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  • As part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Winnipeg-based artist Sarah Anne Johnson will discuss her practice, followed by a conversation with curator Bonnie Rubenstein about her new site-specific CONTACT commissioned project, Best Beach.

    Sarah Anne Johnson (b. 1976, Canada) earned a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2002 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2004. She was trained as a photographer and uses a variety of media including painting, sculpture and performance. Johnson was the recipient of the inaugural Grange Prize for Contemporary Photography in 2008 and her work has been collected by several significant public institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and Guggenheim Museum, New York. Johnson has exhibited at each of these institutions, among many other significant venues. In February 2015, her first survey exhibition opened at the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh.

    Best Beach, 2015, is supported by Partners in Art (Lead Sponsor) and StreetARToronto(StART), and presented in partnership with Westin Harbour Castle.

    Image: Sarah Anne Johnson, Best Beach (detail), 2015, Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Art
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: May 3, 2015, 3 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.

    Please click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team! Don't be dismayed if reservations are full, we save quite a few tables for our walk-in pals.

    • Venue: North Lounge , Lounge
    • Type: Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: May 6, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • We’ve got a prix-fixe that is fit for your queen! So spend mom’s special day with us, because we’ve cooked up the perfect way to show your pretty parent how much you care.

    Our menu was created by mommy-to-be, Chef Feswick, with of the lady of the day specifically in mind. Whether she feels like Yogurt + Preserves, Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes or even Steak + Eggs, Mom gets to choose.

    Oh, and save room for the Blackberry Shortcake (it pairs perfectly with our Mom-osas).

    Book your spot today: 416.531.5042 x 1 or specialevents@thedrakehotel.ca

    • Venue: The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: $36.00
    • Time: May 10, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
  • Meaghan Smith was coming off her 2011 Juno Award win for Best New Artist. It was for her critically acclaimed album The Cricket’s Orchestra, which had been lauded for its honest, insightful songwriting and vintage sound. Despite all this, Meaghan wanted to take a chance. She knew that she wanted to make an entirely different album; a pop record with big choruses and ambitious production – it was the best way for her to connect with more people than she ever had in the past. This meant moving outside of her comfort zone and working with new collaborators on songwriting and production. This was not going to be easy. Meaghan’s recent attempts at working with co-writers hadn’t been productive, so she wasn’t optimistic that someone else would be able to help her capture what was in her soul and turn it into big, lush pop songs.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $20.00
    • Time: May 19, 2015, 7 p.m.
  • Kiasmos is made up of Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup. Based in Reykjavík, Arnalds used to work as a sound engineer, often for Rasmussen's other projects, where the two musicians discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds.

    After dropping several tracks and performing at select festivals throughout the years, Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen dedicated the year 2014 to explore the area in-between Ólafur’s more acoustic, piano-based solo work and Janus’s synth-heavy electro pop, with their collaborative electronic project Kiasmos.

    By focusing solely on their self-titled debut album, Ólafur and Janus have been able to combine and further develop their unique sound aesthetics to complete an album driven by their mutual love for electronic music. Made in Ólafur’s newly build studio in Reykjavík, Iceland, a majority of the album was recorded using acoustic instruments next to a variety of synthesisers, drum machines and tape delays. It features a live drummer, string quartet and Ólafur performing on the grand piano, producing an ambient, textured sound, which makes it a perfect home listen and equally danceable record. If you listen closely, you can spot them record the thumb piano, finger snapping and even the sound of the metal grinder of a lighter slowly to replace the usual electronic hi-hat sounds, giving the album a far more intimate and unique atmosphere

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15.00
    • Time: May 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m.