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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.

    "Growing up, I was surrounded by strong women. My grand father, a strong, logical and forward thinking man moved to Tehran as a teenager, worked his way up to have a life, put himself through school, raised my mother and her two sisters to be exactly like him. These women shaped me to be the person I am today. They share the same minimal taste in fashion and furniture, they all ended up being leaders in their fields, they each live in a different part of the world now, each one an alpha, a boss, all so confident their choices and aesthetics. I have been so blessed by these strong individuals in my family that in my adult life, I seek out the same company. Alpha females that know what they want and they get it."

    From October 23-27, Rezaei will present work made by his most frequent collaborators mentors, inspirations and friends: Julia Kansas, Lisa Folkerson, Joleen Toner and Sondra Meszaros. 6PM until late.

    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. 23, 2014, 6 p.m.
    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15
    • Time: Oct. 23, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.

    Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 23, 2014, 10 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.

    "Growing up, I was surrounded by strong women. My grand father, a strong, logical and forward thinking man moved to Tehran as a teenager, worked his way up to have a life, put himself through school, raised my mother and her two sisters to be exactly like him. These women shaped me to be the person I am today. They share the same minimal taste in fashion and furniture, they all ended up being leaders in their fields, they each live in a different part of the world now, each one an alpha, a boss, all so confident their choices and aesthetics. I have been so blessed by these strong individuals in my family that in my adult life, I seek out the same company. Alpha females that know what they want and they get it."

    From October 23-27, Rezaei will present work made by his most frequent collaborators mentors, inspirations and friends: Julia Kansas, Lisa Folkerson, Joleen Toner and Sondra Meszaros. 6PM until late.

    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. 24, 2014, 6 p.m.
    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $5.00
    • Time: Oct. 24, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Known for getting crowds off their feet, local favourite DJ Your Boy Brian seamlessly blends all genres into a feel-good party mix. Part of the More Proof collective, DJ Your Boy Brian takes having fun very, very seriously. Check out his mix from the White Light Series before stopping by the Lounge for a night of carefree fun.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: DJ
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: Oct. 24, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • w/ Giorgio Versani, Meech, Rynecologist & Skinnyninny

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ
    • Cover: $10.00
    • Time: Oct. 24, 2014, 11 p.m.
  • This Halloween weekend, nestled among the classic Drake brunch options, you’ll find some new menu items that will pop up and say a delicious ”BOO!” as the hotel zombifies brunch for the third year in a row.

    Food:
    ZOMBIE FLESH BENNY House cured zombie flesh (corned beef), Tymek’s scary sauerkraut, hell-fired sourdough, 2 poached eggs, bloody hollandaise + home fries 16.666
    SCRAMBLED EGG BRAIN BURRITO Scrambled brain (eggs), jumpin’ jalapeño jack, spooky pepper/onion mix, avocado-boo, salsa, sour cream + home fries 13.666
    BLOOD + GUTS SHORT STACK 3 buttermilk hell-cakes, blood (strawberry sauce), guts (lime curd) + whipped ricotta 13.666
    COBB-EYE SALAD Sc-ermite blue cheese, chicken + pig flesh, avocad-boo, eyeball eggs, tomato + spooky ranch dressing 16.666

    Drink:
    SMOKIN' BLOODY CAESARS All 2oz & served with blood (Clamato juice), zombie gut sauce (Carroll & Co. Spice Mix) + spooky smoke
    Vodka + horseradish 10.666
    Beefeater gin + cucumber 11.666
    Olmeca tequila + cilantro 11.666

    For a ghost on the go, stop by for a to-go selection of ghoulish treats + baked goods available in the Drake Café.

    • Venue: The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: 15% off food for all Zombies!
    • Time: Oct. 25, 2014, 11 a.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: Oct. 25, 2014, 11:45 a.m.