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Fanning out w/ Jess Hrycyk and her Fantastical art

Posted by Stacie Ant, 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Folklore & Mythology inspired artist Jess Hycyk is gracing The Drake with her presence on July 8th as a part of the Pixel and Bristle Summer Market.

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studio visit w/ AKIN artist Kayla Polan

Posted by Stacie Ant, 8 months, 1 week ago

"I think my work is meant for perverts and social workers " - AKIN artist Kayla Polan has a unique gift of creating the most pervy looking food in the most stunning way. Her work melds feminism and popular culture to look at contemporary ideas about sexuality, domesticity, queer identity, autobiography, and consumer culture. We went to Akin collective to visit Kayla in her studio.

Kayla Polan

Studio visit with AKIN artist Shanna Van Maurik

Posted by Stacie Ant, 8 months, 3 weeks ago

One of our all time favorite Toronto artists is the pastel princess Shanna Van Maurik.She will be selling her work at the Drake lobby on June 1st as a part of our Akin + Pixel & Bristle pop ups. Shanna's work is as fun as her lipstick collection. Meet the dreamy artist behind the acid washed portraits as we visit her in her studio.

Shanna Van Maurik

a chat w/ Pixel & Bristle founder Christopher Rouleau

Posted by Stacie Ant, 9 months ago

Pixel & Bristle is Toronto’s most exciting design & typography market. This summer, we are excited to welcome them to our pop up series, where you can purchase outstanding works from Toronto's most talanted artists and designers!

Pixel and Bristle

The Heart of Heart On: A chat w/ Elisia Mirabelli

Posted by Stacie Ant, 9 months, 1 week ago

Meet Elisia Mirabelli, the founder of Heart On - a screening series that celebrates the works of female filmmakers and artists. We are super excited to have a Heart On party, EARTH ANGEL, in the Drake Underground on May 22nd. Join us for an evening of film and art fashioned by a posse of heavenly babes whose work is nothing short of magic.

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Studio Visit with AKIN artist Adria Mirabelli

Posted by Stacie Ant, 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Adria Mirabelli is a visual artist working in textile. We are excited to see her beautiful work on June 29th at The Drake Hotel lobby and on August 12th at Drake One Fifty. She is also a part of our upcoming show Earth Angel, presented by Heart On. The show features female identifying visual artists and filmmakers. Join us for an evening of film and art fashioned by a posse of heavenly babes whose work is nothing short of magic.

Adria Mirabelli

Where are they now: Q+A w/ Drake AV O.G. Alec Emery

Posted by Stacie Ant, 9 months, 3 weeks ago

"If I'm ever forcibly ejected from a space, I'll know I've succeeded" Alec Emery shares his philosophies on art and experience as a former Drake AV member.

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Mr. Finaldi- the man behind the turtleneck

Posted by Stacie Ant, 10 months ago

Who is the legendary Michael Finaldi? Charming and full of stories, Michael lets us have a peek at his exciting life of fashion, creativity and lots of traveling.

Mr. Finaldi hosts monthly discussions at The Drake, talking about art, design, and the best life has to offer. Get to know the amicable man behind the turtleneck.


Top 5 exhibits to look forward to in April

Posted by Stacie Ant, 10 months, 1 week ago

This April, we're extra excited about Toronto’s annual Images Festival as well as exciting new art shows. Although there is always a lot of fun stuff to see in the city, here are our top 5 picks for our most anticipated exhibits.

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"I think being female makes my work inherently political" - In Conversation with Wendy White

Posted by Stacie Ant, 11 months, 2 weeks ago

To honour International Women's Day, we chat with Wendy White, a New York-based female artist whom we admire and is currently part of our annual Drake One Fifty exhibition. Wendy opens up about ways in which her work echoes current political affairs and contemporary societal issues.

Wendy White at Drake One Fifty exhibition opening, FOMO. Photo courtesy of snapd Queen.