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Toronto’s Sound Academy to be Reinvented As The Guvernment’s Replacement

INK Entertainment CEO tells THUMP that’s its overhaul will be “more than a fresh coat of paint.”

by Rachael D’Amore
Jan 21 2015, 2:00am

If you've been wondering who or what will replace famed Toronto nightclub The Guvernment as the city's crown jewel, you now have your answer. Polson Street's Sound Academy will be undergoing a major overhaul by owners INK Entertainment and will be reinvented as an entirely new nightclub. The future of the iconic venue was leaked by popular NYC-band Interpol in a message posted on Collective Concerts.

News of a replacement should come as no surprise. Earlier in 2014, INK informed club goers that the closure of The Guvernment would "certainly... not be the end of their reign." While it stated that the Sound Academy and Tattoo Queen West would host INK's future talent, concerts and shows, no hint of Sound Academy's overhaul has been given until now. Charles Khabouth, the CEO of INK Entertainment, told THUMP that this closure will be for more than just a fresh coat of paint.

"Sound Academy is going to be, in my mind, the next generation of clubbing. That means everything?•the layout, the sound and lighting, technology and the overall comfort," he said. "I recently had a big meeting [about the comfort,] making sure that there's enough washrooms, enough air conditioning, and enough ventilation. But for the sound and lighting, we're going to go all out?•making sure it's spectacular."

Charles is confident that the new vision for the yet-to-be-named space will wow guests. Describing it as futuristic, he rebuffs the idea that guests will "just be sitting on a new couch next to a new paint job." While it won't be The Guv we all know and luv per sé, here's hoping it turns the page on a new chapter in Toronto's already vibrant music scene.

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