Community and Culture

Drake is filled with thoughtful contradictions and a playful intersection of old and new. We opened on Valentine’s Day, 2004 with lots of love for the historic relationship between artists, Toronto exhibitions and great hotels; a community-minded spirit is something close to our hearts. Urban and artistic hotels have played a big role as hang-outs for the local creative scene - aka you - so these are the ideas that inspired us to create a community-minded hotbed for culture.


Art Blog

  • From free neighbourhood pancake breakfasts
    to promoting local artists, supporting our friends and neighbours has been a big part
    of our mission since day one. >>

  • If you’re into contemporary art, we’ll definitely get along - those who know us best say we’re a hotbed for culture. Read about what goes on in the art world at Drake! >>

Current Exhibit Title

Archival Impulses

Aug. 26, 2014 - Nov. 26, 2014

The visible unpacking of postcards, family letters and envelopes that veers between compulsive hoarding and careful collecting. An assembled collection of stitched and hand-drawn melancholic poetics on a worn Fruit of the Loom tee shirt. Archival Impulses, the Drake’s fall exhibition, focuses on archives and ephemera, with an emphasis on the history and effect of printed materials, and how artists react to this particular form of vital materialism.