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  • 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.

    For the duration of his time at the Drake Lab, He will bring together all of his most frequent collaborators, mentors and friends to activate the space. This residency will be a curatorial effort, an exhibition space, an artist lab, a studio space, a workshop and a pop up shop of sorts.

    On October 20 + 27, Rezaei will lead a One on One .gif making Workshop. If you have ever wanted to learn how to make a proper .gif not using your iphone, now is the time. Rezaei will walk you through all the steps necessary to make a gif, from proper installation of Photoshop to exporting the .gif file. Stop by the space and he will walk you through all of the necessary steps.

    2-9PM, by appointment or walk-in.

    Mohammad Rezaei is an interdisciplinary emerging artist, curator, art administrator and one half of the collective MTJR. (read Mount Junior).

    A substantial part of Rezaei’s art practice focuses on research, initiation and co-ordination of DIY art spaces, artist run centers, and curation in such spaces. This includes the establishment of several DIY spaces and festivals, curation of pop -up galleries and extensive involvement within established artist run centers and art galleries across Canada.

    As a curator, his interests lie within emerging forms of media, interactive and performative works that engage and ask for the participation of the audience, with a strong focus on emerging artists. He continuously works to provide opportunities for creation and development of art by emerging artists. His curatorial projects have been funded through successful grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council.

    As an artist, his work is a post studio research-based exploration and critique of the notion of identity in a fluid society. His work is largely “digital” based.

    He is the current programming coordinator at Whippersnapper Gallery.

    • Venue: The Lab
    • Type: Art
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 20, 2014, 2 p.m.
  • Get your hands dirty every Monday night with some artful food fun:

    Be a guest judge in one of our competitive cook-offs, get creative with some do-it-yourself food art or sit back and sip a pint as sharp + sassy host Ivy Knight takes your taste buds on a gastronomical mystery tour.

    Stop by tonight to indulge in Dr.Toplak's Bartender Appreciation Night, to benefit the Bartender's Benevolent Fund. Sip and snack for charity!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 20, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 30th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Lights, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Austra, Peaches, Diana, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith, Doldrums, Moon King, and BECK! Acting as a launching pad for many Toronto bands, Elvis Monday continues to champion emerging talent and play an important part of Toronto's music scene.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 20, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • The St. Royals are the new kings of the motown/funk/soul scene. Recently featured on Slice TV, they're an army of Toronto's most talented young players who always pack the dance floor. The St. Royals ooze style and swagger, while bringing authenticity and excitement to the soul era. Most of all, they bring the funk!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 20, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • Queens of the east and west unite! Join Judy Virago and Scarlett Bobo for a dirty, flirty, flithy, MILFy evening of bingo, babes and balls-out fun with a different retro theme each week. DJ Regina Gentlelady (LIGHT FIRES) keeps the balls bouncing all night long! $2 per card/$5 for 3 - first round at 8:30PM!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Comedy, Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: Oct. 21, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
  • Everyone, it seems, is now a curator. In our daily lives, we engage with any number of digital entities that require us to pick and choose, creating playlists and “likes” that are carried over, algorithmically, into future picking and choosing. Boutiques and chain stores alike tout curated aesthetics, for which products, employees and store designs are tailor-made and “experiential.” In the art world, since the 1990s, curators have shaped visions of large institutional shows and international biennials, acting powerfully as arbiters, tastemakers, advisors and ambassadors.

    David Balzer’s new book Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else looks at the origins and nature of this mania for curating, drawing distinct parallels between the art world and popular culture. Where did curating come from? How can it be related to our understanding of the avant-garde, of value-making and of work? Have we reached a “curationist” saturation point, in which contemporary curating’s many paradoxes and paranoias have led its own undoing? Balzer will launch Curationism on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in The Drake Hotel's Sky Yard. All are welcome to join for afterwork drinks, great music and even better conversation.

    • Venue: Sky Yard
    • Type: Live, Art, Other
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 22, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
  • 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.

    For the duration of his time at the Drake Lab, He will bring together all of his most frequent collaborators, mentors and friends to activate the space. This residency will be a curatorial effort, an exhibition space, an artist lab, a studio space, a workshop and a pop up shop of sorts.

    On October 22, Rezaei will screen a long long drawn out video projected onto the space where slow moving arrangements of various .png files found via Google image search come together and dissolve, with a persistent transparent layer behind it all to set the tone.

    Mohammad Rezaei is an interdisciplinary emerging artist, curator, art administrator and one half of the collective MTJR. (read Mount Junior).

    A substantial part of Rezaei’s art practice focuses on research, initiation and co-ordination of DIY art spaces, artist run centers, and curation in such spaces. This includes the establishment of several DIY spaces and festivals, curation of pop -up galleries and extensive involvement within established artist run centers and art galleries across Canada.

    As a curator, his interests lie within emerging forms of media, interactive and performative works that engage and ask for the participation of the audience, with a strong focus on emerging artists. He continuously works to provide opportunities for creation and development of art by emerging artists. His curatorial projects have been funded through successful grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council.

    As an artist, his work is a post studio research-based exploration and critique of the notion of identity in a fluid society. His work is largely “digital” based.

    He is the current programming coordinator at Whippersnapper Gallery.

    • Venue: The Lab
    • Type: Art
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 22, 2014, 6 p.m.
    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $14.00
    • Time: Oct. 22, 2014, 8 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: Oct. 22, 2014, 8 p.m.