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Khabouth-backed UNIUN club replaces Devil's Martini

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / October 30, 2012

uniun charles khabouth torontoCharles Khabouth, Toronto's very own maven of real estate and nightlife, is at it again with his new club, Uniun. Slated to open November 10, Uniun will take over the space that previously housed classic clubbing go-to The Devil's Martini. The large space has given Khabouth lots of room to play with (16,000 square feet of it), and as always, the man is upping his own personal ante.

You can expect an LED-light installation that will probably not be suitable for borderline epileptics and a "state-of-the-art sound system." As for the aesthetics, Uniun will be building on the '20s factory bones of the space by adding 14-ft bronze metal arches, old-timey chandeliers and wood accents, and a scatter of throwback curiosities ranging from apothecary bottles to crystal spheres.

In a press release, designer Kenny Baird described the intended marriage between ultra-modern technology and the (irresistible to any club designer) industrial appeal of the space itself. Khabouth himself stresses that the club is set to be "the first of its kind" in Toronto to offer "multi-dimensional audio and visual imagery." Don't get too carried away, though; the space is, fundamentally, a dance club, replete with bottle service, and a VIP section with its own bar (lest you be forced to mingle with the plebs).

With a capacity that tops out at a whopping 1,500, LED lighting coating the walls and ceilings, and a downstairs lounge and bar area, Uniun is poised to become yet another Toronto clubbing institution. RIP, Devil's Martini.



mike in parkdale / October 30, 2012 at 01:41 pm
there have already been a few advertised events in this space, just without the silly name. Onion? Union?

barf / October 30, 2012 at 01:56 pm
mdk / October 30, 2012 at 02:13 pm
Congratz to ink entertainment & charles
James / October 30, 2012 at 02:20 pm
Ugh. Bring back Devil's Martini, not another new joint that automatically must be good because they spell their name in a funky way.
It's a garbage overhaul that will not match the atmosphere of Devil's Martini, no matter who is behind it.

I'm not looking forward to all the 20 year olds who think:

"man, guvernment is like the most awesomest night club in the world because like it's spelled with a U and hahaha you don't spell government with a u silly people so this nightclub must be awesome OMG are they related to union station because that would be awesome i dont know why its awesome BUT AWESOME oh sorry I spilled my drink on you hey wanna go outside and fool around?"
Frank / October 30, 2012 at 02:27 pm
Haters are always gonna hate, Congrats to Charles and Ink.
P_lo / October 30, 2012 at 02:29 pm
Stop Hating James. Devil's Martini had the most ugly and unstylish crowd. The girls were ALWAYS the ones that didn't get let in down the street because of dress code or looks.

With Charles' experience this place will be an institution for as long as Guvernment has been (16 years)
00 Party Girl / October 30, 2012 at 02:36 pm
oh...i miss my days of clubbing. this was, also, in the days before bottle service, where you could use a flyer to get into a popular, high-end club...FOR FREE!
kids, enjoy your party days because when you hit a "certain age", you're either a mom or you have people at the club pointing at you saying "look, it's your mom".
congrats on the opening!
Matt replying to a comment from James / October 30, 2012 at 02:46 pm
James, you're a complete tool.
Johnson / October 30, 2012 at 04:08 pm
James obviously doesn't understand the magic of the Guvernment. It's one of the best atmospheres and crowds in the world. Sure not everyone's scene but to base a clubs success on a "u" is just ignorant. Congrats to Charles, the first 4 events they have going down are deadly. Everything this man touches turns to gold.
oldguyattheclub_77 replying to a comment from Johnson / October 30, 2012 at 04:31 pm
I don't have any problem with the Guvernment. People seem to like it, and it's been around for a long time. Just like people slag Comfort Zone, but it's also a popular mainstay that serves a need in the T.O. party scene. But if you think that the atmosphere at "The Guv", and the crowds that it attracts are "best in world", then you haven't been to the right clubs yet.
Johnson replying to a comment from oldguyattheclub_77 / October 30, 2012 at 04:42 pm
Ill tell u this much, it's not what it used to be, but still is up there, and that's comparing it to some of Ibiza's and Europe in generals best. Which I have frequented a few times. Also u have to think relative of the niche we are looking at here, as I said not everyone's scene. But there's very few places I've been to that have had better raves than those in guv, a lot of djs can back that statement as well
Lorne replying to a comment from James / October 30, 2012 at 04:56 pm
Hey dude if you're annoyed by 20 yr olds, you're probably too old to be going to clubs...just sayin'
joe mama replying to a comment from 00 Party Girl / October 30, 2012 at 05:22 pm
...Or you just grow out of it and you realize how ultra-douchey clubbing is in general, no matter what club it is.

I love how club-goers act like there are clubs that offer something different when the fundamental philosophy of crappy top 40's music and machismo are pretty much standard at all clubs.
joe mama replying to a comment from James / October 30, 2012 at 05:27 pm
I can't stand the Guvernment either, but are you serious when you say "atmosphere of Devil's Martini?" If by "atmosphere" you mean over-sexed, over-boozed, tasteless, and trashy, you can find that at the Brunswick House, My Apartment, or any of the cheessy dance pubs across the GTA.
Rebecca Mogul / October 30, 2012 at 05:40 pm
I agree and welcome the change. We are lucky to have someone like Charles whose passion for nightlife exceeds all our expectations. For the is too short to waste on hateful comments and opinions. Live your life. Have fun for f*ck sakes.
M7CHAEL / October 30, 2012 at 07:10 pm
Awesome. ~INK~
Graeme Quinn / October 30, 2012 at 09:46 pm
Awesome, a new club by Ink?


Oh wait, first DJs are Chus & Ceballos. Let me guess, next DJ is Dubfire? Maybe then some Steve Lawler? Snore. Ink has been recycling the same tired line-ups for 10 years.

Who gives a fuck?

Oh, and as far as the person saying the club will be a mainstay for the next 16 years like Guv because it's done by Ink and Charles: you mean like This is London and Cube? Oh wait, those went tits up as well because no one cares about the same, tired, recycled music anymore. Give me a break!
Gabriel / October 31, 2012 at 12:24 am
cristina replying to a comment from James / October 31, 2012 at 01:40 am
This is literally the DUMBEST comment I've ever read. Guv is not cool cause it's spelt with a U, its amazing because of the artists they book and the vibe you get there. Charles Khabouth is a genius. Don't be hating just cause your spot got closed down, this place is definitely going to do well. And an opening act like Chus and Ceballos? Im there already. Also nobody I know who goes to guv on a night like what Uniun is seeming to go for, goes to hook up. They go to jam. You obviously just don't understand and have never been to any INK dance events.
kingwesterly / October 31, 2012 at 03:11 am
This will spell the end for clubs like Dolce and Century Room.

Nick replying to a comment from Graeme Quinn / October 31, 2012 at 09:09 am
Not that I'm defending either, but both Cube and This Is London are both still open, neither have gone "tits up". If and when This Is London and Cube close down it wil likely be due to the changing demographics of the neighbourhood and the overwhelming majority of clubs moving west of the old Richmond/Peter neighbourhood. I also doubt that future tenants of the state of the art class A office building currently under constructions next door to This Is London want to stroll into the office stepping over vomit and trash from the night before.
Rob / October 31, 2012 at 09:37 am
There is probably no more fickle industry than nightclubs, and people are getting sentimental about Devil's? Yes, I've had my fair share of fun at that place - it was relatively unpretentious, easy to get into, and everyone was there to have a good time, but it had become the bargain basement option on King St. while occupying a potentially beautiful venue for an unusual amount of time.

Much like its patrons of days past, out with the old and in with the new!

Curtis replying to a comment from oldguyattheclub_77 / October 31, 2012 at 04:49 pm
Really? Because I've been to Ibiza, and all the top clubs in Europe, and Guv has BY FAR the best atmosphere, crowd, and setup of any place I've been.
oldguyattheclub_77 replying to a comment from Curtis / November 1, 2012 at 08:52 am
Since this has turned into a bit of a pissing contest, I've also been to many of the "top" clubs in the UK, Europe, U.S., and Asia, and if you honestly feel that the Guvernment's atmosphere, crowd and setup are "BY FAR" the best you've ever seen, then we clearly value very different things in a night out. I certainly didn't miss the drunk kids from Richmond Hill at Fabric, Shelter, Pacha or Womb.
mike in parkdale / November 1, 2012 at 09:26 am
^ wait... there's a club called "Womb"? Really? NO, really?
oldguyattheclub_77 replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / November 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Ak replying to a comment from oldguyattheclub_77 / November 1, 2012 at 04:13 pm
I have also been to some of the best clubs in the world including Bergain, Watergate, Tresor, Opium (Barcelona), Pacha NY, Pacha Ibiza, Space, Amnesia, Ushuaia, Escape (Amsterdam), P21 (Munich) - all mainstays on the any list rating the best in the world.

I wouldn't say Guvernment is necessarily the "best" but I definitely find it to be more than worthy of being part of that list. The atmosphere might not be the best on the list (due to the "905" crowd) but the events, DJs and lineups are amazing. It says a lot for it to be Steve Angello's favourite place to play in the world.
brianktoronto / November 2, 2012 at 04:35 pm
Congrats to Charles and Ink. As far as international clubs go, the Guv is in the top 10. I've partied around the globe at the superclubs and now the hotel/superclubs and the Guv is definitely world class. Just last week, I was at Pacha NYC and they could learn a thing or two from Charles. One criticism though, they need to book different talent than the usual djs that work the INK venues, but kudos for bringing in Fedde later this month.
Sarah replying to a comment from Gabriel / November 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm
Devils Martini was a great spot. I brought home some good guys from that place back in the day...
Dani / November 11, 2012 at 08:52 pm
My boyfriend and his buddies went there last night and they described it as perfect... Awesome decor,, beautiful people, great service... Thank god the ditch pigs that use to go to devils (post 2006) will be out of place and unnaccepted here... I live on the street and can always pick out those going to devils. Can't wait to enjoy some new life in queen west!
Industry / November 15, 2012 at 07:31 am
We had good times in this place every Sunday for many years when it was Helium. One of the hottest & craziest industry party's back then.

Devil's was a waste of space and I'm happy that Charles took this location over. It is truly a unique spot for a nightclub but of if it is done right.

I will definitely check it out just to see what Charles had done to it.
Johnny / November 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Devil's on adelaide used to be a wicked place before all the 905ers heard about it and turned it into a meat market. I used to go regularly but found that it became too popular and lost its charm about 5 years ago. It was the poor man's brant house for sure even though those two clubs were very similar.

Anyways, I went to uniun on Saturday and was very impressed with the increased size/capacity/space to walk/dance. The lounge in the basement was underutilized but very cool. The sound was alright (needs some tuning) but the music was pretty good and the LEDs give it that modern club feel. One thing I wasn't expecting is that you can only order shots in multiples of 2. WTF? I've never heard of this before and don't see how this increases alcohol revenue. This only wastes the bartender's time by having to explain to every patron the "policy" and pisses people like me off.

I see a lot of potential for this club as it seems there aren't a lot of good venues in toronto for listening to house music. The new club on college (Moskito) doesn't cut it. Too overpriced, poorly run, too hot/sweaty, small washrooms, blah, blah.

Guvernment has been successful for a long time and there are reasons for that. It has one of the best sound systems in north america (probably the best in toronto) and they can typically book the best (or most popular) DJs. With all the nice renos they've done in the last couple of years, that club is poised to stay on top for a while, whether or not you're into the "scene".
jay / December 15, 2012 at 08:24 pm
Guvernment has been around a lot longer then sweet 16...RPM
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