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  • Itzsoweezee hits the Underground for its monthly whirlwind of wall-to-wall music - prepare to dance, smile and holler. Local favorite Tom Wrecks of the Stylusts crew captains the night with a rotating cast of stellar guest DJs. With roots in the A-Trak, visuals lighting up the screens and a foot in the mainstream, these guys throw a wild and crazy night. Itzsoweezee will make it easy - so easy - to get you on the dance floor.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: March 28, 2015, 11 p.m.
  • The Most Unlikely Hero. The Odd Couple. The Super Vixens. The World’s Most Filthiest Person. The Lone Wolf.

    What better day than a lazy Sunday to go for dinner + a movie. For the month of March, we’ve got you covered with a $20 Drake Burger + Collective Arts beer special and a weekly screening of our midnight madness favourites, with a focus on cult classics’ misfits + outliers.

    Call our host team at 416.531.5042 ex 110 to save your spot in Room 222, our perfect nook for intimate gatherings. Grab dinner any time with a date or a small group of friends before 8PM - That's when we're pressing play!

    MARCH 29 / MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981)
    The Lone Wolf. With over-the-top chases and stunts, George Miller’s sequel to his 1979 sci-fi action classic manages to one-up the original. Max (Mel Gibson), now an alienated nomad after the deaths of his wife and child, wanders a post-apocalyptic Australian outback, eventually becoming involved with a community of settlers and its fight against a band of marauders.

    • Venue: Room 222
    • Type: Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: March 29, 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.

    Are you aware that we're NOT living in Westeros? The winter will end, the white walkers will melt + spring will come. Get your first taste of spring w/one-of-a-kind Easter treats from local vendors + take part in an Easter egg hunt at this evening's 86'D event.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: March 30, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • Creator and Performer Meagan O'Shea along with collaborator and choir leader Christine Duncan and Vanessa Reid who works internationally in social transformation will be discussing how their practices intersect.

    Through the lens of creating optimal minimal structure to encourage innovation, discovery and emergent ideas. Each of these practitioners use this concept in their work, Meagan O'Shea in dance-based expanded social practice, Christine Duncan in composing improvisation and Vanessa Reid in Greece and other places where our systems are collapsing and regenerating.

    In association with Stand Up Dance's DanceWorks CoWorks event at The Theatre Centre, April 8 - 12, 2015 www.theatrecentre.org #notanotherhero @standupdance #DrakeHotel @DrakeHotel @TheatreCentre #theatrecentre

    Photos by Jeremy Mimnagh of Linnea Swan, Neil Sochasky and Brendan Wyatt and Meagan O'Shea

    • Venue: Sky Yard, Room 222
    • Type: Live, Art, Talks, Theatre
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: March 31, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
  • Some quick true/false facts about the band Horse Feathers and their new album, So It Is With Us:

    1. The record was partially recorded in a barn in a beautiful pastoral setting in rural Oregon
    (true, but hasn’t everybody done this now?)

    2. The band lives in Portland, OR
    (also true, and they are consciously and unconsciously living breathing stereotypes just like the ones portrayed in Portlandia)

    3. Horse Feathers last album charted on Billboard by selling fewer records than they had in the past
    (true, but maybe more a comment on the music industry as a whole?)

    4. For this album, the band was influenced by the following: Pentangle, Talk Talk, Paul Simon, The Band, Van Morrison, John Wesley Harding era Bob Dylan, Desire era Bob Dylan, and Abner Jay (not what you would have guessed, right?)

    Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band:

    “I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – "Cynic's New Year" – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn't touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record “helped them through their divorce”. I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them “have a great weekend”. If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from “divorce” band to “weekend” band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn’t say we’ve become a “party band” overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit.

    I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show – which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don't own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That's the way it was, and so it is with us.”

    So It Is With Us will be released on Kill Rock Stars on October 21, 2014.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $16.50
    • Time: March 31, 2015, 8 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: Lounge
    • Type: Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: April 1, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • Montreal-based alternative folk-pop band The Franklin Electric turned heads in 2012, claiming first prize in a Nashville song writing competition with the infectious song, “Old Piano”. The group then banded together to lay down their debut album "This is How I Let You Down".

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: n/a
    • Time: April 2, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • 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!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: April 2, 2015, 10 p.m.
  • Montreal-based alternative folk-pop band The Franklin Electric turned heads in 2012, claiming first prize in a Nashville song writing competition with the infectious song, “Old Piano”. The group then banded together to lay down their debut album "This is How I Let You Down".

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: n/a
    • Time: April 3, 2015, 8 p.m.