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From October 17-31 2014, Mohammad Rezaei is our Drake Lab artist in residence. His residency, Strong Bold Unique Wild, is an "everything up to now", a retrospective if you will, of all of his interests within the art world.
For the duration of his time at the Drake Lab, He will bring together all of his most frequent collaborators, mentors and friends to activate the space. This residency will be a curatorial effort, an exhibition space, an artist lab, a studio space, a workshop and a pop up shop of sorts.
On October 20 + 27, Rezaei will lead a One on One .gif making Workshop. If you have ever wanted to learn how to make a proper .gif not using your iphone, now is the time. Rezaei will walk you through all the steps necessary to make a gif, from proper installation of Photoshop to exporting the .gif file. Stop by the space and he will walk you through all of the necessary steps.
2-9PM, by appointment or walk-in.
Mohammad Rezaei is an interdisciplinary emerging artist, curator, art administrator and one half of the collective MTJR. (read Mount Junior).
A substantial part of Rezaei’s art practice focuses on research, initiation and co-ordination of DIY art spaces, artist run centers, and curation in such spaces. This includes the establishment of several DIY spaces and festivals, curation of pop -up galleries and extensive involvement within established artist run centers and art galleries across Canada.
As a curator, his interests lie within emerging forms of media, interactive and performative works that engage and ask for the participation of the audience, with a strong focus on emerging artists. He continuously works to provide opportunities for creation and development of art by emerging artists. His curatorial projects have been funded through successful grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council.
As an artist, his work is a post studio research-based exploration and critique of the notion of identity in a fluid society. His work is largely “digital” based.
He is the current programming coordinator at Whippersnapper Gallery.
A tasting of J.P. Wiser's, Lot No 40 and Pike Creek Canadian Whiskies with Canadian Whisky Ambassador Dave Mitton followed by a conversation with Ivy Mix, Co-Founder of Speed Rack.
Join us for some classic cocktails made by Dave for you to enjoy, while Ivy talks about such things as Women In Bars - The ups and downs, as well as changes throughout history; particularly over the last 6 to 8 years. She will also be talking about Speed Rack and what it's done for the community in the US, and what it will soon do for Canada.
Everyone is welcome, please stop by and join us for a drink, doors 2:30pm, talk goes from 3pm to 5pm.
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. Come by tonight and help launch 'JK: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook.' We'll have complimentary canapés and local wine purveyors on-hand with samples. Buy a book, get it signed, sip, snack and stay all evening!
Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 30th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Lights, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Austra, Peaches, Diana, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith, Doldrums, Moon King, and BECK! Acting as a launching pad for many Toronto bands, Elvis Monday continues to champion emerging talent and play an important part of Toronto's music scene.
The Lonely Hearts are a rock and roll jukebox.
A high energy quartet, the Lonely Hearts have been playing together for nearly a decade; from intimate parties to maximum capacity crowds, they have kept audiences dancing from start to finish. They contain the energy and soul of a vintage rock and roll band but with an incredibly vast repertoire that ranges from early rock and roll, Motown, early punk, new wave and modern pop. Their musicianship goes far beyond their years. They pride themselves on the ability to read a crowd and use their repertoire to tailor their set in order to keep the party at a high pace.
A unique contrast exists within The Lonely Hearts; they give you the best of then with the youthful energy of now. They understand the importance of your event and will do everything they can to make your event as memorable and enjoyable as possible.
Brave Shores is a Toronto based electro pop band, formed by siblings Jay and Stefanie McCarrol. Join Brave Shores as they celebrate the release of their debut EP
Join the Drake Hotel + Dave Mitton (Canadian Whisky Ambassador, Pirnod-Ricard) in celebrating a truly Canadian competition for the ages.
Watch competitors battle for the J.P. Wiser's Legacy Canadian Whisky Cocktail crown! The top two scores of the night will walk away with the grand prize; we'll announce the amazing prize after the winners are chosen.
The finalists are:
1. Veronica Saye (Food and Liquor)
2. Casey Ryan (Marben)
3. Ana Wolkowski (416 Snack Bar)
4. Zak Doy (Spirithouse)
5. M.P. Lisbon (Cocktail Bar)
6. Simon Hooper (Rush Lane & Co)
7. Lindsay Wood (Parts and Labour)
8. Shane Mulvany (DaiLo)
9. Michael Arthur Fortier (Drake One Fifty)
10. Aja Sax (Porzia)
Our esteemed judges are:
*Ivy Mix (Clover Club / Co-Founder of Speed Rack)
*Christine Sismondo(Author of America Walks Into A Bar + Mondo Cocktail)
*Robin Kaufman (Toronto Temperance Society)
Come out and support your favourite bartenders + your love of Canadian Whisky!
The Carnegie Hall Show is a unique improvised comedy event presented by multiple Canadian Comedy Award Winners The National Theatre of The World; Second city alums Naomi Snieckus (CBC’S Mr. D) and Matt Baram (CityTV’s Seed) along with perpetual special guest and professional British man Chris Gibbs.
The show is an evening of improv and variety. Singers, dancers, acrobats, puppeteers and even the occasional magician surround the improvisation – first, an original format – The Retrospective - After getting a suggestion from the audience of "an event to celebrate", the tuxedo and boa-clad cast take the audience on a timeline retrospective, looking back on the greatest improvised scenes ever performed based on that event as they make them up from scratch before their very eyes.
The second half of the show is an improvised old-fashioned radio play. Getting a small suggestion from the audience, the cast proceeds to weave a story replete with witty dialogue, commercial breaks and occasional on-air emotional breakdowns.
You never know who will be playing at The Carnegie Hall Show! Past guests include Colin Mochrie, Scott Thompson, Maestro Fresh Wes, ‘Puppets Who Kill’ creator Jon Pattison, and many more.
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.