Tag Archives: The Drake Underground

The Lone Bellow Open For Ivan & Alyosha at The Drake

Date of show: April 22, 2013 Written by: Chiara DiAngelo Brooklyn’s The Lone Bellow were the second band of the night. The core trio of Zach Williams (vocals, guitar), Brian Elmquist (guitar, vocals), and Kanene Pipkin (vocals, mandolin) were joined by Jason Pipkin (upright bass) and Brian Griffin (drums). Wielding more depth and grit than […]

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Craig Stickland and Jane’s Party at The Drake Hotel

Date of show: October 10, 2012 Craig Stickland Jane’s Party

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Mother Mother Preview The Sticks at The Drake

Date of show: August 20, 2012 Written by: Chiara DiAngelo Still in town after their Echo Beach gig the night prior, British Columbia’s Mother Mother “christened [the] unbridled little entities” off their upcoming new album, The Sticks at a “clandestine affair” at the Drake Underground. An invite-only “secret hush hush” gig, the room was surprisingly […]

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Craig Stickland and A String Quartet at the Drake Underground

Date of show: July 24, 2012 Written by: Chiara DiAngelo You may remember him from the now-defunct Toronto band We Are The Take, but Craig Stickland has been hard at work on his solo endeavour since their split in 2010. Backed by a 5-piece band, he brought his catchy blend of folk-pop (and sometimes even […]

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Bravestation Release Giants & Dreamers and Packs the Drake

Date of show: July 7, 2012 Having followed Bravestation for quite some time, and as one of the first bands we reviewed, it was a no-brainer that we’d come to support the band’s first release. Bravestation released Giants & Dreamers, which was engineered and mixed by their very own Andrew Heppner, on July 10th, but […]

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The Hollowbodies Celebrate Their Debut at The Drake Underground

Date of show: May 5, 2012 The Hollowbodies celebrated the release of their debut album, Town Without A Name, at The Drake Hotel Underground. The Toronto-based 4-piece is comprised of Andrew Ioi (vocals, guitar), James Gadon (guitar, vocals), Aaron Puppi (bass, vocals) and Steve Rice (drums). Prior to the release, the band hadn’t played many […]

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Allie Hughes Valentine’s Wedding Spectacular at the Drake Underground

Date of show: February 9, 2011 Allie Hughes is certainly a performer. She combines her theatrical influences with her musicality to put together a storyline that completely entertains. To set the scene, Hughes has been playing bride and bringing guests on stage to join her as groom (Nick Rose) and bridesmaids (Kelly McMichael and Jessica […]

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The Golden Dogs Pack The Drake Underground

Date of Show: September 17, 2010 Oh, The Golden Dogs, how entertaining you are. It’s hard not to enjoy yourself when at a Golden Dogs show. They bring a hell of a lot of energy to already energetic power-pop rock tunes. Even better than how they sound recorded is their live show. The vocal dynamic […]

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Buying Shots (Sorta) for Sandman Viper Command at The Drake Underground

[Note: We couldn’t manage to round up all the members at the same time, but Amanda did get this epic shot of Rob Janson. Not pictured: bottle of Crown.] Date of show: September 17, 2010 Shot of choice: We never bothered to ask because instead of doing shots, we drank Crown Royal straight from the […]

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The Darcys Awe at The Drake Underground

Date of show: September 17, 2010 The Darcys is a band I have been meaning to see for the better part of 2010 and they’ve been on my radar since their 2007 debut release, Endless Water. For some reason, the stars never aligned to make this happen until now. I am full of regret for […]

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