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  • 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: July 30, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Like an off-label industrial process or cult ritual conducted in the dead of night, an artery flowing open in spurts or a complex society on the verge of collapse, Neuroplasticity is both terrifying and morbidly enthralling to witness. Cold Specks has returned, two years and a world map of tours after 2012's I Predict a Graceful Expulsion. Hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut, the follow-up is radically expanded, like an announcer realising they hadn't turned on their microphone.

    The 26 year-old Canadian singer under the sobriquet Al Spx has been a byword for rare talent and depth of feeling since her arrival in late 2011. In November, in the afterglow of first single 'Holland,' she performed 'Lay Me Down,' and 'Old Stepstone' on Jools Holland. It turned into one of those shared national moments of cutlery-dropping, slack-jawed TV transfixion.

    Work on the second album began while holed up in a cottage in Wick, Somerset the following winter. "In retrospect, I probably didn't choose the most ideal season to live there," she deadpans. Neuroplasticity has since been constructed in fine layers, like a Rothko, building to a full, monolithic opacity.

    "The record was mapped out in the cottage. I was there for about three months," she says, "'A Formal Invitation', 'Old Knives' and 'Absisto' were essentially written there. They are the more unusual songs on the record. I may have been reflecting on my surroundings. Have you ever been to Glastonbury? It's a pretty fucked up place."

    The time on either side was as new and exciting as it was cruel and exhausting. Presently she was back on the road again in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. "I relentlessly toured for the first time. Travelling constantly was an odd adjustment at first. I'd always imagined road-trips to be exciting and generally fun. I found it all to be physically and mentally draining. Between tours I was mostly attempting to re-socialise."

    The gruelling schedule has awoken her writing to the full possibilities of her ensemble. Her voice is still central but on Neuroplasticity the lights have been brought up on the instrumentation and arrangements, which are now deployed more boldly, in wider emotional registers that contend with the voice's dynamism and scope. "I've successfully overcome whatever quarter-life crisis I was having and I think the 'Cold Specks sound' (whatever that means) is fully realised," she says.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $14.00
    • Time: July 31, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.

    Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: July 31, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • POPSPOLITATION is a night celebrating dirty, dirty pop in its many incarnations, from the ley lines connecting Madonna, Britney and Xtina to one Backstreet Boy's move to bringing SexyBack to the eventual world conquering ATL sound to the chaos magic of Lady Gaga. Original mash-ups, new stuff, rare stuff, old stuff, and that Icona Pop song all merge together for a night of entirely unique DJ and live viz performances by Palm Freetz, the Brooklyn-based art+music+event duo of Russ Marshalek (aka a place both wonderful and strange) and Deanna Paquette (aka hugs4drake). Between the two of them, they've produced Brooklyn's legendary Robyn-themed dance parties, keynoted the Typo Conference Berlin, and have an encyclopedic and infamous mental and emotional pop music dictionary.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ, Live, Art
    • Cover: $5
    • Time: July 31, 2014, 11 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: Aug. 2, 2014, 11:45 a.m.
  • Every Sunday morning to afternoon, our very talented staff host the Timberlost + friends mini market. There are beautiful flowers from Timberlost, with rotating wares ranging from stationary to street art.

    • Venue: The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Other
    • Cover: Free
    • Time: Aug. 3, 2014, 11 a.m.
  • Join us for Sky Yard Sundays complete with brunch, booze + a ton of fun in the Sun(day).

    Make your weekend last longer with Drake's Sky Yard party and fuel up with a late brunch or refreshing Coronas; to ensure that you can dance all day to the sounds of our weekly live DJs from 4PM-8PM.

    • Venue: Sky Yard
    • Type: DJ
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Aug. 3, 2014, 4 p.m.
  • Cozy up on our café patio + get cracking on a hearty one-pound lobster feast with all the fixings for just $36.95.

    While enjoying your lobster feast, wet your whistle with a cold bottle of Corona. Each lobster is paired with favourites from Chef Darren Glew including Mexican corn, smoked potato salad, coleslaw, jalapeño cheddar biscuit, hot butter and finish off with a 'fool in a jar' (chocolate-cream, custard + cake).

    Bibs + lobster crackers included.

    All reservations are pre-paid. Book your spot by giving us a shout at 416. 531. 5042 ext. 1 or drop us a line.

    • Venue: Café
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: $36.95 (plus tax + gratuity)
    • Time: Aug. 3, 2014, 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 taking a break to chill at the cottage for the long weekend; hope you are too!

    • Venue: The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Aug. 4, 2014, 8 p.m.