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Underground Sounds: Grand Analog's Odario

Posted by Christine Vu, 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Odario Williams is a modern renaissance man. He's a radio personality + album reviewer on CBC's Q, one of our fav DJs (find him at Drake One Fifty on most Saturdays) and he's also the front man of Grand Analog. Before his show w/ Grand Analog in the Underground, we get to know Odario better and pick the brain of one of Toronto's hip hop mainstays about mumble rap, beefs + The Beatles.

Odario 1

Inside the Studio: Ness Lee for everyone

Posted by Christine Vu, 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Self-described as a “noodle lovin' pot stickin' son of a bun from Toronto,” Ness Lee’s sense of humour is just one of the reasons why we love her. She's shown twice at The Drake Hotel and is one of this year's artists-in-residence at The Drake Devonshire. We get to see how her art is made and how it lives inside her own studio and home.

Ness 1
Canada 150

The Drake X Drake General Store bring it home for Canada's Top Ten

Posted by Christine Vu, 1 year, 1 month ago

"The Drake brought the Chesterfield Lounge to life and has made the actors, producers and directors from our Top Ten selections as well as our audiences feel like Canada's Top Ten Film Festival is home to them." We used our expertise in Canadiana cool to create a set for the 16th Annual Canada's Top Ten Film Festival. Read about the behind-the-scenes set up that put it all together.

Canada Top Ten - Chesterfield Lounge

Tying in the Winter Solstice Sky with Svava Thordis Juliusson

Posted by Christine Vu, 1 year, 2 months ago

Hamilton based, Iceland born, Svava Thordis Juliusson, was the perfect artist to take part in an installation inspired by the land of fire and ice on the Sky Yard. Her sculptural piece, Black Line - Squiggly with White is made of industrial materials that transports the space into a Northern oasis.

Drake Devonshire

Drake in love: Danielle + Curtis

Posted by Christine Vu, 1 year, 2 months ago

Always the wedding photographer, never the bride… Until she fell in love with a groomsman! When it became their turn to say I do, the bride and groom decided to do something a little different and get married in the winter. The crisp pops of colour throughout the Drake Devonshire against the fresh white snow proved to be the perfect backdrop for a winter wedding.

Danielle + Curtis
Hotel + Travel

My night in nine: Henry Ng aka Street Style Poser

Posted by Christine Vu, 1 year, 2 months ago

"Every angle in our room deserved a pose." Henry Ng aka Street Style Poser is all about celebrating the details which makes this Australian fashion + travel muse right at home at The Drake Hotel.

Food + Drink

Q + A with the lucky mother cluckers who judge the annual 86'd Fried Chicken Battle

Posted by Christine Vu, 1 year, 2 months ago

In anticipation of the fourth annual 86'd Fried Chicken Battle, we talked to the 3 OG Judges that sit down every year and take on the tough task of declaring which dish is the winner winner of chicken dinners.

Connie Tsang Fried Chix
Food + Drink

Gold Medal Plates 2016: All Heart

Posted by Christine Vu, 1 year, 3 months ago

The entire Drake fam came together to compete in this year's Gold Medal Plates.


Afterlife GLAM: Versa brings the Verbasizer to Life

Posted by Christine Vu, 1 year, 3 months ago

Only is it among all knowing eyes, flashes of silver and purple, clouds as high as the sky yet so close you can almost touch them, can you start to see yourself more clearly. After experiencing the Verbasizer in person, we get to know the artist duo behind it.

Alex Ricci + Monika Hauck of Versa

#TBT: A Recap on the Sold-out Sampha Show

Posted by Christine Vu, 1 year, 3 months ago

A roundup of what you might've missed at the sold-out Sampha show at Drake Underground

Sampha in the Drake Underground