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Drake Art Takes Center Stage at WayHome

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 11 months, 2 weeks 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, 1 year, 4 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, 3 years, 9 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, 3 years, 9 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, 3 years, 10 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, 3 years, 12 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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MOCCA Award + Partners in Art + Venice

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 4 years ago

Earlier this week Partners in Art (PIA), a Toronto-based non-profit org received the biannual MOCCA Award. They had some big pans for the $25,000 prize

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Food + Drink

Food Photography Award Winners

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 4 years, 1 month ago

Amid great fanfare at Ivy Knight's 86'd Mondays, the winners of the 3rd annual Food Photography Awards were announced. Feast your eyes on this!

Scott Ramsay's photo won FOOD catagory

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Venice Biennale

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 4 years, 1 month ago

With just a couple of months to go, much of the art world is counting down to Venice! The Venice Biennale, is arguably the pre-eminent art exhibition - the so-called art Olympics - where, since 1895, countries have selected a single artist to exhibit in dedicated pavilions and temporary locations all over the city. The national exhibitions are supported by a massive group show in the sprawling Arsenale that aims to uncover themes in contemporary culture and provide a greater context for contemporary art.

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Armory Week

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 4 years, 1 month ago

So much great work to see at Armory Week! Independent, Volta, exhibitions and then some. Everything from daguerreotypes to the kitchen sink.