It’s been 8 years since OVO Fest became a staple for Caribana weekend in Toronto. Last night, Drake placed another successful one at Budweiser Stage under his belt. After trying to enlist the help of 29 different companies, Drake finally found one to build a massive replica of the CN Tower for his stage to recreate the ‘Views’ cover. One of his best stage setups yet.
Known for having an entire secret guestlist every year, the 6 God should just rename the festival “SURPRISE!”. OVO Fest 2017 was no different. Over the course of the show, Drake pulled out guest after guest after guest including: Playboi Carti, Rae Sremmurd, French Montana, Cardi B, Migos, Travis Scott, PartyNextDoor, Nelly, The Weeknd, and Baka Not Nice. Let me remind you, these performances were ON TOP of his publically known opening performances: Majid Jordan, Roy Woods, dvsn, and PARTYNEXTDOOR.
One of the biggest surprises of the night had to be fellow Toronto artist, Tory Lanez, joining Drake on stage for ‘Controlla’ (a Drake song that Lanez remixed, arguably, better than the original). The two had a public beef which, to many, was friendly Toronto competition. Recently, they squashed their beef with an Instagram post back in May and last night confirmed it. “This guy right here, we had problems with each other and we hadn’t even met each other”, Drake told the crowd about Tory. Could this be the beginning of some Drake/Tory collabs? Will we see Meek at next year’s OVO? Who’s Drake going to post memes about now? We have so many questions.
After giving folks more than they could probably handle with all of these surprises, Drake gave them one more by announcing a new album. It’s unclear when it will drop but it will be recorded in Toronto, as usual. This will be his first album since 2016 when he released ‘Views’ (calm down, ‘More Life’ was a “playlist”).