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  • By now, Black Prairie has clearly outgrown its roots as a casual side project, solidifying into a primary, creative focus for its members—a band with its own internal momentum, genuine character and style. Still, it's only become harder to describe what that style is. "I gave up a long time ago," guitarist Jon Neufeld says. When asked what kind of music Black Prairie plays, Neufeld usually just says "soft rock," and walks away.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $13.50
    • Time: Sept. 14, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • For the seventh year in a row, the Drake Hotel is an official off-site for the Toronto International Film Festival's Future Projections, a city-wide programme dedicated to taking the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond.

    The Drake's Future Projections programme will be dedicated to screening across all Drake properties the work of Shaun Gladwell. The Australian-born, London-based video artist portrays cultural figures like the skateboarder and freestyle BMX rider in self-described performative landscapes to hypnotic effect.

    Gladwell's most recent work, BMX Channel (2013), will be screening nightly in the display window of the Drake General Store as well as the Sky Yard. Set within a picturesque British seaside, Welsh bicyclist Matti Hemmings performs a technical style of BMX riding known as “flatland” — a stylized break-dance-like movement on flat surface. Shot in Gladwell’s signature style, Hemmings’ balletic movements and the ethereal haze of the English Channel are surprisingly hypnotic and poetic.

    • Venue: Lobby + General Store
    • Type: Film
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 14, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • We're taking a break to celebrate summer w/the staff of The Drake Hotel - Sorry! We've gone fishin'

    • Venue: The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 15, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Queens of the east and west unite! Join Judy Virago and Scarlett Bobo for a dirty, flirty, flithy, MILFy evening of bingo, babes and balls-out fun with a different retro theme each week. DJ Aeryn Pfaff keeps the balls bouncing all night long! $2 gets three cards - first round at 8pm!

    • Venue: Lounge, The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Comedy, Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: Sept. 16, 2014, 8 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: Sept. 17, 2014, 8 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: Sept. 20, 2014, 11:45 a.m.
  • As impressive as her list of recent collaborators, Shara Worden's voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera House to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues. She's performed under the experimental-pop moniker My Brightest Diamond for the last seven years, and counts Bryce Dessner (The National), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and each of The Decemberists among friends and fans. They are just a few of the many who've fallen in love with Worden's mystical voice and mythic storytelling.

    Growing up outside of Detroit in a family of musical evangelists, Worden studied multiple instruments (her father is an acclaimed accordionist and mother an organist). She became equally passionate about classical and Motown, later pursuing a degree in Opera at the University of North Texas where she wrote and recorded original material for the first time. After moving to New York by way of Moscow, Worden recorded three albums before joining the ranks of Sufjan Stevens' Illinoisemakers. She then expanded her musical education further by studying composition under Padma Newsome (Clogs, The National), and turned out several scores for off-Broadway productions.

    Worden's artistry seems to transcend music itself. On stage she evokes as much Martha Graham as Edith Piaf, and can be found collaborating with visual artists (Matthew Ritchie) and filmmakers (Matthew Barney, Murat Eyuboglu) alike. Where worlds are colliding, there is a Shara; a zeitgeist for a growing movement of experimental musicians eager to bend the borders of artistry and genre.

    Having recently returned to Detroit, planted a garden and given birth to a son, Worden's latest offering, All Things Will Unwind, draws inspiration from the motor city itself. More folk inspired than much of her recent work the new album addresses the juxtaposition of life and death, class and race, pantries and politics—as heard through the mesmerizing lullaby of a new mother.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15.50
    • Time: Sept. 20, 2014, 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.

    Tonight is our 6th Annual Ontario Madcap Pickle Championships! Featuring both professional and amateur categories; there are no rules, if it can be pickled you can enter anything from beets to black walnuts to beef tongue! BRING IT!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Sept. 22, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Queens of the east and west unite! Join Judy Virago and Scarlett Bobo for a dirty, flirty, flithy, MILFy evening of bingo, babes and balls-out fun with a different retro theme each week. DJ Aeryn Pfaff keeps the balls bouncing all night long! $2 gets three cards - first round at 8pm!

    • Venue: Lounge, The Drake Hotel
    • Type: Comedy, Games
    • Cover: $2
    • Time: Sept. 23, 2014, 8 p.m.