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  • It could almost be inferred that Jesse Marchant wrote the songs for his new album over a period of months in New York City during which a lot of his world had come out from under him, in what he has described as "a general period of falling outs, absence and abuse, both of self and of what should or could have been surrounding". But in the process of finding an end to that Marchant feels to have grown. One is not left to wonder why he chose to drop the moniker of his former releases (his initials JBM) for the use of his proper full name, nor why his voice and lyrics, recorded with a mouth-to-ear intimacy, emphasizing his deepening and wearying baritone, sit loud and naked atop the widescreen backdrop of the deep synthesizer and orchestral pads and arrangements, often reminiscent of “I’m on Fire” era Springsteen. There is a sense of wanting to take responsibility and a desire to have things seen and said clearly for what they are, directly.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $12.00
    • Time: June 1, 2015, 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.

    The Antarctic Book of Cooking + Cleaning is a journey through that austral summer—the story of Russian-Canadian clean-up project on a small island 120 miles off the Antarctic Peninsula. But it's also a look at the challenges of cooking in a makeshift kitchen. Come hear the tales + taste a sample of the Antarctic treats as we launch the book tonight! Sponsored by Harper Collins.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: June 1, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • In 2012, King released her debut EP, The Elle King EP, on RCA/Fat Possum Records. The EP track “Playing for Keeps” is the theme song for VH1’s Mob Wives Chicago series.[1] She released her debut album, Love Stuff on February 17, 2015.[1] King has also toured with acts such as Of Monsters and Men, Train, and Michael Kiwanuka.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: See ticket link
    • Time: June 3, 2015, 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.

    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.

    • Venue: North Lounge , Lounge
    • Type: Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: June 3, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • This summer, Textstyles.ca's Stefania Yarhi and the Drake will be co-presenting Fashion 2.0, a limited-run monthly talk + mixer series exploring fashion's evolution in the digital world.

    The series launches on Monday, June 8 with Street Style, a 5:30PM Room 222 Talk on the ongoing global phenomenon that has not only increased peacocking outside the shows, but also spurred trends off the runway.

    From 7:30PM onwards, we'll also be celebrating the 7th anniversary of Textstyles, focusing on Yarhi's most recent travels to Marrakech to help launch our Sky Yard Oasis.

    Stefania Yarhi is the creative force and visionary behind street style blog, Textstyles.ca. The Toronto-based writer and photographer launched the blog in 2008, inspired by other street photographers. Over the past few years, Stefania has travelled the world and worked with brands like Net-A-Porter, Cosmopolitan and Holt Renfrew. She's been brought on for campaigns with designers and editorials thanks to her sartorial eye. Street style has been more than just a meal-ticket over the years, Stefania has always been intrigued by its phenomenon and loves discussing just that—how the internet has changed the fashion world (for which she is ever grateful).

    • Venue: Sky Yard, Room 222
    • Type: Talks
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: June 8, 2015, 5:30 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.

    This is the most serious annual food battle we host at 86’D! Watch top chefs compete for the finest in sustainable ceviche for the seventh year in a row, taste them all + vote for your favourite! With Hooked, Brassai, Scout Canning + more, plus our annual sponsor, Ocean Wise.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: June 8, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • What We Talk About, Little Brother Magazine's quarterly lecture series, returns with its third edition of talks -- this time on the theme of “selling out.”

    Speakers include:
    Naomi Skwarna, artist. On thanking the sponsors, George Saunders, and the corporate pillory.
    John Semley, writer. On the entrepreneurial industrial complex known as Dragons' Den.
    Julia Cooper, editor. On perverse contracts, Al Pacino, and The Devil's Advocate.

    Hosted by Chris Berube, writer and radio producer.

    Curated by Peter Merriman.

    Doors at 7:30pm / Show starts at 8pm sharp.

    Tickets are $10 in advance, or free with the special $15 purchase of Little Brother Magazine No. 5. Online tickets go on sale Tues, May 19, noon.

    Following the talks, Chris Berube will lead the speakers in a group discussion, and invite audience questions.

    What We Talk About was founded by Peter Merriman and Alicia Louise Merchant in 2012, and is now part of Little Brother Projects.

    We acknowledge the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. Thank you, also, to the Drake Hotel.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, Art, Talks
    • Cover: $10 Advance / Free with $15 purchase of LB No. 5
    • Time: June 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
  • The police call them Mispers. They are everywhere and nowhere, In the world and out of it, Each of them different, And each the same. Mispers'

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $13.00
    • Time: June 10, 2015, 7 p.m.
  • Come kick it with us on the Sky Yard for Drake style high-tea. Feswick, Fancy + Jones will keep you fueled up with canapés, pastries + teacup cocktails.

    Whether your coming for the good-time tea or pastries; all treats are $5 per item / $20 for 5 items. Each ticket purchased is entered in a draw for a special giveaway.

    Dj set by Sophie Jones + special guest.
    #feswicksfreestyle #iloveitwhenyoueatit

    • Venue: Sky Yard
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: June 10, 2015, 7 p.m.