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Studio Beat and the Drake Hotel want to help you. We know you're a goddamn mess. It's ok. Who isn't? That's why we put together a panel of artists, academics and occultists -- Talwst (Artist), Luke Painter (Artist/OCADU Professor), Rosie Prata (Canadian Art copy editor) and Tara Greene (Astrologer) -- that can answer all of your questions about being a creative person in the modern world.
Struggling to balance your day job and artistic pursuits? Competitive with your friends? Not sure how to get paint stains out of your silk pants? Submit your question and at 5pm on April 19th at the Drake Hotel's North Lounge, we'll have your answer.
After last year's hit inaugural edition, “And 5, 6, 7, 8… A Musical Theatre Dance Party” returns this April for another night of show tunes and shaking your “Shipoopi,” featuring the customized playlists of local musical theatre aficionados: Mitchell Marcus (Acting Up Stage), David Keeley (Theatre 20), George Randolph (Randolph Academy), and Michael Rubinoff (Sheridan).
The event will take place on Sunday, April 19 at the Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West), from 8-11pm. And best of all - admission is FREE!
This event is 19+.
The evening will also feature dance-along/sing-along video, door prizes and giveaways! So get your “Time Warp” on, “Ease on Down the Road” to the “MAMBO!” at the school gym.
This evening of celebration and cooperation is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Max Jury is a singer-songwriter from Des Moines, Iowa. A love of great American songwriting from the likes of Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons & Paul Simon has helped him hone and craft his own skill. An undeniable talent, 21 year-old Max Jury is sure to establish himself as an American great in his own right.
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 we're celebrating the spicy side of life with our annual Salsa Battle! Competitors include; Lisa Marie, Mata Bar, The Chase, Baju BBQ + Santo Pecado. Plus, the night will be judged by reigning Salsa Queen, the one and only, Rossy Earle. Drop on by and taste the salsa rainbow, then vote for people's choice!
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!
Douglas McCombs (born in 1962 in Peoria, Illinois) plays bass and guitar with the instrumental rock band Tortoise and leads the instrumental band Brokeback. He is also the longtime bassist for the rock band Eleventh Dream Day. In 1997, he formed Pullman with Bundy K. Brown, Chris Brokaw, and Curtis Harvey, with whom he released two albums.
FOXTROTT is the vibrant musical project of MH Delorme – a self-taught singer, songwriter and beatmaking force from Montreal. With her debut EP Shields, she landed on the indie-pop scene with an emotionally arresting three-track offering, and has since paved a smooth road as a bona fide talent to watch.
Hailing from an extended musical family, this third-generation Montrealer has cultivated a lifelong relationship with music that dates back to piano and violin lessons as a child, but her personal discovery of hip hop, reggae, and electronic music led her to pursue production, playing a large part in shaping her musical DNA and crafting a unique sound with all these elements.
With a songwriting and production style that is at once soothing and very direct, FOXTROTT shows a deft hand for warm melodies, beefy bass lines and layered percussions- striking the perfect balance between courage and vulnerability. Her rich sound, full of emotional textures and introspective rhythms, is imbued with an unmistakably cinematic feel- the result of a professional background in sound engineering and film scoring. FOXTROTT’s powerful pop compositions draw us in with their disarming lyrical honesty and melodies, her vocals shifting from darkness to the light without a stutter.
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. Please click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team! Don't be dismayed if reservations are full, we save quite a few tables for our walk-in pals.
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!