Justin Bieber performs at Kool Haus in 2009.
Toronto concert-goers will soon no longer be able to complain about having to schlep down to Jarvis and Queens Quay to see their favourite bands in concert. Local club consortium INK Entertainment have just announced that The Guvernment/Kool Haus Entertainment complex will be shutting down on January 31, 2015. Over the past 17 years, the sister venues have played host countless artists—from Coldplay to Metric to Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga—as they transitioned from club acts to arena-filling stars, not to mention top international DJs including Deadmau5, Tiesto, and David Guetta.
In a press release, INK promised to bring in some of the Guvernment’s famous alumni for a series of blow-out bashes in the weeks leading up to its closure, while revealing that their future concert and marquee DJ bookings will be directed to either Tattoo or Sound Academy (so your complaints about having to schlep down to Polson Street can continue unabated).
For more on the history of 1 Jarvis St., read Denise Benson’s Then & Now feature on The Guvernment’s previous incarnation, RPM.
Update: And as for the future of the site, here’s what appears to be coming in.