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  • 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.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Art
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: May 3, 2015, 3 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.

    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.

    • Venue: North Lounge , Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: May 4, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • 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.

    • Venue: The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15.00 at the door.
    • Time: May 5, 2015, 6:30 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: May 6, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • We’ve got a prix-fixe that is fit for your queen! So spend mom’s special day with us, because we’ve cooked up the perfect way to show your pretty parent how much you care.

    Our menu was created by mommy-to-be, Chef Feswick, with of the lady of the day specifically in mind. Whether she feels like Yogurt + Preserves, Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes or even Steak + Eggs, Mom gets to choose.

    Oh, and save room for the Blackberry Shortcake (it pairs perfectly with our Mom-osas).

    Book your spot today: 416.531.5042 x 1 or specialevents@thedrakehotel.ca

    • Venue: The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: $36.00
    • Time: May 10, 2015, 9:30 a.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.

    Tonight we’re closing down the Terrior Syposium events with a final wah-bam shakedown after-party! Staying with this year’s theme, we’re hosting street foodie specialists Fidel Gastro who will be serving up a selection of sexy appies. We also have JP Wiser’s Whisky Ambassador Dave ‘Smoking Gun’ Mitton serving up cocktail tastings for our early bird arrivals to the party. Don’t forget; this party is open to ticketholders only, so get your tickets HERE today!

    • Venue: North Lounge , Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: May 11, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • Akin Collective and the Drake Hotel are pleased to present a free night of short films and documentaries:

    Simone Estrin's A Shift in the Landscape sheds light on the controversy surrounding the endangered Richard Serra sculpture in nearby King City, Ontario.

    Persistence of Vision - Trailer from caitlin durlak on Vimeo.

    Caitlin Durlak's Persistence of Vision tells the collaborative story of experimental film maker Lorne Marin, who began to lose his sight.

    All Your Changes Have Been Lost from matt greenwood on Vimeo.

    Matt Greenwood's stunning short, All Your Changes Have Been Lost explores multiple realities through manipulated Akira Kurosawa film footage.


    PORTRAIT AS A RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE Short... by tiff

    And in Randall Okita's Portrait as a Random Act of Violence reflects the varying dimensions of our own personalities.

    Following each screening there will be a short Q&A with the directors and then stick around for drinks!

    • Venue: North Lounge
    • Type: Art, Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: May 12, 2015, 7 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.

    Tonight we're on HIATUS for Victoria Day Weekend Celebrations! Enjoy some sunshine!

    • Venue: The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: May 18, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • Meaghan Smith was coming off her 2011 Juno Award win for Best New Artist. It was for her critically acclaimed album The Cricket’s Orchestra, which had been lauded for its honest, insightful songwriting and vintage sound. Despite all this, Meaghan wanted to take a chance. She knew that she wanted to make an entirely different album; a pop record with big choruses and ambitious production – it was the best way for her to connect with more people than she ever had in the past. This meant moving outside of her comfort zone and working with new collaborators on songwriting and production. This was not going to be easy. Meaghan’s recent attempts at working with co-writers hadn’t been productive, so she wasn’t optimistic that someone else would be able to help her capture what was in her soul and turn it into big, lush pop songs.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $20.00
    • Time: May 19, 2015, 7 p.m.