OVO Fest 2019: An Overview

The annual hip-hop festival makes its comeback after its one-year hiatus


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The legendary OVO Fest is one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer in Toronto. Held during the first weekend of August at the Budweiser’s Stage, fans from around the globe come to the city to  join the ninth OVO Fest this year.

After a one-year pause of this annual event, Drake declared its comeback back on June 17 during the Raptors NBA Championship Parade.

Fans were overwhelmed by this announcement, as the 32-year-old rapper released the names of artists performing on August 4. The list of names included Chingy, Ying Yang Twins, Lloyd, B2K, Mario, Pretty Ricky, and Bobby V, all of whom had toured together earlier this year for the Millennium Tour.

 Drake’s OVO brand teamed up with RBC and hosted the OVO Summit, which is described as "an immersive conference for Canadian creatives and lifestyle entrepreneurs looking to grow their careers, hone their skills and make a lasting impact on the creative economy in Canada”. For the first time ever in history, this was open to the Canadian public.

Ticket prices were ridiculously expensive this year: lawn tickets started off at $500, General Admission at $1000 and Platinum tickets soared up to $10000 each. Fans were devastated by the numbers and began to rage on Twitter complaining about the prices and how lawn tickets used to be only $40 back in the day. 


Drake’s recent release of Care Package (August 2) was a great add-on prior to the fest. It currently is the #1 album in the United States, and his overall ninth #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

The 17-track album collection features contributions from artists such as Rick Ross, J. Cole, and Beyoncé. Drake currently holds the title as the artist with the most No. 1 albums this decade.


On night one, the Millennium tour acts rocked the stage with their super hits from the mid- 2000’s, definitely a deeply nostalgic moment for avid R&B and hip-hop fans. Night two was more lit, with an intro all about Toronto Raptors’ Championship. Drake also brought in the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy and placed it in the center of the stage for the rest of the show.

Going even further, the rapper surprised the audience by bringing special guests including Cardi B, Offset, Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Tyga, YG, Megan Thee Stallion, and more. 

Here are some fan videos from the fest: 

Drake finished the show by playing hits such as Nonstop, Sicko Mode and Gods plan, followed by a curfew to salute his late friend Mark Krispy. The show came to an end with a dazzling 10-minute firework display over Lake Ontario.


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