Drake-themed yoga, Drake dance classes and three other events inspired by—who else?—Drake
Peak Drake. Drake fatigue. The Draking point. Whatever you want to call it, we’re not quite there yet. Views is barely two weeks old, “One Dance” just hit the top of the charts, and people aren’t quite ready to stop putting Drake on things (and dropping him off others). If you’re still craving another piece of Aubrey pie, you’re in luck. This month, you can open your chakras, paint a lighthouse and learn to dance—awkwardly, of course—to tunes from Views. Here, five Drake-themed events about to hit the 6.
Got a lot of people trying to drain your energy? Recharge at this weekly yoga class by Pop Up Asana Toronto, the creation of music-loving yogis Alaina Galati and Tara DiGiuseppe. If attendees can resist the urge to dance to the background music—all Drake, all day—they’ll assume poses like the 6 Goddess, CN Tower Stand and 6 Prayer Hands (which we respectfully request be renamed #bless). Sundays until June 5. $8–$10. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., thedrakehotel.ca.
Drake Dance Class
The Underground Dance Centre also offers Justin Bieber and Beyoncé dance classes, so there was no way they were going to wiggle their way out of this one. So You Think You Can Dance Canada finalist Shane Simpson instructs the inaugural Drake dance session next week; he’ll choose what songs and dance moves you learn (though we have some suggestions on that front, if you care to direct your attention to the photo above). They recommend running shoes and athletic attire, but you’ll probably fit in better wearing Timberlands and a grey turtleneck. From Wednesday, May 18. $15. Underground Dance Centre, 220 Richmond St. W., theundergrounddance.com.
Drake Paint Night
At PaintSpace Art Lounge in the Beach, you paint your own take on an existing scene, sip some wine and head home with a masterpiece. At the studio’s Drake session next week, wannabe Picassos will paint a lighthouse while jamming to Views and a few other back-catalogue hits. To be clear: you will not be painting Drake, you’ll be painting to Drake. Though no one will stop you if you feel so moved to stick a 12-foot-tall Drizzy at the top of your lighthouse. Thursday, May 19. $45. PaintSpace Art Lounge, 1787 Queen St. E., paintspaceart.com.
This doozy of a dance party is an ode to the two biggest albums of 2016, a non-stop playlist of Views, Lemonade and other Drake and Beyoncé hits. We can’t help but interpret it as a musical death match because, like Aubrey, we get sad, we get insecure, we get feelings. Saturday, June 4. $10. Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., ticketfly.com.
The 6 Boat
If sailing is more your style than running, bring your woes down to the waterfront for this OVO-themed boat cruise. DJs will be spinning the best of Drizzy and his labelmates throughout the afternoon booze cruise. According to the invite, “Drake will not be in attendance.” Yeah, we’re pretty sure that’s what they said about that Ryerson concert, too. Sunday, May 22. $32.40–$43. Location TBA, eventbrite.ca.