Drake Blog


Winter 2018 Artists in Residency

Posted by Madeleine Till, 2 months, 3 weeks ago

At The Drake, the new year brings with it a new roster of amazing Artists in Residence. From choreographers, to musicians, to visual artists, get a closer look at the upcoming winter line up of residents set to participate in the A.I.R. program at Drake Devonshire.


Sarah Choi on Dance, Film, and How Her Life Turned Upside Down Overnight

Posted by Madeleine Till, 7 months, 2 weeks ago

"I’ve always been passionate about dance films, and I’ve always wanted to create my own film festival. So at this point in my life, it was like 'Why not!' I had lost everything, which also meant I could do whatever I wanted." This past June, filmmaker Sarah Choi partnered with Momentum Dance Toronto to bring the 1st Annual Lights Dance Festival to the Drake Hotel.

sarah choi headshot

Studio Visit w/ Artist Luke Siemens

Posted by Madeleine Till, 8 months, 1 week ago

Luke Siemens is a multidisciplinary artist with a keen interest in architecture and condo-culture. His tongue-in-cheek installation PlyGuy is included in our upcoming group show View Finder at the Drake Devonshire. We caught up with Luke at his studio in Toronto’s west end to talk about his process, interests, and future plans.

Luke Siemens Portrait

studio visit w/ AKIN artist Kayla Polan

Posted by Stacie Ant, 9 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
Food + Drink

Power Ball XIX: Drake Catering in Stereo Vision

Posted by Drake, 9 months, 2 weeks ago

As the exclusive caterers of Power Ball's VIP party, the Drake Catering team looked no further than the theme of the evening for inspiration. See how Stereo Vision played into the dualities that live within flavour profiles and the exponential opportunities for an innovative culinary experience.

Power Ball guests

Studio visit with AKIN artist Shanna Van Maurik

Posted by Stacie Ant, 9 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