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  • Never Forgive Action is a monthly dance party that began in 2004 to pay tribute to the golden age of hip-hop, spinning classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. Whether it's popular old school favourites from A Tribe Called Quest to De La Soul or obscure ditties by the Wascalz and Y'all So Stupid, NFA's resident DJs Numeric, Ted Dancin', Dalia + host More or Les are here to keep the party going, bridging together generations of hip-hop fans one Friday night at a time.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: Dec. 6, 2014, 11 p.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: Dec. 7, 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.

    Join the unofficial mayor of whisky tonight at Drake for a Canadian Whisky Mingler w/a sampling of gingerbread cookies + the annual ugly Xmas sweater contest.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Dec. 8, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • 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.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Dec. 8, 2014, 9 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: Dec. 10, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • we can have a total overview of my brains, if they would just stop quivering for a minute.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $13.50
    • Time: Dec. 10, 2014, 8:30 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: Dec. 13, 2014, 11:45 a.m.
  • Black Pistol Fire is a Canadian Rock and Roll duo that split’s time between Toronto, Ontario and Austin, Texas. Their wild and energetic rock-and-roll sound has been described as a mix of classic southern rock and garage punk, garnering comparisons to early Kings of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Black Keys, and Clutch. It's clear that the band's sound spans many different eras and sub-genres, relying on a classic rock and roll sound that has been updated for our modern times.

    Black Pistol Fire features Kevin McKeown on Guitar/Lead Vocals and Eric Owen on Drums. The two have been friends since kindergarten and began playing music together when they discovered a shared passion for rock and roll music in high school. The two became founding members of rock and roll trio The Shenanigans. With The Shenanigans, they recorded an LP titled Bombshell Baby. After things with The Shenanigans and Toronto got stale, the two wanted a change of scenery and to try out something new. They then packed up their instruments and a bag of clothes and headed south. The band finally settled down in Austin, Texas in 2009 and Black Pistol Fire was born. The two have been playing together for 11 years, the last 3 of those in Black Pistol Fire. Arriving in Austin, the two began rehearsing as a duo. While they had previously done this to write songs for. The Shenanigans, there was one crucial difference this time around: there would be no bass to be added later. They soaked up all that the Austin music scene had to offer, and their music developed a more distinctive "southern" sound. Like every good band, they lived in poverty and survived off a steady diet of potatoes while rehearsing, writing, and creating new material in a garage they had rented.

    While playing a local Austin hotspot, Producer Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) approached the band about recording their next record. That album was recorded in 2 separate sessions, mainly off the floor, on to 2” tape. The LP, simply titled “Black Pistol Fire” was released in February 2011 in select record stores in North America, at live shows, and worldwide through ITUNES. The LP garnered a positive critical response from publications such as the Austin Chronicle, Pop Music Matters, and the Houston Press. The LP received radio airplay on over 100 college radio stations in both Canada and the US, reaching as high as #59 on the CMJ charts. The album was also featured on Chorus Radio’s Explore Music and the Ongoing History of New Music. Both programs are hosted by Alan Cross and syndicated all over Canada. The band has also seen their music used in television shows such as 90210, Hawaii 5-0, Suits, Sons of Anarchy and The Protector as well as being featured in an adds for Pepsi Canada and Braun. They have toured throughout North America as well as completing a successful European tour in the fall of 2011. The band recorded their 2nd LP “Big Beat 59” in the fall of 2011, with producer Michael Rocha in Toronto. This album will be released in the spring of 2012 with radio and press campaigns already being planned. As a companion piece to the new album, BPF has also recorded the EP “Shut-up: A tribute Little Richard” which will also be released in the spring of 2012

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $11.50
    • Time: Dec. 13, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Residents DJ FASE & DOUGIE BOOM throw a no-holds-barred, anything-goes, sky's-the-limit, all-out dance-a-thon. They'll play hits and not-so-hits, jams old and new -- whatever is fun and is gonna make you move.

    Come out and party like you just don't care.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: Dec. 13, 2014, 11 p.m.