Site of Toronto’s famed Guvernment nightclub to become multi-purpose arts/condo complex

The pedestrian mall called "The Yard" is part of Daniels Waterfront — City of the Arts, an office, retail, academic cultural and residential multi-use development.

The five-minute stroll east along Queens Quay from Yonge Street to Lower Jarvis is a lonely one, with nothing much to show for itself except a mid-rise glass condo under construction, LCBO and Loblaw stores, and the giant, unsightly but sweet-smelling Redpath Sugar factory. It feels almost desolate during the day, and even more so at night.

It wasn’t always that way. The east side of Lower Jarvis was a truly rockin’ place for almost two decades as generations of music lovers flocked to impresario Charles Khabouth’s popular Guvernment (formerly RPM) and Kool Haus nightclubs at dusk for dance parties and concerts featuring such diverse acts as Bob Dylan, Justin Bieber, Deadmau5 and Cannibal Corpse. Hypnotic beats pulsated into the wee hours. Then everyone headed back to the suburbs, the streets abandoned once more until the clubs’ next crazy gig. Daytime got a little livelier in late 2010 when Corus Entertainment moved 1,200 employees into its new Corus Quay headquarters, with many seen catching the rays on Sugar Beach’s manmade sandy shores during lunchtime.

But things are set to get a whole lot busier in 2018 as doors open at Daniels Corp.’s latest venture: a “live-work-play-learn-create” community combining office, retail, academic, cultural and residential components, as well as a pedestrian mall called The Yard and a “beachfront” dubbed Sugar Beach North. Situated on the site where the Guvernment once stood, the 1.32-million-square-foot development promises to infuse some of that much-needed nighttime energy of days gone by into daylight hours of the future.

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Source: National Post, 4/8/2015

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