January 23, 2013
The Guvernment has, among many other things, become famous for holding some of the best annual two and one day mini festivals in the world. Their annual events like Labour of Love, Freedom, Viva, Decadence, their annual birthday party and Contact consistently bring the biggest stars in dance music to Toronto and this year’s Contact was no different. Armin Van Buuren, Gareth Emery, W & W, Ashley Walbridge, and Sied Van Riel are some of the names that have graced the decks previous years while this year’s event brought Sean Tyas, Simon Patterson, and Aly & Fila to headline the first of many huge events in 2013 at The Guvernment.
First up at midnight after resident Mark Oliver was Sean Tyas. Originally born in Long Island, New York, Sean re-located to Germany in 2004 and has released tracks on Armada Music, Big Fish Recordings and his own label, Tytanium Recordings. The crowd was already in full force inside Kool Haus, which was reduced in size from Static NYE, for two hours of huge trance and pounding electro house. Sean’s newest track, a remix of Cold Blank’s Onslaught came early followed along by Tyas originals Diamondback and What I Am. Late into the set, Sean played his amazing edit of Eric Prydz’s remix of Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus. Sean’s edit that keeps the energy high and focuses on Eric’s iconic bass line and synth stabs instead of the lyrics.
After an hour and a half of Sean Tyas, it was time for Egyptian duo Aly Amr Fathalah and Fadi Wassef Naguib, also known as Aly & Fila. Their hometown of Cairo, Egypt isn’t exactly a dance music mecca, but the duo has certainly made a name for not only themselves, but their country with their massive trance. They’ve released an album, released tracks on some of the biggest labels in dance music including Vandit and Armada and had their track We Control The Sunlight named “Tune of the Year” on Armin Van Buuren’s show A State of Trance. They opened their set with Cosmic Gate’s Fire Wire before getting into some of their own productions like Sand Theme, Perfect Love and the aforementioned We Control The Sunlight.
The marathon night continued as Simon Patterson took control of the decks at 4:30 A.M. The British DJ who was once part of the very popular Dogzilla, released his first solo single in 2006 and has quickly climbed the ranks of dance music’s elite. Half way into Simon’s set I decided to call it a night before hearing some of Patterson’s originals like Come To Me and Northern Lights.
With some even bigger events coming up, The Guvernment seems poised to have another huge year. Hardwell, Dannic, Dyro, Eric Prydz, Sander Van Doorn , and Benny Benassi are all booked for February and the ticket links are below.
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Words by Aaron Berecz