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  • For the seventh year in a row, the Drake Hotel is an official off-site for the Toronto International Film Festival's Future Projections, a city-wide programme dedicated to taking the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond.

    The Drake's Future Projections programme will be dedicated to screening across all Drake properties the work of Shaun Gladwell. The Australian-born, London-based video artist portrays cultural figures like the skateboarder and freestyle BMX rider in self-described performative landscapes to hypnotic effect. Using filmic devices like slow motion and long pans, Gladwell captures both tightly-choreographed and improvised performances in urban and natural sites, exploring visual and spatial paradoxes.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Art, Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 3, 2014, 7 p.m.
  • Who, What, Where, When, Wednesdays!

    Teams of 4 or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo.

    It’s only $2 to participate and the winning table gets an $80 Drake Gift Card, not to mention bragging rights! So grab a brew, enjoy a whole lot of laughs and get ready to play.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: Sept. 3, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • For the seventh year in a row, the Drake Hotel is an official off-site for the Toronto International Film Festival's Future Projections, a city-wide programme dedicated to taking the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond.

    The Drake's Future Projections programme will be dedicated to screening across all Drake properties the work of Shaun Gladwell. The Australian-born, London-based video artist portrays cultural figures like the skateboarder and freestyle BMX rider in self-described performative landscapes to hypnotic effect.

    Gladwell's most recent work, BMX Channel (2013), will be screening nightly in the display window of the Drake General Store as well as the Sky Yard. Set within a picturesque British seaside, Welsh bicyclist Matti Hemmings performs a technical style of BMX riding known as “flatland” — a stylized break-dance-like movement on flat surface. Shot in Gladwell’s signature style, Hemmings’ balletic movements and the ethereal haze of the English Channel are surprisingly hypnotic and poetic.

    • Venue: Lobby + General Store
    • Type: Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 4, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • This TIFF, Get ready to ROCK STEADY. We’re turning the music up and inviting you to get down for a solid night of fun. Historically epic, our TIFF launch party is a massive building-wide experience with just one rule: good vibes only. Meet us at the Drake Hotel on Sept 4th for our launch party with performances by X Ambassadors, Brendan Philip, TOPS, Prince Innocence + more.

    While you're dancing the night away, don't forget to get your mini-manicure from Pinky's Nails or be one of the lucky few to get permanently inked by Speakeasy Tattoos. Don't forget to sign up for our huge Top Shop giveaway, for a chance to arrive to the closing night screening at Elgin Theater in style along with a night's stay a our Hotel!

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    • Venue: The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.00
    • Time: Sept. 4, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • For the seventh year in a row, the Drake Hotel is an official off-site for the Toronto International Film Festival's Future Projections, a city-wide programme dedicated to taking the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond.

    The Drake's Future Projections programme will be dedicated to screening across all Drake properties the work of Shaun Gladwell. The Australian-born, London-based video artist portrays cultural figures like the skateboarder and freestyle BMX rider in self-described performative landscapes to hypnotic effect.

    Gladwell's most recent work, BMX Channel (2013), will be screening nightly in the display window of the Drake General Store as well as the Sky Yard. Set within a picturesque British seaside, Welsh bicyclist Matti Hemmings performs a technical style of BMX riding known as “flatland” — a stylized break-dance-like movement on flat surface. Shot in Gladwell’s signature style, Hemmings’ balletic movements and the ethereal haze of the English Channel are surprisingly hypnotic and poetic.

    • Venue: Lobby + General Store
    • Type: Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 5, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Every week Drake's art concierge Betty Ann Jordan explores the galleries and project spaces along the Queen West strip with an eye out for the best of the best. Whether you are an art aficionado or culturally curious, Betty Ann is sure to show you something a little unexpected. For updated tour information and weekly schedules please check out Art InSite.

    • Venue: Lobby
    • Type: Art
    • Cover: $25 pp/$45 for 2
    • Time: Sept. 6, 2014, 11:45 a.m.
  • For every song Joseph Arthur has released in a critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs, he's probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping. Indeed, Arthur has been known to start working on a new album -- or two -- while simultaneously trying to finish another.

    It was amid this abundance of riches that the Brooklyn-by way of Ohio-native began molding a collection of music under a single narrative thread: The Ballad of Boogie Christ, described by Arthur as "a fictionalized character loosely based on my own journey."

    At first, it was a song here or there, or a set of lyrics with no accompanying music. Then, those songs would get recorded and set aside. They'd get re-recorded and revised. They'd start to make sense in relation to their brothers and sisters, and then they wouldn't. And pretty soon, more than half-a-decade had flown by and Boogie Christ was no closer to coherency.

    "For some reason, I've been avoiding finishing this record for a long time," Arthur says with a laugh. "It's been an albatross around my neck. I don't know why, but it has."

    Yet despite its labored birth, The Ballad of Boogie Christ -- Act 1 has defied the odds to become another essential cornerstone of Arthur's robust discography. Encompassing sessions put to tape in upstate New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Arthur's own Brooklyn studio, the 11-song album showcases the artist's signature rich storytelling set to a diverse range of rock'n'roll.

    "I don't know that there's a beginning, middle and end to the story, but there are definitely experiences, situations and perspectives that point in those directions," says Arthur. "I wanted to let the listener fill in some of the blanks without telling the whole story in a straight-ahead way."

    The album begins with the surprising orchestral pop of "Currency of Love," on which Arthur unveils a passionate croon unlike any vocal performance he's ever given. From there, Boogie Christ offers epic affirmations on overcoming addiction (the seven-minute closer "All the Old Heroes"), anthems of open-hearted solidarity ("Wait for Your Lights," "It's OK To Be Young/Gone") and the kinds of slow-burning narratives ("Famous Friends Along the Coast," "I Used To Know How to Walk on Water") that have won Arthur a legion of fans around the globe.

    Songs like "Black Flowers," "I Used To Know How to Walk on Water" and the title cut were recorded several years ago with help from the Band's legendary keyboardist Garth Hudson and bassist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams, Jack White), while newer additions to the track list such as "Currency of Love" and "Saint of Impossible Causes" were crafted in Los Angeles with assistance from Chris Seefried (Fitz & the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey). Among the other guests on Boogie Christ are Ben Harper (Arthur's bandmate in Fistful of Mercy), session drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner, Joan As Policewoman leader Joan Wasser and composer Paul Cantelon (Oliver Stone's W., Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell & the Butterfly).

    "There are certain moments on the album that are just pop music and sugary," Arthur says. "I didn't want it to be this diatribe of heaviness, and it had been like that sometimes. I definitely wanted moments of relief within it, where you just get a good jam."

    At the center of the project is the autobiographical "King of Cleveland," a classic story song that connects Boogie Christ the character with Arthur the flesh-and-blood artist. On it, the narrator apprentices alongside a big fish in a small pond, "playing blues in the back seats, from biker bars to limousines" -- much like Arthur did in his early professional career in Northeast Ohio. Says Arthur, "He's just starting to live the life he's imagined, playing roots boogie in the real America -- Ohio." With plans still taking shape for future installments of Boogie Christ material, perhaps as earlier as the fall, Arthur is hoping the project will eventually take on a life of its own outside of the album context.

    "I've heard David Bowie talk about how Ziggy Stardust and some other records were the beginnings of screenplays that he just never finished," he says. "I could really see this becoming something deeper and bigger than just an album.

    "Chuck Prophet reminded me that there's always the Great American Novel," he continues. "And that really stuck in my head about Boogie Christ. That's what I've been wanting to achieve with this album. He encouraged me that it was okay to dream big."

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $23.50
    • Time: Sept. 6, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • For the seventh year in a row, the Drake Hotel is an official off-site for the Toronto International Film Festival's Future Projections, a city-wide programme dedicated to taking the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond.

    The Drake's Future Projections programme will be dedicated to screening across all Drake properties the work of Shaun Gladwell. The Australian-born, London-based video artist portrays cultural figures like the skateboarder and freestyle BMX rider in self-described performative landscapes to hypnotic effect.

    Gladwell's most recent work, BMX Channel (2013), will be screening nightly in the display window of the Drake General Store as well as the Sky Yard. Set within a picturesque British seaside, Welsh bicyclist Matti Hemmings performs a technical style of BMX riding known as “flatland” — a stylized break-dance-like movement on flat surface. Shot in Gladwell’s signature style, Hemmings’ balletic movements and the ethereal haze of the English Channel are surprisingly hypnotic and poetic.

    • Venue: Lobby + General Store
    • Type: Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 6, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • For the seventh year in a row, the Drake Hotel is an official off-site for the Toronto International Film Festival's Future Projections, a city-wide programme dedicated to taking the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond.

    The Drake's Future Projections programme will be dedicated to screening across all Drake properties the work of Shaun Gladwell. The Australian-born, London-based video artist portrays cultural figures like the skateboarder and freestyle BMX rider in self-described performative landscapes to hypnotic effect.

    Gladwell's most recent work, BMX Channel (2013), will be screening nightly in the display window of the Drake General Store as well as the Sky Yard. Set within a picturesque British seaside, Welsh bicyclist Matti Hemmings performs a technical style of BMX riding known as “flatland” — a stylized break-dance-like movement on flat surface. Shot in Gladwell’s signature style, Hemmings’ balletic movements and the ethereal haze of the English Channel are surprisingly hypnotic and poetic.

    • Venue: Lobby + General Store
    • Type: Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 7, 2014, 8 p.m.