Celebrating Ten Years on Queen West

Posted by Drake, February 04, 2014

Since our doors first opened to Toronto in 2004, we've been a Hotbed for Culture at 1150 Queen Street West. To celebrate ten vibrant years, we’ve lined up some extra-special surprises and events for a week to show off what we do best: community, culture and hospitality. Be sure to keep an eye on our social pages and visit us from February 14th through 20th as we give away $10 rooms, prizes, and our massive birthday prize pack as we count down to Drake’s 10th Birthday Party on the 20th— complete with a cake you’ll have to see to believe and a musical lineup you don’t want to miss. Enter to win the prize pack and find out the full schedule of events below.


You've also helped make this our best-selling food item for ten years, so during our birthday week, it's only ten bucks—the Drake Burger! Stop in anytime between 8am-11pm during our birthday week to order the Drake classic, complete with Perth bacon, cheddar, Russian dressing, pickles and hand cut french fries.


We'd also like to celebrate ten years on Queen West by giving you a chance to win Ten Drake Things. Enter below to win the ultimate Drake prize pack: a Drake Sleepover February 20th complete with hangover breakfast for two for the following day (trust us, you'll need it), a cocktail masterclass with a Drake bartender on February 20th at 6pm, two tickets to our big birthday bash and 2 baskets o' goodies from the Drake General Store.

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Contest closes February 18th at 10:10pm. Winner will be drawn on February 19th at 10:10am.



February 14

Community – We’re hosting a dance-a-thon at local neighbourhood school Alexander Muir, sending DJs, A/V, snacks and some big Drake kids to join in and help them raise funds for a visiting artist and offsite education.

Culture – Tonight’s Underground show features rising crooner Andria Simone and Lay These Knight @830PM_$15 but stop in for a bit first, because in typical Drake fashion, we’re giving Valentine’s dinner a spin with bespoke porn colouring sheets designed by Mallory Diaczun. 10% of Friday's night's admission price will go to local charities Parkdale Community Food Bank and Sketch.

February 15

Community – Today is about recycling! The first ten people who bring at least ten old batteries to the Drake Hotel front desk, 1150 Queen St. West, will get a free vibrator from our retail community partner and award-winning store Come As You Are.

Culture – Megan Bonnell and Emilie Mover will be performing @7PM_$12 before Quatro hosts Saturday night’s dance-fest @11pm_$10. 10% of Saturday's night's admission price will go to local charities Parkdale Community Food Bank and Sketch. And speaking of sex accessories, keep your eyes peeled at Drake today for a pop up performance by famous burlesque performers 8-Bit Pinup and Boy Joystick.

February 16

Community – We’re highlighting our local Toronto coffee vendor Merchants of Green, purveyors of organic and fair-trade beans. Today, every to-go cup of coffee is only 10 cents. Stop by our Café to spend an ethical dime.

Culture – You haven’t see our collection like this before. Join Curator Mia Nielson @3pm_free for a behind the scenes tour of the Drake art and spaces.

February 17

Community – We’re hosting one of our family pancake breakfasts today! Bring the kids to the Underground from 9am-11am for cartoons and flapjacks. The suggested donation is $10/family with all proceeds going to Parkdale Community Food Bank.

Culture – In honour of Family Day, the Monkey Bunch returns to the Drake Underground for a performance @3pm_$10. Co-presented by the Drake General Store, be entered to win an awesome Drake General Store + Monkey Bunch prize pack featuring locally made SHARED kids swag! Our concert venue has never rocked so hard before the sun has gone down.

February 18

Community – Our local florist and neighbour Poppies has been making Drake bloom for nigh on a decade! They’re helping us spread the birthday love and together, we’ll be gifting ten bouquets designed by the floral masters. Watch our Twitter today to find out how to win one.

Culture – Los Angeles band Together Pangea descends on the Underground @8PM_$10.50.

February 19

Community – We’re sending ten volunteers to serve meals, stock shelves and spend the afternoon helping out at the Parkdale Community Food Bank.

Culture – Drake Trivia gets super-sized with extra large celebratory prizes for both winners and losers (bone up on your 2004 answers!). And our talented team hits the stage for a Staff Talent Night @9:30PM with pay-what-you-wish donations going to Sketch, an incredible community arts initiative for youth.

February 20

Community – Workman Arts is an arts and mental health company known internationally for its artistic collaborations. They’re also our neighbours, affiliated with CAMH across the road! Support them here or stop by the Drake Front Desk today; the first ten people get a copy of “All That Is Real”, their recently published poetry anthology.

Culture – This is the big one. Meet us in the Lounge @8PM_$10 as we celebrate our 10th in true Drake style. Because it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without one of Drake’s signature bashes, we're bringing exciting programming to end a fantastic week with a bang. Wear your birthday party best and strike a pose for a live digital sketch by fashion illustrator DANIELLE MEDER, and be prepared for a birthday cake surrounded by protective performance artists who will watch over it until it’s officially time to cut the cake and sing the Hotel a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’. And whilst ‘happy birthday’ might not be in their set-list, incredible performances will be taking place all night in the Lounge as JUSTIN PEROFF (DJ set), ICE CREAM, LIGHT FIRES, THE CRUELTY PARTY and headliners HOODED FANG celebrate the evening.

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