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THE GU­VERN­MENT 132 Queens Quay East, 416-869-0045 Although there’ve been sev­eral chal­lengers in the mega-club mar­ket, the Gu­vern­ment still has what it takes to stay on top of the heap. The sound is great, the light show crazy, the crowds huge, the guest DJs su­per­stars and the over­all pro­duc­tion val­ues are just higher than ev­ery­where else. Granted, be­ing the big­gest means you’ll never be the coolest. You don’t go to the Gu­vern­ment look­ing for the un­der­ground but to get lost among thou­sands of peo­ple and for the com­plete sen­sory over­load.

FOOT­WORK 425 Ade­laide West Out of the ashes of the now in­fa­mous ware­house par­ties at 99 Sud­bury came Foot­work, in a lo­ca­tion where two clubs had al­ready failed. Many won­dered if it could trans­late its af­ter-hours ex­pe­ri­ence into a tra­di­tional club, but it’s gained mo­men­tum over the past few months. Early kinks have been ironed out, and the sound sys­tem keeps im­prov­ing. With our se­ri­ous short­age of good small clubs, Foot­work has filled an im­por­tant hole in the lo­cal scene.

START­ING FROM SCRATCH If this cat­e­gory were just about scratch­ing and jug­gling tech­nique, sev­eral turntab­lists – like DJ Dopey, for ex­am­ple – would

have been in the run­ning, but

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