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.
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! >>
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.
Oct. 17, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014
From October 17-31 2014, Mohammad Rezaei is our Drake Lab artist in residence. His residency, Strong Bold Unique Wild, is an "everything up to now", a retrospective if you will, of all of his interests within the art world.