Say farewell to The Guvernment with a Deadmau5-led dance party
The Guvernment, the iconic 18-year-old dance club, will soon be demolished for a strip of waterfront condos—but before that happens, it’s hosting one last thumping blowout. The massive entertainment complex has tapped a slate of star DJs—including the Dutch trance maestro Armin van Buuren and Australian electro duo Knife Party—to lead its epic three-night funeral march, but the best reason to come is Toronto’s Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a. Deadmau5, who’ll be capping off the party. Zimmerman, who got his start at the Guvernment a decade ago, is known for his dedication to all-manual production in a sea of push-play DJs—his smart, dynamic beats and relentless EDM sets appeal to club kids and indie rock fans alike. He’s going bigger than usual for the Guv’s finale, promising a live 130-minute set, including a 20-minute rendition of “Strobe,” his epic 2009 hit that blends clever digital melodies, slow builds and cathartic payoffs. Naturally, the show is sold out, but there are still tickets floating around for anyone who wants to bid farewell to Canada’s largest and longest-running nightclub in true Guvernment style: thrashing and drenched in sweat.
Sun. Jan. 25. SOLD OUT. The Guvernment, 132 Queens Quay E., 416-869-0045, theguvernment.com