First it was illegal guns, then it was Guardian Angels, are deposed club kings the next thing to cross the border into Canada? We got tipped off by Jen Chung of Gothamist that Peter Gatien, infamous NYC club king, is hard at work getting his new club ready for Toronto. Our city became his adopted home after he was hounded out of NYC. New York magazine has a massive article on the man. Here’s a few things we managed to tease out of it.
Giuliani cracked down on Gatien’s clubs which included the Limelight and Tunnel. Like any great clubs they were reputed to be haven for drugs, sex and everything that a mayor cracking down on crime hates.
The formerly eye-patch wearing Gatien, was originally from Cornwall, Ontario, and has partnered up with local real estate developer John Cheong to build Circa (formerly Lucid) on Richmond Street. Circa is going to be a four-storey behemoth of a club and include a gallery space and movie theatre which makes Torontoist wonder how the local residents (all those well-heeled condo-dwellers) are going to react to it when they get kept awake at night by more rowdy 905ers.
Also make sure you check out the all-entertaining sidebar chart…. complete with seal hunt reference! Paved also has some more background here.