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Canadian Music Venues

The Drake Hotel

1150 Queen St W, Toronto


Hospitality has been the name of the game at the Drake Hotel since it completed renovations and opened again on Queen Street West in 2004. While the building has a history that goes back to the 19th century, the venue has built its reputation partially on the talent of the singers and bands that have played in its underground performance space.

Acts range from throwback soul singers like Leon Bridges to Gainesville art-rock band Hundred Waters. Toronto talent of all genres has been represented well in performances from hip-hop emcees like Toronto’s Raz Fresco and R&B band Bernice. Festivals such as North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week and more have brought artists such as Prince Innocence, Ginla and more to the hotel’s stage.

The building that houses the Drake was built in 1890. Then known as D.A. Small’s Hotel, the building became known by its current name in 1949. Since then, its stylish décor and trendy happenings have made it a fixture of the west end’s nightlife. With its lounge, rooftop patio and restaurant, a visit to the Drake is bound to be eventful, no matter how long you stay.