Drake has quietly opened an exclusive sports club in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in honour of his late maternal grandparents. Dubbed the "Sher Club,” the Raptors global ambassador unveiled the members-only establishment on Instagram this week, along with the following message:
“Rest in peace to my grandparents Rueben and Evelyn Sher,” he wrote, alongside a photo of himself posing next to the venue's entrance.
“My grandmother was the first person to ever play catch with me and my grandfather was the biggest sports fan in the world. I opened this club in the memory of both of you. Thank you to the ACC, MLSE, and Ferris.”
Touted as the “ultimate pre-and-post-game destination,” the 4,000-square-foot space is tucked away inside the ACC on the stadium’s third floor and will be open during all stadium events, including Raptors and Maple Leafs games.
Designed by Ferris Rafauli, it features luxe red-velvet booths and opulent gold décor, and is currently accessible by private invitation only.
Photo © FerrisRafauli.com
"Fashioned for sports enthusiasts that don’t mind getting lost in a whirlwind of e xquisite taste and top-notch service, it’s truly something you must experience," reads the description on Ferris' website.
The Canadian rapper, 28, is famously family oriented and was especially close with his grandmother, Evelyn Sher, who passed away in 2012.
Born Aubrey Drake Graham, the Toronto native has mentioned Evelyn on a number of songs, including “The Resistance,” and her voice is even featured in “Look What I’ve Done,” in which she reminisces on all the good times she’s had with her grandson at the end of the track.
Drake is sure to be spending some time at the Sher club as global ambassador for the Raptors, a team he's likened to the cast of Degrassi, the show on which he got his start.