Kanye West and Pharrell Williams surprise fans at Drake’s OVO Fest

By Sarah Kelsey

This past weekend’s OVO Fest turned into a hip-hop lover’s dream when Kanye West and Pharrell Williams closed out the event alongside festival founder Drake. The trio of superstars took to the stage at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre in a show-stopping performance, high-profile guests being a surprise that's become a signature of the annual event.

The former Degrassi star began his set performing some of his latest hits, like "Charged Up" and “Back to Back.” About 45 minutes in, the 28-year-old left the stage and “Work it. Make it. Do it. Makes us harder, better, faster, stronger” began to play. Kim Kardashian’s husband then appeared and began performing hit songs like “All Day” and “Mercy.”

Drake has been hosting OVO Fest in Toronto for six years. Photo: © Getty Images

Kanye went on to thank his Canadian friend for inviting him to take part in the event. “I’m so happy my brother Drake brought me out to your city tonight.” North West’s dad was last in Toronto on Sunday, July 26 to close out the Pan Am Games.

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From there, Pharrell performed some of his most popular tunes, including “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Get Lucky” and “Freedom.” The “Happy” singer also praised Drake for his many talents, especially the way he supports his hometown. “This guy holds your city and your country down in a way that’s so unbelievable.”

Drake’s annual festival included performances by comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Big Sean (pictured). Photo: © Getty Images

Drake returned the compliment by lauding all that the 42-year-old has done for the music industry.

“We all look up to you. Thank you for everything that you've done for music, man, for real. You are the king. We look up to you – the way we dress, the music we make, the beats we want to make, the hooks we write, everything that you've ever done. And now you're on a mission to change the world and we appreciate that.

The evening also featured a performance by Drake's protege, PARTYNEXTDOOR. Photo: © Getty Images

Other hip hop stars who took part in the sixth annual OVO fest were Skepta, Future and Travi$ Scott. Unfortunately the evening ended in tragedy as two attendees were killed at the after-party Drake hosted at Muzik in Toronto, with three more injured, after a shooter opened fire in the bar.

Sarah Kelsey is a gal in the know who regularly appears on television and writes for a variety of outlets. Check out her work at sarahkelsey.ca, on Twitter @sarahkelsey, Instagram @sakelsey and Pinterest @sakelsey.

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