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Happy PRIDE!

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 4 months ago

We want to wish all of you a happy and beautiful Pride weekend! We're bursting with Pride over here and asked illustrator Meags Fitzgerald to capture our spirit; we love what she did

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Drake Love Story: Megan + Erin

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 4 months ago

Happy Pride! We want to take a moment to share a Drake love story. Megan and Erin are part of our Drake family and this August, they're getting hitched!

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The Creative Class: Drinks with Anthony Lemke

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 4 months ago

Anthony Lemke is our (very good looking) neighbour. A few years back, the actor, his wife (classical musician Maria Gacesa) and their three kids swapped the big city life for a quieter existence in Wellington, Prince Edward County. "We would not have moved to Wellington had the Drake not been there. It's a big shift to move to a small town. I didn't want to move to a place where I was a total outsider and lost all connection to the city. The Drake being there is a pipeline to the city."

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PHOTOS: Luminato's Opening Party at The Hearn

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

Go deep inside the culture cave.

Luminato Opening Night at The Hearn
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Drake Devonshire Writers' Retreat: Camilla Gibb

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

We invited award-winning author Camilla Gibb to spend a night at Drake Devonshire. It was in Prince Edward County nearly twenty years ago where she penned her first novel, Mouthing the Words, from a makeshift desk in a camper van. Her time with us awoke some old memories.

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PHOTOS || Power Ball XVIII: Pleasure Principle

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

Watching McNamara's dancers bend, twist and arch was the best kind of foreplay to begin a late-night party that overflowed with sensory pleasures.

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Drake One Fifty Lunch & Learn: Jörn Weisbrodt

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

From the moment I saw him stride through the doors of Drake One Fifty, it became clear to me that Jörn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director of Luminato Festival, was a man who moves against the grain.

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Drake Scribbles: D Is For The Drake Hotel

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

Ever since we kicked off the Drake Scribbles series, which features a wide variety of local illustrators, I've been hopeful that Paul Covello, the ingenious artist behind Toronto ABC, would consider doing a D is for Drake Hotel illustration for us...

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Food + Drink

Chef Alex Feswick on Double Duty: Chefhood + Mamahood

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 6 months ago

“Always give it your all and be proud of what you do,” is just one of the many lessons that Alexandra Feswick, The Drake Hotel's Chef de Cuisine, learned from her mom. Alexandra hopes to instill similar values in her darling eight-month-old son, Reed. (For now, she's mostly enjoying cuddles and kisses.)

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Drake One Fifty Lunch & Learn: Alexander Neef

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 6 months ago

“I'm not trying to be another YouTube channel; I'm trying to do live opera,” says Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, who met with us for a tête-à-tête at Drake One Fifty last week. From his childhood love for Mozart to his growing excitement for this year's Operanation gala, get inside the mind of this creative luminary.

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