Victoria Day Weekend in Canada is always a time of mass celebration, and Toronto’s biggest club venue, The Guvernment, is never one to disappoint. Hosting their annual Freedom party on Sunday, the superclub played host to a number of legends and stars, most notably Armin van Buuren (pictured), Carl Cox, and Nicky Romero. The Guvernment is Canada’s largest, longest running and most impressive entertainment complex, and is arguably one of the best club experiences in all of North America. The main room alone is ranked No. 27 in the world by DJ Mag. From go-go dancers and champagne showers, to eight different rooms, this is where the beat just doesn’t stop and the party goes all night long, and I really mean all night long–Freedom’s last act ended around 8am!
I’ve been to some wild shows at Guvernment in the past, but nothing really quite like this one. When I arrived, hundreds of people were streaming into the club, and it wasn’t even midnight! I stopped in amazement outside of the entrance as a midget in a red and gold uniform escorted around 30 beautiful models into the club (always a good sign). With my spirits in high gear, I gleefully entered the madness. Armin was playing in the Kool Haus, a 2,500-person capacity concert room reserved for the biggest of stars. He opened things up with his newest release, telling the crowd “Toronto, We Are Here to Make Some Noise.” What went on over the next three hours was a collection of slamming progressive, trance, and electro tunes, some classics and a ton of new beastly songs like Duderstadt’s remix of Together. When he dropped Foundry by Darren Porter I think the crowd had a collective orgasm! Armin owns the crowd like nobody else on Earth; his boundless enthusiasm and love really enhances the show. There’s a reason he was voted the number 1 DJ in the world 4 times in a row.
After dancing my face off to Armin for a couple hours I managed to pull myself away and head into the Guvernment Main Room, where I landed smack dab in the middle of an unbelievable set by techno legend Carl Cox. You know it’s a huge night when Carl Cox isn’t even the closing act! He was at his usual level of awesomeness, hopping between four different CDJs and egging on the crowd to new heights on the microphone. After he finished, rising electro superstar Nicky Romero took center stage and blew the roof off the building with his signature heavy bass and blasting electro synths. A definite standout for me was his newe remix of I Don’t Like You by Eva Simons, which has a sound similar to his hit Toulouse. It was great to experience three masters of their crafts across three different genres–a truly unforgettable night. With summer in the air, expect more excitement from Canada’s EDM capital!