2015. Deadmau5 won’t close out the final show in the club though – that honour has been given to the club’s long time resident DJ Mark Oliver who also took part in one of the club’s long running theme nights, Spin Saturday. He will take over from Deadmau5 in the club’s final hour of operation and spin the records one last time.
The venue has seen some of the biggest names in EDM, pop, rock, and various other genres. Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Deadmau5, Avicii, Above and Beyond, Ferry Corsten, David Guetta, Marco V, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Markus Schulz, Carl Cox, and Hardwell have all performed there. On the rock and pop side Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Prince, My Chemical Romance, Paper Route, Switchfoot, Nine Inch Nails, Katy Perry, Lepa Brena, Pink, Rancid, The Prodigy, Guv’t Mule, Slash, Fatboy Slim, NOFX, Arctic Monkeys, Joss Stone, The Black Eyed Peas, Wolfmother, and The Rolling Stones have also performed there. In 2008 it was voted the 8th best nightclub in the world in DJMag.
Just in case you’re wondering why the club is being shutdown it has been bought by the Daniels Corp who have other plans for the land. It will be turned into a commercial residential community. Charles Khabouth and his associates tried to buy the land so as to keep the club operational but to no avail. In an interview with The Star earlier this year Khabouth said “We didn’t make this decision. It was kind of made for us. The building was sold. I tried to buy it with my partners, but we couldn’t cut a deal.”
The Guvernment has seven rooms which can host a variety of shows simultaneously. As an annual tradition there would be a “full complex” event where all seven rooms would be made accessible to its patrons with various musicians performing in each room. This has been one of the highlights of the club which was called The Warehouse when it initially opened. This is bound to be a huge show, and given the emotions which are often involved in such an event we should expect the very best from all the performers. The venue’s long history will be remembered by Toronto’s dance music community for a long time to come. The Guvernment website even has a clock which is counting down to the final day. It’s real. You can buy tickets for the shows on the Guvernment website.