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X[OH!]: We Made You A Mixtape

Posted by Megan Hilario, 5 days, 10 hours ago

For the music junkies, avid concert-goers, and local-music lovers, the Drake Underground has been the hotspot for it all. With a constant influx of great music coming through the basement, it’s hard to keep track of who and when is passing through. Our x[oh!] curated playlists will be rotating with the acts coming through the Drake Underground. Whatever your music flavour, our custom playlists filter the music for you, so you can discover your next favorite artist and come see them live!

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THE BOND + BEATS OF RAP/R&B DUO HEARTSTREETS

Posted by Megan Hilario, 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Montreal duo Heartstreets is comprised of Gab Godon and Emma Beko who met when they were just kids, forming a friendship that turned into a sister-like bond. Gab's smooth vocals paired with Emma's rap style creates a unique sound inspired by 90's R&B with an electric touch. We spoke to Gab and Emma about the meaning behind their music and what makes them tick as a band.

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Q+A W/ FUTURE STAR MATHEW V

Posted by Megan Hilario, 3 weeks, 6 days ago

At only 21, Mathew V has had opera voice training, moved to Europe to enhance his songwriting and has been named October's iHeartRadio's Future Star. Gearing up for the new year, his new single "Tell Me Smooth" is attracting all the eyes and ears of music lovers around the nation. We spoke to Mathew about what drives his passion for music and what to expect for his debut performance in Toronto in the Drake Underground.

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UNDERGROUND BANDS TO BUZZ ABOUT

Posted by Megan Hilario, 1 month, 2 weeks ago

What do July Talk, Vance Joy and Broods all have in common? They once played the Drake Underground and are now headlining huge festivals and playing venues like the legendary Massey Hall. From local bands to acts around the globe, The Drake Underground is a mecca for discovering local artists and up + coming acts from around the world. We may be underground but we don’t live under a rock - and we want to share artists on our radar, coming through the basement this fall.

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CBC MUSIC'S RAINA DOURIS HOSTS THE POLARIS PRIZE GALA

Posted by Megan Hilario, 2 months ago

Tonight, at the Polaris Prize Music Gala, an 11 member Grand Jury debates on the 10 short-listed albums and chooses a winner for this year’s Polaris Prize based on artistic merit. The event will be broadcasted live on CBC Music where numerous performances from the shortlisted artists will take place. Later, the official after-party is here at The Drake Hotel. We spoke to this year’s Polaris Host Raina Douris (Host, Radio 2 Morning, CBC Music) about the gala, what it means to host the event and having the life of a music guru.

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The Royal Foundry: Bringing Life and Love Into Their Music

Posted by Megan Hilario, 2 months, 3 weeks ago

We get to know The Royal Foundry before they hit the Drake Underground.

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On the Road w/ Walrus

Posted by Megan Hilario, 4 months ago

If the band could support any act, dead or alive who would be?
I'm gonna say an alive Radiohead but that answer would be different for each member I think.

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LIVE IN THE UNDERGROUND – JULY PLAYLIST

Posted by Megan Hilario, 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Summer is in full swing, and the Underground has plenty of acts bringing the heat. A special curated playlist was built to soundtrack your sun-kissed days and warm nights. Here are some artists taking over the basement this month that you need to see.

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MT. JOY: INDIE FOLK BAND CHASING DREAMS IN AN ASTROVAN

Posted by Megan Hilario, 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Mt. Joy is an indie folk duo comprised of Matt Quinn and Sam Cooper who began their roots in Philadelphia and met again in LA where they naturally joined forces to pursue their passion for music. Their songs tell tales of pure adventure and whimsical imagination.

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Manifesto: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture

Posted by Megan Hilario, 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Manifesto is one of the biggest parties of the year and always brings out a vibrant crowd, hosting Toronto's perfect kick off to the summer season.

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