March 30, 2015
Plans for the newly demolished site of the former Guvernment and Kool Haus nightclub complex were released late last week in new project dubbed the “City of Arts.”
Open since 1996, the Guvernment and Kool Haus was the site of one of Toronto’s most iconic electronic dance music venues. Notable artists to have graced the stage include Paul Oakenfold, Armin Van Buurren, and Toronto’s own Deadmau5.
The Guvernment is probably best known for its weekly Spin Saturdays events and its large house parties hosting 10,000 people at a time. Special events such as anniversary parties would feature several different artists playing in separately themed rooms.
German EDM producer Markus Schulz released several compilation albums dedicated to cities he felt personal affection for, including one titled Toronto 09. It’s been suggested that the album is also a reflection on his time spent at the Guvernment.
Markus Schulz Toronto ’09 Compilation DISC 1
News of the closures occurred last May. Doors shut in January of this year, and the building was demolished in February.
Fans of the venues mustn’t be too sad however—the new buildings under construction are being hailed as a new arts mecca for the city.
The proposed all-glass window structure will house a 48-storey condo tower with arts, retail, and educational spaces for George Brown College and OCAD University. The Remix Project, media law firm Taylor Klein Oballa, Artscape, and Last Gang Records will also have spaces in the hub.
Other arts-related tenants will also be sought in the time leading up to doors open.
Torontonians may recognize the name of the development company: Daniels Corporation, which was responsible for the TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2009 and the rebuilding of Regent Park.
So what does 25,000 square feet of retail space, 26,000 square feet of office space, and 60,500 square feet of residential space look like?
Here is what is left of the Guvernment: pic.twitter.com/K54gP5UYJc
— Natalie Alcoba (@nataliealcoba) March 26, 2015
Retail and commercial space will include an RBC bank, several restaurants and coffee shops, and various retail brand stores.
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– Leyland Bradley
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(“The Guvernment” by I, SimonP. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)