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Say Hi To Your Mom simultaneously defies and enforces physics. We're the mumbling in your head while you're crunching the numbers. We're the apparitions, ticks, gut wrenching, suspicion and glee too. We're the reason you rolled a nineteen for charisma, the cat's meow, your least favorite aunt. Touch us and we'll touch you. Watch us and we'll watch you. You once tried to call us and the line was busy, but that was actually just us making busy signal noises with our mouths. If you would have called back we would have cooked you some pasta. What you're looking for right now is going to evade you forever. Fish don't speak but squirrels do. It all depends on your longitude. You should start from the beginning, but ignore the prequels. We like minimalism, broken robots, granny smith apples, sneakers and the mundane. We like make believe vampires but the real ones scare us. We don't care too much for your boss and the fact that you're starting to resemble her. You should work on that. You'll find us to be very reasonable if you'd just give us a chance. You can paint us by numbers. You can tell us to your shrink. You can consume us up to three times daily but you shouldn't ever exceed twelve doses in a four day period, unless you have a note from your mother. We definitely detest mom jokes. Seriously. We don't need to be reminded of what we resemble. We named ourselves after Midwestern dairy queen civility. We usually involve a variety of livestock running rampantly around. We think sideways motorcycle helmets are all the rage now that sideways trucker's hats are out. We are live, fleshy human beings attempting to recreate these sounds in real life. We put out our own records. We speak in binary code. We're in the market for an A-team van. We strive for muzak and custom made slip n' slides. We write under pseudonyms. We play for keeps. Our grass is always greenest. Our hair is unkempt.
Known for getting crowds off their feet, local favourite DJ Your Boy Brian seamlessly blends all genres into a feel-good party mix. Part of the More Proof collective, DJ Your Boy Brian takes having fun very, very seriously. Check out his mix from the White Light Series before stopping by the Lounge for a night of carefree fun.
Dancehall ◕ Club ◕ Rap ◕ Bounce ◕ R&B ◕ Hip Hop ◕
Featuring: DADDY MAYSR (Montréal; Dub Lounge) www.daddymaysr.com www.soundcloud.com/maysr & FATHOM (On Vacay, Blue Gates) www.soundcloud.com/on-vacay www.soundcloud.com/thebluegates & STEP TWiNS (aka Caff & Walmer Convenience) www.soundcloud.com/caff www.soundcloud.com/walmer-convenience
Save this special day in your calendar because The Wedding Co. Spring Show is back at the Drake Hotel. This one day event is for the Toronto urban couple looking for unique and beautiful ideas for their wedding. With over 40 independent vendors under one roof, you'll find stationery, party favours, flowers + everything else you'll need for your X[OH!] day! Full list of exhibitors and vendors to come.
Every week Drake's art concierge Betty Ann Jordan explores the galleries and project spaces along the Queen West strip with an eye out for the best of the best. Whether you are an art aficionado or culturally curious, Betty Ann is sure to show you something a little unexpected. For updated tour information and weekly schedules please check out Art InSite.
Dougie Boom has established himself as a staple in the Toronto scene. Having played in nearly every bar and club in the city, he's shared the stage with acts such as Chromeo, Flosstradamus, Holy Fuck, Thunderheist and countless others. With his intensive knowledge of music and experience, Dougie Boom jumps seamlessly from one genre to the next and keeps the dance floor moving.
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.
A tribute to the lost films of silent cinema, with live musical accompaniment.
Since 2010, Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin has been working on Seances, a sprawling film project that has involved notable actors like Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, and Udo Kier in re-creating imagined versions of the lost films of silent cinema. Shot at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris as well as the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Montreal's Phi Centre, these haunting cinematic trances were staged as as art installation projects; the films will culminate in the production of an interactive work and feature film produced by the National Film Board of Canada for 2015.
On Sunday April 27, the Drake Hotel will host a dedicated screening of four works that were originally shot at the WAG, and have been screening daily in our back lobby as part of our Winter 2014 exhibition. The film programme will include live musical accompaniment by Christine Bougie, Chris A. Cummings (Marker Starling), and Dafydd Hughes.
Guy Maddin is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist, screenwriter, filmmaker and producer. He has more than ten features to his credit and numerous short films. A Member of the Order of Canada and of Manitoba (his home province), Guy Maddin has won several awards for his work, including Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for My Winnipeg.
Guy Maddin has also collaborated with the NFB on the creation of Night Mayor, an experimental film presented at TIFF in 2009 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NFB. In his decision to recreate a number of lost films for the sole pleasure of the world’s cinephiles, Séances is without a doubt the most daring project of Maddin’s brilliant career.
"Christine Bougie is one of Canada’s most in-demand session musicians, but she should be a household name in her own right. The guitarist’s instrumental chops have earned her credits on over 30 albums by the likes of Amy Millan and Julie Fader, and it’s this side she shows off on her third solo LP.
Bougie’s lap steel often takes the lead role, but rather than showboating, the songwriter inserts it into intricately arranged compositions that transcend the country-folk genre. Jumping between jazz, bossa nova and even prog rock, the album stays diverse and interesting enough to warrant the lack of vocals.
Augmented throughout the album by warm strings and brass, Bougie shows off her own abilities on the title track, playing every instrument from guitar to percussion, and transforms Brian Wilson’s I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times into a piece all her own."
Review of Aloha Supreme (2010) Richard Trapunski, NOW Magazine
CHRIS A. CUMMINGS (MARKER STARLING)
After recording and performing as Mantler for over ten years, Chris A. Cummings changed his band name to Marker Starling in 2012. His fifth album Rosy Maze will be released internationally by UK label Tin Angel in 2014.
Dafydd Hughes is a musician, artist, programmer and educator based in Toronto. He has performed and recorded with some of Canada’s most notable artists, including Feist, Esthero and Jacksoul. He is active in Canada’s jazz, pop and experimental music scenes through solo work and various collaborations. His work, both musical and visual, playfully explores the unpredictable intersection of analog and digital experiences of the world.
He is a member of the Board of Directors at Toronto’s InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, where he teaches workshops and spends time exploring the interface between technology and the creative impulse, which generally involves taking things apart and finding himself unable to put them back together.