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SUPAFRIK is a traveling pop-up concept that was created by Chinedu Ukabam of Toronto fashion label Chinedesign. It has grown from its 2011 debut in Kensington Market, Toronto to dynamic multi-day installations in Washington DC, London and Paris showcasing contemporary African culture to a diverse audience. Artists featured have included painters, photographers, sneaker designers and chefs.
For their next installation, we’re bringing that energy to the Drake Hotel! This time the focus is on the DJs and their unique blend of urban African sounds called Afrobeats. Not to be confused with Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat (without the s), Afrobeats is catch all term originating in the UK that refers to different electronic dance music genres from the African continent and African crews in London, Lisbon and Paris. From Ghanaian Azonto to Angolan Kuduro to South African House. DJs Deemaks, Camron and Revy B will submerge the Sky Yard patio with open format sets that will also include hip-hop, reggae and pop. Room 222 will host a mini pop-up shop selling a small collection of African-inspired fashion and artwork from the SUPAFRIK online shop.
Entrance is FREE but capacity is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for guaranteed entrance. Max 2 guests each.
For over a decade, David Vertesi has been a multi-faceted contributor to the Canadian music industry. A songwriter, musician, producer, promoter, artist manager, and community advocate, his passion for all aspects of music drives him.
Although best known as part of the Vancouver indie pop group, Hey Ocean! David has also made a name for himself through his collaborations with other artists including Shad K, Hannah Georgas, Dear Rouge, & Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party. His debut solo album, Cardiography gained him critical acclaim as well as two West Coast Music Award nominations for best pop album and songwriter of the year.
In the spirit of artists such as Leonard Cohen, The National, Hayden or David Bazan, Vertesi’s music conveys an honesty that echoes through your head long after your first listen and pulls you back with force. He is a consummate songwriter and musician and though he pays subtle homage to his influences, he seems to have carved out a welcomed place for his own distinct sound.
MS MR (pronounced Miz Mister) are a New York-based American duo consisting of vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow. The duo are signed to IAMSOUND Kitsuné and Columbia Records. Plapinger is also known for her work as co-founder of the New York City/London-based Independent record label Neon Gold Records.
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 libations with our dear friends from Field Trip Music Festival! It's a Field Trip Cocktail Competition, and the winning drink will be the official punch of the summer’s hottest music festival. Come taste the sweet beverages, and let your ears soak up musical pleasure on the side.
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.
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.