There were a ton of Toronto DJs, producers and promoters in Miami for the Winter Music Conference (WMC) March 25 to 29, and it seems that Miami likes Toronto as well. On Wednesday night at the Club World Awards, Circa was awarded the title of best new club, a major coup for the much-hyped venue.
It wasn’t completely surprising to see it recognized. Circa was also nominated for best superclub, best video system and best interior design – so you had to expect it would come home with something. The place has had tons of international attention already, and seems to have succeeded in raising the profile of local nightlife on a worldwide level.
In an amusing coincidence, this was also the week the Divisional Court of Ontario finally dismissed the Alcohol and Gaming Commission’s appeal of the granting of Circa’s liquor licence, and awarded the club damages to recoup its legal fees. That’s right – the AGCO was still trying to shut down the venue, seemingly oblivious to how lame that would have made Toronto look on the world stage.
On a sadder note, found out in Miami that it looks like the Social’s expansion into the Spin Gallery space upstairs (which had been slated to be called Anti) has fallen victim to Toronto’s zoning laws. That strip of Queen West has turned into a prime party spot over the past few years, and you’d think one more bar wouldn’t kill the neighbourhood, especially since Spin had already hosted tons of events.
At some point the government will have to realize that a strong club scene is essential for the success of events like Pride and Caribana, which are huge cash cows for the city. Miami definitely understands that you don’t need to be at war with your nightlife, something Ontario officials might want to take note of.