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

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MEM­BER­SHIP

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.

THE MONIKER

Named af­ter Drake’s ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents, Reuben and Eve­lyn Sher (pro­nounced “Share”).

THE PA­TIO

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 LOOK

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 SPACE

The 4,000-square-foot club, which opened in May 2015, oc­cu­pies a for­mer cafe­te­ria for MLSE em­ploy­ees.

THE LIGHTS

The blood-droplet chan­de­liers com­prise more than 2,500 hand­blown glass balls.

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