Now in its seventh year, OVO Fest has become one of the biggest events and tourist attractions that the Toronto summer has to offer. About a month before the 4-day extravaganza, Drake has unveiled the full OVO Fest lineup. Well, much of the lineup had been announced, but Drake hadn’t listed anyone on the bill for Saturday, July 30, which also happens to be the day of the Caribana festival in Toronto, one of the biggest of its kind outside of the Caribbean.
Luckily, Drake has given his city the opportunity to enjoy both OVO Fest and Caribana, as he has enlisted two Jamaican dancehall legends to perform at TD Echo Beach on what promises to be a very special Saturday. OVO’s Caribana party will be an all-dancehall affair, featuring Machel Mantano and Beenie Man. As usual, the ad for the show promises “special guests,” so it won’t be surprising if Drake decides to show up alongside his idols and perform tracks like “One Dance” or “Controlla,” the latter which samples and features Beenie Man, who shouts out Drake and Canada to end the track.
OVO Fest kicks off on Friday, July 29 with the annual OVO Bounce celebrity basketball game. Later that night, the headlining performers are Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, who will be engaged in their joint “High Road” tour, which features supporting acts like Kevin Gates and Jhene Aiko. After Saturday’s Caribana special, Drake and Future will kick off night 1 of their “Summer Sixteen” showcase at the Air Canada Centre, where they’ll return the next night, on Monday, August 1. OVO’s Roy Woods as well as dvsn are set to join the WATTBA bros on tour this summer, and the “Summer Sixteen” spectacle at the ACC should include plenty more special guests, like the fest usually promises.