The eighth annual OVO Fest will take place at Budweiser Stage next Monday, and yes, we also can’t believe Aubrey Graham has been throwing one of the best parties in the world, in Toronto, for almost a decade now. This year’s show officially features PartyNextDoor, DVSN, Majid Jordan and Roy Woods, but this being Drake’s annual hometown party, surprise guests have become the norm and have been at an A-list level since day one. Here are five guests we’d love to see show up on Monday (anyone but Norm Kelly, please).
The King will be in town for Caribana, and we know the best basketballer in the world has a long relationship with Drake. The two celebrated LeBron’s 2013 championship in Miami together. Two years ago, the two were involved in a kickball game in Toronto that was interrupted by poor weather (although Drake got in one more shot at Meek Mill just for fun). This year, the Cavs and Raptors faced off in the playoffs for the second straight season, and even though Cleveland swept Toronto, LeBron was generous enough to offer some free margaritas to the team’s global ambassador.
The timing of an appearance from LeBron would make perfect sense too, since he will be a free agent next summer and free to sign with anyone outside of Cleveland. The Raptors are not going to land LeBron, but that has never stopped Drake from trying. He is, after all, the same guy who told the OVO crowd to show Kevin Durant what it would be like if he played in Toronto three years ago, resulting in a $25,000 fine.
I mean, it’s debatable whether Drake is even the most talented musician in his family, considering the moves his dad Dennis Graham has been making. Show me a better music video than “Kinda Crazy”:
Shouts to a legend:
Kanye made a cameo last year, but so much has happened since, including the sudden end to the Saint Pablo tour and an unofficial breakup with Jay-Z that played out very publicly over a series of “4:44” lyrics. A year ago, a Watch The Throne type album between Kanye and Drake was announced, but we haven’t heard anything since except for a Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi billboard in Los Angeles. Kanye is due for some new music soon and has been spotted at the studio recently. Drake has always made OVO Fest the event that everyone can buzz about in the immediate aftermath. The natural follow-up to last year’s announcement would be for the two to debut a new song a year later.
Bieber just posted an extended message this week explaining his cancelled tour, and while being away from the spotlight might be best for him right now, we hope he can make one more appearance before going into hiatus mode. It’s strange to think that Bieber has still yet to grace OVO Fest as a special guest, which means it’s only a matter not if, but when. I also think we all deserve a live version of Bieber’s “One Dance” verse:
Alex Trebek is a Canadian(-American) treasure, and if Drake is looking to pull a real swerve, the Jeopardy! host would probably draw a pretty positive reaction from the OVO Fest crowd (which brings us to a wonderful OVO Fest debate you can have this weekend: exactly who could Drake bring out that would draw a negative reaction. It’s a short list). The likelihood of this happening is actually high enough that we should prepare for it, given that Drake loves his memes, especially ones involving him, and Trebek reading “Started From The Bottom” lyrics on Jeopardy should be turned into a viral OVO Fest cameo: