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  • ANTHONY VALADEZ (Plug Research, KCRW, LA) — anthonyvaladez.org

    LA-native Anthony Valadez became a music fan the minute he heard the opening notes of “Theme from Mahogany” by Diana Ross on the radio in the family car.

    The minute I heard that song and those strings I knew music was something I wanted to pursue. I wanted to share it, create it, document it and forever be a fan of it.”

    He also worked at a local pool, saving money to buy turntables and, at night, would scan the FM dial for new music. It was then he discovered Michael Mixx’in Moor’s radio show on KCRW and became an instant fan of the station.

    “There was nothing like it. It was a collage of sounds, speeches, soul and it was masterfully produced. I knew at the age of 14 I wanted to one day play records and create something different and new for LA on KCRW.”

    In high school, he would skip 6th period and head over to local community college and do Guest DJ sets. Then, while studying Theatre Arts at Cal State Northridge, he convinced KCSN (a classical station at the time) to allow an Electronic/Hip-Hop/World Soul radio show on Monday nights which he hosted for several years. He later created and hosted Soundwaves on 90.7 KPFK during Saturday afternoons. A few years later, he finally landed a coveted spot at KCRW.

    In addition to his Monday night (midnight — 3am PST) radio show, he is currently the resident DJ at First Fridays at The Natural History Museum. In addition, he can be found every week playing at Cana Rum Bar (DTLA), The Line Hotel (K Town), Zanzibar (Santa Monica), The Sayers Club (Hollywood) and Insert Coins (Las Vegas).

    He has remixed songs by David Bowie, Ozomatli and Local Natives and released four studio albums of original material. His latest, In Search Of... was released on Plug Research in 2014.

    In 2013, shortly after Istolethesoul Records released volume one of Around Sounds, Anthony became the first international DJ to support the Toronto-based label. He played a number of songs on the compilation and went on to include songs by Maylee Todd and Bird on his best-of-2013 playlist. He then collaborated with Bird on "Good Looking" and worked with The Precious Lo's on "Naive".


    BIRTHDAY BOY (TO) — soundcloud.com/birthdayboyofficial

    Birthday Boy is part of a new wave of musicians fusing Neo-Soul, Hip Hop and House into a new genre that is both innovative and familiar.

    Gaining recognition from a string of remixes and singles throughout 2014, Birthday Boy has become a mainstay in Toronto's burgeoning beat-scene.


    DR. J & KORAY ÖZEL (Nite Moves, Istolethesoul, TO)

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ
    • Cover: $10adv/$15door
    • Time: March 15, 2015, 10 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, The Botanist Gin, the Drake Hotel, 86'D Monday, Ivy Knight + Swallow are calling ALL BARTENDERS for an all-out, humdinger, industry style party to celebrate our appreciation for y'all!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: March 16, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • The St. Royals are the new kings of the motown/funk/soul scene. Recently featured on Slice TV, they're an army of Toronto's most talented young players who always pack the dance floor. The St. Royals ooze style and swagger, while bringing authenticity and excitement to the soul era. Most of all, they bring the funk!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: March 16, 2015, 10 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: March 21, 2015, 7 p.m.
  • "In 2008 I moved to LA to play backup bass for a Pop singer. That job didn't work out, but I ended staying in LA for four years. I returned to North Vancouver because my mother had been diagnosed with cancer (she's better now). I wrote most of the songs on my album Goon about my time spent in LA. It was a reflection that included, like the most popular of love clichés, a tough break up.

    In my haste returning to Vancouver, I had left all my instruments in a storage locker in LA. My sister had moved out and left her piano at my parent's house, an instrument I had yet to explore. The first song I wrote on that piano was 'Just A Dream.' It was also one of my first attempts at singing. I have yet come to terms with my singing voice, but at the time I was left with no other option.

    I recorded the demo, and then did a few more. Afterwards I sent the demos to JR White [Girls], someone who had produced one of my favorite records of the past few years (and was also signed to True Panther, the label I'm currently on). Soon after, he asked me to come down to San Francisco to record an album. After a series of visa issues and border complications, I finally met him and spent the next few months jumping from San Francisco to Los Angeles, recording in studios and bedrooms with friends.

    After all that was said and done, I got offered to have a few more of my songs produced by Patrick Carney [The Black Keys] in Nashville, John Collins [The New Pornographers] back home in Vancouver, and Ariel Rechstaid in Los Angeles. I owe the sound of the record to the great effort of everyone involved, the producers and musicians doing and playing things I couldn't and treating the production with the same reverence I treat my songwriting.

    The writing will always be the most important to me; the production, playing and singing I am still figuring out. I still play a bit of guitar, but I'm mostly sticking to the piano these days. TJJR. October 2014."

    GOON is the debut album from Tobias Jesso Jr. A songwriter first and foremost, the album is a collection of timeless songs, all written on piano in Tobias' living room in N. Vancouver and recorded with added production and instrumentation in a range of studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville and Vancouver.

    Tobias shared his first recording in 2013 with 'Just A Dream', which subtlety caught the ears of several taste-maker musicians, blogs and his first fans through YouTube, CD-r's handed out to touring bands and old-fashioned word of mouth. His next track 'True Love' followed in July 2014 to further acclaim and was named Best New Track by Pitchfork.

    Tobias worked with a number of producers to realize his specific vision for the arrangement and performance of his songs. Jr White (Girls), Pat Carney (Black Keys), Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), John Collins (New Pornographers) and Ariel Rechstaid all came to the project in a similar way – drawn in by the strength of Jesso's songwriting, they strove to find the right way to honor the songs' honest emotional pulse, without overpowering their rawness.

    The resulting full band recordings that appear on GOON are a stunningly honest document of a modern songwriter influenced by the iconic piano-men whose stories in song defined past generations. Bearing comparison to these greats with an evocative, timeless quality, Tobias Jesso Jr may be the classic songwriter for our time.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15.00
    • Time: March 22, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • The Most Unlikely Hero. The Odd Couple. The Super Vixens. The World’s Most Filthiest Person. The Lone Wolf.

    What better day than a lazy Sunday to go for dinner + a movie. For the month of March, we’ve got you covered with a $20 Drake Burger + Collective Arts beer special and a weekly screening of our midnight madness favourites, with a focus on cult classics’ misfits + outliers.

    Call our host team at 416.531.5042 ex 110 to save your spot in Room 222, our perfect nook for intimate gatherings. Grab dinner any time with a date or a small group of friends before 8PM - That's when we're pressing play!

    MARCH 22 / PINK FLAMINGOS (1972)
    The World’s Most Filthiest Person. This demented, bad taste comedy cemented John Waters’s reputation as the king of low budget, bad taste indie films. Both hilarious and repulsive, underground legend Divine literally steals the show as the 300-pound Babes competing for the titular title.

    • Venue: Room 222
    • Type: Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: March 22, 2015, 8 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.

    Our super-sexy, generous, wonder pals at Cumbrae's are sponsoring a Pulled Pork Party tonight at Drake. Come get your fill!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: March 23, 2015, 8 p.m.
  • Phantasmagorical Sir Jerry returns to the Underground with his all-ages, all-amazing show! Sir Jerry’s been dubbed “Pink Floyd for kids,” and singled out by Pee-Wee Herman producer Richard Abramson as “the most innovative kid’s entertainer” since Pee-Wee himself.

    With dancing girls, colourful stage characters, rock ‘n’ roll and music hall influences – all informed by his Monty Pythonesque sensibility - the top-hatted faux-Brit Sir Jerry is a unique hybrid indeed. The perfect Saturday afternoon for young rockers and old-schoolers alike! Check out: sir-jerry.com

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, Comedy
    • Cover: $5/person, $10/family
    • Time: March 28, 2015, 1 p.m.
  • The Most Unlikely Hero. The Odd Couple. The Super Vixens. The World’s Most Filthiest Person. The Lone Wolf.

    What better day than a lazy Sunday to go for dinner + a movie. For the month of March, we’ve got you covered with a $20 Drake Burger + Collective Arts beer special and a weekly screening of our midnight madness favourites, with a focus on cult classics’ misfits + outliers.

    Call our host team at 416.531.5042 ex 110 to save your spot in Room 222, our perfect nook for intimate gatherings. Grab dinner any time with a date or a small group of friends before 8PM - That's when we're pressing play!

    MARCH 29 / MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981)
    The Lone Wolf. With over-the-top chases and stunts, George Miller’s sequel to his 1979 sci-fi action classic manages to one-up the original. Max (Mel Gibson), now an alienated nomad after the deaths of his wife and child, wanders a post-apocalyptic Australian outback, eventually becoming involved with a community of settlers and its fight against a band of marauders.

    • Venue: Room 222
    • Type: Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: March 29, 2015, 8 p.m.