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  • From September 10 to 24, Jessica Karuhanga has been the Drake Lab artist in residence.

    Karuhanga's performances, drawings and videos explore the emotive and affective propensity and possibility of everyday rituals, moments, both witnessed and experienced. An artist currently based in Toronto, her visual art and performance work have been presented at various centres throughout Canada including Royal BC Museum, Open Space, Deluge Contemporary Art, Art Mûr, Whippersnapper Gallery, The Theatre Centre Pop-up, OCAD U Student Gallery, Videofag, Electric Eclectics, Xpace Cultural Centre and Nia Centre for the Arts.

    During her Drake Lab residency, Karuhanga enacted a process of drawing and erasure using black charcoal dust on a fifty foot long white photo paper. Unveiled through this process is a field of positive and negative spaces, shadows, shapes and forms in an effort to explore the negative spaces, the black spaces, and black holes.

    As Karuhanga's residency draws to an end, Drake Hotel's assistant curator Rea McNamara will lead a studio visit with Karuhanga, discussing the work (daily enactments, gestures, drawings) she created in the space and her practice overall.

    • Venue: The Lab
    • Type: Art
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 22, 2014, 8 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.

    Tonight is our 6th Annual Ontario Madcap Pickle Championships! Featuring both professional and amateur categories; there are no rules, if it can be pickled you can enter anything from beets to black walnuts to beef tongue! BRING IT!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 22, 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: Sept. 22, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • The Lonely Hearts are a rock and roll jukebox.

    A high energy quartet, the Lonely Hearts have been playing together for nearly a decade; from intimate parties to maximum capacity crowds, they have kept audiences dancing from start to finish. They contain the energy and soul of a vintage rock and roll band but with an incredibly vast repertoire that ranges from early rock and roll, Motown, early punk, new wave and modern pop. Their musicianship goes far beyond their years. They pride themselves on the ability to read a crowd and use their repertoire to tailor their set in order to keep the party at a high pace.

    A unique contrast exists within The Lonely Hearts; they give you the best of then with the youthful energy of now. They understand the importance of your event and will do everything they can to make your event as memorable and enjoyable as possible.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 22, 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 Aeryn Pfaff keeps the balls bouncing all night long! $2 gets three cards - first round at 8pm!

    • Venue: Lounge, The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Comedy, Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: Sept. 23, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
  • The Carnegie Hall Show is a unique improvised comedy event presented by multiple Canadian Comedy Award Winners The National Theatre of The World; Second city alums Naomi Snieckus (CBC’S Mr. D) and Matt Baram (CityTV’s Seed) along with perpetual special guest and professional British man Chris Gibbs. The show is an evening of improv and variety. Singers, dancers, acrobats, puppeteers and even the occasional magician surround the improvisation – first, an original format – The Retrospective - After getting a suggestion from the audience of "an event to celebrate", the tuxedo and boa-clad cast take the audience on a timeline retrospective, looking back on the greatest improvised scenes ever performed based on that event as they make them up from scratch before their very eyes. The second half of the show is an improvised old-fashioned radio play. Getting a small suggestion from the audience, the cast proceeds to weave a story replete with witty dialogue, commercial breaks and occasional on-air emotional breakdowns. You never know who will be playing at The Carnegie Hall Show! Past guests include Colin Mochrie, Scott Thompson, Maestro Fresh Wes, ‘Puppets Who Kill’ creator Jon Pattison, and many more.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Comedy
    • Cover: $18.00
    • Time: Sept. 24, 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. 24, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Put your money where your mouth is. Stylist Porcelaine Desire will be taking over the Drake Lab with Talk Shop, a vintage pop-up.

    From September 25 to 28, come by and score some great vintage goodies, including clothing, shoes, jewellery and more.

    Talk Shop Hours:
    Thursday September 25: 12-8PM
    Friday September 26: 3-10PM
    Saturday September 27: 3-10PM
    Sunday September 28: 12-7PM

    • Venue: The Lab
    • Type: Art, Other
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 25, 2014, noon
  • Toronto's Valery Gore set out to claim new territory on her third and upcoming album Idols In The Dark Heart. Four years in the making, this album charters a course across the turbulent waters of human relationships, encountering love, loss, and the shadows of nostalgia and doubt. Navigated by Gore’s throaty, candid voice, the listener is swept through a lush and lyrical paradise filled with synth melodies, confident acoustics and low Moog bass lines.

    The end result is an exquisitely crafted blend of woven harmonies and melodic hooks that feels like a journey to exotic shores. Idols is her most exciting collection of songs to date, where ideas are expressed in beats and bass lines, and the piano makes room for the conversing of guests.

    The structure of the album is rich and textured, yet still accessible with its pop smarts pleasantly intact.In a recent show review, Exclaim Magazine described Gore as “quite possibly the most underrated sonic artist in this or any other country, breathing new life into traditional song forms with idiosyncratic melodies, subtly complex rhythms and eclectic arrangements that reveal an expansive listening palate.”

    With special guest Animalia.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10 advance/$13 at door
    • Time: Sept. 25, 2014, 8 p.m.