Toronto Raptors fan and ambassador Drake has become a courtside staple at NBA games in T.O. The self-proclaimed 6ix God can usually be found cheering on his team during home games, often going viral for his enthusiastic viewing habits and for throwing Drake Nights, which are way cooler than getting a tote bag.
Much of Drake’s love for his hometown team is chronicled on his social media, as is his love for his home country. Drake is no stranger to sharing patriotic photos on his Instagram, including posing with fellow Canadian MC Kardinal Offishal, a man responsible for putting the Canadian hip hop scene on the map.
Then, there’s Drake posting pictures with the future of Canadian music.
So many Canadian pictures.
At a Toronto Raptors game this past week, Drake may have set a new Canadian standard for himself. The rapper posted a picture with beloved Canadian musician Gord Downie, the solo artist and frontman of The Tragically Hip. Regarded as one of the most quintessential Canadian bands ever, Downie has been out of the limelight recently after revealing his terminal brain cancer diagnosis in May 2016. The Tragically Hip embarked on a Canada-wide tour last summer, which culminated in a final show in their hometown of Kingston, ON.
Drake and Downie hung out at this weekend’s Raptors game, with Drizzy posting a photo of the two together and captioning it “Ahead by a Century” after the band’s popular 1996 single.
Drake bowed down to the legendary musician before the two embraced at Friday’s game at the Air Canada Centre. The musicians received a standing ovation from the hometown crowd of 20,000 attendees.
The only way this meeting could have been more patriotic would be if Drake had worn a matching Canadian tuxedo of jeans and a denim jacket.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 6, 2017
Of course, Drake does have some competition from Prime Minister Trudeau for Most Canadian Photo Ever. The iconic photo of the PM and Downie embracing during The Tragically Hip’s 2016 Man Machine Poem Tour definitely screams true north strong and free.
Maybe next time, Drake could hold a bottle of maple syrup to really push his entry to the top.