Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Drake Hotel Properties (Toronto) Collaborates with Artist Jesse Harris at Drake One Fifty

From a media release:

Drake Hotel Properties collaborates with Artist Jesse Harris 
on site-specific piece at Drake One Fifty

Toronto, ON –
While many new restaurants post a conventional ‘Opening Soon’ message in their windows, Drake Hotel Properties was inspired to utilize its hundred-feet worth of construction hoarding as a creative canvas at the site of Drake One Fifty, Drake’s newest outpost on the northwest corner of Adelaide and York Streets. 

The stand-alone restaurant, Drake One Fifty, has been built out to seat 175 guests in a former commercial bank and includes a dining room, bar, micro-Drake General Store, curated art and performance space, as well as a 70-seat urban patio. The tenets of the Drake brand centre on the convergence of world-class hospitality, forward-thinking cultural offerings and sincere community engagement. Drake One Fifty has the joint mission of carrying forward these mandates while placing Drake’s exciting food and beverage program at the forefront of its core offerings.

Drake was thrilled to collaborate with Toronto-based artist, Jesse Harris, on the new site-specific piece: There Goes the Neighbourhood. Harris is known for his poignant use of text in gallery exhibitions and public installations. He’s perhaps best known for his mural You've Changed, adjacent to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on Queen Street West.

Drake hopes the piece will spark curiosity and provoke people to consider how public urban spaces respond and evolve to meet changing conditions and lifestyles, as well as creating excitement about the cultural revolution taking place in Toronto’s Financial District. Harris’ piece signifies the possibilities of what a culturally-focused hospitality company can positively bring to a neighbourhood; beyond a place to enjoy food and drink, the culinary offerings from Drake are always accompanied by vibrant performance and visual art. Installation in progress of There Goes the Neighbourhood (above).

Drake is thrilled to offer up this hoarding project to its new neighbours, as a nod to the re-imagining of the public spaces we share. Drake hopes to inspire future development in the Financial District and to engage both with artists and the community from the beginning of their presence in their new neighbourhood.

There Goes The Neighbourhood is a site-specific piece located at the northwest corner of Adelaide and York streets. The work will be on display until the beginning of August. Stay tuned for more news about Drake One Fifty online.

Drake One Fifty is located at 150 York Street.

Visit www.thedrakehotel.ca or www.drakeonefifty.ca or www.drakegeneralstore.ca or call 416.531.5042 for more information.

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