The Guvernment

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The Guvernment
The Guvernment.jpg
South side exterior (main extrance is on east side)
Former names RPM, The Warehouse
Address 132 Queen's Quay E
Toronto ON M5A 3Y5
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°38′39″N 79°22′08″W / 43.644212°N 79.368804°W / 43.644212; -79.368804Coordinates: 43°38′39″N 79°22′08″W / 43.644212°N 79.368804°W / 43.644212; -79.368804
Owner INK
Capacity 7,000
Opened 1996
Renovated 2007
Venue website

The Guvernment is a nightclub complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Opened in 1996, it was incarnated from the former RPM nightclub, which closed its doors after several years at the same location.

Saturdays (a.k.a. Spin Saturdays) at the Guvernment have electronic dance music, featuring resident DJ Mark Oliver and has been host to many notable musicians and groups such as Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Ferry Corsten, Marco V, Markus Schulz, Deadmau5, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, & Carl Cox.

Deep Dish also created a Global Underground compilation, based on their performance at the Guvernment.

In 2009, Markus Schulz released a compilation album, called Toronto 09, which reflected on his affection towards the city of Toronto and, in particular, the Guvernment complex.[1]

The Kool Haus is often used as a venue for concerts and live performances.

Recent events have included Gov't Mule, My Chemical Romance, Switchfoot, Paper Route, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Paramore, Nas, Pink, Katy Perry, Lepa Brena, Rancid, NOFX, The Prodigy, The Black Eyed Peas, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, Kings of Leon, The 1975, Joss Stone and Slash, among others (like Fatboy Slim, when the club started as The Warehouse).

The club is best known for its annual "full-complex" events where all seven rooms that make up the complex are accessible. They are usually held on long weekends and special occasions and last until 7:00am. Some of these events include Labour of Love, Decadence, Freedom, Thriller, and the nightclub's anniversary party. On these nights, various international electronic music artists will perform in the different themed rooms.

The Guvernment was voted the number 8 nightclub in the world in DJMag's Top 100 Clubs of 2008.[2]


On May 1, 2014, the Guvernment's parent company, Ink Entertainment, announced plans to close the entertainment complex effective January 31, 2015. Club owner Charles Khabouth promises a massive series of farewell events leading up to the closure.[2]


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  2. ^ Starr, Ryan (2014-05-08). "Daniels confirms it has bought Guvernment and Koolhaus complex". Retrieved 23 September 2014. 

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