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Muzik – Oct 21st, 2006

15 Saskatchewan Road

www.muzikclubs.com

Muzik has been built in the former Horticultural Building and boasts of new and innovative design while still retaining it’s 1907 demeanour. A venue located on the exhibition grounds that serves as a nightclub on Saturdays is an ambitious adventure. How is this space going to fare in the dead of winter? Even more of a feat is Muzik’s ability to draw so many youngish, trendy, and monied people to it’s mammoth realm.

We gained entry to Muzik after uncharacteristically standing in 9 degree Celsius weather for over 15 minutes. It was the Fashion Week closing night party, and we had arrived late. The lovely Kirstie, the “go to” girl for VIP tables, managed to guide us in after we had made her acquaintance.

The cost of admittance was $20.00. Muzik recommends that you pre-book a VIP area to have the best party experience. Once you are actually inside of the club proper, you can observe that there are many VIP areas, all with a view of the patrons who are not doing the VIP routine.

There were so many people at Muzik for this closing night party that it appeared as though it was packed to capacity. The place looked like there were at least two thousand people in there give or take a hundred. Ironically, the extremely high ceilings also gave it a look of empty expanse. The dance floor, or dance area in the middle of the room took a while to get to and that was for shuffling room only. The VIP areas in the back of the club felt like they were a different entity all together. They were exhausting to find, and then even more exhausting to try and enter one of the rooms to meet with a group of our friends. We were rejected by the goon assigned to “protect” the VIP area with the excuse that the area was” full”. Our friends pleaded with him to let us in, but to no avail.

We made our journey back to the front VIP area where we had some other friends. We got in there without a hitch. The view was also good to see those who were actually coming in the club, so that you could invite them up for a drink. Once situated, we were actually able to enjoy the fabulous garage house music emanating from the speakers. The sound system at Muzik is incredible. It would have to be for such a large space.

Later on a bouncer goon showed up to guard entry to our VIP area. A few tipsy people in our immediate area where using the club decorations for props, and the goon promptly grabbed them out of their hands. What was with the hired help? They were taking their jobs way too seriously.

We temporarily left our VIP area to check out the bar scene. Getting a drink in Muzik requires patience if you wait at one of the two well-appointed bars, it also typically requires a lot of money. As for the washroom situation for the girls, it’s not too bad with about 10 or so stalls. Nevertheless a line up persisted.

Overall, Muzik is a mature rave party experience in a more sophisticated setting. If that’s what you are looking for, then you will not be disappointed.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 8 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 8 Love factor – 7

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October 23, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Maro – Oct 18th & 19th, 2006

135 Liberty Street

Off the beaten path, and far away from clubland, on a road that screams of eclecticism, lies Maro, the only club/restaurant on Liberty street.  We visited this recently opened place during Fashion Week and we were impressed with not only the decor, but with the turn out.

Maro is a large, well appointed large space with a lofty VIP section that allows you to see and be seen.  High ceilings prevent it from feeling cozy, even with the throngs of people present, but there is a glam factor to the place.  The main room was turned from a restaurant by day with table and chairs into a runway for Hibebe’s designs.   We took our time inspecting the two bars that served up various concoctions, or was it three bars?  We had free drink tickets but, we kept being directed to a mysterious bar at the end of the venue that we never did find. 

As I have already mentioned Maro was packed with industry people and party revelers alike who were there to see Hibebe’s line of clothing.  However the show was over an hour late in starting, and by that time our group had already lost interest.  We had our own party going in the VIP and things were feeling much better for us than for the rest of the people who would not budge from their places near the runway.  The sound system is decent enough, and so was the DJ, serving up a blend of house with hard rock as well!

Overall, the space has a lot of potential and we will have to go back again.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 7 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 8 Love factor – 7 

October 23, 2006 Posted by | L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, W4WT Links | Leave a comment