Canada’s largest and longest-running club, the institution of The Guvernment and Koolhaus Entertainment Complex has been a staple in global nightlife synonymous with international talent bookings, playful productions and unprecedented musical programming since 1996. After 17 years of innovation, inspiration, and playing host to Toronto’s most legendary nightlife events, INK Entertainment today announced that The Guvernment will officially close on January 31, 2015. Marking the end of an era, The Guvernment will host a series of sensational finale events with some of the biggest names to have performed at the club and music lovers alike as they reunite, celebrate, and commemorate their favourite party playground in its final year.
“It makes me proud to see how far we’ve come,” says Charles Khabouth, Founder and CEO of INK Entertainment. “The Guvernment is one of my proudest achievements and after such a long-lasting journey with such fond memories, we want to thank all those who made it possible and shared in our successes.”
Rated the number one nightclub in the world by NightGuide Magazine, number eight in the world by DJ Mag and voted EYE Magazine’s “Best Dance Club” in 2000 and 2001, The Guvernment and its encompassing venues, Koolhaus, Haven, The Gallery, Surface, Chroma and the spectacular rooftop patio, Skybar, have been known to truly define and transform Toronto’s nightlife scene. The 22,000 square foot space boasting 20’ high ceilings has been host to thousands of weekend revelers and Toronto’s ultimate party experience week after week.
With its sublime and notorious musical events including Freedom, Decadence, Thriller and Labour of Love, The Guvernment has continued to be the single most internationally recognized nightclub in Toronto. The Koolhaus alone has hosted the likes of The Rolling Stones, Prince, Bob Dylan, The Killers, Coldplay, Kings of Leon and Lady Gaga, while the decks in the Main Room have been graced by the most renowned names in electronic music including Tiesto, Avicii, Deadmau5, David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren to name an intimate few.
2015 will mark the end of The Guvernment, but it certainly will not be the end of INK Entertainment’s reign as one of the leading entertainment and event production companies in Toronto. As it continues to ramp up plans and bookings for the future, the venues to now host all of INK Entertainment’s key talent, concerts, shows and events will be Sound Academy and Tattoo Queen West.
True to its form, The Guvernment will of course be closing in style, giving each of its venues the send off they deserve, and the chance for the different major DJs and events to say goodbye. Open as normal through summer and autumn, the farewell will begin in the 2 or 3 weeks leading up to The Guvernment’s close, with a series of closing parties featuring The Guvernment’s closest DJs and promoters, and a grand closing weekend at the end of January.
Regarding the final parties, Khabouth says, “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.”