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Dispatch from Frieze London

Posted by Drake, 6 months, 1 week ago

The Drake’s curator Mia Nielsen is in London, U.K. for the Frieze Art Fair. She’s sent us a few of her favourites from the show to share with you, fellow art fiends.

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Nuit Blanche 2013: Postcards from the Future

Posted by Drake, 6 months, 3 weeks ago

We're so excited to participate in Nuit Blanche for the seventh year in a row! Join us for a night of no sleep, filled with art as Postcards from the Future take over Drake with site-specific installations by Alex McLeod, Jesse Harris + Tristram Lansdowne.

We're also keeping the party going 'til 4AM at The Drake Hotel + Drake One Fifty featuring the sounds of DJ Nana, Never Forgive Action (with Big Jacks & Royale, DJ Numeric, DJ Dalia + hosted by More or Les) and Johnny Hockin.

Drake Hotel Nuit Blanche
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Posted by Drake, 8 months, 1 week ago

For the sixth consecutive year, we're proudly participating in Future Projections as an exhibition partner. This year, the special TIFF series, dedicated to moving images in art, is focused around the work of famed, controversial Canadian director, David Cronenberg. Find out more about our site-specific piece after the jump.

Down The Line The Drake Hotel TIFF
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Content Aware Typography

Posted by Bryan Da Silva, 9 months ago

Adobe Photoshop has this (arguably useless) tool called "content aware fill." Sparing you the boring technical details, it allows you to delete part of an image and fill it in with what the program thinks should be there, based on the rest of the image. In demos it works flawlessly, and the resulting patch-up is pretty convincing. My experience with it has been different, with floating heads and broken buildings making a monstrosity of whatever I'm working on. It just won't do what I want it to.

Now somebody's put this glitchy process to good use. When fed famous typography, the program goes a little crazy and makes some pretty amazing abstract patterns. Some of them even look intentional. Check out the tumblr, Content Aware Typography, and see if you can identify the sources underneath the mess!

Content Aware Typography The Drake Hotel
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Drake One Fifty Opening Soon + There Goes The Neighbourhood

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 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.

harris - installing
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Strangers on the Street: an interview with Justin Close

Posted by Mia Nielsen, 9 months, 2 weeks 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.

lab magazine - nas
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