Much to the dismay of not only EDM lovers, but also music fans in general, The Guvernment will be shutting down on January 31st, 2015. Not only is ‘Guv’ the largest club in Canada, but it is also the longest running. This historic venue has hosted some of the country’s best parties over the years and its closing will surely leave a large hole in Toronto’s nightclub scene, which has been hit hard as of late. This announcement comes just weeks after the city banned EDM even from taking place on public grounds, resulting in a last-minute venue change for Dada Life.
Along with the attached Kool Haus Entertainment Complex, the venue has welcomed some of music’s biggest names. While DJ’s such as Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto and hometown hero Deadmau5 have all graced Guv’s decks, the complex has also had many music icons perform there over the years. This list includes The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Prince, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and many more. Although it is easy to mourn the loss of such a magical venue, there is only one way to truly say goodbye: with the biggest party the Great White North has ever seen. DJ’s such as Markus Schulz and Steve Angello have already stated how sad they are about the closing, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they returned to say farewell. They will definitely not be the only ones though, as Charles Khabouth, Founder and CEO of Toronto-based INK Entertainment, has already said, “You know us, and you know what we do. We’re speaking to all key people and we’re not going to go out on anything other than a massive bang.” That being said, it looks like Canadian partiers should free up their schedules for January 2015.