Martina Sorbara plays as part of Dragonette, tonight (Thursday, April 3) at the Phoenix. $12.50. 416-323-1251.
What Toronto restaurant do you like to eat at before a show?
Swatow (309 Spadina, 416-977-0601) or Pho Hung (350 Spadina, 416-593-4274). Actually, for the whole band, Chinese, Vietnamese or Japanese are our go-to pre-show choices. We make Indian food our day-off grub.
What club in Toronto do you like to go to after a show?
We went dancing at Tiger Bar (414 College, 416-710-2453) after our our last show in T.O. and it was super-fun.
Who is your favourite Toronto artist?
There’s a painter named Chris Ross whose paintings blow my mind.
Of clothing designer types, I’d say the Oligarchy kids. They have great stylistic ideas. Everyone in Dragonette leeches a little something off them every time we see them. If were talking about music, I’d say Tyler Yarema and all his Jaxxy mates.
What do you love most about Toronto?
The multiculturalism. The coexistence of so many cultures that are, in fact, so integrated into the fabric of Toronto makes it one of the most interesting cities in the world.
What do you hate about the city?
It makes me furious (especially in the summer) that we have a waterfront that might as well not exist. Sometimes when I imagine the alternative, I want to scream – like getting out of a club at 2 am and going down to the lake for a midnight dip. How fun would that be?
Hotel of choice?
The only Toronto hotels I’ve ever stayed at are the Drake, Le Germain and the Ramada on Jarvis. I think we all know which two are the best in that list.
How do you spend your day off in Toronto?
Riding my bike around town with my twin brother, Nick, and running into friends along the way.
What was the best day you’ve ever had in Toronto?
Riding out to the end of the Leslie Spit with some beers and spending the day building random garbage sculptures.