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  • Folk, Blues, Punk, Indie, Country and other special seasonings make Windsor, Ontario's James O-L and the Villains a delicious musical feast both live and on a recording medium.

    For fans of Elliott Smith, Neil Young, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, The Allman Brothers, Wilco, Simon and Garfunkel.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.00
    • Time: Nov. 2, 2014, 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.

    Join the Drake Hotel and Azureau Wines & Spirits for an epic 86’d Monday celebration tonight. We're featuring the iconic vermouths of Guilio Cocchi Estate from Torino, Italy. In collaboration with Toronto’s finest bartenders, we're be highlighting the elegance and versatility of the vermouth. Azureau will be on hand pouring samples of these wonderful products neat or try them in a cocktail from our guest bartenders. Featuring;
    • Michael Webster, Bar Isabel
    • Ana Wolkowski, 416 Snack Bar
    • Sandy De Almeida, the Drake Hotel
    • Gord Hannah, the Drake Hotel

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Nov. 3, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • w/ Persian Rugs

    "Their songs are all explosions of joy and subtle introspection and hedonism and shared experience" Everett True

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $13.50
    • Time: Nov. 4, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Queens of the east and west unite! Join Judy Virago and Scarlett Bobo for a dirty, flirty, flithy, MILFy evening of bingo, babes and balls-out fun with a different retro theme each week. DJ Regina Gentlelady (LIGHT FIRES) keeps the balls bouncing all night long! $2 per card/$5 for 3 - first round at 8:30PM!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Comedy, Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: Nov. 4, 2014, 8:30 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.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: Nov. 5, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • "In a lot of ways this is a record about hope. A hope that things will get better. A hope for the future. A hope for someday. Someday, the moon will be gold.” Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold is the title of the upcoming Kalle Mattson album, an album that is as much about hope as it is about death. Written in his childhood home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold chronicles Mattson as he returned to the place where he began writing songs, and gradually came to terms with the death of his mother 5 years prior.

    Recorded throughout 2012 & 2013, Kalle Mattson’s newest full-length was produced by The Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner and features appearances by Juno-nominated artists The Wooden Sky, Cuff The Duke & a song co-written by Kalle & renowned singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher. Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold fully embraces the duality of hope and death, from the summery jangle of “Pick Me Up” to the opulent & euphoric “Eyes Speak”, this is a record that takes the young 22-year old songwriter to the next level both musically & lyrically.

    "I had written about my mom in the past but never as honest as I was on all of these new songs” says Mattson. "I wanted to fully put down my own story. In a lot of ways I felt like all I had left was this record and finishing it. What I had put off for five years all came back to me in that house and I dealt with it by writing."

    With STMWBG Kalle Mattson follows up a string of two critically acclaimed full-lengths (2009s Whisper Bee & 2011s Anchors), an EP (2012s Lives In Between), and two viral music videos for “Water Falls” (over 250,000 views) & “Thick As Thieves” (over 1,000,000 views). Anchors was mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Jason Collett, Hayden) and saw Kalle tour in support of the album with stops at CMW, NXNE, Pop Montreal, Ottawa Bluesfest, tours with Sunparlour Players, Cuff The Duke, Jeremy Fisher and opening slots with Jim Bryson, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Blue Rodeo. The album also received a pair of Northern Ontario Music Award wins for Album of the Year (Group) & SOCAN Songwriter of the Year.

    In November 2011 Kalle Mattson’s music video for “Thick As Thieves” went viral with over 1,000,000 views to date. Created for only $250 in materials, it was covered by such media outlets as Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, Yahoo and Much Music, amongst others and leading The National Post to highlight Kalle Mattson as one of five musicians poised to breakout in 2012.

    In Spring 2012 Kalle released a second viral music video for “Water Falls", which depicted a camera 'slingshotting' through San Fransisco in a revolutionary new stop-motion technique. The video was premiered by NPR's All Songs Considered and was featured in The Atlantic, CBS News, Gizmodo, and led The Huffington Post to ask "Is this the coolest music video of 2012?”.

    Kalle Mattson returns February 11th with his third full length album titled Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold. He will be touring Europe and Canada throughout 2014

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $12.50
    • Time: Nov. 6, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
  • The universe of Montrealers Jonathan Peters and David Lagacé is a profound one, thick and aspiring, where day and night coexist. A musical world made of ethereal vocal harmonies and rich instrumentation, where melodies speak and words sing. Impulsive, pure and authentic.

    A work of art that confirms a sincere endeavor, tempestuous and inhabited by a folk that burns to the core. We attach ourselves to a piece, and then to the whole of it. To the autumnal and night inspired "Underneath your skin" in the album's opening, that seemingly whispers in your ear; to the flight of "The Japanees One" and "Elephants" or even the emancipating orchestrations of "Ruins Ruins", "Folklore" and "Ancestor’s Shadow".

    Ultimately, Shenanigans reveals itself as a complete and powerful undertaking, like rarely heard before.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $8.00 Advance/$10 Door
    • Time: Nov. 7, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • 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.

    • Venue: Lobby
    • Type: Art
    • Cover: $25 pp/$45 for 2
    • Time: Nov. 8, 2014, 11:45 a.m.
  • Local wordsmiths and performers shine at Toronto Poetry Slam, providing an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery and friendly competition before an always packed house. $80 goes to the best performance of the night, so if you think your literary creations have what it takes to win, be sure to sign up at 7:30PM. And don't forget your sense of humour!

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Other
    • Cover: $5
    • Time: Nov. 8, 2014, 7 p.m.