Inside Drake’s new members-only club
When the NBA All-Star Game hits Toronto this month, the centre of the action will be Sher Club, Drake’s members-only hangout on the second level of the ACC. Few have entered; few will. Here’s what happens inside
It costs roughly $7,000 a year and comes by invite only, reserved for what the club calls “tastemakers.” A committee of MLSE execs decides who qualifies. The chosen few receive a black-and-gold membership card. To date, there are roughly 100 members. Each is allowed one guest per visit, subject to capacity.
Named after Drake’s maternal grandparents, Reuben and Evelyn Sher (pronounced “Share”).
It leads off of the main room and overlooks the plebes entering through Gate 1. Often there’s a Sher Club photo booth set up at one end for official snaps—the only photos allowed in the place.
The vampire-in-Vegas vibe is the brainchild of GTA-based luxury designer Ferris Rafauli, the guy behind many of Oakville’s palatial estates. Among his go-to textures: red velvet, cowhide, leather, high-gloss exotic wood, marble and bronze.
The 4,000-square-foot club, which opened in May 2015, occupies a former cafeteria for MLSE employees.
The blood-droplet chandeliers comprise more than 2,500 handblown glass balls.