Best Moments From Drake’s All Canadian North Stars Show

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“This is the most important night of my life,” Drake told the sold-out Toronto crowd at the kick-off concert for his October World Weekend Festival Thursday night. He’s the biggest entertainer in the world, so you’d imagine he’s had a lot of Big Nights™, but he doesn’t seem to be hyperbolizing. The show, dubbed “All Canadian North Stars”, was a four-plus-hour love-in featuring some of the most iconic names in the history of hip-hop and R&B in the Great White North, taking place just title to History, the rapper’s place. It’s music that The Boy himself was clearly an avid student of as a child, with a generation of old-timers growing up with these artists in the 90s and early 2000s.

“The streets we walk, the restaurants we eat, the clubs we go to, the way we talk, the aspirations and dreams we have have been shaped by each of these individuals for me,” said Drizzy, before handing it over to Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall and the gang to close out the night with “Northern Touch”.

While the concert was supposed to be a pre-October World headliner on the Budweiser stage – Chris Brown and Lil Baby on Friday, and a Young Money reunion with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj on Monday – for the visibly older audience of History, that was the main event. With performances by MuchMusic and Flow 93.5 stalwarts like Maestro Fresh Wes, Choclair, k-os and Jully Black, plus some very special guests, the evening was an instant Canadian Heritage Minute. A night when the artists who paved the way for today’s Drakes and Weeknds finally received the flowers they deserved. Here are the best moments we witnessed during the unique showcase.

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