Food follows art. Our site-specific installation by Jesse Harris may be down, but that only means we're one step closer to unveiling our newest Drake outpost! Find out more about our special commissioned work while you wet your appetite for Drake One Fifty. Most restaurants under construction would put a simple "Opening Soon" sign in the window, but here at the Drake, we were inspired to use the construction hoarding at 150 York Street as a canvas for Toronto artist, Jesse Harris.
As Drake's Curator, I’m always interested in creating surprises for our guests and opportunities to engage with passers by on the street. The 125-feet worth of construction hoarding was a huge and unconventional "canvas." As a result, we were thrilled to collaborate with Toronto-based artist, Jesse Harris, on the site-specific piece: There Goes the Neighbourhood. Harris is known for his poignant use of text in gallery exhibitions and public installations. He’s perhaps best known for his mural You've Changed adjacent to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on Queen Street West.
We hope that the piece has inspired our new neighbours to consider how urban areas change and evolve. Harris' piece represents the possibilities of what Drake will bring to our new community, namely great food and drink, all focused around a vibrant performance and visual arts mandate.
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