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  • Itzsoweezee hits the Underground for its monthly whirlwind of wall-to-wall music - prepare to dance, smile and holler. Local favorite Tom Wrecks of the Stylusts crew captains the night with a rotating cast of stellar guest DJs. With roots in the A-Trak, visuals lighting up the screens and a foot in the mainstream, these guys throw a wild and crazy night. Itzsoweezee will make it easy - so easy - to get you on the dance floor.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ
    • Cover: $10
    • Time: April 26, 2014, 11 p.m.
  • A tribute to the lost films of silent cinema, with live musical accompaniment.

    Since 2010, Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin has been working on Seances, a sprawling film project that has involved notable actors like Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, and Udo Kier in re-creating imagined versions of the lost films of silent cinema. Shot at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris as well as the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Montreal's Phi Centre, these haunting cinematic trances were staged as as art installation projects; the films will culminate in the production of an interactive work and feature film produced by the National Film Board of Canada for 2015.

    On Sunday April 27, the Drake Hotel will host a dedicated screening of four works that were originally shot at the WAG, and have been screening daily in our back lobby as part of our Winter 2014 exhibition. The film programme will include live musical accompaniment by Christine Bougie, Chris A. Cummings (Marker Starling), and Dafydd Hughes.


    Guy Maddin is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist, screenwriter, filmmaker and producer. He has more than ten features to his credit and numerous short films. A Member of the Order of Canada and of Manitoba (his home province), Guy Maddin has won several awards for his work, including Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for My Winnipeg.

    Guy Maddin has also collaborated with the NFB on the creation of Night Mayor, an experimental film presented at TIFF in 2009 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NFB. In his decision to recreate a number of lost films for the sole pleasure of the world’s cinephiles, Séances is without a doubt the most daring project of Maddin’s brilliant career.


    "Christine Bougie is one of Canada’s most in-demand session musicians, but she should be a household name in her own right. The guitarist’s instrumental chops have earned her credits on over 30 albums by the likes of Amy Millan and Julie Fader, and it’s this side she shows off on her third solo LP.

    Bougie’s lap steel often takes the lead role, but rather than showboating, the songwriter inserts it into intricately arranged compositions that transcend the country-folk genre. Jumping between jazz, bossa nova and even prog rock, the album stays diverse and interesting enough to warrant the lack of vocals.

    Augmented throughout the album by warm strings and brass, Bougie shows off her own abilities on the title track, playing every instrument from guitar to percussion, and transforms Brian Wilson’s I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times into a piece all her own."

    Review of Aloha Supreme (2010) Richard Trapunski, NOW Magazine


    After recording and performing as Mantler for over ten years, Chris A. Cummings changed his band name to Marker Starling in 2012. His fifth album Rosy Maze will be released internationally by UK label Tin Angel in 2014.


    Dafydd Hughes is a musician, artist, programmer and educator based in Toronto. He has performed and recorded with some of Canada’s most notable artists, including Feist, Esthero and Jacksoul. He is active in Canada’s jazz, pop and experimental music scenes through solo work and various collaborations. His work, both musical and visual, playfully explores the unpredictable intersection of analog and digital experiences of the world.

    He is a member of the Board of Directors at Toronto’s InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, where he teaches workshops and spends time exploring the interface between technology and the creative impulse, which generally involves taking things apart and finding himself unable to put them back together.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, Art, Film
    • Cover: $15 / $10 with Student ID
    • Time: April 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
  • Tove Lo's debut single "Love Ballad" was released in the autumn of 2012. She features on Lucas Nord's single "Run on Love" which was released on June 5, 2013. She features on Seven Lions, Myon and Shane 54's single "Strangers" which was released on October 11, 2013. Her second single "Out of Mind" was released on October 16, 2013. Her third "Habits" was released on December 6, 2013. The song has peaked to number 10 in Denmark. Tove Lo appeared on the SVT Swedish television game show På spåret on 24 January 2014 performing covers of "Fidelity" from Regina Spektor and "Peace" from Mika. She released her debut EP Truth Serum on March 3, 2014. The album has peaked to number 25 on the Swedish Albums Chart. She released "Stay High" on the day day as the EP. The song has peaked to number 47 on the UK Singles Chart. Tove Lo played her first US show on March 10, 2014 at the Shameless SXSW Party and her first UK show at The Nottinghill Arts Club, London on April 2nd, 2014.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: 12.00
    • Time: April 28, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • On April 28th, take your taste buds on a trip for a very special 86'D with Ivy Knight as The Drake hotel hosts the Field Trip Cocktail Competition.

    All cocktail submissions will be judged by a tasty panel that includes The Darcys + Jonny Gray.

    Get your gear early. All Field Trip merchandise goes on sale tonight.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Other
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: April 28, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Get your hands dirty every 86D 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.

    Join us tonight for the official Field Trip 2014 Mixology Competition. Some of Toronto's best bartenders mix it up for the bragging rights of creating Field Trip's signature punch!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: April 28, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Toronto’s three favourite not-for-profit musical theatre companies have joined forces to create “And 5, 6, 7, 8… A Musical Theatre Dance Party,” a celebration of the amazing Toronto musical theatre community and an excuse to cut loose and shake your “Shipoopi”! The event will take place at the Drake Underground, the Drake Hotel’s swanky underground lair (1150 Queen Street West). Admission is FREE – please RSVP to ari@actingupstage.com.

    The evening will feature three special guest DJs: Acting Up Stage presents fierce and fabulous songstress Sharron Matthews, Angelwalk Theatre presents hunky triple threat Justin Bott and Theatre 20 presents theatre-super-producer/arts & culture junkie Derrick Chua. Each will present a 45-minute set of their favourite get-down-and-boogie tunes from the international musical theatre canon. The evening will also feature dance-along/sing-along video, door prizes and giveaways! So get your “Time Warp” on, “Ease on Down the Road” to the “MAMBO!” at the school gym. This evening of celebration and cooperation is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

    ABOUT ACTING UP STAGE Acting Up Stage Company is dedicated to producing, developing and advancing the versatile art of musical theatre in Canada. Each season we interpret contemporary work through the lens of both our country’s most accomplished and most promising artists, bring new musicals to life, and develop the artists and audiences of tomorrow. Since 2004 we’ve been rewarded time & again with rave reviews, sold-out performances, 32 Dora Award nominations, 6 Dora Awards and 8 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards. http://actingupstage.com/ | Facebook: Acting Up Stage | Twitter: @actingupstage

    ABOUT ANGELWALK THEATRE Angelwalk Theatre is the only professional theatre company in Toronto dedicated to producing Off-Broadway style musical theatre. Founded in 2009, the company has successfully produced 14 Off-Broadway style musicals and has been nominated for 11 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Angelwalk Theatre produces every show with a team of committed Canadian theatre professionals at all levels of the production - performers, directors, designers, technicians and production staff. The company does not bring in shows on tour and is committed to providing opportunities for both emerging and established Canadian theatre professionals. http://www.angelwalk.ca | Facebook: AngelwalkTheatre | Twitter: @angelwalktheatr

    ABOUT THEATRE 20 Theatre 20 is a Toronto-based, artist-led theatre company formed to present story-driven musicals by developing new Canadian works and by re-imagining existing repertoire. It aims to nurture the talent of writers and composers and foster the development of young artists through mentorship and education programs. http://www.theatre20.com | Facebook: Theatre 20 | Twitter: @theatre20

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: DJ, Live, Theatre
    • Cover: FREE – please RSVP to ari@actingupstage.com
    • Time: April 29, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
  • Travel back in time with three of Toronto's finest comic minds as they celebrate the ordinary and glamourize the mundane. These acclaimed, award-winning performers look back through the ages to bring you "The Greatest Improvised Scenes Ever Performed"! Made up from scratch before your very eyes! And replete with witty dialogue, commercial breaks and occasional emotional breakdowns!

    Featuring Second City alumni Matt Baram (CityTV's Seed) and Naomi Snieckus (CBC's Mr. D.) as well as Chris Gibbs (Winnipeg Comedy Festival)!

    This month, Michal Grajewski (CBC's Rick Mercer Report) joins us for our radio play! We also are just tickled to have musical guest Brandon Firla of The Rumoli Brothers! With a special appearance by Kurt Firla!

    We also have the multiple Dora Winning Waylen Miki on the keys!

    So grab a tux, a tie, a frock, a boa,and join us at THE CARNEGIE HALL SHOW!

    "The geniuses behind the Carnegie Hall Show make their high wire act look easy ... A MUST SEE"
    NNNN's - NOW Magazine

    "This show is in a class above"
    - The Torontoist's STEVE FISHER

    "Nose snorting, thigh slapping, stomach hurting, pee your pants laughing"

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Comedy
    • Cover: $18.00
    • Time: April 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
  • Who, What, Where, When, Wednesdays!

    Teams of 4 or less put their random knowledge to the test as special guest host Megan Griffith-Greene fires 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: April 30, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Matthew Hemerlein, the man behind Lo-Fang, is classically trained in violin, cello, bass, piano and guitar, performing all the instruments on his debut album, Blue Film. Due to be released next year, the album was written and recorded in a farmhouse in Maryland, hotels and studios in Cambodia, London, Nashville, before being completed in the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Highly detailed, the album has roots in electronic, R&B, classical, and folk music, cast through a pop prism.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $13
    • Time: May 1, 2014, 8 p.m.