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  • Thu
    Aug.
    17

    When Dean Lewis’s aching, enigmatic debut single “Waves” has seduced music lovers across the planet – earning the Sydney-based singer-songwriter high rotation on Triple J and a place on influential digital playlists worldwide – the sudden success was accompanied by a delicious sense of irony.

    “I came up with that song in about a day, sitting in an apartment in London,” explains Lewis. “I was in the UK, writing and recording, living the dream basically, and I was wondering why I wasn’t enjoying myself, thinking how weird the whole thing was. ‘Waves’ flowed from that feeling: ‘Why can’t I enjoy this!’ Next day I travelled to this beautiful little studio in the English countryside and recorded the song in one session. Funnily enough, ever since, I’ve been enjoying everything a whole lot more!” Despite that, the song’s perfect balance of intimacy and intensity, married to the honesty that lights the dappled regrets Lewis articulates, helped it connect immediately.

    For Dean, it all really started when he was sitting with his younger brother years ago and his dad put on a DVD called Oasis Manchester Live 2005. “I remember watching Liam Gallagher walk out with this hat and red jacket and watching him with Noel, they were just the coolest guys ever. I spent the next five years watching every Oasis video – Noel Gallagher basically taught me how to write songs.” Dean’s Oasis obsession also stirred some older musical memories in him, as his newfound lust for rhythm and melody took him back to the sounds of his childhood. “Some of my earliest memories are my dad showing my brothers and I his guitars and telling us when we’re old enough he’ll give them to us,” Lewis recalls. “My dad is a massive music fan. He had a big CD collection and was always playing The Beatles, Oasis or Van Morrison.” As he began to feel his way into creating and crafting his own music, Dean continued to be inspired by mostly UK artists – Richard Ashcroft, The Kooks and more recently, Catfish and The Bottlemen. “I’m just obsessed with his songwriting,” Dean states. “It’s so simple and melodic. He doesn’t over think it, and that inspires me. But more recently it’s certain songs that I get obsessed with. I consume music obsessively but it’s kinda focused. I’ll be so inspired by a song, then listen to it on repeat and only want to listen to that one song!”

    Fortunately fans of “Waves”, recorded with Nick Atkinson and Edd Holloway (Gabrielle Aplin) and mixed by Dan Grech (Halsey, Josef Salvat) won’t have to contend themselves with one song. Inspired by the instant international response to his first single, Lewis has been in a creative frenzy, writing and recording more than 100 songs, the first tantalizing taste of which comes in the form of new EP, Same Kind of Different.

    “I’ve written so many songs,” says Lewis, “the challenge was to look back at what I’d written and find which songs work together as a collective. It was actually harder than writing in some ways.” Building on some of the wisdom gleaned from those sessions, Same Kind of Different blends the idyllic atmosphere of the countryside sessions that produced “Waves” with the whirlwind of experiences Lewis has enjoyed since. Along with “Waves”, Lewis recorded one of his favourites “Let Go” with the duo and on a free day nearing Christmas, Holloway and Lewis decided to record a cover of Amy Shark’s “Adore”.

    “Need You Now’ was also recorded just outside of London, at another farmyard studio "where we just caught some magic. I am a big believer in the idea that when that happens, you don’t try to fight it or understand it, you just go with it.”

    Similarly, when Lewis hooked up with Melbourne studio guru John Castle (Vance Joy, Paul Kelly), the sparks that flew were too good to ignore. “I wrote ‘Lose My Mind’ after a break up, really just exploring that feeling of how when you lose somebody, you go crazy,” says Lewis. “I took it into John, and it was just meant to be a test, sort of to see if we could work together. A day-and-a-half later, we were both like, ‘Hell yeah, we can work together!’” “Chemicals”, a song Lewis wrote earlier was also recorded with Castle which is one of the six songs featured on Same Kind of Different which make for an incredible introduction to Dean Lewis.

    Make no mistake, however, this is just the beginning…“I love ‘Waves’, and I love the songs on this EP,” says Lewis, “but this is just the starting point. These are the songs that I felt were right to share first, but I have a hundred of others ready to go”.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, 19+, Music
    • Cover: $13.50 ADV
    • Time: Aug. 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu
    Aug.
    17

    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, 19+, Music
    • Cover: Free!
    • Time: Aug. 17, 2017, 11 p.m.
  • Fri
    Aug.
    18

    Over the last four years, Grump has established himself as one of Toronto's premiere DJ's. Active among some of the best DJ's in the city, you can catch him regularly at his various residencies including Odd Thomas and The Rivoli. Recently, Grump has provided featured sets at Motionball Toronto, Toronto WinterBrew Fest and Cask Days. Over the last few months, Grump has provided opening sets for legendary DJ's Skratch Bastid at Adelaide Hall and DJ Jazzy Jeff at Speakeasy21.

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    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: DJ, 19+
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: Aug. 18, 2017, 10 p.m.
  • Fri
    Aug.
    18

    MONTHLY DANCE PARTY

    Come That Way
    Go That Way
    Dance That Way
    Be That Way

    Selectors:
    Tribe
    Charlton

    Plus a Special Guest each month!

    Hosted by:
    David King

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ, 19+, Music
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: Aug. 18, 2017, 11 p.m.
  • Sat
    Aug.
    19

    Northern Power Summit is a one-day conference with a showcase component. While including other genres, the event will be catered towards urban music artists and professionals.

    Our primary objective is to provide the education and tools, as well as the access to individuals to help Canadian artists and industry professionals develop their careers internationally.

    For scheduling and more info visit their >> website

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, 19+, Music
    • Cover: $20-$40
    • Time: Aug. 19, 2017, noon
  • Sat
    Aug.
    19

    A great DJ can make a room fall in love for a moment, simply because DJing is more than selecting a few songs. It’s about generating shared moods, understanding the feelings of a group of people and directing them into a better place. Inspired by all genres of music, known for his ability to do the unexpected, meanwhile keeping things fresh; DJ Nana has been moving rooms to his beat since age Fourteen. Nana dedicates the precision of a mechanic or a scientist when crafting his art, as he believes that DJing and Turntablism is a science.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: DJ, 19+
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: Aug. 19, 2017, 10 p.m.
  • Sat
    Aug.
    19

    For four years Racks & Bands has been the one of the hottest, sweatiest hip hop parties in Toronto.

    Come let selector Jay Jolliffe and special guests take you on a rollercoaster ride through the biggest songs in Hip Hop and R'n'B.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ, 19+
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: Aug. 19, 2017, 11 p.m.
  • Sun
    Aug.
    20

    Join us on the Sky Yard for an East Coast Style Seafood Boil! Rally up for a kitchen party on the roof with a sharing-style feast maritime seafood classics. Our communal dinner wouldn’t be complete without sides + The Drake's very own ice-cold Art House brew. Not to mention East Coast fiddler Dan McDonald!

    You won't want to miss a single Seafood Sunday! Hit up Special Events team + book your spot today: 416.531.5042 x 246 or send us an email.

    Sunday, July 9 *** TOO LATE!
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    Sunday, August 6 *** TOO LATE!
    Sunday, August 20 *** SOLD OUT!
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    Sunday, September 17

    • Venue: Sky Yard
    • Type: Foodie, PopUp
    • Cover: $35/person plus tax + gratuity
    • Time: Aug. 20, 2017, 6 p.m.
  • Sun
    Aug.
    20

    Toronto’s very own Blackliquidink (Shavar Caution Blackwood) is proud to present Hot Seat Sunday at The Drake Underground. This original production, featuring some of Toronto’s hottest professionally trained male and female dancers, will undeniably thrill the senses in a night of indulgence and intrigue. The sexy choreography contains highly interactive segments and channels elements of humor, wittiness, and sensuality which will leave the audience intrigued and begging for more.

    Early Bird - $25
    Door - $30
    VIP (front row) - $35

    Doors at 8:30pm

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: 19+
    • Cover: $25-$35
    • Time: Aug. 20, 2017, 9 p.m.