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It’s not often that the set of the musician’s stage gets more attention than the star-studded line-up, but that was the case for the ninth annual OVO Festival. Taking place on the first weekend of August in Toronto, Drake once again showed off his incredible contact list throughout the weekend—with the final show featuring guest appearances from Playboi Carti, French Montana, Cardi B, Migos, Travis Scott and fellow Canadian Tory Lanez.
As with previous years, the 2017 OVO Festival also featured an artist who has previously dominated the charts. This year that artist was St. Louis rapper Nelly, who performed his early 2000’s hits “Hot In Herre” and “Country Grammar.” Fresh off his performance at Osheaga in Montréal, The Weeknd joined his OVO label boss Drake on stage for performance of the pairs track “Crew Love.”
But even with this incredible line up of artists, the biggest story to come out of the 2017 OVO Festival was the stage.
Re-creating his iconic cover art from 2016’s Views, Drake performed alongside a giant replica of the CN Tower that filled up the entire stage at the Budweiser Stage.
The rapper told the crowd that re-creating the iconic skyscraper was no easy feat and a job that 19 companies passed on before Drake found a willing participant in Las Vegas-based Show Group Production Services. With only three weeks to build the replica, the company was able to get it done and deliver it to the 6ix God.
Unfortunately, the CN Tower replica is too big for Drake to tour with, but for those who missed seeing the incredible stage IRL, Drake has now released a video from his performance at OVO Festival.
This year’s OVO Festival concluded with Drake promising 10 more years of the festival. We’re just not sure how he’s going to top this one.