My friends and I decided to bear with the downtown traffic, magnified infintely by the presence of "Caribana" weekend festivities, and go to Guvernment, to show a friend from Montreal one of Toronto's "Big Club" experiences.
It was also my first Mark Oliver set in a club, although I've heard his sets on the radio and through other media often.
After spending an hour in traffic from the Gardiner to Guv, and then driving a few lights back to park after finding out Guv parking was $25, we finally got in at around 1:30am.
Mark Oliver was spinning his usual Nu-Prog-Cheese, but it was nice, and I really had no complaints because he's a cheese dj, and one can expect to sing along with cheese anyway.
I've also never been to such a RAMMED club. It reminded me of being in a mosh pit. Interesting mix of crowd also .. everything from people dressed up, to go-go dancers, to ravers, etc.
Anyway, Kimball Collins finally came on around 2:10, and I was actually looking forward to hearing this set. 2 hours later, I had heard *one* good song, and was basically itching to find my friends and go home.
I'm not saying he's a bad dj, but i did not agree *at all* with his trackselection. Mixing was fine, in fact i didn't really notice the transitions, but i also was generally displeased by the music and wasn't paying much attention at this point.
I was expecting a more epic/cheese trancier set .. like how he used to spin awhile back. The music he was spinning reminded me of a Nu-Prog / NRG / Hard Trance style, which is great for clubs, and which i had no problem dancing to. My only complaint is that i didn't like the music he was playing, the individual songs.
I loved the Guv laser though, the moving ceiling lights were great, the patio was cool, and the acid lounge was very very sketchy.
An OK club experience, a displeasing headlining dj performance, a low ranking on the party scale.
The vibe was definately there, i just personally wasn't feeling it.
But then again, i'm easily the biggest music snob i know.