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The Drake is taking a culinary trip across Canada and you’re on the guest list! For Canada’s 150th birthday we’re exploring all the nooks + crannies of this fine country for a foodie feast inspired by every mountain range, prairie, winding river, and streetcar track.
Join host Ivy Knight for a monthly series of talks on topical + timely issues w/industry pros. Topics include human rights, branding, booze, how to write a James Beard Award winning cookbook + much more! We're also serving up a damn fine cup of coffee + home made pie on the house.
Alcohol - The Good, The Bad + The Ugly
w/Guest Speaker Dr. Vera Tarman
When you spend your working life mixing, tasting, and serving alcohol it helps to know exactly how this substance works. Not just on the palate and in the shaker but on your own brain.
Addictions specialist and resident doctor at Canada's largest rehab facility, Dr. Vera Tarman, will speak about how exposure to alcohol works on us over time.
Space is limited. Rush seating at 6pm sharp.
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!
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 + sip a pint as sharp + sassy host Ivy Knight takes your taste buds on a gastronomical mystery tour.
There’s something fishy going on at the Drake tonight; the first-ever Preserved Fish Battle! Join our sponsor, the Marine Stewardship Council + our friends from TBD Brothers, Montgomery's, The Chase, Chantecler + Schmaltz Appetizing.
Taste all of the competitors’ chummy contributions + see which one bates you, then cast your vote for the winner of the Golden Hook!
Right when it starts to feel like home / It's time to go," she sings literally on its opening cut, “Slow Motion,” a twisty, dim-lit guitar pop song where she curls and stretches every word. Stef Chura’s debut studio album, Messes (out 1/27 on Urinal Cake Records), is embedded with her years of experience playing around the Detroit, Michigan underground, setting up DIY shows in the area, and moving around the state.
There are worlds of emotion in the ways Chura pronounces phrases with twang and grit, alternatingly full of despair, playfulness, and abandon. Chura calls her music “emotional collage,” eschewing start-to-finish storylines in favor of writing intuitively about feelings, drawing from experiences and references related to a certain sentiment.
Through intricate guitar work and warm, textured production, Messes finds her trying to make sense of life’s ups and downs. “It’s about emotional mess, not physical mess,” Chura says. “The title track is about knowing that you are going to do something the wrong way, but you’re doing it anyway because you want that experience. I’ve had to do a lot of things the wrong way in order to figure out how to live my life.
Drop in with your little one for some quality time + take a look behind the scenes at the Drake Hotel's art collection with Assistant Curator, Ashley Mulvihill. With an emphasis on commissioned, site-specific projects, the Drake has a unique collection throughout the building. On this tour you + your tots will be guided through the space with works by Ken Lum, Evan Penny, Shary Boyle, Micah Lexier, Marcel Dzama, and Jason McLean, amongst others.
Tour begins with Art Strollers at 10:30AM PLEASE BOOK YOUR $10 TICKET HERE, reservations are required: https://www.universe.com/events/tour-drake-hotel-march-28th-tickets-LRTS49 After working up an appetite, kick back in our dedicated North Lounge zone reserved just for parents. Plus, our Chef de Cuisine (and new mom) Alexandra Feswick will prepare dishes that baby will love just as much as you do. We recommend booking a reservation for you and your tiny-tot on OpenTable, please mention you plan to join us for 'Highchair Hangouts'!
It’s treat yourself Tuesday which means you deserve a treat. We’ve got you covered with half priced bottles of wine every Tuesday after 3PM! Take your pick of red or white (or both) from a rotating list of featured wines + let us do the rest. #everydayindulgences
CALLING ALL ARTISTS - an open forum to share your work, gain feedback + spur constructive discussions with peers. Each month we invite a new art-world host(s) to guide the conversation, so you can get real-time feedback from those living + working in the field of fine art.
This month we welcome DEVAN PATEL from Art Works Consulting
Art Works Consulting works with collectors, galleries, brands, institutions, corporations and other businesses to provide artworks and art solutions.
Not an artist but love compelling conversation? No worries, the more the merrier.
SIGN UP HERE TO PARTICIPATE!
*Note: We will have a projector set up for viewing works, files must be submitted in advance.
Weekly comedy series live from the Underground!
See the line ups here!