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Chef de Cuisine, Alexandra Feswick, brings you a Summer of foodie fun. With her favourite meal-time accessory in tow, the beloved Drake Wu-Tub, it’s sure to be a party. Join us as we celebrate Toronto’s favourite season with our favourite things; patios, BBQ’s + beats! Feswick’s Freestyle offers a unique dining experience in different locations throughout the Drake Hotel. Each meal is communal in style and spirit, where guests are immersed in great food, entertainment and company. Don’t miss your chance to dine and dance with Feswick and her rotating talent of guest chefs.
Co-host Charlotte Langley of Scout Canning will partner with Chef Feswick for our first-ever freestyle on the Sky Yard. Dishes will be everything from canned Vegetable confit to a communal salad bar with seasonal flowers included.
Having just moved to Brooklyn, singer-songwriter Nick Hakim is a New York newbie, but if his exceptional debut EP is any indication, the Washington, D.C. native is here to stay. Where Will We Go Pt. 1 is emotionally rich and runs the gamut of R&B, jazz, folk, and Motown, taking cues from greats like Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson. Despite subtly explicating late-night grievances of the heart and mind, Hakim's entrance into Brooklyn's music scene is one of grand proportions.
Now approaching their first decade as a band, it really has
been an interesting
journey for Patrick Watson and his cohorts. Having already
played to over 100,000
people at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival, performed in fro
nt of a full orchestra in 2011
in Amsterdam and again in Watson’s hometown of Montreal
in 2013, and most recently
performing two songs in Wim Wenders’s current 3D epic “E
very Thing Will Be Fine”,
what’s next? Releasing their most solid record yet, W
atson and his band insist they have
only just begun. Still standing proudly at the helm,
Love Songs For Robots
release since Watson first galvanized this “temporary proj
ect” in 2006 with
the release of his critically acclaimed debut “Close To
Paradise”. This calling card release
would loudly announce his initial presence going on to sell we
ll over 100,000 units. His
latest installment in his already impressive body of w
ork follows up on his utterly
stunning 2012 release “Adventures In Your Own Backyard”. Signa
tures like his hushed
falsetto croon remains to be the vessel that transports
his vast emotional depths, but
Songs For Robots
proudly shows Watson sailing out into uncharted waters once
From the crawling crescendo of the opening ethereal soundsc
ape of the title track
that heralds the beginning of the album, the listener
is slowly lured into Watson’s world
that reveals musical moments that are as equally chal
lenging as they are comforting.
Destinations are cleverly concealed as we are invited to
just take in the lush scenery that
includes sharp experimental and progressive left turns, gra
ndiose gestures that shoulder
up against fearless austerity - and all delivered in a cris
p panoramic scope that could only
come from Watson’s lens. His hard fought lyrical pearls
are now guided through new
found psychedelic and soul swagger influences as left of ce
nter instrumentation and
arrangements covers up well beaten tracks and makes this a
rewarding and truly original
Without a doubt Love Songs for Robots bears Watson’s indelible stamp and manages to create a piece of work that is not only stirring, darin g, and deeply personal, but also represents his creative watermark so far. It’s all too r are to see an artist wear their heart on their sleeve while never growing weary of the battle against cynicism and callousness, but Watson and band’s aim remains true.
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.
Performances By: Vogue Dots, DEEBS, Bizzarh, DCF, Munchine and Special Guest
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!
As part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Winnipeg-based artist Sarah Anne Johnson will discuss her practice, followed by a conversation with curator Bonnie Rubenstein about her new site-specific CONTACT commissioned project, Best Beach.
Sarah Anne Johnson (b. 1976, Canada) earned a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2002 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2004. She was trained as a photographer and uses a variety of media including painting, sculpture and performance. Johnson was the recipient of the inaugural Grange Prize for Contemporary Photography in 2008 and her work has been collected by several significant public institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and Guggenheim Museum, New York. Johnson has exhibited at each of these institutions, among many other significant venues. In February 2015, her first survey exhibition opened at the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh.
Best Beach, 2015, is supported by Partners in Art (Lead Sponsor) and StreetARToronto(StART), and presented in partnership with Westin Harbour Castle.
Image: Sarah Anne Johnson, Best Beach (detail), 2015, Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
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. It’s the day before Cinco de Mayo so we’re celebrating the best way we know how; a huge, gooey, fatty, Guacamole Smack Down! Join four time champ Chef Steve Gonzalez + visiting Chef Dannie Masterson all the way from San Miguel, Mexico as they judge the biggest annual 86D battle. Plus, come on down and crunch your way through all of the competitors for the people’s choice vote.
Kick start the return of the summer with LCBO at our #CincoTO celebration. Join us for tequilla cocktails, modern Mexican tapas, a mariachi band, beats by DJ Dougie Boom + more.
With company like Sauza + Hornitos, it's sure to be a party.