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Drake Art x Art Toronto: Q+A w/ Susannah Rosenstock

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 4 months, 3 weeks ago

We've been together for four years, Art Toronto, and that's a big deal. We're excited to move in and make ourselves at home w/ Art Bistro and Bar x Drake! Before we take this huge step, The Drake's in-house curator and head of cultural programming, Mia Nielson, takes a minute to chat with Art Toronto Director Susannah Rosenstock.


We Heart Art: Venice Biennale Photo Diary

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 9 months, 3 weeks ago

We've got quite the art collection and to give you an inside look on how head curator Mia Nielsen gets inspired, check out her photo diary of her trip to this year's Venice Biennale!

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Shaun Gladwell: Video Art, Skateboarding, Opera and So much More

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 9 months, 3 weeks ago

In anticipation of our live performance of Shaun Gladwell's epic video artwork Skateboarders vs Minimalism at The Drake Commissary's June 24th block party, in partnership with Luminato, Mia Nielsen shares a conversation she had with the artist some months ago in London, UK as they began to plan his Toronto takeover.


Talking Venice Biennale w/ William Huffman

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 10 months, 1 week ago

Ahead of this year's Venice Biennale, our head curator, Mia Nielsen takes a moment to chat with William Huffman of Dorset Fine Arts on this year's debut of Inuit art on a global stage.

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Drake Art Takes Center Stage at WayHome

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 1 year, 10 months ago

The Drake joins forces with WayHome to host the VIP area at one of the biggest music festivals of the summer.

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MIA IN MIAMI: Art-y in the city where the heat is on

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 2 years, 3 months ago

From Art Basel, Art on Paper + Art Miami to SCOPE, PULSE + NADA to UNTITLED, Drake's art curator Mia Nielsen takes us on a tour of her favourite + most memorable installations of Art Week in Miami.


Drake One Fifty Opening Soon + There Goes The Neighbourhood

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 4 years, 7 months ago

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.

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Strangers on the Street: an interview with Justin Close

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 4 years, 8 months ago

In a couple of weeks Justin Tyler Close, founder of The Lab Magazine will be hosting a pop-up portrait studio on the Sky Yard for a couple of days. We recently chatted about Strangers on the Street, his love of celluloid and what makes a great portrait.

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Notes from the Venice Biennale

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 4 years, 9 months ago

Last week the art world descended on Venice for the always highly anticipated biannale. I was thrilled to be in the crowds who lined up in the rain to be among the first to take it all in. Here is a quick list of some of my favourite exhibitions:


Visitations - a diary entry from Lucy

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 4 years, 10 months ago

What follows is an entry from the journal of Lucy Mann, a recent engineering graduate who is currently visiting Toronto, attempting to solve a mysterious—and potentially deadly—riddle left behind by her great-grandfather. Lucy is also fictional, and one of the characters from VISITATIONS, an interactive theatrical adventure that was just extended to May 14. Check here for dates and tickets.

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